Krasnoyarsk is the largest cultural, economic, and educational center of Eastern Siberia and the administrative center of the Krasnoyarsk Krai. Founded in the seventeenth century, it is the largest of the oldest towns in Siberia and today, Krasnoyarsk has slightly over one million inhabitants. It has won different contests for the most comfortable city in Russia.
Krasnoyarsk has several big universities and it has totally more than one hundred and fifty thousand students, so nightlife in Krasnoyarsk is pretty good and there are many bars, clubs and restaurants to visit all year long, even during the cold winter months. They can be very cold and temperatures of minus thirty degrees Celsius and even worse are common and the winter lasts almost six months.
There are many different places that tourists can visit in Krasnoyarsk. The State Nature Reserve Pillars has a border with Krasnoyarsk and you can go to the reserve by a city bus. The main attraction of the reserve is its rocks. They are called "pillars,” but not all of them are accessible for tourists. The Chapel Paraskeva is an Orthodox chapel placed on an ancient pagan Tatar temple. You can visit the Railway Bridge from the turn of the twentieth century over the Yenisei; Chernaya Sopka, a dormant volcano, is also located not far from Krasnoyarsk. There are also many parks where you can relax, such as Central Park, Park Gagarin, and Youth Park.
Most Krasnoyarsk hostels are more expensive than the average for Russia, but there are a few exceptions, so it is possible to find a cheap and decent Krasnoyarsk hostel. To make up for the higher prices, Krasnoyarsk hostels have modern facilities and offer good living conditions. The hostels in Krasnoyarsk are widespread in the city, but the region next to the train station has a concentration of several hostels. One minus is that there are almost no Krasnoyarsk hostels in the center of the city.
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