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Golden BridgeAlexandra Guzeva
Vladivostok’s topography is challenging for those keen on discovering a new city by foot. There are more than 20 hills in Vladivostok, which locals call ‘
To save time you can take either a bus or a taxi (Yandex taxi app works just fine, available in English). Another easy option is a funicular train from Svetlanskaya Street.
The monument to the legendary founders of the Cyrillic alphabet, St. Kirill and St. Mefody, is your reference point for the best view on the gorgeous Golden Bridge that crosses the Golden Horn Bay. When the city founder Nikolai Muravyov-Amursky first arrived here he noticed that the landscape looked similar to Istanbul, and so the bay was named to honor its Turkish cousin.
Descend on the funicular or stairs, and then walk to the right along Svetlanskaya, which is the city’s main and oldest street.
Food courts on Yubileyny BeachAlexandra Guzeva
The Arseniev State Museum of the Primorsky TerritoryLisichka/Wikipedia
Dersu Uzala and Vladimir Arseniev, a screenshot from Akira Kurosawa's movieKinopoisk
A monument to Eleanor PrayAlexandra Guzeva
Another local hero is American Eleanor Pray, who is famous for her letters from Vladivostok in which she described the city and the turbulent time of the early 20th century: the Russo-Japanese War, and the 1905 Revolution. You can see her monument on Svetlanskaya Street.
Golden BridgeAlexandra Guzeva
Local guides can give tours in English, but it is always better to book tickets in advance by calling: +7 (423) 277 11 55; (Mosty Vladivostoka – Bridges of Vladivostok).
S-56, a Stalinets-class submarine of the Soviet Navy.Alexandra Guzeva
Go down the stairs, see the monuments and take a closer look at the navy ships that you saw from the water. Then, head to the submarine on Korabelnaya Embankment. There’s a museum inside where you’ll not only learn the history of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, but you’ll also see how a real submarine looks inside.
Attention – the passages between the cabins are extremely narrow – so you really will experience what real sailors go through. It’s not a visit for the claustrophobic!
Kamchatka crab at Zuma restaurantZuma
Even though you’re not in Kamchatka, you can find crab here and it will certainly bring you culinary joy. Zuma is one of the most popular local seafood restaurants, so book a table in advance.
All fine seafood delicacies are on the
The only drawback is that Zuma lacks a good view. If you want to dine on the seashore visit Pyaty Okean (Fifth Ocean), which offers fresh crab and seafood at a cheaper price.
Michel BakeryAlexandra Guzeva
Enjoy a coffee and shrimp-calamari quiche at Michel Bakery on Svetlanskaya Street. If you have a little more space in your belly, don’t miss the chance to try one of their fantastic éclairs.
Oceanarium on Russky IslandAlexandra Guzeva
Hurry up for the 11 a.m. show at the Oceanarium on Russky Island. Dolphins, belugas, fur seals and capricious walrus perform here. After the
We hope they don’t cook the fish that perform! But you can enjoy a meal in the snack bar or restaurant in the Oceanarium. Take note – you can only enter the building once with your ticket. Returning to the mainland is quicker on the
Zarya contemporary art centerPress photo/Zarya
Take a look if there is an exhibition at the Zarya art center. Moscow-based curator Alisa Bagdonaite usually invites the best contemporary artists and curators, and the shows feature not only ultra-modern art but also retrospectives. This center is in an old Soviet sewing factory and the surrounding area has several interesting street
Sea food you take away will be packed properly in thermal bagsAlexandr Kryazhev/Sputnik
Engersheld LighthouseVitaliy Ankov/Sputnik
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