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Krasnodar

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Krasnodar [1] is the capital of Krasnodar Krai.

Understand[edit]

The city is one the most important historical and cultural centers of Southern Russian and Northern Caucus region. Krasnodar was founded in 1794 by the Black Sea Cossack settlers under the guidance of Catherine the Great to guard the southern border of the Russian Empire. It is located to the east of the Black Sea. The city has a population of 713, 426 people according to 2010 census and it is more ethnically diverse than the Russian North with many Armenians and Ossetians setting in the area over the years of political turmoil. Adyghe and many Russian Jews inhabit it as well.

Get in[edit]

To fly directly to Krasnodar from abroad, you can use Austrian Airlines (from Vienna) or Pegasus Airlines (from Istanbul) with flights landing in Krasnodar International Airport (IATA: KRR) [2] and thus bypassing the Moscow hub in Sheremetyevo International Airport. This option is usually more expensive and most travelers opt for cheaper flights with Moscow layovers, the cheapest of which are Avianova, Skyexpress or Aeroflot. When flying through Moscow, you have to change between international and domestic terminals of Sheremetyevo Airport.

Get around[edit]

By public transportation[edit]

Krasnodar has a dense network of trams, trolleybuses, city buses, taxis, the boat across the Kuban river and, a uniquely Eastern European road feature of “marshrutkas”, which is a hybrid between a taxi and a minibus. Hitchhiking is also common. Trams, buses, and trolleys are more popular modes of travel because they are public and relatively cheap with a single pass costing 15 rubles (~$0.5 USD). Some people choose to opt out of using trams, buses and trolleys because they have a tendency to be packed during rush hours of morning and evening as well as not sticking to schedule during times of heavy rain or snow. For times like these, taxis and marshrutkas are always available at a higher fee. One in three native Krasnodarians own a personal vehicle.

Access a map of the tram and trolleybus lines here: [3]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Krasnaya Street - main street of the city, along which many of the interesting spots are located. Part of the street is closed to vehicles during the evening, which makes it a center of nightlife.
  • Twelve theatres, the oldest of which are the Drama Theatre, Children’s Puppet Theatre, the regional Philharmonic Hall and the Operetta Theatre, all located along Krasnaya St.
  • Ten museums. Two of the most well-known:
  • Krasnodar Regional Fine Arts Museum (13 Krasnaya St., (861)262-6633)
  • Krasnodar Regional Exhibit Hall (32 Rashpilevskaya St., (861)268-6763)
have many famous works of Kuban and Russian and European artists from as early as 16th century.
  • The Splash Fountain
  • Several parks and arboretums, four zoos and two water parks (“Equator” and “Aqualand”) for those visiting in summer months.
  • Eleven movie theaters. “Aurora” movie theatre (169 Krasnaya St.) is one of the oldest and historically preserved movie theatres in the city built in 1967. For night time entertainment, around twenty entertainment complexes are opened 24 hours and usually include bowling alleys, shopping centers, video arcades, casinos and restaurants in one place.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Oceanarium, (161 Stasova Street, inside Galaktika Mall, This aquarium is a fun thing for families to do, though somewhat steeply priced, at around 400 rubles ($10) per person. There are several tanks of fish to look at, including a tunnel-tank that patrons can walk under, allowing tiny sharks to swim over your head. To make the trip worth the 400 rubles, you really need to 1) visit during a feeding time (when the carnivorous fish make a gruesomely interesting scene), and, 2) feed the turtles in the koi pond. (Use the 10 ruble - vending machine to purchase fish food.)

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Vostochniy Rinok, (161 Stasova Street), It is always a treat for North American tourists to visit a rinok (which might be translated as "bazaar" or "farmers' market". This outdoor assortment of booths offers the best in fresh produce and other domestic products. Come prepared to haggle/ bargain, especially over non-produce items. The Vostochniy (East) Rinok is located two blocks north of Stravopolskaya Street, on Stasova Street.
  • Galaktika, (182 Stasova Street), For a more Western-/ North American- style shopping experience, check out this mega-mall. Galaktika is home to hundreds of clothing stores, sports stores, computer stores, and an "Okey" (which is comparable to a Walmart). Galaktika also features an "Oceanarium", a respectable food court, and other diversions. If you are located in the eastern half of Krasnodar, it is easy to find Galaktika by hopping on a #10 tram and riding it north to the end of the line (Khladokombinat stop).

Eat[edit][add listing]

Krasnodar has many restaurants, pubs, eateries, sushi bars, hookah bars, pizzerias, coffee/tea houses and fast food places. The predominant Krasnodar cuisine is a mix of south Russian, Georgian, Armenian and Greek flavors with emphasis on fresh local grown produce minimally spiced and mostly flavored by parsley, dill and cilantro.

Fastfood[edit]

  • Subway (5/2 Zipovskaya Street, 149 Krasnaya Street, 39 Krainyaya Street, 38 Mira Street)
  • McDonald's (100 Dzerzhinsky St., (861)210-4192)
  • KFC (104 Uralskaya St., (861)210-9333)
  • “Lubo-Dorogo” is a popular Krasnodar fast-food chain which specializes in a mix of Russian cuisine with appetizers (90-280 rubles), main courses (150-350 rubles) and desserts (70-110 rubles).

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Greek House Hotel, Ryleeva Str.165 (10-minute walk from Krasnodar city centre). checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Free WiFi and simply furnished accommodation. Each room is air conditioned and offers a flat-screen cable TV. Free private parking for guests. 24/7 reception. Refreshing drinks and snacks are served at the Greek House's bar. (45° 2' 56 North,38° 57' 26 East) edit
  • Hilton Garden Hotel, The Hilton in Krasnodar is an absolute dream to stay in. It is a four-star hotel, a rating which definitely hold up on the North American scale as well. The free Wi-Fi, fantastic breakfast buffet, large rooms, free laundry room, work-out centre, free mini-bar, air conditioning, comfortable beds and modern bathrooms will make you choose this hotel again. The hotel is centrally located at 25/2 Krasnaya Street.

Contact[edit]

Consulates[edit]

  • It-flag.png Italy (Honourary Consulate), Stavropolskaya street 134, 1 floor, +7 (861) 267-6496 (, fax: +7 (861) 239-6659).  edit

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