Krasnodar is nicknamed the “Little Paris” of Russia as the streets are lined with cafes and shops. Like Paris, the city is elegant, however, there are only a few things that you can do in Krasnodar. This shouldn’t stop you from exploring the city though. For a start, visit churches and museums. This will educate you about Krasnodar’s history and culture. Why not talk to the locals so you learn how they live their lives. These 10 attractions will also help you get to know this little city better.
1. Solnechnyy Ostrov or The Sunny Island
If nature is your thing then you will fall in love with The Sunny Island or Solnechnyy Ostrov. You can either walk around the park and enjoy the scenery, or rent a bike and explore the entire park by yourself. If you’re with family and kids, take them to the kiddie attractions and amusement parks. It will surely delight them. Roller coaster rides are also available at Sunny Island. Food and drinks are sold inside too.
The Sunny Island
Address: Krasnodar, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 350002
Website: The Sunny Island
2. Chistyakovskiy Grove Park
If you’re tired of the city life, visit Chistyakovskiy Grove Park and get close to nature. There are plenty of trees and squirrels there, and you can actually feed them with your own hands. Prepare some peanuts and bread and bring it with you. The Chistyakovskiy Grove Park is your escape from the noisy and crowded city. It’s perfect to clear your mind of unpleasant things. You can simply sit down and relax under the trees.
Chistyakovskiy Grove Park
Address: Kolkhoznaya St., 86, Krasnodar 350010, Russia
3. Red Street
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The Red Street is the oldest and the most beautiful street in the city of Krasnodar. It’s lined with cafes, restaurants, statues, shops, and bars! It’s the best street in town. It also features beautiful trees, flowers, and terrific monuments. Just walking by is enough to make someone appreciate Krasnodar. The best time to visit Red Street is during weekends as there’s no traffic. You can bring your friends along for a good cup of coffee. The street never closes so you’re free to walk around anytime you want.
4. Walking Dogs Sculpture or Dog Capital Sculpture
This sculpture is inspired by Mayakovskiy’s poem in 1926 about dogs in Krasnodar. The sculpture is called “the dog’s capital” and people say that when you stroke these dogs, good fortune and wealth will come to you. Take lots of photos when you visit as it’s not every day that you get to see a sculpture of dogs. It’s kind of unique and a little funny actually.
Dog Capital Sculpture
Address: Corner of Krasnaya St and Mira St., Krasnodar, Russia
5. Felitsyn Museum
Archaeology lovers will love Felitsyn Museum at Krasnodar. It features archaeological finds that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll also be informed about the Russian and the Cossack history. This was established mainly to preserve the Kuban’s heritage. The museum has one of the biggest collections of manuscripts, stamps, military orders, weaponry, decorations seals, and much more. Rare books are also found inside the museum.
Address: 350000, Krasnodar Territory, Krasnodar, ul. Gymnasium, 67
Website: Felitsyn Museum (In Russian)
6. Monument to Catherine the Great
One of the most influential woman in Russia is Catherine The Great. This is her eye-catching and astounding monument. It’s found in a park in Krasnodar, and frequented by tourists. This has become one of the major attractions in the city of Krasnodar, and is definitely worth a visit.
Monument to Catherine the Great
Address: Yekaterinsky Sq., Krasnodar, Russia
7. The Krasnodar State Academic Drama Theater
The Krasnodar State Academic Drama Theatre named after GorkyPosted by Anca Petianu on Sunday, 4 January 2015
This was completed in 1909 and was named Winter Theater. The academic drama theater is the center of the Kuban culture and popular among tourists. More than 100k people visit the theater every season.
The Krasnodar State Academic Drama Theater
Address: ul. Ploshchad’ Oktjabr'skoj Revoljucii, 2, Krasnodar, Russia
8. Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral
It took time to build this cathedral. They had to stop construction as they were strap for cash and building materials. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was a military cathedral and first constructed in 1853. They spent a fortune building the church. In 1932 though, the cathedral was blown up and reconstructed only in 2003. Today, the White Cathedral is a major attraction in Krasnodar, Russia. They say the sight of it is breathtaking. The long walk to get to the cathedral is so worth it.
Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral
Address: Settlementtovaya, 26, Krasnodar 350063, Russia
9. Safari Park
Don’t miss Safari Park in Krasnodar especially when you’re traveling with family, including the kids. They will be entertained with the coolest animals found in the park. Kids get to feed monkeys, and do other fun activities. It’s well maintained by the owners, and there are some shops inside the park as well. This is the only zoo found in the city of Krasnodar. Although it isn’t really as exceptional as other Safari Parks, it definitely is worth a visit.
Address: Tramvaynaya ul., 2, Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy kray, Russia, 350911
Website: Safari Park
10. Oz Mall
OZ Mall is a huge, spacious, modern mall in Krasnodar that offers a wide selection of restaurants and stores. You’ll know it’s OZ Mall when you see a big dinosaur in the garage. It’s best to visit OZ when you’re with family members so you can all appreciate how impressive this Russian shopping mall is. And don’t forget to bring souvenirs for the people back home.
Address: Krylataya ulitsa, 2, Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy kray, Russia, 350912
Website: Oz Mall
From Russia, with love
These 10 attractions should make you feel a little closer to Krasnodar, Russia. The elegant city can surely make you feel at home. If you live near Russia, why not book a flight to Krasnodar so you can get to know this city up close and personal. The photos are just not enough to convince you how beautiful the city is. You have to see it for yourself.
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