30 best sights of the Perm region.
The combination of two natural zones – forest-steppe and taiga – have made the Perm region an amazingly beautiful place. Plus, a part of the Ural Ridge and the majestic full-flowing Kama make its landscapes very diverse and suitable for different types of tourism. Hiking in the taiga, mountain climbing, visiting caves, rafting on the river and skiing are available to visitors to the region in the appropriate seasons.
Winters here are snowy, but not fierce, in summer it is quite hot, but without the exhausting heat. Lovers of relaxing rest also find a lot of entertainment. You can visit a lot of architectural attractions, museums – historical and ethnographic, go fishing in the abundant lakes and rivers, visit the numerous festivals that are regularly held here.
The most interesting and beautiful places in Perm Krai
List, photo with names and descriptions of the main sights of the region!
A real calling card of the Perm Territory. Natural karst underground cave, the seventh longest among similar ones: 5700 meters of grottos, passages and halls. There are 70 lakes and 150 unique “organ pipes” – natural vertical shafts. In the cave it is cold, in some places to subzero temperatures, because there are preserved ice stalactites over the age of 12 thousand years.
This is an array of sandstone, which for thousands of years the wind has turned into a cluster of massive pillar-stones. Before that, the river worked on the natural architecture, creating arches and crevices in the rocks, making the natural formation remarkably similar to a man-made city. By analogy, the gorges are named streets, and the individual rocks have names of their own. Locals have nicknamed the attraction Devil’s Mound.
Here are 23 objects of wooden architecture, brought from all over the region, located on 35 hectares of open-air museum on the bank of the Kama. Inside the buildings are exhibitions of local handicrafts and creativity, restored interiors of the eras, to which the buildings belong. The territory of the complex is landscaped: paved streets, embankment, lighting. A tea room is opened for guests.
Acting monastery named for severity of charter “Ural Athos”. It is located on the Belaya Mountain 40 km from Kungur and 70 km from Perm. The majestic Krestovozdvizhenskiy cathedral in Neobyzantine style is located on the territory of the monastery. Everything is reconstructed from the ground up by archive photos in the nineties, after the great fire. The monastery is usually visited as a part of the weekend tour of Kungur sights.
The limestone massif with the height of 120 meters stretches for kilometers along the right bank of the Usva. As a tourist site of interest to climbers, speleologists and lovers of archeology. There are many caves and grottos, and new ones are discovered regularly: the rock is quite difficult to climb and not all are explored. A separate attraction – Devil’s Finger, a vertical rock ledge 70 meters high.
After the construction of the Kama hydroelectric power plant, a large area near the Kama and a number of rivers was flooded, forming a reservoir. Historical cities and a number of industrial objects are under water, which attracts divers here. Here excellent fishing and yachting is developed. Every summer the Kama Reservoir receives participants of the local sailing regatta – Kama Cup.
One of the few waterfalls in the Urals. Located on the river Sylva near the village of Suksun. It starts not from the river, but from a rock cleft, forms a fifteen-meter stream and falls from a height of 7 meters, emitting a strong roar. The water is clear, suitable for drinking without treatment. It is considered a holy spring, so it attracts pilgrims for ablutions. The bowl of the waterfall is equipped with a font.
A small mountain with a maximum height of 614 meters, its main feature is its location on the border between Europe and Asia. At the top of equipped observation deck, which offers a view of both sides of the world. People visit Kolpaky all year round, the slope is flat and very comfortable for hiking, and in winter there is a special trail to admire the breathtaking snowy scenery.
Cave Miracle Maker
A relatively small cave of the Kladovaya Kamen mountain on the bank of the Ponysh, a tributary of the Chusovaya River, is 512 meters long. Finding the entrance is not easy, it is a meander – a fairly narrow horizontal slot. Its grottoes abound with bizarre stalactites and lime drifts. The cave is relatively simple; you do not need any special cave-dweller’s skills and equipment, but a flashlight is enough.
Near the village of Orda on the river Kungur is an underwater cave in the karst sediments under the Kazakovsky mountains. Rest here means a special – speleodiving, walks with scuba diving in submerged grottoes. The total length is 4,600 meters, and the dry part is only 300. You do not need to bring your own equipment: there is a diving center with all the necessary equipment and experienced instructors.
It is the best place for ecotourism in the region. On the slopes of Basegi Ridge there is a nature reserve, which shelters hundreds of plant and animal species, some of which are red-listed. Admission is permitted only by prior request in groups of up to 10 people, necessarily with a guide. Tourists usually visit Korostylevsky cordon, the Usva River and the Oslyanka mountain. Skiing tours are provided in winter.
Sobornaya square in Solikamsk
Three sights of Solikamsk are located here at once. The cathedral belltower is a Russian analogue of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, its vertical slope is determined even without special instruments, by eye. The verst pole of Solikamsk indicates the beginning of the direct way, called the Tsar road, from the center of Russia to Siberia. And the Trinity cathedral – a structure of the XVII century, the largest and the most beautiful among the religious sites of the region.
It is founded on the territory, collected at once several natural zones within the boundaries of 240 thousand hectares: dark pine taiga forest, “bare” mountains, bogs and water surface. There are 4 types of excursions to the reserve with different length of the route, during which you can observe the local fauna and admire the nature. Separate attention deserves the protected landscape of Wetlan – a huge rock, equipped with an observation deck.
In Perm’s “Park of Stones” there is an art object made by Nikolai Polissky from intertwined spruce logs in the form of a four-sided U-shaped arch. The cube with 12 meters sides is illuminated from inside at night and is supplemented with an interactive sound installation. It has become an unofficial symbol of the city, has been vandalized more than once. The building is considered temporary and can be dismantled at any time.
A vast shallow lake among the Perm bogs. The area around it is sparsely populated, which is associated with conducted here underground nuclear explosions, which formed nearby Lake Yadernoye. Within Chusovskoe Lake the background is normal, and angling for fish is permitted (pike, ide, crucian carp, burbot, pikeperch, etc.). But there are no roads here, it is possible to get there only by motorboat on the Visherka river.
Blue lakes of Aleksandrovsk.
Near the town of Aleksandrovsk in the north of the region there is a scattering of mountain lakes filled with water the color of turquoise. The most interesting thing is that the reservoirs are man-made, former limestone quarries. The unusual color is due to the limestone suspended matter, but there are fish here and the water is suitable for bathing. You can stay at the recreation center built here and there is an opportunity to rent equipment for spearfishing.
Museum with sad history devoted to prisoners of repression who languished in Perm ITK-36 near Kuchino settlement. Among the famous prisoners of the colony are many Soviet dissidents, such as Natan Sharansky and Gleb Yakunin. There was also a separate facility for especially dangerous recidivists. In 1988 the institution was liquidated, but 10 years later it was restored and turned into a museum.
Chusovaya River History Ethnographic Park
The main part of the expositions of the village-museum is the life of the Perm peasantry of the century before last. In addition to the standard hut of those years, there is a blacksmith’s shop, a fireplace, a grocery store, a wooden puppet theater (balagan) and a pottery workshop. All exhibits are genuine antiques. The heart of the park is the museum of the famous Ermak. There are also collections of personal belongings of writers, natives of these places, including Astafiev and Green.
Ust-Borovsk Salt Works
“Permian – salty ears” used to be the name of the inhabitants of the region. The main source of income of these lands was the salt trade, and it is not surprising that the old buildings on the territory of the plant for its processing have been turned into a museum. Here you can still see equipment and constructions of the 19th century: a brine lifting machine, salt stalls, an office hut, a guard post, storehouses, cooking pots, where the product was evaporated, and hand tools of the Perm salt-makers.
It is not easy to get here, but among the Perm tourist attractions, the waterfalls are one of the most massively visited. This is a whole cascade of 550 meters long with a drop of more than 600 levels at the extreme points! The biggest of them is the Lower one with the height of 15 meters. The water is clear and icy. The place is quite crowded, but wild to this day. To meet the local animals here is quite easy, so you must be careful – there are bears here.
The remote Shumkovo Station in the middle of the forest became a reserve base for steam locomotives. Previously it was a secret base for preserving rolling stock in case of war, but in the 1990s it was abandoned. There are dozens of locomotives here, and it is not forbidden to inspect them personally, pull levers, and look into the boilers. The seasonally parked cars of electric trains are driven here, but the access to them is prohibited, there is a guard.
The White Sea of Berezniki
A unique man-made object is the sludge lake at the Bereznyak soda plant. The industrial waste gives its surface an azure color, and the coastal sand makes it snow-white. You have to admire the beauty from afar – the banks are waterlogged and unsuitable for swimming. But the lake is not poisonous, according to the assurances of the locals there are seagulls with unusual, colored in soft pink feathers.
Perm Cathedral Mosque
Built in 1903, the mosque was funded by Perm Muslims, including several merchant Tatar clans. The peculiarity of the building is a mixture of Eastern and Russian motifs in the exterior design. It was used as a religious building until 1937, later it was used as a storehouse. In the 1990s, the building was given back to the Muslim community and is now the main place of worship in Perm.
Holy Trinity Stefan Monastery
The history of the monastery began with the lighting of a small church in 1790. Over time the dilapidated wooden building was replaced by a majestic temple, which was given the rank of a cathedral. In the post-revolutionary period, the premises were transferred to the city bread factory as a warehouse, and in the nineties the building was returned to the church, restored to its original appearance. Now the monastery operates an icon painting studio, which trains future artists.
The Kopan canal
The canal was dug to provide the Stroganovs’ iron works in Ocher with water as a source of energy for mechanisms working from a water wheel. But the project failed, although the work was titanic: the passage was made by hand in the rocks. Now it is a popular tourist attraction, as its bed is a cascade of artificial waterfalls with a complex wall attractive to climbers.
The rock itself is not particularly remarkable, it is climbed for the sake of the stunning panorama that opens from it. The view is a huge round glade formed by the loop of Irgina river and the forest overhanging it. A breathtaking illusion of free flight is created. In the river itself the lucky one can catch a valuable trophy: the legendary Ural grayling. One more plus of the sight – it is easy to reach it by car.
Perm Museum of Local Lore
The museum has dozens of branches scattered throughout the region. The main building is the former house of the steamer Meshkov directly in Perm. Its collections and expositions are vast and varied, trying to cover all the milestones of the history of these lands. From archaeological artifacts from excavated ancient sites to the history of the revolutionary movement in the region. There are often promotions designed to increase interest in history, such as free visiting days with fascinating tours.
Motovilikhinskie Zavody History Museum
In two parts of the museum: outdoors and in a 19th century building, the history of the copper-smelting plant and, later, the armory production and samples of its products are presented. Among them are ancient cannons of the pre-Napoleonic era, artillery systems of the Great Patriotic War, a quarter of the barrel artillery that crushed the Nazis during the war years was made here. As well as modern equipment: ballistic missiles, multiple launch rocket systems. The visit is free.
Perm State Art Gallery
50,000 works of art in one building. Time period: from the most ancient (rock paintings, ceramics) to the present. Expositions are divided chronologically and by authorship: Russian, Western European, Eastern. After the building of the museum was given to the Russian Orthodox Church, the exhibitions were moved to the premises of the former missile school. A collection of wooden sculptures by Perm masters is a special pride.
Happiness is not far off
An art object by Boris Matrosov, which has become a symbol of Perm. This optimistic phrase is reproduced in huge red letters on the embankment of the Kama river. After being dumped from the reservoir, the inscription turned out to be one-third flooded, which gave it great popularity. The site regularly suffers from vandals and small boat drivers, but is constantly being restored. It is widely known for the opening credits of the Real Men TV series.
36 best sights of Perm region – descriptions and photos
Stone City, also called the Devil’s Hillfort, is recognized as one of the most beautiful and fascinating places in the Perm region, and is becoming more and more popular every year. Several years ago it was awarded the status of the landscape natural monument.
Kungur Cave is located in the Perm Territory, on the right bank of the Sylva River, near the town of Kungur. The cave is located at the base of the Ice Mountain slope. Its length is 5,7 km, and it is famous for the cleanest air and numerous lakes.
Monument to the letter P
Monument to the letter P, or the Perm Gates, is the most controversial art object in the city. It appeared in 2011 and still evokes the most contradictory feelings in Perm residents and visitors alike, from admiration to disgust.
Perm Cathedral Mosque
Perm Cathedral Mosque is the first Muslim sanctuary and the oldest building in Perm for Muslim prayer meetings. In fact, it is the only place in the city where the followers of Islam can fully gather, as the other 4 temples are very small.
Permyak salty ears
Permyak salty ears monument is the most famous landmark of the Urals city. Genre urban sculpture consists of two parts – the figure of a photographer and a round frame with large ears, located near it. It is in this frame you have to put your face and take a picture.
The tour is a creative activity, and not only for the guides, but also for the guests: you can be not just a spectator, but also a “second director”. Ask any questions or make any requests – thanks to them the walk will only become more interesting!
Peter and Paul Cathedral in Perm
One of the oldest stone buildings in Perm is the Peter and Paul Cathedral, or the Church in the name of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. It was built in the 18th century in the Russian baroque style and is located at the site of the founding of the city, on the street of the same name.
Holy Trinity Stefan Monastery
The first wooden building of the St. Trinity Stefanovsky Monastery was built back in 1790. The place for the building was not chosen by chance – the townspeople wanted to see a church near the pond in Motovilikha.
The Usvinsky pillars are a majestic stone range stretching along the Usva River in the Perm region. Megaliths up to 120 m high amaze with their power, and from the observation platform, to which the trail leads, you can see the most beautiful panoramas of the Urals.
Babinogorskaya cave is popular among tourists traveling in the Perm Territory – it is very beautiful and does not require any equipment to visit it. The cave was found in the middle of the 20th century by local residents, but soon after that the entrance was covered with stones.
Belogorsky Monastery of Perm
White Mountain, located near Perm, is a place that is very popular among travelers. It offers fascinating panoramas of the natural beauty of the Urals. But many are amazed not only by the views and the fact that most of the year there is snow (hence the name – White Mountain).
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The unique and typical only for the Northern Urals mountain landscapes are concentrated in the reserve. Besides, the Western Vishera is a natural habitat for 36 species of mammals (reindeer, sable, etc.), 155 species of birds, 3 species of amphibians, and more than 12 species of fish.
Plakun Waterfall is one of the most visited places in the Perm region, and there are several reasons for that. First, it is a very picturesque place, and in winter it becomes much more beautiful than in summer. And secondly, it is believed that its waters are able to heal from any disease.
“Blue Lakes” of Aleksandrovsk.
“Blue Lakes” – under this name is known as one of the most popular places among tourists visiting the city of Aleksandrovsk in the Perm region. 270 million years ago, the surrounding area was flooded by an ancient tropical sea, and in the 20th century limestone was mined here.
Kolpaky are mineral formations of unusual shape on the mountain of the same name near the border between Asia and Europe. Their appearance is surprisingly similar to the huge hats, reaching a height of dozens of meters. And the mountain itself with a height of 614 meters and its surroundings are recognized as a natural monument.
Kungur Gostiny Dvor
Most of the cities in the Urals got rich from mining and smelting metals. However, Kungur was originally a trade center: the Great Siberian Trakt ran through it, local merchants exported tea, spices, and porcelain from the East, and imported earthenware and fine leather goods.
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Gribushin’s house in Perm is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city for decades. It is not for nothing that it is considered an architectural monument of the 19th century. At the time the merchants owned five houses, but today only one has survived.
Governor House in Perm
Since its construction the fate of this house has made sharp turns. There was a liquor store and a tuberculosis dispensary, a businessman, a prosecutor and teachers of the Perm men’s gymnasium, among whom was the mother of Lenin – M. A. Blank lived there.
The reserve received its name from the Basegi Ridge, which stretches from north to south and is part of the Main Urals Ridge. The most interesting for tourists are the so-called stone rivers, which are terraces with stone screes.
The stone Wetlan, majestically towering above the right bank of the river Vishera, is annually visited by a great number of tourists traveling through the Perm region and the Urals. As a matter of fact Wetlan is a steep system of rocky cliffs up to 100 m high and having 2 km length.
The Kama Reservoir was formed in 1954, when a dam was built on the Kama River. Within the next 2 years, it became so big that they started calling it the Kama Sea. More than 60 years have passed since its appearance, but its boundaries even now are not clearly fixed.
Quite recently, in 2005, the Perm Oblast and the Permian Komi District merged to form a new region, the Perm Krai, the capital of which is the city of Perm.
The Perm Krai, like an old jewelry box, is rich in various sights: ancient towns (Solikamsk, Kungur, Suksun, Usolye, and others), natural monuments (caves, stone city, stone pillars), museums, monasteries, and many others. You can see them firsthand in guided tours of the land of Perm, but the best way is to travel in your own car, in order to cover as many places as possible.
Perm itself – the owner of many attractions, which can be seen on walking tours of the city. In Solikamsk you will learn about the history of the city associated with the salt mine. In Nyrob, “a city of political prisoners”, at the beginning of the 17th century an uncle of the ancestor of the Romanovs dynasty was in prison. Cherdyn is famous for its wooden sculpture. Suksun, along with Tula, is the birthplace of Russian samovars. Kungur is a famous in Russia town of merchants. And if we talk about Usolie, it is a glorious city-museum, presenting stone architecture in the open air.
The Perm Territory, like an ancient jewelry box full of jewels, is rich in all kinds of sights.
In the Perm Territory you can feel the breath of antiquity in everything, despite its urbanization. Perm stone and wooden architecture, wooden sculptures, Perm nature and fauna – here Russian Orthodoxy, Finno-Ugric and Turkic civilizations are united into a single whole. And as a result, all this has become our, Russian, painfully native and nostalgic. The traces of the Great Migration of Peoples, the legacy of the ancient Russian architecture, the treasures of the Volga Bulgaria, the mining civilization, the legends and legends, the traces of the forest warriors and Vogul hunters are very much expressed in the Perm region.
According to a legend, in one of the largest and most beautiful in the world famous Kungur ice cave, the pearl of the Urals, which was formed about ten thousand years ago, Cossacks headed by Ermak wintered during a campaign to Siberia. Today we can see with our own eyes the endless grottos, underground lakes, ice and stone. Tourists come to the cave every year to see this incredibly picturesque beauty!
In a unique museum of Stalin’s repressions there are expositions, which reproduce with historical accuracy the life of prisoners at that time.
The ethnographic park “Khokhlovka” (opened in the 80s of the 20th century on the bank of the Kama River), located 130 kilometers from Perm, provides a unique opportunity to plunge into the life of local peasants of centuries ago.
There are buildings preserved from the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century (dwelling houses, fire watchtower, blacksmith shops, market stalls, etc.). Guests of the museum can view and touch all this historical treasure, to test their suitability for the life of a hundred years ago.
A variety of burials, burial grounds, sites of ancient people, excavations of mammoths and other prehistoric creatures, which disappeared from the face of the Earth many hundreds of millions of years ago, will be of interest to lovers of archeology and paleontology.
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