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Saint Mikhailov Cathedral

Izhevsk[dead link] (Russian: Иже́вск ee-ZHEHFSK) is the capital and principal city of Udmurtia.



Very few tourists make it to Izhevsk, but is an interesting destination for anyone interested in the Udmurt culture or the AK-47 Kalashnikov, which was manufactured in Izhevsk. It is an industrial city but it is worth a visit to watch Udmurt folk dances, eat exotic foods, and meet locals that don't often see foreigners.

Izhevsk has 630,000 residents. Due to its arms manufacturing industry, Izhevsk was a closed city to all foreigners until after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is also one of the least religious cities in Russia, with over half of the population identifying as "spiritual but not religious" or atheist.

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By plane


By train


Russian Railways operates trains to major cities in Russia; search for "Ijevsk" on its website. Trains are available to/from Moscow (daily, 17 hours; from 3600 руб), Yekaterinburg (11 hours, From 900 руб), Kazan (5 hours, from 900 руб), and Perm Station 2 (8 hours, from 1100 руб). The Trans-Siberian Railway stops at Glazov, from where you can take a regional train (4 hours, 900 руб) or bus to Izhevsk.

  • 2 Izhevsk railway station. Izhevsk station (Q4198173) on Wikidata Izhevsk railway station on Wikipedia

Get around

Map of Izhevsk

Izhevsk has trams, buses, minibuses, trolleybuses, and taxis.


Monument to Izhevsk Armourers
  • 1 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Q2498635) on Wikidata Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Izhevsk on Wikipedia
  • Trinity Cemetery Church.
  • 2 Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Complex of Small Arms (Музейно-выставочный комплекс стрелкового оружия имени М. Т. Калашникова). Muzeĭno-vystavochnyĭ kompleks strelkogo oruzhii︠a︡ im. M.T. Kalashnikova (Q16678484) on Wikidata
  • 3 Udmurtia State Circus. Udmurtian State Circus (Q16639088) on Wikidata
  • Esplanade and Izhevsk Lake Embankment.
  • 4 The People's Friendship Monument. People's Friendship Monument (Q4168756) on Wikidata
  • The Square of the 50th Anniversary of the October Revolution. Includes The Arsenal, a neoclassical building which houses the Museum of Local Lore.
  • Izhmash Museum. Exhibits featuring all sorts of locally produced armaments to motorcycles.
  • 5 Udmurt Zoo. Izhevsk Zoo (Q4198185) on Wikidata
  • Statues of Lenin, Pelmeni, Crocodile Gena
  • 6 Kirov Park. A huge park between the Zoo and the lake. Kirov Park, Izhevsk (Q16684915) on Wikidata


  • Go see the popular local ice hockey team, HC Izhstal.





At the central market (beside the bus station) you can purchase many things, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, or outside you will find clothing, fur hats and gloves, household goods and a variety of other items.









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