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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....

Island in Vladivostok

Russky Island

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...

Aquarium in Vladivostok

Primorsky Oceanarium

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...

Museum in Vladivostok

Arsenev Regional Museum

This recently redone museum dates from 1890 and offers three floors of galleries, although there's little in the way of English labelling. Exhibits delve into local history, covering early explorers of the...

Cathedral in Vladivostok

Transfiguration Cathedral

Vladivostok was building a massive new cathedral on its central square at the time of writing, and it's set to be one of the city's most recognisable sights. Having spent over a decade arguing about which design...

Museum in Vladivostok

Antique Automobile Museum

If you’re a bit of a car (or Soviet) nerd, the Antique Automobile Museum is an absolute classic. A room full of Sovietmobiles (motorcycles too) from the 1930s to 1970s includes a 1948 M&M-green GAZ-20...

Fortress in Vladivostok

Fort No 7

Of Vladivostok's multiple, numbered defensive forts, No 7 (14km north of the centre) gets our vote. It has 1.5km of tunnels, pretty much untouched since the last 400 soldiers stationed here left in 1923, although...

Museum in Vladivostok

Hermitage Vladivostok

This gorgeous tsarist-era building in the centre of Vladivostok is the latest big cultural institution to open a Far Eastern campus. Once complete, the fully renovated building will host temporary exhibits from...

Funicular in Vladivostok

Funicular

Vladivostok’s well-oiled funicular railway makes a fun 60-second ride up a 100m hill every few minutes (unless the old girl is experiencing one of her frequent 'technical breaks'). At the top, cross ul Sukhanova...

Museum in Vladivostok

S-56 Submarine

Perched near the waterfront, the S-56 submarine is worth a look. The first half is a ho-hum exhibit of badges and photos of men with badges (all in Russian). Keep going: towards the back you walk through an...

Island in Vladivostok

Popov Island

Just beyond Russky Island, Popov Island is better regarded for its beaches and filled with many guesthouses and dachas. You’ll probably need to stay overnight if you head out here, as there is only one boat per...

Fort in Vladivostok

Voroshilov Battery

This Soviet battery, now a military museum, was built in 1933–34 and housed 75 soldiers at its peak. Underground you can explore the guts of the battery, while above ground there are great views of the Pacific...

Museum in Vladivostok

Vladivostok Fortress Museum

On the site of an old artillery battery overlooking Sportivnaya Harbour, this museum has cannons outside, a six-room indoor exhibit of photos and many, many guns inside. There are English explanations, so it's...

Gallery in Vladivostok

Primorsky Picture Gallery

Vladivostok’s main art museum on Partizansky pr has long been under renovation and shows no sign of reopening any time soon. In the meantime, some of its decent collection can be seen at rotating temporary shows...

Harbour in Vladivostok

Sportivnaya Harbour

This charming harbour is a lovely place to wander along the seafront and is a popular place for locals on the warm summer nights. Its walkway extends some distance in both directions and includes several piers...