Hotels, motels and where to sleep
Restaurant, taverns and where to eat
Cultural (and not so cultural) events
Interesting information and useful tips
Description of Vorkuta
Vorkuta (Komi Vukuta) is a city in the Komi
Republic of the Russian Federation. Vorkuta is the fourth largest
city in the northern Arctic Circle and the most eastern city in
Europe. The city is located in the subarctic climate zone on the
river of the same name, beyond the Arctic Circle, 900 kilometers
from the republican center of Syktyvkar
and 140 kilometers from the coast of the Arctic Ocean. Vorkuta is
the third most populated city in Komi. It is a city of miners.
Travel Destinations in Vorkuta
Streets and squares
The main streets are Lenin and
Moskovskaya. Square of the Peace should also be noted.
Palace of Culture Miners, Peace Square. One of the
main attractions of Vorkuta. The monumental building built in 1961,
lined with granite and marble, decorated with Doric columns.
Vorkuta Mining and Economics College, st. Lenin, d. 46. Building
built in 1959, Stalinist architecture.
Monument S.M. Kirov.
Monument A.A. Chernov.
Mass grave of fighters for Soviet rule in the North.
History of Vorkuta
Industrial coal fields by the Vorkuta River were discovered in
1930 by geologist Georgy Chernov. Georgy was the son of another
geologist, Alexander Chernov, who promoted the development of the
Pechora coal basin, which included the Vorkuta fields. With this
discovery the coal mining industry started in the Komi ASSR. At the
time only the southern parts of the field were included in the Komi
ASSR. The northern part, including Vorkuta, belonged to the Nenets
Autonomous Okrug of Arkhangelsk Oblast. In 1931 a geologist
settlement was established by the coal field, with most of the
workers being inmates of the Ukhta-Pechora Camp of GULAG (Ухтпечлаг,
Forced labour camp
The origins of the town of
Vorkuta are associated with Vorkutlag, one of the most notorious
forced labour camps of the Gulag, which was established in 1932 with
the start of mining. It was the largest of the Gulag camps in
European Russia and served as the administrative centre for a large
number of smaller camps and subcamps, among them Kotlas, Pechora,
and Izhma (modern Sosnogorsk). The Vorkuta uprising, a major
rebellion by the camp inmates, occurred in 1953.
Vorkuta and the labour camp system based around it were connected to
the rest of the world by a prisoner-built rail line linking Konosha,
Kotlas, and the camps of Inta. Town status was granted to Vorkuta on
November 26, 1943.
How to get here
The principal gateway is Vorkuta Airport which have flight
connections three times each week with Moscow and Syktyvkar, the
capital of Komi Republic.
On trains following to Vorkuta via Kotlas.
From Moscow from Yaroslavsky Railway Station by train No. 042 Moscow
— Vorkuta, No. 376 Moscow — Vorkuta, No. 226I Yaroslavl — Moscow —
Vorkuta, travel time is more than 1.5 days
From St. Petersburg
from Ladoga Station by train No. 388 St. Petersburg — Vorkuta.
Railway communication with Labytnangi, Saratov, Nizhny Novgorod,
Mineralnye Vody, Novorossiysk, Kirov, Kotlas, Inta, Adler and
Stavropol is also carried out.
Due to the lack of
roads, it is impossible to get to Vorkuta by road. However, you can
take a car to Sosnogorsk, and already there to order a platform for
the car on the train.
"Vorkuta" hotel (Гостиница "Воркута"), Tsentralnaya sq., 5, ☎ +7
(82151) 3-79-95. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. 2900/4400 rub.
per 1/2 person.
Club Stealth (Ночной клуб Стелс), Tsentralnaya sq., 1, "Cascade"
shopping mall, ☎ +7 82151 -6-03-03. Largest night club in town,
mostly for the young crowd with techno and house music served weekly