Being the 4th largest city in Russia, Yekaterinburg (which used to be named Sverdlovsk) is also the capital of the Ural region and home to a population of over 1.3 million people. The city dates back as far as the early 18th century, when it was founded by Vasily Tatischev.
Yekaterinburg is served by Koltsovo airport. In addition to that, the great Trans-Siberian railway goes through Yekaterinburg, and this is a very common way for people to travel to the city. The local train network connects you with nearby towns and cities if you want to take daytrips to them. Your best option for getting around the city central is the public transport system, which includes trams, buses, trolleybuses, and a metro. Of those choices, the tram system is easily the best option.
The hostels in Yekaterinburg are very inexpensive and conveniently located. You can get a dorm bed for as cheap as 8€ a night, and the quality of lodging is generally very good. Yekaterinburg hostel owners and staff are also a great source of information while planning your daily activities in and around the city.
There are many interesting sights and activities to see and do when you stay in a Yekaterinburg hostel. Built on the site where the old Tsar Nicholas the Second was executed, the Church on the Blood is a common sightseeing spot. There is also a very peculiar attraction in the city called "QWERTY Monument", which is situated near the riverbank metro station. You have to see it to believe it. Also remember to check out the Circus, they host different types of Circus events which can be really worth the time if you're even remotely interested.