Time zone: GMT+6
Area: 437 sq km
Population: 1,130 million (2011)
Founded in: 1736
Climate: moderately continental
Average temperature: -8°C to -22°C in winter, +11°C to +25°C in summer
Area code: +7 (351)
Train stations: Chelyabinsk
Bus stations: North, South
Religious buildings: Orthodox: St.Simeon Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, Assuage My Sorrows Icon of Mother of God Church, Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God Church, Holy Hierarch Basil the Great Church, Consolation of All Sorrows Icon oh Mother of God Church, Megalomartyr St.George the Victorious Church; Muslim: Mosque #129; Mosque #90, Mosque #901; Catholic: Immaculate Conception of the Most Holy Virgin Mary Church; Synagogue
Architectural landmarks: Kirov street (Arbat of Chelyabinsk), Revolyutsii Square
Statues and memorials: P.Kurchatov, V.Lenin, M.Gorky, Zero Verst, Orlyonok, Volunteer Armourers
Museums: Chelyabinsk Region Local Lore Museum, Urals Decorative and Applied Arts Museum, Chelyabinsk Region Art Gallery
House-Museums of: L.Obolensky
Theatres: Orlov State Academic Drama Theatre, Glinka State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, State Drama Chamber Theatre, Chelyabinsk Region State Puppet Theatre, State Youth Theatre, Maneken Theatre, New Artistic Theatre, Theatre of Contemporary Dance
Natural sites and parks: Gagarin Culture and Leisure Park, Pushkin City Garden, Aloye Pole Leisure Park, Victory Leisure Park, Metallurg Leisure Park, Victory Park, Arakul Lake (Vishnevogorsk village, 140 km from Chelyabinsk), Taganay National Park (Zlatoust, 130 km from Chelyabinsk), Zyuratkul Lake (Satka, 200 km from Chelyabinsk)
Expo centres: Yuzhuralexpo, Megapolis, Vostochnye Vorota Exhibition Centre
Sports venues and clubs: Central Stadium (FC Chelyabinsk), Traktor Ice Arena (HC Traktor, JHC Belye Medvedi), Mechel Ice Sports Palace (HC Mechel), Metar-Sport Sports Complex (WBC Slavyanka, WVC Avtodor-Metar, MFC Yuzhny Ural), Uralskaya Molniya Ice Sports Palace
Performance sites: Prokofyev Concert Hall, Chamber and Organ Music Hall, Business Cooperation Centre
Entertainment sites: State Circus, Zoo, Juvenile Railway
Restaurants of national cuisine: Russian: Yermak, Glavpivtrest, Uralskiye Pelmeni, Tsarsky Dvor, Prichal
Chelyabinsk(town since 1781) is an industrial centre in the Southern Ural with a population of 1148000. The city was founded in 1736 as a fortress. It is 1500 kilometres from Moscow and 200 kilometres from Ekaterinburg, and known as a centre of ferrous metallurgy and the heavy engineering industry. There are 4 theatres, 6 institutions of higher education. Chelyabinsk is famous for its Museum of Local Lore, Museum of Fine Arts.
If you are going to visit Chelyabinsk you are welcome to use the booking system of Academservice, where you can choose a hotel in Chelyabinsk and book a room on-line.
Booking a hotel in Chelyabinsk you should consider the following
Airport.Balandino International Airport is an air gate of Chelyabinsk. You can get to the city from the airport by a route taxi, which runs every 8 minutes, or by public transport. Buses and route taxis run from the airport to the railway terminal and back. The SV Hotel is the nearest hotel to the airport. It is located next to Victory Park.
The railway terminal.Chelyabinsk-Glavny station is a junction on Trans-Siberian Railway. Trains bound for St.Petersburg and the North-west, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok and the East, Astana and the South, Moscow and the West depart from here. An automobile bridge, linking two city districts, is constructed over the track lines. The 4-star ParkCity Hotel is located within 10 minutes drive from the railway terminal, next to the pine forest and Lenin avenue, the central cultural and business area of the city. Vostochnye Vorota (the Eastern Gate) exhibition centre is located at Entuziastov street, in 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Metro.Chelyabinsk underground is still under construction. The first line will be put into service in 2012. It's already expected that the most overcrowded span will be between Ploschad Revolutsii and Torgovy Tsentr stations. Chelyabinsk metro will become the second one in the Ural region.
Downtown.Chelyabinsk features its own Arbat - Kirov street, which is a favorite walking place among tourists. Svyato-Troitskaya Church, the Arts Gallery, the famous Organ Hall, numerous boutiques and cafes are located here. Sverdlovsky avenue, Lenin avenue, Bratyev Kashirinyh street are the busiest thoroughfares of the city. To avoid troubles with transport you should book a hotel downtown with its business and cultural activity, and proximity to business centres, such as the Chelyabinsk-CITY. The Hotel Viktoria is not far from the centre of the city and the business centre. It takes only 20 minutes to get to the railway station and 30 minutes to the airport.
The Malahit Hotel stands at one of the central city streets - Truda street, which passes along the left bank of the Miass river. Bratyev Kashirinyh street stretches along the right bank.
The Holiday Inn Chelyabinsk Riverside Hotel, a member of InterContinental Hotels Group, is located next to this street. The hotel offers a conference hall and a SPA centre. Chelyabinsk features a lot of theatres. Most of them, for instance, the New Arts Theatre and the Academic Drama Theatre, are located downtown.
Exhibition centres.There are several exhibition centres in Chelyabinsk. YuzhUralExpo and Vostochnye Vorota are the largest among them. YuzhUralExpo exhibition centre takes pride in its Orthodox Fairs. History of the exhibition company features unique guest projects. The Slavyanka and Meridian hotels are located not far from this exhibition centre, at the very beginning of Lenin avenue.