Pyatigorsk attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Pyatigorsk

Mt Mashuk

There's a fantastic view of Pyatigorsk, and all the way to Mt Elbrus on good weather days, from the 993m summit of Mt Mashuk. You can reach here either by hiking up a tree-shaded road or – easier – riding the cable …
Top Choice Museum in Pyatigorsk

Lermontov Museum

Many Pyatigorsk attractions revolve around larger-than-life writer, poet, painter, cavalry soldier, society beau and duellist Mikhail Lermontov. Chief among them is this museum, a walled garden compound containing f…
Park in Pyatigorsk

Park Tsvetnik

This lovely wooded park with many architectural and monumental features forms a 1km-long arc around the eastern end of pr Kirova on the lower slopes of Mt Mashuk. Walk through the ornate entrance gate and around the…
Historic Site in Pyatigorsk

Lermontov Duel Site

In a clearing on the forested western flank of Mt Mashuk is a monument marking the Lermontov duel site. The exact spot is unknown, but it is thought to be near the needle-point obelisk devoted to Lermontov that even…
Hot Springs in Pyatigorsk


On the south slope of Mt Mashuk, the Proval natural spring lies hidden inside a cavern. There is a religious icon on the wall inside. Outside, a bronze statue of Ostap Bender, the fictional fraudster who ran a ticke…
Mountain in Pyatigorsk

Mt Beshtau

Ask locals about hiking routes up and around this 1400m, five-peaked mountain that gives Pyatigorsk it's name. It's located a couple of kilometres northwest of the city, so you get a great view of the mountain from …
Notable Building in Pyatigorsk

Drinking Gallery

You can sample the local mineral water (small/large cups R2/5) here. It tastes rather sulphurous, but the best reasons for dropping in are the wonderful mid-20th-century mosaics on the walls.
Museum in Pyatigorsk

Insect Museum

This small museum houses a small collection of critters (spiders, snakes, frogs) as well as a lovely butterfly collection from around the globe.
Notable Building in Pyatigorsk

Academic Gallery

This attractive classical building is perched above the eastern terminus of pr Kirova. It was built in 1851 to house one of Pyatigorsk’s best-known springs, No 16 (currently closed). It was here that Pechorin first …
Notable Building in Pyatigorsk

Spa Research Institute

The striking, classical-style Spa Research Institute, built in 1828 and rebuilt in 1955, was once Restoratsiya, the town’s first hotel and scene of the balls described in Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time.