Izhevsk is a the capital and principal city of Udmurtia. Very few tourists make it to this city, but is is an interesting destination for anyone interested in the Udmurt people or, for that matter, the world's most popular machine gun, the AK-47 Kalashnikov. Izhevsk is a big industrial city (700,000 residents) most famous for its armaments factories. For its military importance, Izhevsk was a closed city to all foreigners until after the collapse of the Soviet Unioin. It is not a terribly attractive city, but there is exotic food to eat, Udmurt folk dances to watch, and friendly locals who probably have never met anyone from your country!
Flights arrive in Izhevsk from
Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg. The flight from Moscow takes about 2 hours.
Trains run to Izhevsk from
Moscow (daily, 18 hours), Saint Petersburg (~31 hours), Yekaterinburg (11 hours), Kazan (6 hours), and Perm (10 hours).
It is also possible to arrive in Udmurtia via the
Trans-Siberian Railway and take a regional train or bus from the main stop at Glazov.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Trinity Cemetery Church
Esplanade and Izhevsk Lake Embankment
The People's Friendship Monument
The Square of the 50th Anniversary of the October Revolution, including
The Arsenal, a neoclassical building, which houses the Museum of Local Lore
Izhmash Museum — exhibits featuring all sorts of locally produced armaments to motorcycles
Go see the popular local ice hockey team
Udmurt State University has Russian language programs for interested students. It is also possible to get a teaching position in a Russian grammar school through [ http://www.sv-agency.udm.ru/
Club Kino — upscale pool hall with good Japanese food
Kama, , 3 Sovetskaya St . ☎ +7 3412 781651 12:00–24:00. upscale Russian cuisine with a cigar bar
Rachale, , 74a T Baramzinoy St . ☎ +7 3412 214761 Good Russian and Caucasian food with live music during dinner
Bistro ''Russian Bliny'', , 281 Kommunarov St . ☎ +7 3412 782690 Great cozy spot for delicious bliny and stuffed blinchiki
Bistro ''U Nevskovo'', , 3 Sovetskaya St . ☎ +7 3412 782929 11:00–23:00. Cheap, good food with karaoke
Central Cafe, , 223 Pushkinskaya St . ☎ +7 3412 435490 In the Central Hotel
Coffee House ''Cafe Seven'', , 133 Krasnaya St . ☎ +7 3412 780831 10:00–23:00. Good cheap spot for breakfast, cake, and/or espresso
Babylon — upscale dance club with an internet cafe and food
Pyatnitza (Friday) — large sports-themed dance club
U-Dance — an older club in a bomb shelter; fairly laid back with pool rooms and gambling
Iskra — dance club/bar/bowling alley
Light Zone — popular dance club for the Izhevsk youth
Central Hotel, , 223 Pushkinskaya St . ☎ +7 3412 434090 Has a billiards room
Hotel ''Telekom'', , ( +7 3412 445208 ). fax: +7 3412 445204 Has a gym, swimming pool, games room, and internet cafe
Park Hotel, , Yakshur-Bodinsky Highway (5km outside the city center) ( ☎ +7 3412 593759 ). fax: +7 3412 599475 Located in a wooded park, has a restaurant, sauna, swimming pool, gym, and tennis courts
Hotel Okolitsa, , 23a Zhivsovhoz Izhevsk . ☎ +7 3412 710183 Business traveler-friendly hotel