Perm is a million-plus city stretching along the banks of the Kama. For a long time, the city was little known and closed to nonresidents, since a large number of factories worked for the defense industry on the territory of Perm. Some of them continue their activities to this day.
Around after the restructuring, the city began to gradually become available for tourism.
Residents of Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and other nearby cities will be interested in spending a weekend in Perm.
Approximate travel budget for one person – from 4,000 rubles. *
- Round-trip train tickets from 1,530 rubles *;
Planes fly from Moscow to Perm every day. The cheapest ticket costs 2,199 rubles *, and the flight lasts 2 hours.
- 1 night in a hostel – from 300 rubles * or in a 3 * hotel – from 1,140 rubles *;
- Average bill in a cafe – 400 rubles;
- City walks, public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.
In 1995, Perm hosted the first festival of documentary films “Flahertiana” (since 2006 it has received international status). This year “Flahertiana” will take place from 15 to 21 September. The participants will be directors from the Netherlands, Chile, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Great Britain.
Event website: flahertiana.ru
The name of the city began to appear frequently in the federal media in the late 2000s – early 10ths, when the Perm Cultural Revolution started – an attempt by regional authorities to turn Perm into the new cultural capital of Russia. It began with the exhibition of contemporary art “Russian Poor”, organized by gallery owner Marat Gelman and Senator Sergei Gordeev, and became a pilot project for the first non-capital (not Moscow or St. Petersburg) contemporary art museum PERMM. Now it hosts exhibitions of both domestic and foreign artists. Over the years, the museum has exhibited works by Dmitry Prigov, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, PARADIZARIUM by Sasha Frolova, photographs “Best of Russia”.
Address: Boulevard Gagarina, 24.
Price: 150 rubles.
The family of Sergei Diaghilev, the organizer of the Russian Seasons in Paris, has lived in Perm for a long time, therefore it is in this city that the international festival Diaghilev Seasons is held. The program usually includes world premieres of opera and ballet performances. Queues for tickets to festival events are lined up in the morning on the day of the opening of sales. The site of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, where you can buy tickets online, cannot withstand the onslaught of those who wish. This year, at the closing of Diaghilev Seasons, the oligarch Roman Abramovich was seen among the audience.
If you did not come to Perm on the days of the festival, try to get to the opera or ballet anyway. Visit the performance where the artistic director of the theater Teodor Currentzis is at the conductor.
In 2017, the 146th theater season will open on 31 August. The Opera and Ballet Theater will show “Swan Lake”. The conductor of the performance is Artem Abashev, the musical director of the production is Theodor Currentzis.
Website of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater: permopera.ru.
Address: Petropavlovskaya, 25a.
Permians are great lovers of theatrical art, otherwise they would not have chosen the name “Theatrical” for the main fountain of the city. It is located on the square in front of the Perm Academic Theater-Theater (yes, that’s what it’s called).
“Theater” fountain – light and music. In the summer, he gives three shows on weekends and holidays (20:45, 21:41, 22:45) and one on weekdays (22:45). The program includes Tchaikovsky, David Garrett, Paul Mauriat, Vivaldi, Maksim Mrvica. All program changes can be found in the VKontakte group.
Address: Lenin street, 53.
In Perm, as in many cities, there are sightseeing bus tours. But, if you are sure that even the most interesting story of the guide will drive you to sleep, then take a ride in the Romantic Tram Cafe, a tram-cafe. In an hour and a half he will drive along the central streets of the city. During the trip, you can get acquainted with the evening Perm and have a delicious dinner. Reservations and dinner must be made in advance.
Romantic Tram Cafe website: rtcafe.ru.
Cost: 200 rubles, for flights with live music – 250 rubles + dinner.
If the weather is fine, take the free hiking trail. Take your pick: The Green Line will introduce you to the main historical, cultural and architectural sites of Perm, and the Red Line will guide you through places associated with famous people who lived in the city and left a mark on its history. The first route covers 37 significant objects, the second one introduces 20 love stories associated with Perm. Lines are painted on the asphalt, following which you can see the sights on your own, without a guide. Near each of them there is an informational table with a description of the object.
Address: you can start the tour from the Opera and Ballet Theater, where both lines intersect.
Another way to get to know Perm is to see it from the Kama. Trips on pleasure river trams will allow you to estimate the length of the city along the river. The walk lasts 1.5 hours, during which dancing is performed on the upper deck.
After returning to the pier, you can walk along the embankment. Currently, reconstruction work is underway there, but some sections have already been repaired. The art object “Happiness is not far off” is also installed here, the vast majority of guests of Perm have photographs against the background of which.
Address: Monastyrskaya street, 2, river station.
Cost: from 250 rubles (more expensive on weekends and in the evenings).
Now that you have already looked at Perm from the inside and from the side, you can look at the city from above. In the central park of culture and recreation named after Gorky, an attraction is installed – a 50-meter Ferris wheel. The six-seater booths are glazed, which does not interfere with taking amazing pictures of the city.
In the park itself, various holidays and festivals take place all year round: the celebration of Maslenitsa, the festival of twins, the parade of baby carriages, the ice cream festival, PumpkinDay, wet and snow battles (depending on the season).
Address: between Krasnova, Sibirskaya, Revolyutsii streets and Komsomolsky prospect.
Cost: 190 rubles.
Under one roof of the creative space “Pharmacy Bartminskogo” on the central street of the city, the best, in the opinion of Permians, bookstore and the best bar coexist. Entering this old building, you can choose an interesting book at Piotrovsky for a long time, then dine at Sister`s bar. Here you can also look into the Spin vinyl record store and the CherdaKk store of designer tricks. It is here in Perm that people buy moleskines, colored socks and funny stickers.
Address: Lenin street, 54.
A snack in Perm must necessarily consist of a local dish – posikunchiks, small pies with meat filling. When you take a bite, broth pours out of them. There are many places where you can try posikunchiki, for example, the Uralskiye posikunchiki chain of snack bars (open around the clock). In the very center, not far from the Polytechnic University, there is “Domashnie posikunchiki” (Komsomolskiy prospect, 32). This dish is also served in restaurants, for example, in the “Stroganov estate” (Lenina, 58) and in “Okhotnichy” (Permskaya, 200). In the second, by the way, you can try bear meat, but this is a seasonal product and it is not always on the menu.
The summer of 2017, of course, is not very hot in the Perm Territory, but if you are lucky enough to catch the sun, you can go to the beach to sunbathe. This year, the city has five beaches:
- along the line of Kirovogradskaya Street (between Astrakhanskaya Street and Oboronshchikov Street) in Kirovsky District;
- on the right bank near the Communal bridge in the Leninsky district;
- Motovilikhinsky pond in Motovilikhinsky district;
- the area of the KamGES stopping point in the Ordzhonikidze district;
- on the left bank of the Sylva River in the village of Novye Lyady.
All beaches have rescue posts, mobile toilet cubicles, benches, changing cabins.
* Prices for travel and accommodation are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the final price may differ depending on the season and the time for which tickets are purchased.
Text writer: Ulyana Treskova