Mysterious places in the Chelyabinsk region – Day 2: On the way home.

Today we will visit at once some unusual places: we learn a history of huge magnetic breaks, we will glance in fairy-tale park of characters of the Ural writer P.P.Bazhov, we will look at fine lake Turgojak, and also we will admire riches of Southern Ural Mountains and a place of falling of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.
Mysterious places in the Chelyabinsk region
Travel distance by car: 292 km.Travel distance on foot: 0 km.Visiting: Arakul', Chebarkul', Chelyabinsk, Zlatoust, Zapovednik, Karabash, Turgoyak, Taktybay

Trip duration: 2 days

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Garabash (which means "black head" in Tatar) appeared in 1822 after discovery of gold placers on the place of ancient Tatar settlement. Today it is considered the dirtiest city on the planet. Surprisingly, with this status it attracts curious tourists. Passing through the city, you'll see Poklonnaya Mountain on your left. On the slope of the mountain there is a white stone inscription "Save and Preserve" and above it there is an iron cross.


This lake was nicknamed the Ural Baikal for its crystal clear water, picturesque shores and mysterious history. This object also has a legend about the origin of the name, which tells about the love of young Tur and Koyak girl. Not far from the west coast is the island of Vera, where ancient megalithic structures and the Neanderthal camp were discovered. This means that the island was used not only by Old Believers, but also by an ancient man to worship his gods. Now the place continues to attract both tourists and believers who consider the island a place of power.

Горный парк им П. П. Бажова


Many characters from P.P.Bazhov's fairy tales have settled on the park's territory, as well as museums with mineral and weapon collections and expositions that introduce traditional crafts of Zlatoust. Working Mode Daily: 10:00 - 19:00. Entrance to the territory is free.

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Our next stop will be the park with the characters of the famous Ural storyteller Pavel Petrovich Bazhov, and before a walk through it is worth having lunch.

Natural Science Museum of Ilmensky State Reserve

This museum is considered one of the most interesting sights in Miass and is among the five largest geological-mineralogical museums in Russia. A huge collection of various minerals is represented here, and the Ilmensky Hall presents samples of rocks and minerals of the Ilmensky mountains, including those that were discovered here for the first time in the world. On the top floor there is the Biological Hall, which gives an idea of the fauna and flora of the Ilmensky Reserve. Mode of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Ticket price Adults - 150 rubles; Children from 7 to 18 years, pensioners and students - Br70; Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) - Br350; sightseeing tour for a group (up to 25 people) - Br400. Children under 7 years old, from large families, students of geological profile universities, museum staff - free of charge.

Monument to the Chelyabinsk Meteorite

On February 15, 2013, Chelyabinsk became famous for the fall of a meteorite. The celestial body exploded in the air, and its fragments scattered across the region. The largest of them fell into Lake Chebarkul, on the shore of which you are now. The shard was raised from the bottom and the meteorite was recognized as the largest since the fall of the Tunguska meteorite in 1908. The shard itself is now in the Chelyabinsk Museum of Local Lore.


For dinner we suggest choosing something from the menu of the restaurant "Akarela", and then visit another unusual, but very famous place of the Chelyabinsk region.

Gazpromneft filling station #291

It's been a long journey, isn't it time for gas? Come to Gazpromneft for quality fuel, coffee and fresh baked goods to prolong the pleasure of the trip.


And now our journey has come to an end. During all the trip we managed to discover the Chelyabinsk region from an unusual side, learn something new and just have a good time.