17 best sights of Goryachi Klyuch – description and photos

17 sights worth seeing in Goryachi Klyuch


Goryachy Klyuch is the oldest balneological resort in the Krasnodar region, known far beyond the region. For more than 150 years of its existence hundreds of thousands of Russians were able to improve their health here. Resting in Goryachy Klyuch should not be limited to drinking galleries with curative mineral water. After all, Goryachy Klyuch – is not only a well-known health resort, but also a beautiful corner of the Northwest Caucasus, with picturesque landscapes and numerous natural attractions.

Healing Park

Healing Park

Healing Park.

Healing Park, originally called the Sanatorium, appeared in Goryachy Klyuch in 1870, ie just a few years after the founding of the resort. Over the 150 years of its existence the park has significantly enlarged and ennobled. Today it is decorated with wide alleys, cozy pavilions and beautiful fountains.

But the two main attractions of the Healing Park are the Triumphal Arch, built in 2009, and the Arch with the Lions, erected in 1914 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the spa. The latter is a sculptural composition, consisting of two huge lions holding their prey – wild boars. According to the architect’s concept, this arch was supposed to be a symbol of victory over illnesses.

Address: Sanatorium Mountain Park, Terrinkur, Psekupskaya Street, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar region, Russia.

Fanagoria Stalactite Cave

The Fanagoria Stalactite Cave

The Fanagoria Stalactite Cave.

The Fanagoria cave is situated 12 km away from the village of the same name, and presents a whole sequence of halls connected by narrow corridors. Today the length of this karst cavity – about one and a half kilometers, but before it was much longer: a landslide once closed the entrance to the distant halls and tunnels, making them inaccessible.

The walls of Fanagoria cave are covered with speleothem formations, some of them are 4-5 meters in size. Once the cave was decorated with numerous stalactites and stalagmites, alas, ruthlessly destroyed by tourists. But here is a huge stalagmite, called “Perelaz”, preserved and still strikes the imagination of explorers of the underground kingdom.

Ionized air Phanagoria beneficial effect on the respiratory organs, and therefore the cave is valuable not only from speleological but also from a medical point of view. In the old days, this cave was visited by pilgrims from all over the country.

Address: Big Fanagoria Cave, Fanagoria, Krasnodar Territory, Russia.

The Cockerel Rock

Rooster Rock

The Cockerel Rock.

Original Cockerel Rock (aka Rock of Salvation) is a visiting card and one of the main sights of Goryachi Klyuch resort. The cliff got such an unusual name for its external resemblance to the rooster’s head: monolithic stone formation is crowned with wavy ridge.

Cockerel is very popular among tourists. Those who come here will have a chance to look into two small caves – Salvation and Zvonkoy – and listen to the legends connected with them, to climb to the top along the stairs carved in the rocks, to rest in the Tsar’s pavilion erected in 1864, to admire the beautiful views opening from above on the valley of the river Psepups and the woody spurs of the ridge Pshaf.

Address: Cliff Cockerel, freeway Moscow-Novorossiysk, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodarskiy Kray, Russia.

Mineral glade

Mineral Glade

Mineral meadow.

At the entrance to the famous Dantovo Gorge stretches the so-called Mineral Glade. This glade used to be a real meeting place of many mineral water springs. Some have dried up, some are still flowing, gathering around in queues of those wishing to taste the “live” water.

Today on Mineralnaya glade you can see a few more interesting man-made attractions, attracting tourists vacationing in Goryachy Klyuch. Among them is a monument to Psekup mineral waters, erected in 1914 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the resort, and the Chapel of the Iberian icon of the Mother of God.

Address: Dantovo Gorge, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Psyfabe Fortress

Psyfabe fortress

The Psyfabe Fortress.

On the northern slopes of Abadzehskaya mountain (or, as it is also called, Kluchevaya) you will find one of the most important attractions of these places – Psyfabe Fortress, built according to historians in the V-VII centuries. Though, the citadel was not destined to survive till our days – only foundations with walls’ fragments and thoroughly overgrown ditches are left of it. It used to look impressive and was considered impregnable.

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In case of danger, people of surrounding villages hid from the enemy behind its 3-meter thick stone walls. Its high rock, on which Psyfabe stood, gave a good view of the entire area several kilometers away, so warriors had no trouble in controlling the situation. Today only ruins remind us of the former glory of once important strategic object, but it is still not uninteresting to look at.

Address: Klyuchevaya Mountain, Krasnodar Region, Russia.

Drinking Gallery

Drinking Gallery

Drinking Gallery.

Goryachy Klyuch is first and foremost a resort town, and therefore the medicinal mineral springs here are not less visited than local natural and historic attractions. One of these objects, which is very popular among those who came to these lands for treatment, is Drinking Gallery, located on the territory of sanatorium complex.

It gets its mineral water from three springs. Despite the differences in chemical composition and temperature, the water from all three springs is excellent for treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. But remember you should not overuse mineral water, especially if your doctor has not recommended you to drink it.

Address: Drinking Gallery, Psekupskaya Street, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar region, Russia.

Kaverzinskie Waterfalls

Kaverzin waterfalls

Kaverzinskie Waterfalls.

A group of ten cascading waterfalls, formed by the right tributary of the river Kaverze, is located at a considerable distance from Goryachi Klyuch, nevertheless, resorts are often visited there. And how to deprive yourself of the opportunity to admire this natural beauty. The most popular is certainly the Great Kaverzinskiy waterfall, powerful jets of which fall from a height of 10-12 meters, filling with water a huge bowl. Other waterfalls are more modest in size, from 1 to 5 meters, but no less picturesque.

To get to Kaverzinskie Waterfalls, which are located near the village of Khrebtovo, is easier by off-road car. But if you go there on foot, the bonus to the delightful waterfalls is a great walk, fresh forest air, silence and the pristine beauty of wildlife.

Address: Kaverzinskie Waterfalls, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar Territory, Russia.

Dantovo Gorge

Dantovo Gorge

Dantovo Gorge.

One of the main attractions of Goryachi Klyuch – Dantovo Gorge – the result of “cooperation” of man and nature. In the 1870s to provide natural ventilation of the swampy surroundings resort Cossacks cut a huge gap in the sandstone rock. Nature skillfully completed the work begun by man, having deepened and expanded the gorge and covered the rocky walls with velvet moss.

Everyone who has been here at least once talks about Dant’s Gorge as an unusually beautiful and charming place with a special romantic atmosphere. The name of the author of the famous “Divine Comedy” is not accidental. According to the officers, who were treated in Goryachy Klyuch at the end of the XIX century, this gloomy, but at the same time and fascinating gorge strongly reminds Dante’s entrance to the Abyss.

Today the Dantovo Gorge is one of the most visited places in Goryachy Klyuch. It is especially picturesque in the early dawn hours, when, according to legend, the Mistress of the Gorge herself washes herself in the local stream.

Address: Dantovo Gorge, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

City Historical Museum

City Museum of History

Municipal Museum of History Goryachi Klyuch.

Historical Museum of Goryachi Klyuch is known primarily for the fact that, founded in 1864, is, in fact, the first museum in the Caucasus. The founder of the museum was Colonel Ivan Popko of the Kuban Cossack Troops, who was actively interested in history and ethnography and took great efforts to “…suspend the final extermination of traces left by the Abadzeks and Shapsugs…”.

Today there are about 7000 exhibits in the museum funds. Visitors to the museum will see exhibitions on the life of Kuban peoples, the military history of these places, stages of development of Psekup mineral waters, the famous personalities of Goryachy Klyuch. Exhibits in archeology and paleontology sections are of great interest.

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Address: “City Museum of History” town of Goryachi Klyuch, Lenin Street, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar region, Russia.

Zvonka Cave

The Ringing Cave

Zvonkaya cave in Goryachi Klyuch.

Zvonkaia cave is a tiny grotto in the rock Cockerel, – is one of the interesting natural sights of Goryachi Klyuch. It was named Zvonkaya for its special acoustics: a man inside the cave, perfectly hears everything that occurs on the opposite bank of the Psekups River, which, by the way, is at a fairly large distance. This interesting feature has made the Chime Cave a very popular place: Tourists want to make an experiment themselves and make sure of the unusual properties of this cave.

Address: Cliff Cockerel, freeway Moscow-Novorossiysk, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodarskiy Kray, Russia.

Alexandrovskiy source

Alexander Spring

Alexander Spring.

Outwardly, the Alexander Spring at the foot of the Klyuchevaya (Abadzehskaya) Mountain on the right bank of the Psekups River is nothing special, but its importance for the resort town is unparalleled. Healing properties of the mineral water of the spring have been well known to local residents for hundreds of years. And with the lighting of this very source in 1864, began the history of the resort. In fact, Aleksandrovsky can be considered the ancestor of Gorny Klyuch.

Years, decades and centuries pass, but the Alexander Spring continues to work wonders. Using the “living” water of this spring even today treats diseases of the digestive, nervous and respiratory systems, as well as the musculoskeletal system.

Address: Klyuchevaya Mountain, Krasnodar Region, Russia.

Adov Waterfall

Hell's waterfall

Adov Waterfall.

Despite its ominous name, the Adov Waterfall, formed by the waters of the stream of the same name in the basin of the Chepsie River, is a maddeningly beautiful place. Powerful stream falls from a height of twelve meters, crashing noisily at the bottom of a deep stone bowl. This fantastically beautiful place like a magnet attracts tourists.

Of course, many people come here, drawn primarily by the name of the waterfall, the origin of which is unknown – looking at this cascade, it is difficult to say what he who invented the name saw a connection with the kingdom of the dead, after all around only a flourishing nature, full of life.

You can reach Adova Falls on your own, but it’s better to go here as part of an organized tour or at least find an experienced guide. He will help you to plan a route that will allow you to see other protected areas at the same time.

Address: Fanagoriskoye village, Krasnodar Territory, Russia.

Chapel of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God

Chapel of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God.

At the entrance to Dantovo Gorge, at Mineralnaya Polyana, there is a cute little chapel dedicated to the Iberian icon of the Mother of God. Its history dates back to the second half of the 19th century, when the development of the resort was accompanied by the consecration of healing springs. At that time, this place also had a spring, called Iberian, and it is near him and erected a chapel.

Unfortunately, at the beginning of XX century as a result of shifting layers of the Earth’s crust, the source dried up. The path to the famous chapel began to gradually overgrow. It would have been forgotten about if in our time the city authorities decided to ennoble Mineralnaya Polyana and not to restore the old shrine.

Today the Iverskie chapel has once again become a place of pilgrimage for the suffering people. It attracts not only orthodox people: this construction is so graceful and beautiful that everybody admires it with great pleasure, regardless of religion.

Address: Chapel of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, Goryachi Klyuch, Krasnodar region, Russia.

Lantern Mountain

Lantern Mountain

Lantern Mountain.

There are several versions of the origin of such an unusual name of the mountain of 277 meters high, which is located on the banks of the river Psekups, near the village Fanagorishke.

According to one of them “lantern” is a simplification of the word “fanagoria,” a transformation of the name of the place into something simpler and more familiar to the Russian ear. (By the way, the settlement was apparently named Fanagoria by the settlers from Taman, where at one time Suvorov founded the Fanagoria fortress).

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According to another version, this name of the mountain is due to the fact that during the Caucasian War there was a military post and a signal lantern, designed to alert other posts of attacks by mountaineers.

Lantern is not the most popular place in these parts. Nevertheless, it is worth ascending the hill, if only for the sake of paying tribute to the soldiers who heroically fought at this place during the Caucasian War and the Great Patriotic War. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Psekups River valley and the Greater Caucasus Range.

Address: Mount Lantern, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Maltsev Waterfalls

Maltsev waterfalls

Maltsev waterfalls.

At 5 km from the city, on the northern slopes of the ridge Kokht, are Maltsev waterfalls, often called the Devil’s Mouth. In fact, this is one four-cascade waterfall with a total height difference of about 23 meters (the height of the last, most spectacular part is 7-8 meters).

Effectively look a waterfall on Maltsev brook only in the spring, during the abundant snow melting. In summer, however, you will find only a thin thread of water flowing down the sandstone (the locals say that not so long ago the stream was much more full-flowing and you could even catch fish in it).

The road to Maltseviye waterfalls from Goryachi Klyuch takes no more than 1.5-2 hours. This is an easy route, passing through picturesque places, and therefore, this walk will give you great pleasure.

Address: Waterfall Psechiako (Devil’s Mouth), Goryachy Klyuch, Krasnodar region, Russia.

Mirror Rock

Mirror Rock

The Rock of the Mirror.

In the valley of Maltsev Creek you will find another interesting natural object – a 32-meter Mirror Rock. This rock, made of yellow quartz-glauconite sandstone, has been forming for tens of millions of years, as evidenced by the imprints of prehistoric mollusks, clearly visible in a slice of rock.

The natural rock patterns are intricately shaped and somewhat reminiscent of the lines on a human palm. Maybe that’s why there is a legend that if you look closely at these patterns, you can see your future. Modern tourists do not believe in legends, but, nevertheless, everyone who happened to be here carefully scrutinizes the picture, formed by cracks, trying to see a meaningful image.

Because of its rather high and, most importantly, smooth surface, which gave the rock such an unusual name, the Mirror serves as an attractive place for climbers.

Address: Mirror Rock, Krasnodar region, Russia.

Lysaya mountain

Lysaya mountain

Mount Lysaya.

Mount Lysaya, located almost opposite to the famous Abadzehskaya Uplands, is one of the most conspicuous mountains in the vicinity of Goryachoy Klyuch. This densely wooded peak height of about 420 meters gives a special flavor to the resort town.

Due to its location Lysaya, the approaches to the top of which from three sides are almost impossible, during the Great Patriotic War, was an important strategic target. The possession of this height gave a huge advantage over the enemy. It is not surprising that fierce battles were fought for Lysaya, occasionally turning into close-quarter fights. In memory of those events at the top of the mountain is a monument to the soldiers who fought at this height.

Sights of Goryachy Klyuch

Goryachy Klyuch resort town is the Caucasian pearl of the Krasnodar region necklace. Interesting places and attractions for tourists are very diverse. What to see in Goryachy Klyuch a tourist? The city is located on the river Psekups, surrounded by mountains Kotkh and Pshaf. Therefore, the main attractions – colorful natural surroundings.

Sights of Goryachy Klyuch

What to see in Goryachy Klyuch in 1 day

A one-day tour of Goryachy Klyuch is like a little trip to the places you must visit and see. First of all, what is worth visiting in Goryachy Klyuch? Consider the most popular and interesting.

Drinking Gallery

The central part of the Healing Park is occupied by a beautiful building of the Drinking Gallery. Today it is situated on three mineral springs with healing water, which Goryachy Klyuch is famous for. Those who want to get health from the miracle water can take a free seat at the taps with cold or hot mineral water, coming directly from underground wells.

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Address: 2 Psekupskaya Street.

Working hours: Monday-Sunday, 07.00-19.00, lunch break 14.00-15.00.

How to get there: take bus number 3 to the bus stop “Healing Park”.

Monument to Arshaluys Khanjian.

This small life-size statue is dedicated to the simple village woman Arshaluys of unusual fate. She helped to treat the wounded during the Great Patriotic War. Khanjinyan saved thousands of soldiers and buried as many, vowing to take care of the graves of war heroes for the rest of her life. And so she did, living for 50 years in the woods, guarding the graves of Soviet soldiers.

Location: crossing of Lenin and Shkolnaya streets.

How to get there: take bus number 1, stop “Schoolnaya”.

Fortress of the fortress Podnavisla.

The stone construction dates back to the I millennium of our era. The mighty walls were perfectly preserved. They served as a shelter for the soldiers of the Red Army during World War II. Local guides definitely recommend visiting the Podnavisla castle. The famous place will amaze you with its powerful energy and picturesqueness of local nature.

Location: 30 km from Goryachi Klyuch.

Mode of operation: 24 hours a day.

How to get there: convenient by car in the direction of Dzhubga, 25 minutes.

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Psekup dolmens

Psekup dolmens are the structures made of stone, which were built by the ancient people many thousands of years ago. The river banks hide more than a dozen of mysterious buildings.

Huge stone slabs weigh 3-40 tons, are 2-3 meters long and 30-60 cm thick. The entrances to the dolmens are circles 50-60 cm in diameter, closed by stones weighing about a centner. People come here in the hope of healing, purification, knowledge of ancient teachings.

Location: Goryachi Klyuch, Fanagoriskoe village, the right bank of the river Psekups.

How to get there: you can take a bus “Goryachi Klyuch – Fanagoriskoe”, then follow the signs on foot.

Psyfabe Fortress

The valley of the river Psyprus reveals the old Christian fortress Psyfabe, dating back to the V century. The ancient structure was located on the top of a cliff and had shelters, towers and fences.

The citadel served as a reliable protection for local inhabitants from attacks of wild tribes.

Ruins of the fortress-village are of interest for archeologists, historians, and inquisitive tourists.

Location: Goryachi Klyuch, Healing Park.

Working schedule: You can visit the fortress every day, 07.00-23.00.

How to get there: take bus number 3 to the bus stop “Healing Park”.

Hapache Lakshuke Cenotaph

Brave warrior Khapache Lakshuk – the hero of the Adygei epos and songs. The prince died while returning from Mecca after making a pilgrimage. A cenotaph in memory of Khapach Lakshuk’s valor is a stele patterned with Arabic inscriptions.

The cenotaph is considered to be a mystical stone that can grant secret wishes that come from the heart. It is advised to walk around the monument three times for the Hapach to help make the pure dreams come true.

Address: Sanatornaya street.

How to get there: take bus №3, the stop “Healing Park”.

Iverskaya chapel and the spring of St. Panteleimon

At the foot of Abadzehskaya mountain in 1864, good people have erected Iverskaya chapel. The spiritual place of power attracts pilgrims from all over the country. Near the chapel there is a holy spring, a healing spring that helps sufferers to quench physical and mental pain.

Address: Psekupskaya street, 2A.

Mode of operation: Monday-Friday, 9.00-17.00.

How to get there: the bus number 1, 2, 10, stop “Goryachy Klyuch Sanatorium.

A House with Sculptures

This unusual house on the outskirts of town is known to all locals. The facade of the building, fences and gates are decorated with intricate sculptural images, handmade by the owner. The works include statues of Adam and Eve, a galloping Cossack and the majestic Atlanteans.

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Address: 7 Kurortnaya Street.

Working schedule: visit the house from Wednesday to Sunday, 12.00-17.00.

How to get there: by bus №4, the bus stop “Shkolnaya”.

Holy Trinity Church

The church of Holy Trinity was built in 1867 and was restored several times. Construction of the church is still going on. Under the auspices of the temple was created society of sisters of mercy, which helps the city hospital. The parish holds services and assists people who are in difficult situations.

Address: ul. Sovetskaya, 100.

Working hours: Monday-Friday, 07.00-19.00.

How to get there: by bus number 5, the stop “Crossroads”.

Kosinov House

Ivan Filippovich Kosinov was a public figure, a doctor, a teacher. Thanks to him first settlement school and a hospital appeared. He did a lot for the development of Goryachy Klyuch.

His house is the only perfectly preserved pre-revolutionary building, which was built in 1878. The architecture of the house is in Moorish style, the territory is ennobled with a botanical garden with medicinal plants.

Address: 35, Lenin str.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm.

How to get there: take bus number 5, the stop “Voroshilov street”.

Monument to mineral water

The only monument in honor of the mineral water, installed in Goryachy Klyuch in 1914. It is located on the Mineral Glade, located along the foot of Abadzehskaya mountain. The monument is a tetrahedral column, the top of which is decorated with a statuette of imperial bronze two-headed eagle. The place was not chosen by chance: many points of “live” water are concentrated here.

Address: 2 Psekupskaya Street.

How to get there: take bus number 3 to the bus stop “Healing Park”.

Arc of Triumph

The Triumphal Arch is the locals’ tribute to the 145th anniversary of the spa town. Perched on snow-white stone columns-towers, it has become a significant object of Goryachy Klyuch.

Now the Triumphal Arch is a favorite place for photographing newlyweds and tourists.

Address: Psekupskaya Street, 2/8.

How to get there: convenient by buses № 1, 3 to the stop “Goryachi Klyuch Sanatorium”.

Where to go in Goryachy Klyuch for a tourist, interesting places

Goryachy Klyuch has special sights that are unique to it. The resort town will help not only to improve health, but also to quench the aesthetic thirst. The traveler will see beautiful streets, parks, museums and other popular places.

Healing Park

The creation of the Healing Park dates back to 1870. The name speaks for itself: the territory is full of mineral water springs. The park has preserved old relict trees, sculptures, fountain and pavilions, large alleys, where it is cool to walk in the heat. There are places to visit and places to go with children: Happy Bridge, well-kept forest, aquarium, “Water Mill”, playground.

Travelers can quench their thirst at the Drinking Gallery with life-giving, empowering water.

Location: Psekupskaya Street.

Mode of operation: 24 hours a day.

How to get there: travel by bus number 1 to the bus stop “Goryachi Klyuch Sanatorium”.

Square “Stone Flower”.

This charming square, named after the famous flower-shaped fountain, is a popular place for family strolls. The fountain is of particular interest. It is created in the form of a flower, from the bosom of which numerous streams of water gush out. The top of the fountain is decorated with a stone, as if floating in the air. The park is full of greenery and flowers. An old pond with water lilies is fringed with ship pines. The expansive recreation area is an additional site for city events.

Location: corner of Lenin and Voroshilov streets.

Visiting schedule: 24 hours a day.

How to get there: take bus number 5, the stop “Voroshilov street”.

Ostrich ranch.

Large ostrich farm has been recently opened for tourists. The ranch has managed to win the interest of thousands of travelers. The tour includes demonstration of incubators, ostrich chicks, adults, emergence of ostriches from the egg. Therefore, it is better to come here in spring or summer. Besides ostriches, the farm contains pheasants, peacocks, motley ducks, black hens.

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