Vladivostok sights

Nikolay’s Triumphal Arch

Nikolay’s Triumphal Arch (The Crown Prince’s Arch) is located in the city centre, near Korabelnaya Embankment.

The history of this monument dates back to January 1891 when Vladivostok was informed of the upcoming state visit of the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov.

The arch was reconstructed in 1998 with the help of local businessman Alexander Yermolaev.

Today the Crown Prince’s Arch and the park around it are very popular with both locals and tourists. The City Museum and Korabelnaya Embankment Memorial Complex are within walking distance from here. 

Eagle’s Nest

Eagle’s Nest is Vladivostok’s most famous vista, popular with both locals and visitors. This place is also the city’s highest point, with a unique history.

The peak was first named Mount Klykov, after the great explorer of the Far East. The name ‘Eagle’s Nest’ is a reference to the main episode of the Russo-Turkish war, the defence of the Shipka Pass.

The vista opens a magnificent view of the Golden Horn Bay, especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset.  

Golden Bridge

This bridge over Golden Horn Bay made it possible to travel from the centre of Vladivostok to the remote Churkin Cape in only 5–10 minutes instead of the usual 1.5–2 hours.

The bridge’s technical parameters are as follows: span length 737m, total length 1388m, height over water 60 m. Its pillars have a V-like shape. The Golden Bridge is among the ten largest cable-stayed bridges in the world. 

Cable Car

This cable car is unique not only for the Far East but for Russia in general. The only other cable car in Russia can be found in Sochi, and that is only available to spa resort customers.  

The building of this infrastructure was initiated by Nikita Khrushchev, who after visiting Vladivostok, wished to turn it into a second San Francisco. This is how the city got the two cable cars, which move along a monorail with a passing loop in the middle.

 29, Pushkinskaya Ulitsa
 +7 (423) 222 5102

Submarine С-56

The С-56 submarine was on watch during World War II and is considered USSR’s most efficient submarine in this period. In 1.5 years the boat made 8 raids and launched 12 torpedo attacks, destroying 14 enemy ships. In 1975 the C-56 was turned into a museum.

Here, visitors can experience the atmosphere of this unusual space, climb through authentic hatches dividing the boat’s sections, look into the periscope and sit on a sailor’s bunk.

 9, Korabelnaya Naberezhnaya
 +7 (423) 221 6492

Mariinsky Theatre, Primorsky Stage

This metal and glass building dominates the Churkin Cape end of the Golden Bridge. An opera and ballet theatre, it officially became a Mariinsky Stage on 1st January 2015.

Mariinsky’s branch in Vladivostok has several venues. The total number of seats is 1072. The Chamber Hall is for chamber performances. The Great Hall of the theatre is used for major opera and ballet performances. The Summer Terrace was created for open air shows and performances by the chamber orchestra.  

 20, Fastovskaya Ulitsa
 +7 (423) 240 6060

Tokarevsky Lighthouse

The lighthouse on the Tokarevsky Spit was built in 1876 and is one of the oldest Russian lighthouses in the Far East.

In navigation, a ‘spit’ is a sandy shallow stretching out from the shore and visible in low tide. The Tokarevsky Spit has been elevated artificially and resembles a dam about 750m long.

Today, navigation technologies are more advanced than ever, and lighthouses are losing their importance in helping vessels pass safely in narrow straits. The Tokarevsky lighthouse however still retains its role as an important navigation facility in the Eastern Bosphorus strait. 

Korabelnaya Embankment

Korabelnaya Embankment is located in the very centre of Vladivostok. This place is home to many memorials and historic landmarks such as the Memorial to the Pacific Navy, the memorial ship Krasniy Vimpel, С-56 submarine, a 14m high obelisk resembling a sail, the Chapel of St. Andrew and the Nikolay Triumphal Arch.

This is where the city’s history began with 28 soldiers and two officers 3rd company of the 4th linear battalion of Eastern Siberia under the command of by ensign Komarov landing on the shore of Golden Horn Bay.

Vladivostok Railway Station

The Vladivostok Railway station is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. The station is the endpoint of the Trans-Siberian Railway which connects Moscow and Vladivostok. The Trans-Siberian Railway, or as it was known in the old days, the Great Siberian Route, is the longest railway in the world, 9288 km long.

Today visitors can admire the station’s interior decorated with tiles and frescos, see an old steam engine and the final milestone marking the end of the railway, and walk across the century-old cobblestone laid for the visit of Crown Prince Nikolay.

 Vladivostok, 2, Aleutskaya Ulitsa

Central Square and the Vladivostok Arbat

The city’s central square is dominated by the Memorial to the Fighters for Soviet Power in the Far East.

Opened in 1961, the monument symbolises the overthrowing of monarchy and the might of the Soviet Union. This monument is one of the largest in the Far East.

Opposite the central square is the GUM Department Store, one of the symbols of maritime trade and multiculturalism of a porto franco. From 1884 this building accommodated Vladivostok’s largest department store, ‘Kunst and Albers’.

Today the old yard of the GUM is being gradually integrated into the urban environment. The creators of this yard were inspired by the porto franco spirit of Vladivostok and aimed to preserve it.

Not far from the central square is Admiral Fokin Street. The people of Vladivostok call it the Arbat, like the famous street in Moscow. Like its name-sake in the capital, the Vladivostok Arbat is about half a mile long and entirely pedestrian.

This is one of the city’s oldest streets. It was originally named Beijing Street to honour the Beijing Agreement of 1860 (the year Vladivostok was founded), which made final the division of land between Russia and China in the Far East. A century later its name was changed to commemorate the long-serving Admiral who commanded the Pacific Navy. 

Primorsky Academic Drama Theatre (The Gorky Theatre)

Primorsky Academic Drama Theatre, or the Theatre of Maxim Gorky is the oldest theatre in Vladivostok.

The theatre was opened on 3rd November 1932 with a staging of ‘Happiness Street’, a play by N. Zahkri. It was in 1932, before the beginning of the season, that the theatre was named after the writer Maxim Gorky.

1997 was a very important year in the theatre’s history, when it became the first theatre in the Far East to receive the status of Academic Theatre.

 Vladivostok, 49, Svetlanskaya Ulitsa
 +7 (423) 222 0136
 10:00–19:00, closed 15:00-16:00

Tsesarevich Embankment

Tsesarevich Embankment (or Crown Prince Embankment) is he city's newest waterfront. It was opened on 27th October 2012, the 125th anniversary of Dalzavod, one of Vladivostok’s oldest factories, whose foundation was attended by future Emperor Nikolay II.

The embankment opens an amazing view of the Golden Bridge and the ships moored in Golden Horn Bay.  

Spotivnaya Embankment

Sportivnaya Embankment is one of the city’s oldest and most loved places of recreation.  Before the revolution, this place was known for its baths and was called Semenovsky Pokos. Today, the main landmark of the Sportivnaya Harbour is its magnificent musical fountain.

This location is easily reached by any bus heading towards the centre and a short walk past the Versailles Hotel. 
Vladivostok Fortress

The ‘Vladivostok Fortress’ Museum is located on the beautiful and busy Sportivnaya Embankment.

The collection comprises photographic materials, plans, models and items relating to the coastal defence and fortification of Vladivostok. The collection’s historic value is recognised in Russia and abroad.

 Vladivostok, 4, Batareynaya Ulitsa, building A
 +7 (423) 240 0896

The Arseniev State Museum is located in the centre of Vladivostok, in a historic 19th century building.

The museum’s collection comprises over 400 items of historic, cultural, ethnographic and archaeological value. The main purpose of this museum is to educate visitors about the nature and history of Primorsky Territory.

 Vladivostok, 20, Svetlanskaya Ulitsa
 +7 (423) 241 1173

The Vladivostok Sea Passenger Terminal

The Vladivostok Sea Passenger Terminal is situated in the historic centre of Vladivostok at the end of the world-famous Trans-Siberian Railway.

The Vladivostok Sea Passenger Terminal is a commercial complex with four centres: industrial, business, shopping and entertainment.

 Vladivostok, 1, Nizhneportovaya Ulitsa
 +7 (423) 249 7354

Russky Bridge

The Russky Bridge, spanning over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait, connects the Nazimov Peninsula with Cape Novosilsky on Russky Island.

The bridge’s pylons are 324m high, its span measures 1104m, its total length is 3100m and it is 70m above water level.

University Embankment

University Embankment is one of the best places to take a walk, very popular with both visitors and locals. This is also the favourite hangout of the students of the Far Eastern Federal University.

The waterfront stretches along the north-eastern side of Russky Island. There is a parking zone, pedestrian areas and small parks for the visitors. The embankment is adorned with ponds and a waterfall. Bikes and roller skates are available to rent. 

Primorsky Oceanarium

Primorsky Oceanarium opened on 6th September 2016 and immediately became one of the city’s most popular places of interest. The oceanarium has capacity to accommodate 5000 visitors a day.

Located in the north-eastern part of Russky Island, the oceanarium offers unique exhibits, a dolphinarium, tours and educational programmes. For the convenience of visitors, the oceanarium has rest and play areas, shops, eateries and many more.

 Vladivostok, 25, Ulitsa Akademika Kasyanova
 +7 (423) 223 9422

Voroshilov Battery Memorial Complex

This new branch of the Patriot Park in Vladivostok is located on the grounds of the Voroshilov Battery Memorial Complex and has truly breathed new life into the landmark. The memorial has retained its historic appearance and is a centre for patriotic education and activities for locals and tourists.

Today these legendary hills offer an insight not only into the past, but also the present of the Russian Army. Visitors can try their hand at shooting and virtual tank driving.

 Vladivostok, Russky Island
 +7 (423) 222 5170
 Wed - Thu, Sat – Sun 10:00–18:00