Kamchatka attractions

Museum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Kamchatka Regional Museum

Housed in an attractive half-timbered building overlooking the bay, this museum features an imaginative mix of relics and murals that outline Kamchatka’s history, including a wide range of prehistoric weapons and to…
Museum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Vulkanarium

This new museum was just about to open during our last visit to Kamchatka, and a quick peek inside as they were putting up the display revealed an impressive series of rooms with panels in English about the local vo…
Church in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Trinity Cathedral

Petropavlovsk's largest and most impressive church is this golden-domed stunner, which sits on an outcrop from where it is visible from all over the city. Despite looking ancient, the church was built in the early 2…
Lake in Esso

Ikar Lake

A pleasant and easy hike along the Bystraya River and through some thick woods (where you may encounter bears: be sure to bring flares to keep safe) will take you to this pristine lake surrounded by hills and with s…
Mountain in Esso

Pioneer Hill

The giant hillside towering over Esso makes for a rather tough and sometimes inelegant scramble through the trees, but the views from the top over the valley are spectacular. The pathway begins near the Paramushir T…
Church in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Alexander Nevsky Chapel

Originally built in 1857 to commemorate the victory over the British and the French in the Battle of Petropavlovsk, this wooden chapel was destroyed in 1937 during the antireligious campaigns under Stalin. It was re…
Museum in Esso

Ethnographic Museum

You can find out much about the history of the area’s peoples in this well-kept museum in a charming Cossack-style izba (wooden house) set beside the rushing river that flows through Esso. The museum contains some t…
Beach in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Beach

Yes, there are beaches in Kamchatka too, and this one has gorgeous views of the bay and the distant snow-covered mountains, though it's unlikely you'll want to take a dip. There's a paved promenade and several bench…
Hill in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Nikolskaya Hill

Petropavlovsk's most charming spot for a walk, this thickly wooded hill is in the centre of the city between the harbour and the lake. There are numerous winding paths through the trees and some splendid views of Av…
Monument in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Lenin Statue

As Lenin statues go (and there are still around 1800 in Russia still standing), this is an impressive one, with the revolutionary leader in a dramatic pose with his billowing coat tails flared dramatically to each s…