Located on the border of Europe and Asia, the city of Yekaterinburg is one of the largest in Russia. It has a bustling international airport and a thriving restaurant scene, making it a worthy destination in itself. But it also provides a good starting point if you are exploring the Ural mountains.
There are plenty of things to do in Yekaterinburg, not least of which is visiting some of the city's 60 museums and art galleries.
The top site in Yekaterinburg is the Church on the Blood, a Byzantine-style structure built upon the spot where the Romanovs, including Tsar Nicholas II and his family, were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.