With the World Cup starting on June 14, 2018 in Russia, today’s article kicks off a blog series highlighting information on the host cities of this global event. Yekaterinburg is Russia’s fourth-largest city, is the capital of the Ural region, and typically experiences a peak travel season during the months of May through July. Located on the border of Europe and Asia, this is a favorite wedding destination with a rich culture of tradition.
When operating to Yekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains, you will arrive at Koltsovo Airport (USSS). During preparations for your trip, if crew or passengers require scheduled private transportation during your time in Yekaterinburg, arrangements are available through Universal Private Transport. For inflight dining options on your departure from Yekaterinburg, your needs can be fulfilled through the Air Culinaire Worldwide® Network. As always is it best to plan your inflight catering needs at least 48 hours ahead for the details of your next leg, especially during peak season. With a global event of this magnitude, inflight dining arrangements are made weeks in advance, in some cases.
Not far from Yekaterinburg is a monument with an obelisk that depicts the dividing line for the continents of Europe and Asia. It is local tradition to have one glass of wine in each of the continents while visiting this landmark. Couples visit to hang their wedding padlocks and dreamers make wishes and tie them on as colorful ribbons on trees. The best mode of transportation for a visit is by car or taxi.
There are also many statues and monuments you will see around the city, and cultural sites. The Presidential Center of Boris Yeltsin, Yekaterinburg Museum, Sevastyanov’s House and Yekaterinburg War Memorial are some of the top places for visitors in the city. Yekaterinburg also has several parks to explore and concert halls where you can take in a performance.
When it comes to local cuisine, the restaurant scene is very global in mindset and it is only recently that regional local cuisine was more readily available in restaurants since it wasn’t typical of locals to go out to eat their traditional food, instead they wanted to experience other cuisines. Many local restaurants will also create contemporary cuisine with local ingredients or serve fusion cuisine. When ordering from a local restaurant that specializes in traditional Ural cuisine, pelmeni is the most popular dish to try (which reminds me of pierogis) and are filled with a mixture of minced meat, served with broth or sour cream. Summer in Russia means cold dishes, like okroshka – a cold soup made of sour cream, kvass (fermented rye), vegetables, egg, minced meat and dill will be served up. Other unique dishes are posikunchiki (think: calzone), shangi (a bun topped with cheese or mashed potatoes), Cheremuha “Bird Cherry” Cake is a popular dessert in the Ural region. The bird cherry is a berry that is native to the region and is used to make the flour of this spongy cake.
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