What to see in Essentuki in one day
Essentuki is a small resort town in the Caucasian Mineral Waters region.
Its area is only 50 km², which is less than the Central Administrative District in Moscow. At the same time in the city there are 25 health resorts – there are more of them per square kilometer than people in Kamchatka.
Tourists come to Yessentuki to improve their health: to drink the local mineral water, to take recreational baths in a building with Soviet-era tiles and to undergo treatments with therapeutic mud.
My wife and children and I vacationed in Yessentuki in April 2021. We chose the city because you can quickly get to other cities in the Caucasian Mineral Waters from there. It’s also quieter here than in the popular Kislovodsk, and there are usually fewer tourists.
The main city attractions can be bypassed in one day – I have compiled a ready-made itinerary for a 3.5 km walk.
What will you see
How to get to Essentuki
The nearest airport to Essentuki is in Mineralnye Vody. Aeroflot, Rossiya, UTair, S7, Pobeda, Azimut, and Smartavia fly there from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, and other cities. The full schedule is on the airport website. In May 2021, the cheapest round-trip ticket from Moscow without baggage was 5,442 P . From St. Petersburg it was 10,765 R . We took a UTair flight from Elista. The flight lasted an hour. The ticket without baggage cost 758 R.
was the cheapest round-trip ticket from Moscow.
Even during off-season, a lot of tourists arrive in Mineralnye Vody, and the small terminal can barely keep up with the demand. The editor-in-chief of this article was vacationing in Essentuki during the May holidays, when the airport was packed with people and there were huge lines for boarding. It is not easy to maintain a social distance in such conditions.
From the airport of Mineralnye Vody to Essentuki 40 km. You can get there by train, bus or cab. From the airport to the railway station of Mineralnye Vody minibus number 11 runs every half hour. The fare costs 20 R, travel time – 20 minutes.
Train to Essentuki leaves every half hour. Tickets are sold at the station ticket office and in the official mobile application “Russian Railways Passengers”. Tourists are taken by old trains and modern “Lastochka”. Tickets cost from 123 R, for children from 5 to 7 years – from 30 R, children under 5 years ride free. Travel time – from 35 to 55 minutes.
From Mineralnye Vody airport bus station to Yessentuki buses leave five times a day: at 09:15, 09:43, 10:30, 16:48 and 17:03. Tickets cost from 75 to 130 R . If the schedule is not suitable, you will have to get to the central bus station Minvody by minibus № 11, get off at the “Victory Square” stop. The trip to Essentuki will cost 82-116 R .
It is faster and easier to go to Essentuki by cab. Drivers meet tourists at the exit of the terminal, but they behave too intrusive and do not inspire confidence. We called a car through “Yandex-go,” the driver came in a couple of minutes. A 40-minute ride cost 682 rubles. The cab driver drove calmly, was polite and helped with the luggage. In my opinion, this is an exception, not a rule. Most drivers drive like mad, don’t turn on turn signals and don’t let pedestrians pass, and can also take offense if a passenger decides to wear a seat belt.
If you do not want to look for a car on the spot, you can arrange a trip in advance. There are drivers’ contacts in “Avito” – to find the right ad enter the word “transfer” into the search. The choice of cars is large: cars, minivans, buses.
From Moscow to Yessentuki there is a train number 143, which leaves from Paveletsky station. Travel time is 35 hours. The ticket costs 2366 R in the coach, 4539 R in the coupe.
The branded double-decker train # 004 “Kavkaz” leaves from Kazanskiy vokzal. There are only compartment and SV cars in it. Travel time to Essentuki is about a day. Ticket in compartment costs 3680 R, in SV – 12 357 R.
Also you can take tickets for a passing train number 061, which goes to Nalchik. He has a convenient schedule: leaves from Paveletsky station in the evening, and Yessentuki arrives in the morning after a day. A ticket in the coach costs 3341 R, in the compartment – 4646 R.
From St. Petersburg to Yessentuki you can get by train № 049. The trip will take almost two days. The ticket costs 4630 R in the coach, 7416 R in the compartment.
From the railway and bus station in Yessentuki you can walk to the beginning of the route.
Getting to know Essentuki: 14 best places
The calm green resort does not boast of Lermontov places like Pyatigorsk, and does not suffer from crowds of tourists like Kislovodsk. Essentuki is a paradise for lovers of beautiful nature and resort architecture. The picturesque town in the valley of the river Podkumok has a comfortable flat terrain, wonderful parks and is famous for its excellent quality mineral water. Find out what to see in the city and where to go from Essentuki.
What to see in 1 day
Start your acquaintance with Yessentuki from the square where the monument to the Cossacks, the founders of the city, stands. It is located at the intersection of Pervomayskaya and Oboronnaya Streets. Pass by the blue-blue St. Nicholas Church and the beautiful Old Believer Church of the Intercession. Kislovodskaya street will lead you to the local history museum. It is located in a building that was built at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries.
Most of all you can see sights in the central, Kurortny district of Yessentuki. Just behind the museum there is Theater Square with a spectacular “singing” fountain. Behind an unusual monument “Zero kilometer of love” you will see the entrance to a large Kurortny park. The central avenue will take you to the oldest building of the town – to the spring gallery #17. Take a rest under the shady trees and drink healthy mineral water!
There are a lot of sculptures, fountains and architectural monuments in the park. You will discover the Lower and Upper mineral baths, pavilions “Oreanda” and “Rococo”, man-made grottos and the building mud baths Semashko. Finish your walk in Yessentuki conveniently near the Church of St. Panteleimon.
And now let’s learn a little more about the main sights of Yessentuki.
Gallery of the spring number 17. Photo: Slayer87 / Depositphotos.com.
The city’s calling card and the place that all tourists rush to see, is located in the heart of the resort – between the Resort Park and the concert hall named after Chaliapin. The Theater Square is completely devoted to pedestrians, so there are always a lot of people here. People come to admire the “singing” fountains, buy souvenirs, sit in a cafe and make a wish near the monument “Zero kilometer of love”.
Fountains on Theater Square. Photo: shinobi / Depositphotos.com.
Drinking Gallery “Five Thousandths”.
If you are looking for where to try different kinds of Yessentuki for free, go to the largest drinking gallery in Europe. The spacious building can accommodate 5 thousand people! Gallery is open to all comers and is located on the territory of the boarding house “Victoria”, on Pushkinskaya Street, 22. Water for tasting is brought from different sources and served cold and hot. Drink as much as you want!
Museum of local lore
To learn more about Yessentuki sights, visit the city history museum. Especially impressive is the section “Old Essentuki”, which presents rare photos, newspapers, postcards, books, spa souvenirs and household items of citizens of a century ago. The museum is located in the Resort area on Kislovodskaya street, 5. The entrance costs 100 rubles.
The city traces its history back to a Cossack settlement, so today there are 6 temples in Yessentuki. From old churches of great interest is Old Believers Church on Furmanov Street, 22. The building with beautiful brick patterns was built at the end of XIX century. Lovers of temple architecture like the many-domed Church of St. Panteleimon (Angievsky st., 2), Cossack St. Nicholas Church (Oboronnaya st., 43) and the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Slavy st., 6).
The multi-headed church of St. Panteleimon. Photo: mikle15 / Depositphotos.com.
On the street Andzhievskogo, 7, next to the restaurant “Rodina” rises an unusual three-storey house. The cottage in Art Nouveau style was built at the beginning of the last century for the police bailiff I. G. Zimin. The facade of the building is decorated with a sculpture with three eagles, arched windows and original toothed towers.
If you want to see the greenest part of Yessentuki and feed squirrels, go to the Kurortny, or Medicinal Park. History of the park area began in the middle of the XIX century, when the governor of the Caucasus, Prince Mikhail Semenovich Vorontsov ordered to green the new spa resort. Seedlings for Yessentuki were brought from nurseries and botanical gardens of Warsaw and Tbilisi, and the first trees were planted by soldiers.
Spa Park is like a jewel box. Around every corner, new surprises await you. A walk through the old alleys is a lot of fun. Tourists admire the picturesque fountains, rose gardens, ancient buildings, gazebos, shady grottos and bureaus with mineral water.
The upper Nicholas Baths in the Resort Park. Photo: Slayer87 / Depositphotos.com.
Music Pavilion “Rococo”
Another decoration of Yessentuki is a wrought iron pergola in the city’s Kurortny Park. The openwork fence, roof and cornices are decorated with elegant iron ornaments. At the beginning of the last century classical music was played in the arbour, and it was called “Musical”. Recently, the good tradition was revived, so you can go to the performance of artists.
The picturesque landscape park on Pushkin Street is called “English Park” for its free planning. The green area began to be arranged back in 1903. Now on the territory of 40 hectares there are a lot of trees, walking paths and medical trails – terrinkuras. Just like in the spa park, lots of squirrels live here, so don’t forget to take some seeds or nuts with you!
Yessentuki landmark is beautiful at any time of the year. Semicircular colonnade on an elevation surrounds the observation deck. Come and admire the Main Caucasian Ridge, two-headed Elbrus and the resort surroundings!
Oreanda gazebo. Photo: mikle15 / Depositphotos.com.
What to see on the outskirts of Essentuki
If you are planning to visit Yessentuki in the summer, go for a swim at the lake near the station “White Coal”. On the shore of the body of water works cafe, there is a well-appointed beach, boat station, rent of deckchairs and umbrellas.
Rio de Kavkaz .
Original temple complex, which is interesting to look at in the vicinity of Essentuki, includes a statue of Christ with a height of 20 m, churches and chapels. In the well-kept area housed a Sunday school, an exhibition of old cars, playground, pond with turtles and a small zoo. When the weather is good, the observation deck has a great view of Elbrus. Rio de Kavkaz is 3 km from the center of the resort, on the Borgustan highway. From Yessentuki there are shuttle buses number 4 and 10.
Statue of Jesus Christ next to the temple of Peter and Paul. Photo: nikolenko7 / Depositphotos.com.
St. George’s Nunnery
Orthodox monastery on the 35th km of the road Mineralnye Vody – Kislovodsk is interesting not only for believers, but also for lovers of temple architecture and viewing platforms. A beautiful monastery stands on Mount Dubrovka and from it you can see perfectly the Elbrus, Beshtau, Mashuk and other peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Nearby is a baptismal font, in which people bathe in both summer and winter. On weekends from the center of Yessentuki to the monastery a special bus, and at other times you can get to the monastery by cab.
The beautiful monastery stands on Mount Dubrovka and from it you can see Elbrus, Beshtau, Mashuk and other peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Photo: juvnsky / unsplash.com.
The thermal springs of mineral water in the village of Suvorovskaya are popular with tourists who vacation in Kislovodsk, Pyatigorsk and Essentuki. Healing hot waters were discovered in the middle of the XX century. Today guests are welcomed by swimming pools with warm water, modern showers, changing rooms and cafes. The open-air swimming pool with a water temperature of +38°C is open both in summer and winter. Bathing in the springs costs 350 roubles per hour. There is a shuttle bus 101e going from the Yessentuki railway station to Suvorovskaya every 10 minutes.
Tersky Horse Farm
In 40 km from Essentuki, in the village of Novotersky is a stud farm for breeding horses. You will see a spectacular horse show and you can ride a thoroughbred horse. From Yessentuki to the famous stud farm is convenient to get on a tour, by cab or by rented car.