What to do and see in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

July 13, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Yoshkar-Ola (Russian: Йошка́р-Ола́; Mari: Йошкар-Ола) is the capital city of the Mari El Republic, Russia. Its population is about a quarter million. Yoshkar-Ola means red city in Mari and was formerly known as Tsaryovokokshaysk (Царёвококшайск) before 1919, as Krasnokokshaysk (Краснококшайск) between 1919 and 1927 (both after the Malaya Kokshaga River, which runs through the city) and Charla (Чарла) (old Mari). Yoshkar-Ola was established as a military fortress in 1584, following the Russian conquest of the Mari region.
Restaurants in Yoshkar-Ola

1. Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture

Leninskiy Av., 24V, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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5 based on 220 reviews

Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture

Reviewed By Freda H

A unique piece in pewter displaying a rather wicked locking pussy cat. Great for children. Many other interesting features nearby; certainly worth a visit.

2. Brugge Embankment

Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
Excellent
77%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

Brugge Embankment

Reviewed By theapp - USA

It certainly looks beautiful and brings a bit of color and life to this city, but I'm not entirely certain why it was constructed here. Perhaps this town is a popular destination for Russian tourists during the warmer months. Perhaps during the winter, they turn this area into an outdoor Winter Wonderland. I'm not sure and can only speculate, as it was dead quiet when I visited.
That being said - it is very pretty and well kept. The town seems to be receiving investments, as there are lots of new buildings, apartments, stores, and even a sports stadium in the area. Perhaps they hope to turn this into a new vacation destination. Either way, if you happen to be in this area and want to see a picture perfect replica waterfront, then you should definitely visit this attraction.

3. Saint Peter and Fevroniya Monument

Patriarshaya Sq, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Saint Peter and Fevroniya Monument

Reviewed By Travelling_Wilsons - Munich, Germany

Great place to climb up into the boat above the Fountains for a quick photo opportunity. Also on a hot day, great for the kids to splash about around.

4. Clock 12 Apostles

Voinov-Internatsionalistov St., 37, Yoshkar-Ola 424038, Russia
Excellent
88%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 51 reviews

Clock 12 Apostles

Reviewed By _phobosthegreek - Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

We stumbled upon it after shopping in a nearby grocery store. Right at noon on Sunday, we noticed a huge crowd gathered to watch this. Beautifully crafted life-sized figures moving slowly across the facade of the building. Some of them moved a little in life-like motions. The music is a great accompaniment to the show. The crowd was dead silent as the show progressed to its conclusion. Kind of eerie but with a peaceful feeling. A must see.

5. Chavaina Boulevard

Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
Excellent
67%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Chavaina Boulevard

Reviewed By Travelling_Wilsons - Munich, Germany

The old buildings of the town line each side of the boulevard. Nice walk through the town towards the embankment. Pedestrian zone so the kids can run around to their heart's content chasing the pigeons.

Leninskiy Ave., 24, Yoshkar-Ola 424000, Russia
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
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0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 31 reviews

Tower Clock of National Art Gallery

Reviewed By Александр И

Для туристов, посещающих Йошкар-Олу, стоит посетить эту достопримечательность. Красивая архитектура здания галереи и башенных часов. Каждый час происходит представление с музыкой и с движущейся иконой и осликом. Удачное место для фотографирования. С правой стороны здания, если стоять лицом к часам, на скамейке сидит и ждёт туристов "йошкин кот".

7. Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Sovetskaya, 33, Yoshkar-Ola 424918, Russia
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Reviewed By florentz - Aix-en-Provence, France

Magnifique cathédrale orthodoxe en plein coeur de la ville. L'architecture est typique avec de superbes bulbes dorés. L'intérieur n'est pas aussi riche de décoration que l'extérieur mais vaut le coup d'oeil.

8. Central Park of Culture and Recreation

Komsomolskaya, 124, Yoshkar-Ola 424004, Russia +7 836 264-19-82
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Central Park of Culture and Recreation

Reviewed By Gordon K - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

This is a nice park in Central Yoshkar-Ola. There is a war memorial where it is common for newlyweds to place flowers at an eternal flame and walls with names of those that gave their lives, in service of Russia. It is quite long and there is much to see along this boulevard...Nice walk through treed areas too...

9. Chapel of Peter and Fevronia of Murom

Voinov-Internatsionalistov, 37A, Yoshkar-Ola 424038, Russia
Excellent
81%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

Chapel of Peter and Fevronia of Murom

Reviewed By Александр И

Красивая архитектура у часовни, стоит в красивом месте на площади у 12 апостолов, рядом памятник архиеписку Алексию II, Петру и Февронии. Стоит полюбоваться этим сооружением.

10. Monument to Alexy II

Patriarshaya Square, Yoshkar-Ola 424000, Russia
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Monument to Alexy II

Reviewed By Viktoria S

Скульптура получилась неплохой, что называется, портретное сходство наблюдается. Пожалуй, самый лучший из памятников знаменитым людям, которые были установлены в последнее время в городе.

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