Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Vladivostok

Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art

The full renovation and repurposing of a former clothing factory into a giant creative complex containing offices, studios, cafes and work spaces is one of Vladivostok's most interesting recent developments. Visitor…
Top Choice Cathedral in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Cathedral of the Nativity

This extraordinary new addition to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's otherwise ho-hum architectural ensemble is a staggeringly impressive golden-domed cathedral, which at 81m high is the tallest church in the Russian Far East. Wh…
Museum in Yakutsk

Permafrost Kingdom

At Permafrost Kingdom, two neon-lit tunnels burrowed into a permanently frozen hill have been filled with dozens of fabulous, never-melting ice sculptures of local pagan gods and a host of more recognisable objects …
Island in Vladivostok

Russky Island

A fully militarised zone for most of the past 150 years, this big island just offshore has been reinvented as a business and academic centre and is home to the sprawling Far Eastern Federal University campus and the…
Museum in Tynda

BAM Museum

Tynda’s pride and joy has four rooms of BAM relics and photos – sadly all devoid of English labelling – as well as exhibits on native Evenki culture, WWII, local art and regional wildlife. Don't miss the 9m-long 'ba…
Museum in Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk Regional Museum

Located in an evocative 1894 red-brick building, this museum contains an excellent overview of Russian and Soviet history, despite not having a single word of non-Russian signage. Galleries take you decade by decade…
Aquarium in Vladivostok

Primorsky Oceanarium

This massive new development on Russky Island is one of Vladivostok's planned key attractions and opened with great fanfare in 2016. It's a vast space in a remote, purpose-built building, and while it has all the po…
National Park in Eastern Trans-Siberian

Land of the Leopard National Park

Created in 2012 by the merger of several smaller reserves, this vast tract of forest wilderness is still slowly developing as a tourist destination, but its main function is to preserve the few remaining Amur leopar…
Museum in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Museum of Sakhalin Island: A Book by AP Chekhov

Based on Chekhov’s seminal account of his few months working as a doctor on Sakhalin in the 1890s, this museum provides insight not only into life on Sakhalin in tsarist Russia but also into the life of the great pl…
Park in Yakutsk

Druzhba Park Reserve

This park, on the site of the original hunting settlement that later became Yakutsk, contains a series of excellently preserved historic buildings that date from as early as the 17th century, which serve to document…