Perm is a million-plus city stretching along the banks of the Kama. For a long time, the city was little known and closed to nonresidents, since a large number of factories worked for the defense industry on the territory of Perm. Some continue their activities to this day.
After the restructuring, the city began to gradually become available for tourism.
It will be interesting to spend a weekend in Perm for residents of Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and other nearby cities, the road from which will not take long.
Approximate travel budget for one person – from 4,000 rubles. *
- Round-trip train tickets from RUB 1,530 *;
Airplanes fly from Moscow to Perm every day. The cheapest ticket costs 2,199 rubles *, and the flight lasts 2 hours.
- 1 night in a hostel – from 300 rubles * or in a 3 * hotel – from 1,140 rubles *;
- The average bill in a cafe is 400 rubles;
- Walking around the city, travel by public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.
In 1995, the first festival of documentary films “Flahertiana” took place in Perm (since 2006 it has received international status). This year “Flahertiana” will take place from 15 to 21 September. The participants will be directors from the Netherlands, Chile, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Great Britain.
Event website: flahertiana.ru
The name of the city began to appear frequently in the federal media in the late 2000s and early 10s, when the Perm Cultural Revolution started – an attempt by the regional authorities to turn Perm into the new cultural capital of Russia. It began with the exhibition of contemporary art “Russian Poor”, organized by gallery owner Marat Gelman and Senator Sergei Gordeev, and became a pilot project for the first non-capital (not Moscow or St. Petersburg) museum of contemporary art PERMM. Now it hosts exhibitions of both domestic and foreign artists. Over the years, the museum has exhibited works by Dmitry Prigov, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, PARADIZARIUM by Sasha Frolova, photographs “Best of Russia”.
Address: Boulevard Gagarina, 24.
Cost: 150 rubles.
The family of Sergei Diaghilev, the organizer of the Russian Seasons in Paris, has lived in Perm for a long time, so it is in this city that the international festival Diaghilev Seasons is held. The program usually includes world premieres of opera and ballet performances. Queues for tickets to festival events are lined up in the morning on the day of sales opening. The site of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, where you can buy tickets online, cannot withstand the onslaught of those who wish. This year, the oligarch Roman Abramovich was seen among the spectators at the closing of Diaghilev Seasons.
If you did not come to Perm on the days of the festival, try to get to the opera or ballet anyway. Visit the performance where the artistic director of the theater Teodor Currentzis is at the conductor’s stand.
In 2017, the 146th theater season will open on 31 August. The Opera and Ballet Theater will show “Swan Lake”. The conductor of the performance is Artem Abashev, the musical director of the production is Teodor Currentzis.
The site of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater: permopera.ru.
Address: Petropavlovskaya, 25a.
Permians are great lovers of theatrical art, otherwise they would not have chosen the name “Theatrical” for the main fountain of the city. It is located on the square in front of the Perm Academic Theater-Theater (yes, that’s what it’s called).
The “theater” fountain is a light and music fountain. In the summer, he gives three shows on weekends and holidays (20:45, 21:41, 22:45) and one on weekdays (22:45). The program includes Tchaikovsky, David Garrett, Paul Mauriat, Vivaldi, Maksim Mrvica. You can find out about all changes in the program in the VKontakte group.
Address: Lenin Street, 53.
In Perm, as in many cities, there are sightseeing bus tours. But, if you are sure that even the most interesting story of the guide will drive you to sleep, then take a ride in the Romantic Tram Cafe, a tram-cafe. In an hour and a half he will drive along the central streets of the city. During the trip, you can get acquainted with the evening Perm and have a delicious dinner. Reservations and dinner must be made in advance.
Romantic Tram Cafe website: rtcafe.ru.
Cost: 200 rubles, for flights with live music – 250 rubles + the cost of dinner.
If the weather is good, take the free hiking trail. Take your pick: The Green Line will introduce you to the main historical, cultural and architectural sites of Perm, and the Red Line will guide you through places associated with famous people who lived in the city and left a mark on its history. The first route covers 37 significant objects, the second one introduces 20 love stories associated with Perm. Lines are painted on the asphalt, following which you can see the sights on your own, without a guide. Near each of them there is an information table with a description of the object.
Address: You can start the tour from the Opera and Ballet Theater, where both lines intersect.
Another way to get to know Perm is to see it from the Kama. Trips on pleasure river trams will allow you to estimate the length of the city along the river. The walk lasts 1.5 hours, during which dances are arranged on the upper deck.
After returning to the pier, you can walk along the embankment. Reconstruction work is underway there, but some sections have already been repaired. The art object “Happiness is not far off” is also installed here, the vast majority of guests of Perm have photographs against the background of which.
Address: Monastyrskaya street, 2, river station.
Cost: from 250 rubles (more expensive on weekends and evenings).
Now, when you have already looked at Perm from the inside and from the side, you can look at the city from above. In the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, an attraction is installed – a 50-meter Ferris wheel. The six-seater booths are glazed, which does not interfere with taking amazing pictures of the city.
In the park itself, various holidays and festivals take place all year round: Maslenitsa celebration, twins festival, parade of baby carriages, ice cream festival, Pumpkin Day, wet and snow carnage (depending on the season).
Address: between Krasnova, Sibirskaya, Revolyutsii streets and Komsomolsky prospect.
Cost: 190 rubles.
Under one roof of the creative space “Pharmacy Bartminskogo” on the central street of the city, the best, according to Perm, bookshop and the best bar coexist. Entering this old building, you can choose an interesting book at Piotrovsky for a long time, then dine at Sister`s bar. Here you can also look into the Spin vinyl record store and the CherdaKk store of copyright gizmos. It is here in Perm that people buy moleskines, colored socks and funny stickers.
Address: Lenin Street, 54.
A snack in Perm must necessarily consist of a local dish – posikunchiks, small pies with meat filling. When you take a bite, broth pours out of them. There are many places where you can try posikunchiks, for example, the Uralskie posikunchiki chain of snack bars (open around the clock). In the very center, not far from the Polytechnic University, there is “Domashnie posikunchiki” (Komsomolskiy prospect, 32). This dish is also served in restaurants, for example, in “Stroganov estate” (Lenina, 58) and in “Okhotnichy” (Permskaya, 200). In the second, by the way, you can try bear meat, but this is a seasonal product and it is not always on the menu.
The summer of 2017, of course, is not very hot in the Perm Territory, but if you are lucky enough to catch the sun, you can go to the beach to sunbathe. This year, the city has five beaches:
- along the line of Kirovogradskaya Street (between Astrakhanskaya Street and Oboronshchikov Street) in the Kirovsky District;
- on the right bank near the Communal Bridge in the Leninsky District;
- Motovilikhinsky pond in the Motovilikhinsky region;
- the area of the KamGES stopping point in the Ordzhonikidze region;
- on the left bank of the Sylva River in the village of Novye Lyady.
All beaches have rescue posts, mobile toilet cubicles, benches, and changing cabins.
* Prices for travel and accommodation are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the final price may differ depending on the season and the time for which tickets are purchased.
Text writer: Ulyana Treskova