Ermak Travel Guide

 

 

Vorkuta

Vorkuta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

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.

Architecture
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.

Monuments
Monument V.I. Lenin.
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, Ukhpechlag).

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.

In 1941, 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.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

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.

 

By train
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.

By car
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.

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

"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.

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

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

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips