Many travelers pass through Perm on the Trans-Siberian Railway; however, few stay here, unless they are looking for a break from train travel. Highlights of the city include a walk along the Kama River, art museums and shows, and a visit to the nearby Gulag museum.
Perm is a large industrial city situated on the Kama river banks, at the western foothills of the Ural Mountain range. With a population of approximately 1 million people, Perm is the most populous city and the administrative capital of Perm Krai. The name of the city is derived from the same place as the "Permian" period, meaning "Far-away Land". Like Yekaterinburg, the city was founded in 1723 by Vasily Tatishchev, who was sent by Peter The Great to exploit the vast amounts of ores found in the region. From 1940 to 1957, the city was called Molotov (Мо́лотов), after Vyacheslav Molotov, the minister of foreign affairs under Jozef Stalin. The city is bifurcated by the Kama River. Perm was known as the "Gateway to the Gulag" and the horrors of the Gulags are on display at a nearby museum.
During Soviet times, Perm was a manufacturing center for artillery and weapons, some of which are on display at an outdoor museum. It was a "closed city" and was inaccessible by foreigners and most non-residents. It was "hidden" and did not appear on Soviet-made maps. Gorbachev opened the city in 1990 and Perm modernized rapidly.
Perm is accessible through its Kama river port. Passenger transportation is limited to recreational cruises to Chaikovsky, Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Volgograd. Cruise companies tend to sell return tickets only.
The Green & Red Lines are self-guided 1km+ walking tours by which you can visit over 40 points of interest, including unusual sculptures and historical buildings. Print the maps or get a free copy at the information office at ul. Lenina #50.
PERMM (Perm Contemporary Art Museum) (Пермскиймузейсовременногоискусства), Ordzhonikidze st., 2 (in the building of the old river port opposite the Perm-I train station), ☎ +7 (342) 2199172, . 12PM-9PM. The first and the only contemporary art museum in Russia.RUB150. (58.020556,56.251389)edit
Perm State Art Gallery, Ordzhonikidze st., 2 (the crossing of Komsomolsky Prospekt and Ordzhonikidze Street), ☎ +7 342 212-2250 (email@example.com), . Tu-W, F-Sa: 10AM-7PM; Th: 12PM-9PM; Su: 11AM-7PM; M: Closed. One of the largest museums of arts in Russia.RUB120. (58.016339,56.234947)edit
Motovilikha Museum of Artillery (Музейпермскойартиллерии (МузейисторииПАО)), Year 1905 Street #20 (At the intersection of Year 1905 Street & Lifanova Street, east of the city center near the river), ☎ +7 342 260-59-76. An impressive outdoor collection of warfare made in the city's Motovilikha factories. Includes tanks, scud launchers, and ballistic missiles that can be climbed upon.edit
Diorama Museum (Музей-Диорама), Ul. Ogorodnikova 2, ☎ +7 (342) 267-55-82, . W-Su: 10AM-6PM; M-Tu: Closed. Museum detailing the armed uprising in Motovilikha in December 1905.edit
Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Petropavlovskaya st., 25a, ☎ +7 342 212-30-87, . One of the oldest and famous opera and ballet theaters in Russia, offers high-standard opera and ballet events.(58.015975,56.246052)edit
Olympia Swimming Pool & Spa, Mira st., 41, ☎ +7 (342) 2567892, . Clean, modern and big swimming pool (50x25m) with diving board swimming pool.75 minutes of entry: From RUB500. edit
Snow, Ice and Fire Festival, (Park Gorkogo/Gorky Amusement Park on Komsomolsky Prospekt). The festival includes an international ice and snow sculpture competition with teams from all over the world competing. February.edit
Amaks Premier (ОтельАмакс), 43 Monastyrskaya str., ☎ +7 (342) 220-60-60, 212-24-94, 220-60-94 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 163 rooms. The staff speaks many foreign languages, including English, Italian and French. The Kama boulevard, central shopping street Komsomolsky Prospekt and the "Chaikovsky" Opera & Ballet Theater are on walking distance. The hotel has a large bar/restaurant with a very affordable a la carte menu next to its modern bowling facilities. Small swimming pool with sauna/banya in the basement.edit
Gabriel Hotel (ГабриэльОтель), Permskaya, 78a, ☎ +7 342 210-12-30, . Single: From RUB3,600; Double: From RUB5,000. edit
Hilton Garden Inn Perm (ОтельХилтонГарденИннПермь), 45B, Mira street, ☎ +7 (342) 227-67-87 (email@example.com), . From RUB4,500. edit
New Star Hotel (НоваяЗвезда), Gazety Zvezda (ул. Газеты Звезда), 38-Б (east from the railstation Perm II), ☎ +7-(342)-220-68-01 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Upscale hotel. Since the building is among the tallest in the area, the top floors offer panoramic views over Perm's skyline.Single: From RUB4,500; Double: From RUB5,500. edit
Prikamye Hotel (ОтельПрикамье), Komsomolskiy pr., 27 (Next to Hotel Ural), ☎ +7 342 270-02-40 (email@example.com), . Although the hotel is quite large, it has few facilities.edit
Ural (ОтельУрал), 58, Lenin street, ☎ +7-(342)-218-62-20 (fax: +7 (342) 236-34-54), . Perm's largest hotel. Apart from a wide choice of room classes, the hotel offers a wide range of facilities. Although parts of the hotel were thoroughly renovated, it still has a grey Soviet look.edit
Zhemchuzhina (Pearl) (Жемчужина), Gagarina Blvd. 65-A / ул. Бульвар Гагарина, 65-А, ☎ +7-(342)-261-90-91 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . A 10-story building opened in 2008.From RUB3,500. edit
Reckless drivers are probably the biggest safety threat. Pickpocketing is common in the crowded public transport and in the Central and Chinese Bazars. Occasional drunkards may be somewhat annoying but rarely pose any menace. It is wise to stay out of city parks, Balatovo Park, during the night.
Khohlovka Museum (Архитектурно-этнографическиймузейХохловка), с. Хохловка, Пермский край (46km north of Perm), ☎ +7 342 299-71-81, . 10AM-6PM. A museum of wooden architecture.edit
The Gulag Museum at Perm-36, village Kutchino, Tchusovskoi region (100km northeast of Perm city), ☎ +7-919-492-5756, . 10AM-5PM. Prison camp Perm-36 was closed in 1988, and later turned into the only genuine Gulag museum in Russia. There is a small cinema and a few exhibitions describing life in the high security area and in the special treament area.edit