Today our choice has settled on one very unusual place. Meet: Orenburg is a city on the border of Europe and Asia, with a unique tourist potential, but not the most obvious choice when the question is how to spend a weekend. We recommend that you take a closer look at this city, it has something to surprise you with.
Orenburg is fully ready to receive tourists of any level. Business tourism is actively developed here, and there are many comfortable accommodation facilities in the city. The main occupancy rate of hotels falls on weekdays, and on weekends rooms are sold at a discount. In our opinion, this is a great reason to buy tickets and get to know the city.
What do you remember when you hear the name of the city of Orenburg?
The generation over 30 immediately has an association with the famous Orenburg shawl, which glorified this region. Many people remember the famous song by Lyudmila Zykina “Orenburg down shawl”. Someone remembers Yuri Gagarin and his phrase: “Orenburg gave me wings,” because it was in this city that cosmonaut number one graduated from the First Military Aviation School of Pilots named after K. E. Voroshilov. All this and much more is carefully preserved by the centuries-old Orenburg!
What to do in Orenburg?
1. To see the gold of the Sarmatians.
Sarmatian gold is the unique gold products of the Filippov mounds of the IV–V centuries BC, located in the Orenburg region. The collection, excavated by an expedition led by archaeologist Anatoly Pshenichnyuk in 1987-1988, became a scientific sensation of global importance. Now the collection of treasures of the “Sarmatian leaders”, presented in the “Golden Pantry”, can be seen in the Orenburg Governor’s Museum of Local Lore.
2. Cross the bridge from Europe to Asia.
The bridge is a business card of the city, allowing travelers to easily move from one part of the world to another. It does not matter at all that modern geographers have moved that very point of the border of parts of the world to another place. The bridge is a tribute to the cartographers of the XVII century, who carried out the division of Europe and Asia along the Ural ridge and the Ural River. Magnificent panoramic pictures are obtained here, which means that the place can be safely recommended to lovers of symbolism.
3. Buy the famous Orenburg down shawl.
The Orenburg down shawl is not just a souvenir that can be purchased for personal use or as a sophisticated gift, it is also art in its purest form. To determine if the Orenburg shawl is real in front of you, you need to pass it through the wedding ring. The original will easily cope with this task.
In the city museum you will learn all the secrets of the production of down products and even be able to look at a handkerchief that has been in space!
4. Visit the Rostropovich family House Museum.
The only museum in Russia dedicated to the life and work of an outstanding cellist, where the history of the famous family is carefully preserved. The museum is a manor house, on the territory of which there is a family house, a workshop and a carriage house, as well as a wonderful courtyard where concerts and films are shown. The museum also has one more feature ― it is interactive. Thanks to modern technologies, every visitor can attend a concert “live”, see the great maestro and hear his music.
5. Adopt a foal of Przewalski’s horse.
Yes, you heard right! There is a charity program in Orenburg region aimed at attracting assistance to improve the conditions of maintenance, nutrition and veterinary care of Przhevalsky horses at the Przhevalsky Horse Reintroduction Center of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Reserves of Orenburg Region”. The unique nature reserve is located just 119 km from the city, horses live in a special part of it ― the “Pre-Ural steppe”. Przhevalsky’s horse is listed in the Red Book of Russia and has the highest, zero, rarity status. In 2015, the first six horses arrived at the reserve. Today, 85 Przewalski horses live here, divided into 5 harems and 2 bachelor groups.
The city participates in the All-Russian competition of the subjects of the Russian Federation for the implementation of state support for regional programs for the design of the tourist code of the city center, implemented by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. The developers of the Orenburg application are a consortium of Travel Business School and the YARUS Design and Consulting Center.