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(Understand: Incorrect, it's the folk etymology to derive Krasnoyarsk from the meaning "beautiful". It's proven by historians that it's from the local turkic "Kyzyl Char" - red river bank.)
 
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'''Krasnoyarsk''' (Красноярск) is a city in [[Eastern Siberia]], [[Russia]]. It's located on both banks of the Yenisey River.
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'''Krasnoyarsk''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Красноя́рск ''kruhz-nah-YAHRSK'') is a city in [[Eastern Siberia]], [[Russia]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
[[Image:Resize_of_9.jpg|thumb|Krasnoyarsk, a view from paraplan]]
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[[Image:Resize_of_9.jpg|thumb|250px|Krasnoyarsk, view from a paraplane]]
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Krasnoyarsk has a population of over 1 million people. It is known for its nature and has been referred to as the most beautiful city in Siberia. Forested mountains and cliffs are prevalent south of the city.
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The Yenisey River flows through the city. The Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam, 20km upstream, prevents the river from freezing.
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The city was founded in 1628 as a fort on the confluence of 2 rivers. It was originally called Krasny Yar, meaning "Beautiful ("Krasny" used to mean both red and beautiful, in this case it means red) Steep Bank".
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Many political exiles, including 8 Decembrists were banished to Krasnoyarsk. The city was also an administrative center for the gulags.
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Krasnoyarsk grew significantly during World War II since industrial facilities were moved eastward to escape the war. After the fall of the Soviet Union, ownership of these facilities were transferred to oligarchs and unemployment rose significantly.
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The economy of the city is dependent upon its aluminium production facilities.
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===Climate===
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-Summers in Krasnoyarsk are short but warm with temperatures of around 17°C (62°F) but it can be cold at night. Summer months are also often wet and rainy and storms can occur. June and July are the sunniest months.
  
==Get in==
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-Winter is generally very cold with temperatures dropping below -30°C (-22°F), but its usually around -14°C (7°F). Winter is often quite dark and cloudy and heavy snowfall is a regular occurrence.
  
There are few direct flights to Krasnoyarsk from abroad, mostly from Asia, so one is adviced to get to [[Moscow]], [[Novosibirsk]] or [[Irkutsk]] first.
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-Spring and Autumn are both transitional months, and can either be very cold or quite warm. During spring, streets and roads can become dirty as a result of mud and melting snow.
  
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==Get in==
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
There are several flights every day going from and to Moscow (airp. Domodedovo) to the local airport Emelyanovo (Емельяново). There are also flights from most of the largest Russian cities, and a few regular flights from abroad: [[Beijing]], [[Tianjin]], [[Harbin]], the major cities of the nearest ex-USSR countries ([[Uzbekistan]], [[Kazakhstan]], [[Tajikistan]], [[Turkmenistan]]). The major local airline company is Krasair (Красноярские авиалинии), you can check its web-site [http://www.krasair.ru www.krasair.ru] for currently available flights. In 2006 KrasAir suffered from financial difficulties but since then the situation has stabilized. In Moscow you can also choose the Aeroflot[http://www.aeroflot.com] company(airp. Sheryemetyevo).
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'''[http://www.yemelyanovo.ru/ Yemelyanovo (Емельяново) Airport]''', ({{IATA|KJA}}), +7 391 228-61-99, is 27km northwest of the city centre. The airport serves approximately 2 million passengers per year. There are regular flights to many major Russian cities including [[Moscow]], [[Saint Petersburg]], [[Vladivostok]], [[Irkutsk]], [[Manzhouli]], [[Samara]], [[Novosibirsk]], [[Ulan-Ude]], and [[Yekaterinburg]] as well as international flights to [[Dushanbe]], [[Bangkok]], [[Baku]], [[Tashkent]], [[Beijing]], [[Bishkek]], and [[Osh]].  
  
[[Image:Resize_of_4098b.jpg|thumb|Krasnoyarsk, Railway Station]]
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[http://www.yemelyanovo.ru/en/transfer Buses] operate between the airport and the city centre. The journey takes approximately 1 hour to the train station or 1.5 hours to the intercity bus station. Alternatively, taxis should cost RUB800 if negotiated in advance and the journey to the city centre by taxi takes approximately 40 minutes.
  
A smaller airport Cheremshanka (Черемшанка) serves regional flights only, usually between Krasnoyarsk and the northern parts of the [[Krasnoyarsk Krai]].
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'''[http://www.cheremshanka.ru/ Cheremshanka (Черемшанка) Airport]''', ({{IATA|CER}}), +7 391 252-65-57, is 23km northwest of the city centre. The airport is small and only 2 carriers operate flights to/from this airport: [http://www.ak-krasavia.ru/ Krasavia], with flights to/from [[Abakan]], [[Barnaul]], [[Bratsk]], [[Gorno-Altaysk]], [[Kodinsk]], [[Kyzyl]], [[Motygino]], [[Novokuznetsk]], [[Podkamennaya Tunguska River]] and Turukhan Avia Airlines, with flights to/from [[Surgut]], [[Svetlogorsk]], [[Tomsk]], and [[Turukhansk]].
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
  
Krasnoyarsk is located on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]], so every day dozens of trains pass the Krasnoyarsk central railway station. It takes about 12-14 hours to get to Krasnoyarsk from [[Novosibirsk]] or [[Irkutsk]] and minimum 60 hours from [[Moscow]] or [[Vladivostok]].
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{{seealso|Trans-Siberian Railway}}
  
===By car===
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All Trans-Siberian trains stop at Krasnoyarsk.
  
The road connecting [[Vladivostok]] and [[Moscow]], semi-officially called ''Moskovskyy Trakt'' (Московский тракт, Russian for the ''Moscow Way'') passes through Krasnoyarsk. However, Russian automobile roads are not very suitable for long-distance travels: motels and road cafes are very rare there, though you can find a dirty hotel and cafeteria in every town.
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Train timetables and fares can be found on the [http://pass.rzd.ru/main-pass/public/en RZD website]; enter "KRASNOIARSK, KRASNOYARSKAYA, [2038000]" as the station for Krasnoyarsk. There are several daily trains to [[Moscow]] (61 hours, RUB3,300-10,000), [[Irkutsk]] (18 hours, RUB1,200-6,400), [[Omsk]] (20 hours, RUB1,400-6,600), [[Novosibirsk]] (12 hours, RUB1,000-6,000), [[Ulan-Ude]] (12 hours, RUB1,500-8,400), [[Yekaterinburg]] (34 hours, RUB2,000-5,800), [[Perm]] (41 hours, RUB2,400-6,600), and [[Vladivostok]] (86 hours, RUB4,000-20,000).
  
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There are left luggage services at the train station, but beware of long "breaks" taken by the operator. The service costs RUB100 per item per day.
  
Buses are available only from the nearest cities in the region and from the neighbouring [[Khakassia]] region. They arrive to the main bus station, located in the northern part of the city known as Vzlyetka (Взлётка, short for ''Airstrip'', called so because the main airport was located there until the end of the 1980's). A slightly outdated schedule is available online: [http://spravka.newslab.ru/autom.aspx]. A usual price for a trip up to 400 km is about 200-300 rubles (8-12 USD).
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There are plenty of buses making the 10 minute ride between the train station and the city centre. The journey costs RUB25. A taxi should cost RUB130 if negotiated in advance.
  
==Get around==
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===By bus===
  
There is a good network of public buses, which are indeed very cheap (11 roubles since September 2008, per trip, regardless the distance). In large buses the conductor walks among the passengers and gets paid once he (or, more often, she) comes by a recently entered passenger. In a minibus (''marshrutka'', маршрутка, means the ''route bus'') the conductor sits near the driver and gets paid before passengers exit (because of this the hind door is rarely opened). In a large bus the conductor can be determined by a roll of tickets in a hand, a belt purse and, if a bus is crowded, loud demands for payment. However, without a local consultant it's rather difficult to plan a way because route maps are not usually available at bus stops, though there is a very comprehensive [http://www.yarmap.ru software map of Krasnoyarsk] (in Russian) which is able to plan a complex route automatically.
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[http://www.krasavtovokzal.ru/ Kransoyarsk Avtovokzal] is the inter city bus station. Buses operate to/from nearby cities, including those in the [[Khakassia]] region. Buses to most nearby cities cost under RUB300.
  
The taxi companies are numerous and phone booking is very easy but the chance of that your English will be understood is very small. It is a very common case in Russia that a driver who wants to earn some money stops near your holdout hand, but in Krasnoyarsk you're strongly advised to use only authorized carriers, it is a very safe city but there is no need to risk without necessity, there are very many licensed drivers available. The licensed cars always have a yellow lamp on the roof with the chessboard-like ornament and advertisements with phone numbers on the sides.
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===By car===
  
Usually taxis are rather cheap (even if not using a meter) and rather honest, however, seeing that you're a foreigner, some drivers may try to make you pay through the nose. Half-a-city drive should not be more than 300 rubles (11 USD), if you suspect too dirty cheating, you may demonstrate your intent to complain to the driver's boss.
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The road connecting [[Vladivostok]] and [[Moscow]], semi-officially called ''Moskovskyy Trakt'' (Московский тракт, Russian for the ''Moscow Way''), passes through Krasnoyarsk. However, decent accommodation and eating establishments are hard to find along this road.
  
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==Get around==
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Google maps can be used to plan trips around the city.
  
Krasnoyarsk is a very old beautiful city, established by Russian Cossacks (military servants) in 1628. It's name consists of two words — Krasnyi (red, because of clay reddish soil) and Yar (steep bank). Views of Yenisey River and the nearby Sayan Mountains covered by taiga forest are quite picturesque.
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===By public transport===
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There are many public buses and marshrutkas, costing RUB25 per trip. In large buses, the conductor walks among the passengers and asks for money from the new passengers. In a marshrutka/minibus, the conductor sits near the driver and gets paid before passengers exit (because of this the hind door is rarely opened). In a large bus, the conductor walks around with a roll of tickets in a hand, a belt purse and demands payment.
  
[[Image:Resize_of_Resize_of_IMGP0624.JPG|thumb|Krasnoyarsk, Forest Reserve Stolby. Peria (Feathers) rock]]
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===By taxis===
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Taxis are plentiful but drivers rarely speak English. Negotiate prices in advance.
  
*'''Stolby Nature Reserve''' (Заповедник Столбы, or Pillars in English ) is famous among alpinists all over the world. Stolby covers an area of 470km² (181 square miles) with numerous giant granite rocks formations up to 100 m high, many of very extraordinary shapes: Ded (Дед, Russian for ''Grandfather''), Babka (Бабка, Russian for ''Grandmother''), Slon (Слон, Russian for ''Elephant''), Peria (Перья, Russian for ''Feathers''). The last one is the most dangerous rock, which has already taken dosens of climbers' lives. Stolby is a major rock climbing location, many local climbers intentionally do not use any belaying equipment and call their extreme sport "stolbizm", which is known around the world as free solo climbing. To get there you should take a bus to 'Turbaza' (Турбаза, Russian acronym for ''Tourist Base''), in the autumn 2008 it was #19 and #30, then you need to walk for 7 km on the asphalted road through the forest until you reach the Pervyy Stolb rock (Первый Столб, Russian for ''The First Pillar''). Most of the distance goes upwards, the last 400m of the way is rather steep, that's why tourists has called this road "Pykhtun" (Пыхтун, Russian for ''Panter'').
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* '''Divnogorsk Dam''', 124 meters tall, 40km southwest of Krasnoyarsk includes a power station and an aluminum smelting plant that benefits from the cheap electricity. The waterfall created by the dam is worth seeing. Reachable by taxi, elektrichka train to Divnogorsk ((Дивногорск means "The Town of Wondrous Mountains") or, in the summer, by jet boat or hydrofoil.  
  
There is also a cable car that travels to the Reserve. Check the web-site[http://www.stolby.ru/eng/] for more details.
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===Museums===
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[[Image:Resize_of_kmsm0016.jpg|thumb|250px|Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum is Egypt-style ex-private building]]
  
*'''Divnogorsk city''' (Дивногорск, means "The Town of Wondrous Mountains") — 40 km West, half an hour on the jet-boat (only in summer) or by train from the central railway station (железнодорожный вокзал). The views to the river and the mountains are excellent. A major hydroelectric dam is located there, during the water discharge in summer it looks fantastic. If you choose train then please note that there are few trains (elektrichkas) per day going there: at 6:37 AM (except Saturday and Sunday in winter), at 3:42 PM, at 6:00 PM plus an additional summer weekend train at 10:38 AM. Trains back to Krasnoyarsk are at 6:00 AM, at 8:28 AM (except Saturday and Sunday in winter), at 5:22 PM plus an additional summer weekend train at 12:18 AM. The schedule may be temporarily changed at any time.
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*'''Vasily Surikov Museums''' (Lenina Str. 98 and Karla Marksa Str. 36) are the museums of the one of the greatest Russian painters who was born and lived in Krasnoyarsk until he moved to Moscow to become a member of the National Academy of Arts. The first is a two-story wooden house built in 1830 by the painter's father, Vasiliy Surikov was born and lived for many years in that house, the second is a later-built one-story house holding many of his works.
  
*'''Karaulnaya Gora''' (Караульная гора, Russian for 'The Watch Hill') — a large hill with the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel (Часовня Параскевы Пятницы) on its top is a symbol of the city depicted on the 10-ruble banknote. To get there you can take a bus, in the autumn 2008 the suitable bus numbers were #32, #64, #74 and #88, and ride to ''Ploschad Pobyedy'' (Площадь Победы, Russian for ''The Victory Plaza''), from there walk the Stepana Razina Str. until you see the chapel. In the village-type surrounding area you can easily come upon criminals and drug traders, so you should better not try to walk there.
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*'''Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum''' (Dubrovinskogo Str. 84) is a recently restored monumental building in an ancient Egyptian style. It holds a lot of good exhibitions on the history of the Krasnoyarsk Krai as well as many archeological artifacts.
  
*'''Vasily Surikov Museums''' (Lenina Str. 98 and Karla Marksa Str. 36) are the museums of the one of the greatest Russian painters who was born and lived in Krasnoyarsk until he moved to Moscow to become a member of the National Academy of Arts. The first is a two-storey wooden house built in 1830 by the painter's father, Vasiliy Surikov was born and lived for many years in that house, the second is a later-built one-storey house holding many of his works.
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*The '''Culture and History Center''' (former ''Lenin Museum'') constantly presents various local and international exhibitions and events, all open to the public and sometimes free: fine art and photography by modern artists, art-house and independent movie festivals, ''museum nights'' with performances by young local artists, wax figure exhibitions, moving exhibitions from other cities, etc. The very building of the center itself is an incredibly interesting place to visit due to its original and atmospheric inside architecture.
 
 
[[Image:Resize_of_kmsm0016.jpg|thumb|Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum is Egypt-style ex-private building]]
 
  
*'''Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum''' (Dubrovinskogo Str. 84) is a recently restored monumental building in an ancient Egyptian style. It holds a lot of good exhibitions on the history of the Krasnoyarsk Krai as well as many archeological artifacts.
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===Religious Buildings===
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* <see name="Karaulnaya Gora" alt="Караульная гора, Russian for 'The Watch Hill'" address="" directions="Bus #32, #64, #74, or #88 to ''Ploschad Pobyedy'' (Площадь Победы, Russian for ''The Victory Plaza''), from there walk the Stepana Razina Str. until you see the chapel" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A large hill with the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel (Часовня Параскевы Пятницы) on its top is a symbol of the city depicted on the RUB10 banknote.</see>
  
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===Monuments===
 
*'''Andrey Dubensky Monument''' (near Partizana Zheleznyaka Str. 1) located at the top of the Krasnyy Yar hill after which the city was named is a monument to the Cossack leader Andrey Dubensky who has founded the stockaded fort of Krasnyy Yar in 1628 by the order of Michael I. The monument was erected in 2003 to honour the 375th anniversary of the city.
 
*'''Andrey Dubensky Monument''' (near Partizana Zheleznyaka Str. 1) located at the top of the Krasnyy Yar hill after which the city was named is a monument to the Cossack leader Andrey Dubensky who has founded the stockaded fort of Krasnyy Yar in 1628 by the order of Michael I. The monument was erected in 2003 to honour the 375th anniversary of the city.
  
 
*'''Flower monuments''' are located all over the city. Large figures (2&ndash;5m) made of flowers can be seen only in summer. The first figure is a Bear, it stands near the mayoralty building known for its modernist Big Ben-like clock, a family of Giraffes on the Lenina str. behind the Regional Government building knows as the ''Grey House'' (Серый дом), a Rooster near the Theater of Musical Comedy (Театр Музыкальной Комедии), a family of Elephants on the Kopylova (Копылова) str.
 
*'''Flower monuments''' are located all over the city. Large figures (2&ndash;5m) made of flowers can be seen only in summer. The first figure is a Bear, it stands near the mayoralty building known for its modernist Big Ben-like clock, a family of Giraffes on the Lenina str. behind the Regional Government building knows as the ''Grey House'' (Серый дом), a Rooster near the Theater of Musical Comedy (Театр Музыкальной Комедии), a family of Elephants on the Kopylova (Копылова) str.
  
*'''Roev Ruchey Zoo''' (Роев ручей, Russian for ''Royev's Brook'')[http://www.roev.ru/chey/] is located westward of the entrance to the Stolby Nature Reserve (one bus stop further). It is a very good zoo, where animals live in good conditions, the city children and adults love to visit it throughout the whole year. Its animal collection is one of the richest in Russia. The most famous inhabitant is a polar bear called Sedov who was gifted to the zoo by the governor Alexander Khloponin in 2003.
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[[Image:Ges_b.jpg|thumb|250px|Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station]]
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[[Image:Resize_of_Resize_of_IMGP0624.JPG|thumb|Krasnoyarsk, Forest Reserve Stolby. Peria (Feathers) rock]]
  
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There are many hiking opportunities in the nearby forests, many of which offer nice viewpoints. It is recommended to have a guide for such an excursion as the trails are not well laid-out and there are plenty of dangers, including animals.
[[Image:Ges_b.jpg|thumb|Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station]]
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* <do name="Stolby Nature Reserve" alt="Заповедник Столбы (literally: Pillars)" address="" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 261-51-61" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.stolby.ru/eng/" hours="" price=""> Stolby covers 470km² in area, with many extraordinarily-shaped volcanic rock formations up to 100m high. You can go here with a guided excursion; alternatively take bus 50 from ul. Veynbauma, next to the Theatre Square. In about 25 minutes, get off on Sverdlovskaya ul. just before the river "ruchey Laletina". Once you alight, walk 50m west (the same direction the bus was travelling) to get to the start of the trail, with the entrance clearly signposted. Upon entry, follow the main road for about 5km to get to the Stolby base camp with cafe, information stand, maps and picnic area. </do>
  
*If you want to buy Siberian souvenirs or paintings of the Krasnoyarsk artists you can visit the '''Diana''' (Диана) art salon at Mira St. (ул. Мира) 51. You may try to speak English with merchants here. Another place to look for paintings of the local artists is the '''Khingan''' (Хинган) galleries at Mira St. (ул. Мира) 3, Vzlyotnaya St. (ул. Взлётная) 2 and Totmina St. (ул. Тотмина) 6. Siberian souvenirs are also sold in the '''Sibir-Etno''' (Сибирь-этно) galleries, the first of them is in the Krasnoyarsk railway station, the second is at Aviatorov St. (ул. Авиаторов) 19.
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* <do name="Roev Ruchey Zoo" alt="Роев ручей" address="" directions="1 bus stop west from the entrance to the Stolby Nature Reserve" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://roev.ru/" hours="" price="">Russian for ''Royev's Brook''. Large animal collection, where animals live in a good environment. The most famous inhabitant is a polar bear called Sedov.</do>
  
*Krasnoyarsk has a lot of huge '''trade-and-entertainment centers''' where you can find cinema theaters, restaurants, cafeterias and numerous large and small shops. The major centers are: Torgovyy Kvartal (Торговый Квартал, Russian for ''Trade Block'') at Televizornaya Str. 1, Planeta (Планета, Russian for ''Planet'') at Dyevyatogo Maya Str. 77 and Luch (Луч, Russian for ''Ray'') at Karla Marksa Str. 149. Other large trading centers are Kvant (Квант, Russian for ''Quant'') at Krasnoy Armii Str. 10, Yevraziya (Евразия, Russian for ''Eurasia'') at Karla Marksa Str. 95-1 and Krasnoyarye (Красноярье, Russian for ''Places of Krasnoyarsk'') at Krasnoyarskiy Rabochiy Str. 120.
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===Festivals and events===
  
*'''The City Day''' is celebrated every year in June, it is a spectacular show with a street carnival of different topics each year and everning fireworks.
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*'''The City Day''' is celebrated every year in June, it is a spectacular show with a street carnival of different topics each year and evening fireworks.
  
*'''The Night of Ad Eaters''' is held every year in June in the Opera and Ballet Theater (Perensona Str. 2). The collection of advertisement trailers by Jean Marie Boursicot is presented to the local elite. The tickets are usually quite expensive (100+ USD), but the event is worth it.
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* '''Lawnmower Racing Festival''' occurs in July and features races on lawnmowers, motorcycles, ATVs, jet skis, gliders, hang gliders, and helicopters. Also includes music concerts.
  
*The '''Culture and History Center''' (former ''Lenin Museum'') constantly presents various local and international exhibitions and events, all open to the public and sometimes free: fine art and photography by modern artists, art-house and independent movie festivals, ''museum nights'' with performances by young local artists, wax figure exhibitions, moving exhibitions from other cities, etc. The very building of the center itself is an incredibly interesting place to visit due to its original and atmospheric inside architecture.
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* <do name="APFest" alt="Krasnoyarsk International Music Festival of the Asia-Pacific region" address="" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://apfest.com/?lang=eng" hours="Last week of June" price="">Theatre, ballet, concerts, street art, and other unique events.</do>
  
*The summer of 2006 has been very interesting due to the '''overflow of water in the Yenisey river''' caused by the drop of water from the Divnogorsk Hydroelectric Power Station dam. Every year the Power Station drops amounts of water from its reservoir producing a large waterfall, of course it very rarely causes a flood like in the 2006 but still it is a spectacular view.
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* <do name="The Night of Ad Eaters" alt="" address="Opera and Ballet Theater (Perensona Str. 2)" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.adshow.ru/" hours="Annually in June" price="Over US$100">A collection of advertisement trailers by Jean Marie Boursicot is presented to the local elite starting at midnight.</do>
  
*You can also visit '''beautiful forests''' surrounding Krasnoyarsk, including the much-less-known Mininskiye Stolby rocks, which are similar to the Stolby rocks but lesser in quantity, as well as numerous ''vidovkas'' (видовка, Siberian tourist slang meaning ''place of view''). For such a route it is strongly recommended to find a good guide since there are no special hiking roads made, ways to get there are usually limited to train and foot, there is a possibility to meet wild beasts and you must be ready to walk for 10-20 miles without a rest, often uphill. You can cut some dry wood to make fire freely but be sure to take all the needed precautions not to ignite the forest, especially in windy days of autumn and spring, when grass is dry. Incredible memories are guaranteed.
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*'''Krasnoyarsk Jazz-bike''' festival, 5 to 8 August . The first two days of this Program is jazz. Third day Program includes a lot of contests and music groups. Prepared interesting prizes. Special guest DJ "Elephant". Competitive program 7 August starting at 11 p.m. Walking rechargeable, Arm-wrestling, fight on Balance beam, Enduro, Swim on Rubber Women. Music program on August 7th, launching in 19: 00. columns of bikers will Collect at the sports complex on the island of 16.00 on 6 August.
  
 
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[[Image:Bridge_b.jpg|thumb|Krasnoyarsk, Communalnyi bridge (Коммунальный мост) is the main bridge over the Yenisey river]]
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[[Image:Bridge_b.jpg|thumb|250px|Krasnoyarsk, Communalnyi bridge (Коммунальный мост) is the main bridge over the Yenisey river]]
  
Next to [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Tomsk]], Krasnoyarsk is the most prominent scientific and educational center of Siberia with more than 30 higher education facilities, many of which are the branches of the Russian Academy of Science, and about 200 high schools. The most notable higher education institutes are:
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After [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Tomsk]], Krasnoyarsk is the most prominent scientific and educational center of Siberia with more than 30 higher education facilities, many of which are the branches of the Russian Academy of Science, and about 200 high schools. The most notable higher education institutes are:
  
* Krasnoyarsk State University (Russian abbreviation is KGU), founded in 1963 as a division of Novosibirsk State University, became a standalone university in 1969
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* Siberian Federal University (Russian abbreviation is SibFU), founded on November 4, 2006. The institution integrated four large higher education institutions (Krasnoyarsk State University, Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Architecture and Civil Construction, Krasnoyarsk State Technical University, State University of Non-Ferrous Metals and Gold)
 
 
* Krasnoyarsk State Technical University (Russian abbreviation is KGTU), founded in 1956
 
  
 
* Krasnoyarsk State University of Education (Russian abbreviation is KGPU), founded in 1932
 
* Krasnoyarsk State University of Education (Russian abbreviation is KGPU), founded in 1932
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==Work==
 
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Like any industrial center, Krasnoyarsk has a large number of employment opportunities. However, salaries are low (up to 500 USD/month is 'good', 1000+USD/month is 'very good'; higher salaries are availble for top-managers or business owners only).
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Like any industrial center, Krasnoyarsk has a large number of employment opportunities. However, salaries are low (up to 500 USD/month is 'good', 1000+USD/month is 'very good'; higher salaries are availble for top-managers or business owners only). Salaries net of taxes.
  
 
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If you want to buy Siberian souvenirs or paintings of the Krasnoyarsk artists you can visit the '''Diana''' (Диана) art salon at Mira St. (ул. Мира) 51. You may try to speak English with merchants here. Another place to look for paintings of the local artists is the '''Khingan''' (Хинган) galleries at Mira St. (ул. Мира) 3, Vzlyotnaya St. (ул. Взлётная) 2 and Totmina St. (ул. Тотмина) 6. Siberian souvenirs are also sold in the '''Sibir-Etno''' (Сибирь-этно) galleries, the first of them is in the Krasnoyarsk railway station, the second is at Aviatorov St. (ул. Авиаторов) 19.
  
 
The one unique thing you're advised to buy is '''cedar nuts''', because the [[Siberia]]n region is the only region where the authentic variety of this delicacy can be purchased. Throughout the rest of the world cedar nuts are extremely expensive.
 
The one unique thing you're advised to buy is '''cedar nuts''', because the [[Siberia]]n region is the only region where the authentic variety of this delicacy can be purchased. Throughout the rest of the world cedar nuts are extremely expensive.
  
 
Other goods are the same as all over Russia. Chinese clothes could be slightly cheaper on the '''Chinese market'''.
 
Other goods are the same as all over Russia. Chinese clothes could be slightly cheaper on the '''Chinese market'''.
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===Entertainment centers / shopping malls===
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* Krasnoyarsk has a lot of huge '''trade-and-entertainment centers''', similar to shopping malls, where you can find cinema theaters, restaurants, cafeterias and numerous large and small shops. The major centers are: Torgovyy Kvartal (Торговый Квартал, Russian for ''Trade Block'') at Televizornaya Str. 1, Planeta (Планета, Russian for ''Planet'') at Dyevyatogo Maya Str. 77 and Luch (Луч, Russian for ''Ray'') at Karla Marksa Str. 149. Other large trading centers are Kvant (Квант, Russian for ''Quant'') at Krasnoy Armii Str. 10, Yevraziya (Евразия, Russian for ''Eurasia'') at Karla Marksa Str. 95-1 and Krasnoyarye (Красноярье, Russian for ''Places of Krasnoyarsk'') at Krasnoyarskiy Rabochiy Str. 120.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
Well, it's difficult to stay hungry in Krasnoyarsk. There's no McDonald's, but KFC/Rosticks is now available in several locations.
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There are plenty of restaurants in Krasnoyarsk. While there is no McDonalds, there are locations of KFC. There are many excellent Chinese restaurants on Mira street near the Theater of Musical Comedy.
  
The only places you're strongly adviced NOT to visit - any restaurants near the Railroad Station, and the local Market-Place ('Колхозный рынок', which is located at the end of Diktatury Диктатуры street), because they are traditionally occupied by local and visiting criminals &mdash; that is unless, of course, you yourself are a criminal looking to socialize.
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===Budget===
  
===Budget===
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* <eat name="Syem Slona" alt="Съем слона" address="Several locations" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://syemslona.ru/" hours="" price="All items are under RUB100">Chain of canteen-style cafeterias.</eat>
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===Mid-range===
  
A number of cheap bars serving sandwiches served are spread all over the city. Just stop in  any one and you'll find hospitable people (you will, however, need to understand some [[Russian phrasebook|Russian]] to get very far in these venues).
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* <eat name="Franky Woo Restaurant & Bar" alt="" address="Vzletnaya st., 57" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.frankywoo.ru/" hours="" price="">On the 15th floor of an office building. Unique aviation theme.</eat>
  
* '''Venezia''', Mira (Мира) street crossing Surikova Сурикова street. One of the best restaurants serving Italian cuisine.  To the left of a large shopping mall called Dom Byta (Дом быта). Be careful not to miss the well hidden small door.
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* <eat name="Mama Roma" alt="" address="Prospect Mira 50A" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 266-10-72" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://krasnoyarsk.mamaroma.ru/web/ru/contact/3/" hours="9AM-1AM" price="">Italian food. Locations in 5 Russian cities.</eat>
  
===Mid-range===
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* <eat name="Shkvarok" alt="" address="Mira Ave., 102A" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://shkvarok24.ru/" hours="" price="">Ukranian restaurant with a lot of character.</eat>
  
* '''100 Povarov''' (100 поваров), on Mira (Мира) street. Russian for "100 Cooks", this is the place to eat a lot for an average price.  
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* <eat name="Yakitoriya" alt="Якитория" address="Oktyabrskaya, 7A" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 2904060" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://yakitoriya-krasnoyarsk.ru/" hours="" price="RUB350">Japanese food.</eat>
  
Also there are a number of excellent Chinese restaurants on Mira street near the Theater of Musical Comedy, where real Northern Chinese Cuisine can be found.
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* <eat name="Urartu Restaurant" alt="Ресторан Урарту" address="Karla Marksa St., 14A" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 291-80-13" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+7 391 291-80-14" url="http://www.urartu24.ru/" hours="" price="">Country-style wood tables with comfortable couches. Unique cuisine including rare local cheeses.</eat>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
  
* '''Center''' (Центр), Mira street (''near the Technological University campus'').  Serves European food.
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* <eat name="Balkan Grill" alt="Балкан Гриль" address="Perensona 9" directions="Behind Krasnoyarsk Opera theater" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.eng.balkan-gril.ru/" hours="" price="">Balkan food. Nice atmosphere, although the steaks are not top-notch.</eat>
* '''Bavaria'''' (Бавария), on the Square near the Opera Theater. German cuisine.
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* '''Balkan Grill''' (Балкан Гриль) is behind Krasnoyarsk Opera theater, serves delicious authentic! cuisine of South-Eastern Europe.
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* <eat name="Baran i Biser" alt="баран и бисер, Literally: Sheep and Beads" address="Mira #19" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://bar10.ru/sheep-and-beads/" hours="" price="">Fantastic food and atmosphere. Central European, Georgian cuisine. Bakes bread in wood-fired oven.</eat>
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* <eat name="Shelf" alt="" address="78 Dobrovolcheskoy Brigady St.#15; 2nd floor, Pervaya Bashnya Business Center" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (391) 291-19-19" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.1shelf.ru/" hours="" price="Mains: RUB500-1,500"></eat>
  
==Entertainment==
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* <eat name="Svinya i Biser" alt="Literally: Pig and Beads" address="Krasnoy Armii St., 16A" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://bar10.ru/pig-and-beads/" hours="" price="Mains: RUB370">Great atmosphere and service.</eat>
  
Numerous nightclubs can be found in all parts of Krasnoyarsk, but it's better to avoid those located in suburbs (the clientele can be unpleasant), or very expensive luxury clubs and restaurants (frequented by local criminals). The prominent nightclubs are:
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* <eat name="Trattoria Formaggi @ Oktyabrskaya Hotel" alt="" address="Mira #15" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (391) 290-40-40" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bar10.ru/formaggi/" hours="" price="">An excellent Italian restaurant, with English speaking waiters, excellent food and service. Menus with mouth-watering pictures. Try the Mediterranean Olives as starter!</eat>
  
*'''Planet Krasnoyarsk''' (Планета Красноярск) on Predmostnaya Ploschad is the most famous (and actually the largest) night club.
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==Drink==
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===Cafes===
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* <drink name="Yurta Teahouse" alt="" address="Sibirskaya, 92/4" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 286 86 09" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://yurtea.ru/" hours="" price="Pot of tea: RUB150; Flame roasted and skewered chicken, meat and potatoes: RUB340">A really cool tea house in a large yurt!</drink>
  
*'''Nirvana''' (Нирвана) is to date the best night club with famous DJs and pop-star visitors. It is a 15 minute drive from downtown (15 Kirenskogo st. ул. Киренского 15) and surrounding areas may not be very pleasant to walk at night.
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===Bars===
  
*'''Che Guevara Bar''' (Бар Че Гевара), Profsoyuzov St. (ул. Профсоюзов) 3, building 1/35, near the Krasnoyarsk railway station.
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* <drink name="Soho Bar" alt="" address="Mira #45" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 227 75 06" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://sohobar24.ru/" hours="" price=""></drink>
  
*'''Gagarin''' (Гагарин), Mayerchaka St. (ул. Маерчака) 7г.
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===Nightclubs===
  
Most cinemas have night clubs as well. Actually, it quite difficult to find several adjacent blocks without at least one night club or disco.
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There are many nightclubs all over Krasnoyarsk, but it's better to avoid those located in suburbs (the clientele can be unpleasant), or very expensive luxury clubs and restaurants (frequented by local criminals). Most cinemas have nightclubs as well. Beware of drug traffickers, which are present in most nightclubs; however, they usually don't disturb others unless approached.
  
NOTE: if you get in any night club, either luxury or inferior, watch out for drug traffickers! They can be found in ALL night clubs, but usually don't disturb those who don't want to contact them.
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* <drink name="Havana Club" alt="" address="ul. Bograda, 134" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 252-23-72" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Includes 3 dance floors.</drink>
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* <drink name="Harley's Bar" alt="Бар Харлей" address="Molokova 56" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 275-99-99" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://vk.com/barharleys" hours="" price="Free entrance before 11PM; afterwards RUB300 for girls and RUB500 for guys"></drink>
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* <drink name="Koloradsky Papa" alt="Колорадский Папа" address="Krasnoyarsky Rabochy #160E" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 269-55-96" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.papochka.ru/" hours="" price=""></drink>
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* <drink name="Music Bar Loft" alt="" address="ul. Uritskogo, 94" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 282-87-78" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.barloft.ru/" hours="" price=""></drink>
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* <drink name="Sterling Club" alt="Стерлинг" address="Vzletnaja ul., d. 12" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 391 228-01-01" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sterling-club.ru/" hours="" price=""></drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
Generally speaking, the closer to the center, the safer. Although Krasnoyarsk is a very safe place, you're not advised to look for accommodation in the suburbs; local lumpens won't make your stay pleasant. The right (southern) bank is mostly "lumpenized" except for the Predmostnaya Ploshchad' (Bridge Square, or Предмостная площадь); on the contrary, the left (northern) bank is nice except for the most distant districts.
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Note that some hotels do not have English-speaking staff and may be in bad condition. It is advisable to read reviews online and book in advance. It is also better to book accommodation in the city centre since certain outlying areas can be a bit dodgy.
  
You're strongly advised to book your accommodation beforehand (better by phone, and don't expect to find any English-speaking staff), because there are not many hotels in Krasnoyarsk, most with no on-line booking service and no English-speaking personnel. Don't expect to find Internet and hair-dryers, but be ready to meet insects and to go without hot water, unless you choose the most expensive hotels.
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Most hotels and hostels offer free WiFi and many have computer terminals. Almost all accept credit cards. Hotels and hostels will usually provide a visa invitation and registration for an additional fee.  
  
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
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====Hostels====
  
There is no budget accommodation in the city. The cheapest hotels are from 50USD per night, which is hardly a budget level. On the Railway station, some elderly women can suggest rooms in their own flats for ~10USD per night&mdash;accept at your own risk (elderly women may have young sons). They will not be able to register your visa for you - for that you will need a hotel.
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* <sleep name="InDaHouse" alt="" address="st. Mihaila Godenko home 1" directions="" phone="+7-950-305-05-05" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://indahouse-hostel.ru" checkin="" checkout="" price=" 420RUB - 560RUB"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hovel Hostel" alt="" address="ul. Lenina, 52" directions="" phone="+7 929 309-40-20" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hovel24.ru/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="12-bed dorm: RUB525; 8-bed dorm: RUB560; 4-bed dorm: RUB600; Double: RUB1,350"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Kiwi Hostel" alt="" address="Partizana Zheleznyaka 9g-17 (4th floor)" directions="North of the city centre; Bus# 20, 30, 51, 60, 65, 77, 83, 85, 87, 91 or Trolleybus #7, 8, 11" phone="+7 983 294 2626" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected].ru" fax="" url="http://hostelkiwi.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="8-bed dorm: RUB450; 6-bed dorm: RUB500">A nice hostel. Some rooms have river views.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Kvartira 55" alt="Квартира 55" address="Respubliki 42" directions="" phone="+7 902 924-41-67" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://hostel-kvartira55.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="6-bed dorm: RUB590"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Like Hostel" alt="" address="pr. Krasnoyarsky Rabochy 165G" directions="" phone="+7 902 912-73-39" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://krasnoyarsk.likehostels.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="6-bed dorm: RUB400; 4-bed dorm: RUB450"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="SibTourGuide Hostel" alt="" address="Mira street, building 85, apartment 72" directions="Great location, just west of the city centre" phone="+7 950 985 86 08" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://sibtourguide.com/accommodation/hostel/" checkin="1PM" checkout="Noon" price="Dorm bed: RUB700; Single: RUB1,000; RUB300 fee for check-in after 9PM">Nice hostel. The owner will arrange [http://sibtourguide.com/tours/ tours] to local villages, the Stolby Nature Reserve, the Tunguska explosion site, the Hydroelectric Power Station, and boat trips on the Yenisey river.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Titmouse House" alt="" address="Mira street #120-35A; Staircase #5, 4th floor" directions="" phone="+7 913 527-22-83" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://tithouse.ru/en/home" checkin="1PM" checkout="Noon" price="8-bed dorm: RUB500; 6-bed dorm: RUB650; Twin: RUB1,600"></sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
  
* <sleep name="Yakhont Hotel (гостиница Яхонт)" address="44-a Telman street (ул. Тельмана 44-а)" directions="located 15 min drive from the Center" phone="566767" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.yahont.ru" email="[email protected]"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Amaks City Hotel" alt="" address="ул. Александра Матросова, 2" directions="Directly across the Kommunally Bridge" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="8-800-555-5225" email="" fax="" url="http://www.amaks-hotels.ru/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From RUB3,600, breakfast included">Terrace with a nice view of the river. 295 rooms.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Ogni Eniseya Hotel (гостиница Огни Енисея)" address="80 Dubrovinskogo street (ул. Дубровинского 80)" directions="located on the embankment of the Yenisey River, near the Regional Museum" phone="275262" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="" email=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Dom Hotel" alt="" address="ul. Krasnoy Armii, 16A" directions="Near the bus station" phone="+7 (391) 290-6666" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+7 (391) 291-19-44" url="http://www.dom-hotel24.ru/page/main" checkin="" checkout="" price="From RUB3,000">Good pub and café on site.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Tourist Hotel (гостиница Турист)" address="2 Gladkova street (ул. Гладкова 2)" directions="located on the embankment of the Yenisey River, Predmostnaya square (Предмостная площадь)" phone="361470" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.krastour.ru" email=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ogni Eniseya Hotel" alt="гостиница Огни Енисея" address="ul. Dubrovinskogo, 80" directions="on the embankment of the Yenisey River, near the Regional Museum" phone="+7 391 227-52-62" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.oe-hotel.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: From RUB2,530; Double: From RUB4,000"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sibirskiy Safari Klub" alt="Сибирский Сафари Клуб" address="ул. Судостроительная, 117-А" directions="On the south side of the river" phone="+7 391 261-33-35" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.hotelsafari.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Scenic setting. Hotel includes a sauna, game room, and outdoor gazebos.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sky Hotel" alt="" address="Марковского, 45/1" directions="" phone="+7 8 (391) 226-33-33; 8 (391)226-38-88" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.skyotel.ru/hotel.html" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Yahont Hotel" alt="гостиница Яхонт" address="44-a Telman street" directions="North of the city center, reachable by bus or taxi" phone="+7 (391) 256-67-67" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+7 (391) 256-67-01" url="http://www.yahont.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
  
Krasnoyarsk's two luxury hotels cost from 130 USD per night, which is hardly worth it. However, you're safe from insects, and their location is quite convenient.
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* <sleep name="Krasnoyarsk Hotel (гостиница Красноярск)" address="94 Uritskogo street (ул. Урицкого 94)" directions="located on the Square at the Opera Theatre" phone="2273769" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.hotelkrs.ru" email=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Oktyabrskaya" alt="гостиница Октябрьская" address="15 Mira street" directions="on the Square at the Opera Theatre" phone="+7 391 227-19-16" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://hoteloctober.ru/eng/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: from RUB4,200; Double: from RUB4,600"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hilton Garden Inn (гостиница Хилтон)" address="37 Molokova Street (ул. Молокова 37)" directions="located near the Planeta mall" phone="2570202" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/russian-federation/hilton-garden-inn-krasnoyarsk-KJAMSGI/index.html" email=""></sleep>.
  
* <sleep name="Krasnoyarsk Hotel (гостиница Красноярск)" address="94 Uritskogo street (ул. Урицкого 94)" directions="located on the Square at the Opera Theatre" phone="273769" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.hotelkrs.ru" email=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Takmak Spa Hotel" alt="SPA Отель Такмак" address="Bazayskaya ul., 234-А" directions="16km from the city centre" phone="+7 391 231-25-31" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.takmakhotel.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: RUB3,200-7,000; Double: RUB3,800-8,000">A beautiful getaway! Includes 2 restaurants, spa, pool, sauna, fitness center, volleyball and basketball courts.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Oktyabr'skaya Hotel (гостиница Октябрьская)" address="15 Mira street (ул. Мира 15)" directions="located on the Square at the Opera Theatre, the best hotel of the city" phone="277508" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.hoteloctober.ru" email=""></sleep>.
 
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
  
The international code for Russia is +7, the code for Krasnoyarsk is 391 (since 6 Sept. 2008). On September the 6th 2008 all Krasnoyarsk numbers had a 2 added to the beginning.
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===Phone===
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The international code for Russia is +7, the code for Krasnoyarsk is 391.
  
Public phones are not very common. International phones can be found in the post offices, where you prepay your talk to a cashier (English is very unlikely to be understood).
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For information on purchasing a SIM card in Russia, see [[Russia#Contact]].
  
Mobile phones are carried by almost everyone, including children. Prepaid SIM cars with Russian federal number are sold for many national and local telecommunication providers: [http://www.krasnoyarsk.beeline.ru BeeLine] (Билайн), [http://www.kras.mts.ru MTS] (МТС), [http://www.etk.ru YeniseyTelecom] (Енисей Телеком), [http://www.megafonsib.ru Megafon-Krasnoyarsk] (Мегафон-Красноярск), all around the city. The mobile standard is GSM 900/1800, however some operators still provide the DAMPS service. SMS usually costs around 1 rouble (~5 US cents), one minute of talk is around 5 roubles (~20 US cents). Since July 2006 you cannot be charged for incoming calls (unless you're using the roaming), but sometimes you need to pay a fixed price of 50 US cents for a call. For the beginning of 2008 there was a pretty good coverage from all of the major cellular providers in the city neighborhood, though do not expect the phone to work in deep uninhabited valleys as well as far from relatively large towns.
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Note that SIM cards purchased elsewhere, such as in [[Moscow]] or [[Saint Petersburg]], may be subject to roaming charges.  
  
Internet cafes are not common, but Mobile GPRS in Russia is usually very cheap &mdash; 5-10 roubles (20-50 US cents) per 1 MB. There are many local ISP's who offer high-speed Internet connection via ADSL, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Wellcom (IMT-MC 450) but they all require signing an end-user agreement and very unlikely accept foreign passports and understand English as well. Modem access (usually 40-56 kbps) are much easier to buy: ''Internet cards'' can be bought in any post office and some supermarkets, they contain login, password and the ISP modem phone number. In the beginning of 2009 there were several free Wi-Fi Internet access points available in the public places:
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===Internet===
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Free WiFi is available in most hotels, shopping malls, university buildings, cinemas, restaurants and cafes, and some public areas and parks. There are also plenty of WiFi hotspots for which you must pay. You can also buy a mobile GPRS card to enable data transfer via the cellular networks. For more information, see [[Russia#Contact]].
  
* '''Traveller's Coffee''', Mira St. (ул. Мира) 54. Wi-Fi is about 100 rubles per 100 MB. Setting up is not instant, but as long as you get through the instructions, all is OK. Good coffee, some simple cousine and fine lounge music are nice additions to your temporary work environment.
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==Сonsulates==
* '''Luch''' (Луч) theater, Karla Marksa St. (ул. Карла Маркса) 149.
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* <listing name="Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Slovakia" alt="" directions="" address="124 Б, Uritskogo St., " phone="+7 (391) 256 00 07, 256 00 06" email="[email protected].ru, [email protected].ru" fax="+7 (391) 256 00 17, 256 00 16" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* '''Mama Roma''' restaurant, Mira St. (ул. Мира) 50a. You should order something (more than a cup of coffee) and ask to turn Wi-Fi on.
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
Though generally safe for the experienced traveler, Krasnoyarsk can be a tricky destination for someone not familiar with the region and culture. The downtown areas are pretty much safe all night, but in the suburbs it's highly recommended not to walk alone after dark. If you are 15-30 years old, the neighborhood of student dormatories (living blocks without balconies, usually 9-storey), the inside of living districts and street cafees can be dangerous for you even at day due to the chances to meet drunk bullies who can be easily provoked, for example, by your unusual or unathletic look. Other places of higher risk are large marketplaces and the railway station: be sure to keep your cash out of view and out pickpockets' reach.
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Though generally safe for the experienced traveler, Krasnoyarsk can be a tricky destination for someone not familiar with the region and culture. The downtown areas are pretty much safe all night, but in the suburbs it's highly recommended not to walk alone after dark. If you are 15-30 years old, the neighborhood of student dormitories (living blocks without balconies, usually 9-story), the inside of living districts and street cafes can be dangerous for you even at the day time due to the chances to meet drunk bullies who can be easily provoked, for example, by your unusual or not athletic look. Other places of higher risk are large market places and the railway station: be sure to keep your cash out of view and out of pickpockets' reach.
  
Avoid asking the police for help unless it is really necessary. If possible, communicate with the hotel staff and security first, because communication with local policemen may be unpleasant due to both the language barrier and their usual rudeness &mdash; or even dangerous, especially for non-European-looking foreigners (although police in Krasnoyarsk is far from being as dangerous as in [[Moscow]] and [[Saint Petersburg (Russia)|Saint Petersburg]]). Sadly, this is a national problem in Russia: there is not much difference between police and criminals.
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Avoid asking the police for help unless it is really necessary. If possible, communicate with the hotel staff and security first, because communication with local policemen may be unpleasant due to both the language barrier and their usual rudeness, or even dangerous, especially for non-European-looking foreigners (although police in Krasnoyarsk is far from being as dangerous as in [[Moscow]] and [[Saint Petersburg]]. Sadly, this is a national problem in Russia: there is not much difference between police and criminals.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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The easiest way to travel from the city is to fly to Moscow first, and then to wherever necessary. However, there are some flights from the local airport Emelianovo to China and the nearest ex-USSR countries, or through [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Irkutsk]] which can be easily reached by train.
 
The easiest way to travel from the city is to fly to Moscow first, and then to wherever necessary. However, there are some flights from the local airport Emelianovo to China and the nearest ex-USSR countries, or through [[Novosibirsk]] and [[Irkutsk]] which can be easily reached by train.
  
The neighboring region of [[Khakassia]] with its major city [[Abakan]] is 400km West, reachable by car (M-54 road) and everyday train from the railway station.
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Krasnoyarsk (Russian: Красноя́рск kruhz-nah-YAHRSK) is a city in Eastern Siberia, Russia.

Understand[edit]

Krasnoyarsk, view from a paraplane

Krasnoyarsk has a population of over 1 million people. It is known for its nature and has been referred to as the most beautiful city in Siberia. Forested mountains and cliffs are prevalent south of the city.

The Yenisey River flows through the city. The Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam, 20km upstream, prevents the river from freezing.

The city was founded in 1628 as a fort on the confluence of 2 rivers. It was originally called Krasny Yar, meaning "Beautiful ("Krasny" used to mean both red and beautiful, in this case it means red) Steep Bank".

Many political exiles, including 8 Decembrists were banished to Krasnoyarsk. The city was also an administrative center for the gulags.

Krasnoyarsk grew significantly during World War II since industrial facilities were moved eastward to escape the war. After the fall of the Soviet Union, ownership of these facilities were transferred to oligarchs and unemployment rose significantly.

The economy of the city is dependent upon its aluminium production facilities.

Climate[edit]

-Summers in Krasnoyarsk are short but warm with temperatures of around 17°C (62°F) but it can be cold at night. Summer months are also often wet and rainy and storms can occur. June and July are the sunniest months.

-Winter is generally very cold with temperatures dropping below -30°C (-22°F), but its usually around -14°C (7°F). Winter is often quite dark and cloudy and heavy snowfall is a regular occurrence.

-Spring and Autumn are both transitional months, and can either be very cold or quite warm. During spring, streets and roads can become dirty as a result of mud and melting snow.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Yemelyanovo (Емельяново) Airport, (IATA: KJA), +7 391 228-61-99, is 27km northwest of the city centre. The airport serves approximately 2 million passengers per year. There are regular flights to many major Russian cities including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Manzhouli, Samara, Novosibirsk, Ulan-Ude, and Yekaterinburg as well as international flights to Dushanbe, Bangkok, Baku, Tashkent, Beijing, Bishkek, and Osh.

Buses operate between the airport and the city centre. The journey takes approximately 1 hour to the train station or 1.5 hours to the intercity bus station. Alternatively, taxis should cost RUB800 if negotiated in advance and the journey to the city centre by taxi takes approximately 40 minutes.

Cheremshanka (Черемшанка) Airport, (IATA: CER), +7 391 252-65-57, is 23km northwest of the city centre. The airport is small and only 2 carriers operate flights to/from this airport: Krasavia, with flights to/from Abakan, Barnaul, Bratsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Kodinsk, Kyzyl, Motygino, Novokuznetsk, Podkamennaya Tunguska River and Turukhan Avia Airlines, with flights to/from Surgut, Svetlogorsk, Tomsk, and Turukhansk.

By train[edit]

       See also: Trans-Siberian Railway

All Trans-Siberian trains stop at Krasnoyarsk.

Train timetables and fares can be found on the RZD website; enter "KRASNOIARSK, KRASNOYARSKAYA, [2038000]" as the station for Krasnoyarsk. There are several daily trains to Moscow (61 hours, RUB3,300-10,000), Irkutsk (18 hours, RUB1,200-6,400), Omsk (20 hours, RUB1,400-6,600), Novosibirsk (12 hours, RUB1,000-6,000), Ulan-Ude (12 hours, RUB1,500-8,400), Yekaterinburg (34 hours, RUB2,000-5,800), Perm (41 hours, RUB2,400-6,600), and Vladivostok (86 hours, RUB4,000-20,000).

There are left luggage services at the train station, but beware of long "breaks" taken by the operator. The service costs RUB100 per item per day.

There are plenty of buses making the 10 minute ride between the train station and the city centre. The journey costs RUB25. A taxi should cost RUB130 if negotiated in advance.

By bus[edit]

Kransoyarsk Avtovokzal is the inter city bus station. Buses operate to/from nearby cities, including those in the Khakassia region. Buses to most nearby cities cost under RUB300.

By car[edit]

The road connecting Vladivostok and Moscow, semi-officially called Moskovskyy Trakt (Московский тракт, Russian for the Moscow Way), passes through Krasnoyarsk. However, decent accommodation and eating establishments are hard to find along this road.

Get around[edit]

Google maps can be used to plan trips around the city.

By public transport[edit]

There are many public buses and marshrutkas, costing RUB25 per trip. In large buses, the conductor walks among the passengers and asks for money from the new passengers. In a marshrutka/minibus, the conductor sits near the driver and gets paid before passengers exit (because of this the hind door is rarely opened). In a large bus, the conductor walks around with a roll of tickets in a hand, a belt purse and demands payment.

By taxis[edit]

Taxis are plentiful but drivers rarely speak English. Negotiate prices in advance.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Divnogorsk Dam, 124 meters tall, 40km southwest of Krasnoyarsk includes a power station and an aluminum smelting plant that benefits from the cheap electricity. The waterfall created by the dam is worth seeing. Reachable by taxi, elektrichka train to Divnogorsk ((Дивногорск means "The Town of Wondrous Mountains") or, in the summer, by jet boat or hydrofoil.

Museums[edit]

Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum is Egypt-style ex-private building
  • Vasily Surikov Museums (Lenina Str. 98 and Karla Marksa Str. 36) are the museums of the one of the greatest Russian painters who was born and lived in Krasnoyarsk until he moved to Moscow to become a member of the National Academy of Arts. The first is a two-story wooden house built in 1830 by the painter's father, Vasiliy Surikov was born and lived for many years in that house, the second is a later-built one-story house holding many of his works.
  • Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum (Dubrovinskogo Str. 84) is a recently restored monumental building in an ancient Egyptian style. It holds a lot of good exhibitions on the history of the Krasnoyarsk Krai as well as many archeological artifacts.
  • The Culture and History Center (former Lenin Museum) constantly presents various local and international exhibitions and events, all open to the public and sometimes free: fine art and photography by modern artists, art-house and independent movie festivals, museum nights with performances by young local artists, wax figure exhibitions, moving exhibitions from other cities, etc. The very building of the center itself is an incredibly interesting place to visit due to its original and atmospheric inside architecture.

Religious Buildings[edit]

  • Karaulnaya Gora (Караульная гора, Russian for 'The Watch Hill'), (Bus #32, #64, #74, or #88 to ''Ploschad Pobyedy'' (Площадь Победы, Russian for ''The Victory Plaza''), from there walk the Stepana Razina Str. until you see the chapel). A large hill with the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel (Часовня Параскевы Пятницы) on its top is a symbol of the city depicted on the RUB10 banknote.  edit

Monuments[edit]

  • Andrey Dubensky Monument (near Partizana Zheleznyaka Str. 1) located at the top of the Krasnyy Yar hill after which the city was named is a monument to the Cossack leader Andrey Dubensky who has founded the stockaded fort of Krasnyy Yar in 1628 by the order of Michael I. The monument was erected in 2003 to honour the 375th anniversary of the city.
  • Flower monuments are located all over the city. Large figures (2–5m) made of flowers can be seen only in summer. The first figure is a Bear, it stands near the mayoralty building known for its modernist Big Ben-like clock, a family of Giraffes on the Lenina str. behind the Regional Government building knows as the Grey House (Серый дом), a Rooster near the Theater of Musical Comedy (Театр Музыкальной Комедии), a family of Elephants on the Kopylova (Копылова) str.

Do[edit][add listing]

Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station
Krasnoyarsk, Forest Reserve Stolby. Peria (Feathers) rock

There are many hiking opportunities in the nearby forests, many of which offer nice viewpoints. It is recommended to have a guide for such an excursion as the trails are not well laid-out and there are plenty of dangers, including animals.

  • Stolby Nature Reserve (Заповедник Столбы (literally: Pillars)), +7 391 261-51-61, [1]. Stolby covers 470km² in area, with many extraordinarily-shaped volcanic rock formations up to 100m high. You can go here with a guided excursion; alternatively take bus 50 from ul. Veynbauma, next to the Theatre Square. In about 25 minutes, get off on Sverdlovskaya ul. just before the river "ruchey Laletina". Once you alight, walk 50m west (the same direction the bus was travelling) to get to the start of the trail, with the entrance clearly signposted. Upon entry, follow the main road for about 5km to get to the Stolby base camp with cafe, information stand, maps and picnic area.  edit
  • Roev Ruchey Zoo (Роев ручей), (1 bus stop west from the entrance to the Stolby Nature Reserve), [2]. Russian for Royev's Brook. Large animal collection, where animals live in a good environment. The most famous inhabitant is a polar bear called Sedov.  edit

Festivals and events[edit]

  • The City Day is celebrated every year in June, it is a spectacular show with a street carnival of different topics each year and evening fireworks.
  • Lawnmower Racing Festival occurs in July and features races on lawnmowers, motorcycles, ATVs, jet skis, gliders, hang gliders, and helicopters. Also includes music concerts.
  • APFest (Krasnoyarsk International Music Festival of the Asia-Pacific region), [3]. Last week of June. Theatre, ballet, concerts, street art, and other unique events.  edit
  • The Night of Ad Eaters, Opera and Ballet Theater (Perensona Str. 2), [4]. Annually in June. A collection of advertisement trailers by Jean Marie Boursicot is presented to the local elite starting at midnight. Over US$100.  edit
  • Krasnoyarsk Jazz-bike festival, 5 to 8 August . The first two days of this Program is jazz. Third day Program includes a lot of contests and music groups. Prepared interesting prizes. Special guest DJ "Elephant". Competitive program 7 August starting at 11 p.m. Walking rechargeable, Arm-wrestling, fight on Balance beam, Enduro, Swim on Rubber Women. Music program on August 7th, launching in 19: 00. columns of bikers will Collect at the sports complex on the island of 16.00 on 6 August.

Learn[edit]

Krasnoyarsk, Communalnyi bridge (Коммунальный мост) is the main bridge over the Yenisey river

After Novosibirsk and Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk is the most prominent scientific and educational center of Siberia with more than 30 higher education facilities, many of which are the branches of the Russian Academy of Science, and about 200 high schools. The most notable higher education institutes are:

  • Siberian Federal University (Russian abbreviation is SibFU), founded on November 4, 2006. The institution integrated four large higher education institutions (Krasnoyarsk State University, Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Architecture and Civil Construction, Krasnoyarsk State Technical University, State University of Non-Ferrous Metals and Gold)
  • Krasnoyarsk State University of Education (Russian abbreviation is KGPU), founded in 1932
  • Siberian State Technological University (Russian abbreviation is SibGTU), the oldest in the city, founded in 1930 as the Siberian Institute of the Forest
  • Siberian State Aerospace University (Russian abbreviation is SibGAU), founded in 1960
  • Krasnoyarsk State Medical Academy (Russian abbreviation is KrasGMA), founded in 1942

Similarly to Novosibirsk and Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk has a special city district called Akademgorodok (Academic Town in Russian) where many of the institutes are located. There, in the Institute of Biophysics, the experiment on ecological isolation of human beings called "Bios", similar to the US experiment Biosphere 2, has been successfully held in 1973-1985.

Work[edit]

Like any industrial center, Krasnoyarsk has a large number of employment opportunities. However, salaries are low (up to 500 USD/month is 'good', 1000+USD/month is 'very good'; higher salaries are availble for top-managers or business owners only). Salaries net of taxes.

Buy[edit][add listing]

If you want to buy Siberian souvenirs or paintings of the Krasnoyarsk artists you can visit the Diana (Диана) art salon at Mira St. (ул. Мира) 51. You may try to speak English with merchants here. Another place to look for paintings of the local artists is the Khingan (Хинган) galleries at Mira St. (ул. Мира) 3, Vzlyotnaya St. (ул. Взлётная) 2 and Totmina St. (ул. Тотмина) 6. Siberian souvenirs are also sold in the Sibir-Etno (Сибирь-этно) galleries, the first of them is in the Krasnoyarsk railway station, the second is at Aviatorov St. (ул. Авиаторов) 19.

The one unique thing you're advised to buy is cedar nuts, because the Siberian region is the only region where the authentic variety of this delicacy can be purchased. Throughout the rest of the world cedar nuts are extremely expensive.

Other goods are the same as all over Russia. Chinese clothes could be slightly cheaper on the Chinese market.

Entertainment centers / shopping malls[edit]

  • Krasnoyarsk has a lot of huge trade-and-entertainment centers, similar to shopping malls, where you can find cinema theaters, restaurants, cafeterias and numerous large and small shops. The major centers are: Torgovyy Kvartal (Торговый Квартал, Russian for Trade Block) at Televizornaya Str. 1, Planeta (Планета, Russian for Planet) at Dyevyatogo Maya Str. 77 and Luch (Луч, Russian for Ray) at Karla Marksa Str. 149. Other large trading centers are Kvant (Квант, Russian for Quant) at Krasnoy Armii Str. 10, Yevraziya (Евразия, Russian for Eurasia) at Karla Marksa Str. 95-1 and Krasnoyarye (Красноярье, Russian for Places of Krasnoyarsk) at Krasnoyarskiy Rabochiy Str. 120.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of restaurants in Krasnoyarsk. While there is no McDonalds, there are locations of KFC. There are many excellent Chinese restaurants on Mira street near the Theater of Musical Comedy.

Budget[edit]

  • Syem Slona (Съем слона), Several locations, [5]. Chain of canteen-style cafeterias. All items are under RUB100.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Franky Woo Restaurant & Bar, Vzletnaya st., 57, [6]. On the 15th floor of an office building. Unique aviation theme.  edit
  • Mama Roma, Prospect Mira 50A, +7 391 266-10-72, [7]. 9AM-1AM. Italian food. Locations in 5 Russian cities.  edit
  • Shkvarok, Mira Ave., 102A, [8]. Ukranian restaurant with a lot of character.  edit
  • Yakitoriya (Якитория), Oktyabrskaya, 7A, +7 391 2904060, [9]. Japanese food. RUB350.  edit
  • Urartu Restaurant (Ресторан Урарту), Karla Marksa St., 14A, +7 391 291-80-13 (, fax: +7 391 291-80-14), [10]. Country-style wood tables with comfortable couches. Unique cuisine including rare local cheeses.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Balkan Grill (Балкан Гриль), Perensona 9 (Behind Krasnoyarsk Opera theater), [11]. Balkan food. Nice atmosphere, although the steaks are not top-notch.  edit
  • Baran i Biser (баран и бисер, Literally: Sheep and Beads), Mira #19, [12]. Fantastic food and atmosphere. Central European, Georgian cuisine. Bakes bread in wood-fired oven.  edit
  • Shelf, 78 Dobrovolcheskoy Brigady St.#15; 2nd floor, Pervaya Bashnya Business Center, +7 (391) 291-19-19, [13]. Mains: RUB500-1,500.  edit
  • Svinya i Biser (Literally: Pig and Beads), Krasnoy Armii St., 16A, [14]. Great atmosphere and service. Mains: RUB370.  edit
  • Trattoria Formaggi @ Oktyabrskaya Hotel, Mira #15, +7 (391) 290-40-40, [15]. An excellent Italian restaurant, with English speaking waiters, excellent food and service. Menus with mouth-watering pictures. Try the Mediterranean Olives as starter!  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Cafes[edit]

  • Yurta Teahouse, Sibirskaya, 92/4, +7 391 286 86 09, [16]. A really cool tea house in a large yurt! Pot of tea: RUB150; Flame roasted and skewered chicken, meat and potatoes: RUB340.  edit

Bars[edit]

  • Soho Bar, Mira #45, +7 391 227 75 06, [17].  edit

Nightclubs[edit]

There are many nightclubs all over Krasnoyarsk, but it's better to avoid those located in suburbs (the clientele can be unpleasant), or very expensive luxury clubs and restaurants (frequented by local criminals). Most cinemas have nightclubs as well. Beware of drug traffickers, which are present in most nightclubs; however, they usually don't disturb others unless approached.

  • Havana Club, ul. Bograda, 134, +7 391 252-23-72. Includes 3 dance floors.  edit
  • Harley's Bar (Бар Харлей), Molokova 56, +7 391 275-99-99, [18]. Free entrance before 11PM; afterwards RUB300 for girls and RUB500 for guys.  edit
  • Koloradsky Papa (Колорадский Папа), Krasnoyarsky Rabochy #160E, +7 391 269-55-96, [19].  edit
  • Music Bar Loft, ul. Uritskogo, 94, +7 391 282-87-78, [20].  edit
  • Sterling Club (Стерлинг), Vzletnaja ul., d. 12, +7 391 228-01-01, [21].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Note that some hotels do not have English-speaking staff and may be in bad condition. It is advisable to read reviews online and book in advance. It is also better to book accommodation in the city centre since certain outlying areas can be a bit dodgy.

Most hotels and hostels offer free WiFi and many have computer terminals. Almost all accept credit cards. Hotels and hostels will usually provide a visa invitation and registration for an additional fee.

Budget[edit]

Hostels[edit]

  • InDaHouse, st. Mihaila Godenko home 1, +7-950-305-05-05, [22]. 420RUB - 560RUB.  edit
  • Hovel Hostel, ul. Lenina, 52, +7 929 309-40-20, [23]. 12-bed dorm: RUB525; 8-bed dorm: RUB560; 4-bed dorm: RUB600; Double: RUB1,350.  edit
  • Kiwi Hostel, Partizana Zheleznyaka 9g-17 (4th floor) (North of the city centre; Bus# 20, 30, 51, 60, 65, 77, 83, 85, 87, 91 or Trolleybus #7, 8, 11), +7 983 294 2626 (), [24]. A nice hostel. Some rooms have river views. 8-bed dorm: RUB450; 6-bed dorm: RUB500.  edit
  • Kvartira 55 (Квартира 55), Respubliki 42, +7 902 924-41-67, [25]. 6-bed dorm: RUB590.  edit
  • Like Hostel, pr. Krasnoyarsky Rabochy 165G, +7 902 912-73-39, [26]. 6-bed dorm: RUB400; 4-bed dorm: RUB450.  edit
  • SibTourGuide Hostel, Mira street, building 85, apartment 72 (Great location, just west of the city centre), +7 950 985 86 08, [27]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: Noon. Nice hostel. The owner will arrange tours to local villages, the Stolby Nature Reserve, the Tunguska explosion site, the Hydroelectric Power Station, and boat trips on the Yenisey river. Dorm bed: RUB700; Single: RUB1,000; RUB300 fee for check-in after 9PM.  edit
  • Titmouse House, Mira street #120-35A; Staircase #5, 4th floor, +7 913 527-22-83, [28]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: Noon. 8-bed dorm: RUB500; 6-bed dorm: RUB650; Twin: RUB1,600.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Amaks City Hotel, ул. Александра Матросова, 2 (Directly across the Kommunally Bridge), (toll free: 8-800-555-5225), [29]. Terrace with a nice view of the river. 295 rooms. From RUB3,600, breakfast included.  edit
  • Dom Hotel, ul. Krasnoy Armii, 16A (Near the bus station), +7 (391) 290-6666 (, fax: +7 (391) 291-19-44), [30]. Good pub and café on site. From RUB3,000.  edit
  • Ogni Eniseya Hotel (гостиница Огни Енисея), ul. Dubrovinskogo, 80 (on the embankment of the Yenisey River, near the Regional Museum), +7 391 227-52-62, [31]. Single: From RUB2,530; Double: From RUB4,000.  edit
  • Sibirskiy Safari Klub (Сибирский Сафари Клуб), ул. Судостроительная, 117-А (On the south side of the river), +7 391 261-33-35 (), [32]. Scenic setting. Hotel includes a sauna, game room, and outdoor gazebos.  edit
  • Yahont Hotel (гостиница Яхонт), 44-a Telman street (North of the city center, reachable by bus or taxi), +7 (391) 256-67-67 (, fax: +7 (391) 256-67-01), [34].  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Krasnoyarsk Hotel (гостиница Красноярск), 94 Uritskogo street (ул. Урицкого 94) (located on the Square at the Opera Theatre), 2273769, [35].  edit
  • Oktyabrskaya (гостиница Октябрьская), 15 Mira street (on the Square at the Opera Theatre), +7 391 227-19-16 (), [36]. Single: from RUB4,200; Double: from RUB4,600.  edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn (гостиница Хилтон), 37 Molokova Street (ул. Молокова 37) (located near the Planeta mall), 2570202, [37].  edit.
  • Takmak Spa Hotel (SPA Отель Такмак), Bazayskaya ul., 234-А (16km from the city centre), +7 391 231-25-31, [38]. A beautiful getaway! Includes 2 restaurants, spa, pool, sauna, fitness center, volleyball and basketball courts. Single: RUB3,200-7,000; Double: RUB3,800-8,000.  edit

Contact[edit]

Phone[edit]

The international code for Russia is +7, the code for Krasnoyarsk is 391.

For information on purchasing a SIM card in Russia, see Russia#Contact.

Note that SIM cards purchased elsewhere, such as in Moscow or Saint Petersburg, may be subject to roaming charges.

Internet[edit]

Free WiFi is available in most hotels, shopping malls, university buildings, cinemas, restaurants and cafes, and some public areas and parks. There are also plenty of WiFi hotspots for which you must pay. You can also buy a mobile GPRS card to enable data transfer via the cellular networks. For more information, see Russia#Contact.

Сonsulates[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Though generally safe for the experienced traveler, Krasnoyarsk can be a tricky destination for someone not familiar with the region and culture. The downtown areas are pretty much safe all night, but in the suburbs it's highly recommended not to walk alone after dark. If you are 15-30 years old, the neighborhood of student dormitories (living blocks without balconies, usually 9-story), the inside of living districts and street cafes can be dangerous for you even at the day time due to the chances to meet drunk bullies who can be easily provoked, for example, by your unusual or not athletic look. Other places of higher risk are large market places and the railway station: be sure to keep your cash out of view and out of pickpockets' reach.

Avoid asking the police for help unless it is really necessary. If possible, communicate with the hotel staff and security first, because communication with local policemen may be unpleasant due to both the language barrier and their usual rudeness, or even dangerous, especially for non-European-looking foreigners (although police in Krasnoyarsk is far from being as dangerous as in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Sadly, this is a national problem in Russia: there is not much difference between police and criminals.

Get out[edit]

The easiest way to travel from the city is to fly to Moscow first, and then to wherever necessary. However, there are some flights from the local airport Emelianovo to China and the nearest ex-USSR countries, or through Novosibirsk and Irkutsk which can be easily reached by train.

The neighboring region of Khakassia with its major city Abakan is 400km South, reachable by car (M-54 road) and everyday train from the railway station.

The next stops of note on the Trans-Siberian Railway are Achinsk to the west towards Novosibirsk and Kansk to the east towards Irkutsk

During the summer there are 1-2 week cruises to the Northern part of the Krasnoyarsk Krai to the mouth of the Yenisey. Everyday connections exist only for the city of Divnogorsk, located 40km west, near the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station.

Routes through Krasnoyarsk
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