The 25 best Things to do in Rostov-on-Don

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Rostov-on-Don stretches along the banks of the great Don River. It is only 40 km away from the Sea of ​​Azov. Having visited the capital of the Southern Federal District, you can successfully combine a beach holiday with a cultural program, because there are many interesting objects within the city. In the rating of the best attractions of Rostov-on-Don, we have reflected significant buildings, historical monuments, famous museums of the city and many other unique places.

Top attractions in Rostov-on-Don

Nomination a place Sight rating
The best military-patriotic sights of Rostov-on-Don 1 Zmievskaya beam 5.0
2 Kumzhenskaya Grove 4.9
3 Monument Tachanka-Rostovchanka 4.8
4 Stele 'Rostov-on-Don – the city of military glory' 4.7
5 Memorial complex 'Defenders of the Rostov Sky' 4.6
The best cultural sights of Rostov-on-Don 1 Museum of the North Caucasian Railway 5.0
2 Rostov Regional Museum of Local Lore 4.9
3 Drama Theater named after Gorky 4.8
4 Rostov Musical Theater 4.7
5 Landvoret 4.6
The best entertainment sights of Rostov-on-Don 1 Aquapark H2O 5.0
2 Rostov Zoo 4.9
3 Space Museum 4.8
4 Park of the October Revolution 4.7
5 Gorky Central Park 4.6
The best religious sites of Rostov-on-Don 1 Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 5.0
2 Church of the Intercession 4.9
3 Iversky Convent 4.8
4 Temple of Seraphim of Sarov 4.7
The best architectural sights of Rostov-on-Don 1 Bolshaya Sadovaya street 5.0
2 House of brothers Martyn 4.9
3 House of Ivan Zvorykin 4.8
4 Sculpture Rostovchanka 4.7
5 Fountain on the Theater Square 'Atlanta' 4.6

The best military-patriotic sights of Rostov-on-Don

The first category included objects related to military operations at different times.

Zmievskaya beam

Attraction rating: 5.0

Zmievskaya beam

The rating opens with a memorial complex dedicated to the residents of Rostov, who were killed by German soldiers. It was founded in 1975 and renovated again in 2009. Previously this place was called 'Gordach-10'. The main sculptor of the memorial was the war veteran Avedikov.

Here you can see symbolic tombstones with the names of the victims, the eternal flame, the Memorial Platform. Above the common mound there is a sculptural composition of the Victims of the Shooting. She represents a woman who raised her arms, as if defending herself from the bullets of the enemy. A small child is holding on to her legs, a soldier is lying on the ground with clenched fists. Zmievskaya Balka is located in the Zheleznodorozhny District. There is a motor road not far from here, but this place is always quiet and calm. Residents and guests of the city come here to lay flowers and honor the memory of the victims.

Kumzhenskaya Grove

Attraction rating: 4.9

Kumzhenskaya Grove

Next in the ranking is one of the most famous and visited places in Rostov-on-Don. Kumzhenskaya Grove is a park area on the river bank. People come here to enjoy the fresh air and take a break from the bustle of the city, lay flowers at the monument, which was created in honor of the fallen soldiers. Here you can see many picturesque places, a beautiful view of the reservoir. Tourists and residents of Rostov organize tent camps, swim and fish. In winter, skaters come here.

The memorial complex was erected in 1983. It includes individual sculptures and a mass grave. The central “Assault” monument looks like a group of soldiers going on the attack. Above them is a metal arrow 18 meters high. The mass grave contains the ashes of the war heroes. Their names are displayed on the granite slabs. The easiest way to get here is by car, passing over the bridge over the river Dead Donets.

Monument Tachanka-Rostovchanka

Attraction rating: 4.8

Monument Tachanka-Rostovchanka

Everyone who will enter Rostov from Krasnodar will be able to see the Tachanka monument, founded in honor of a popular technical invention that became a symbol of the Civil War. A cart with a machine gun is installed where serious fighting took place 100 years ago. The sculpture is 15 meters high. Budenovites are sitting in the back, 4 horses are harnessed to the cart.

This sculpture appeared in 1977. Many talented sculptors have worked on its creation. Newlyweds often come here on their wedding day. Climbing the monument is strictly prohibited. The sculpture is hollow inside.

Stele 'Rostov-on-Don – the city of military glory'

Attraction rating: 4.7

Stele 'Rostov-on-Don - the city of military glory'

In 2008 Rostov-on-Don received the title of 'City of Military Glory'. After that, it was decided to install a stele with the same name. On the square stands a round column over 6 meters high with a bronze Russian coat of arms and the text of the presidential decree. The bas-reliefs depict significant episodes of the war. They remind of the offensive and defensive operations that took place in Rostov-on-Don.

The memorial is located in the Pervomaisky district. Every year on May 9, patriotic events are held in this place, congratulate veterans, lay flowers.

Memorial complex 'Defenders of the Rostov Sky'

Attraction rating: 4.6

Memorial complex 'Defenders of the Rostov Sky'

Next in the ranking is the monument to the Defenders of the Rostov Sky. It is located near the airport and was created in honor of the pilots who fought against the Nazis during the Second World War. The memorial was erected in 1972. It rises 35 meters and is a MiG-15 aircraft. This is one of the most significant monuments, erected in honor of the heroes of the Don land.

Guests and residents of Rostov can see the complex, passing by bus or car to the city center. Several years ago, the monument was repaired, deficiencies were removed. The landscaped area around the monument pleases. It is pleasant to be here at any time of the year.

The best cultural sights of Rostov-on-Don

The second category includes attractions such as theaters, museums, cinemas, concert venues and other art-related sites.

Museum of the North Caucasian Railway

Attraction rating: 5.0

Museum of the North Caucasian Railway

The second nomination of the rating is opened by the museum complex, which includes two sites – the premises itself and an open-air space with exhibitions. It was opened in 1960. All exhibits are presented in chronological order – from the appearance of the railway to modern times. In the museum there are models of cars and locomotives, special equipment. In total, the collection contains more than 12 thousand exhibits.

Judging by the reviews of tourists, the museum is very interesting. The good news is that you can climb into the cars and see what is inside. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and to monitor the safety of children. Address: Kazachiy lane, 44B. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Rostov Regional Museum of Local Lore

Attraction rating: 4.9

Rostov Regional Museum of Local Lore

In 1937, the largest museum in the south of Russia was founded. It reflects the nature and culture of Rostov. The most interesting compositions can be seen in the 'Treasures of the Don Barrows' hall. There are about 2,000 gold and silver items on display here. After 2002, the collection was replenished with the most ancient and modern exhibits.

The museum is a leading scientific center for the historical and cultural issues of the Don. Lectures and important events are constantly held here. In some rooms, flash photography is not allowed. Museum staff with great knowledge of their business tell about the exhibits and their history. Address: Bolshaya Sadovaya, 79. Working hours: from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday.

Drama Theater named after Gorky

Attraction rating: 4.8

Drama Theater named after  Gorky

Next in the ranking is the largest drama center, which has become a monument of constructivism. It was founded in 1863. At this time, the first troupe was created. During the Second World War the theater stopped its work. In 1943, the building was blown up by the Germans. It was restored only 20 years later, although the building became a little smaller. Today, three stages are open inside, and there is an ART gallery where art exhibitions are held.

Visitors praise the cleanliness and decoration of the halls, the polite staff, and interesting performances with stunning performances. Everyone who attended the performance at the theater. Gorky, seeks to get here again. Address: Theater Square, 1. Working hours: from 10-00 to 18-30.

Rostov Musical Theater

Attraction rating: 4.7

Rostov Musical Theater

At the beginning of the 20th century, a musical theater was founded, the repertoire of which included only operettas. Today, tickets for ballet, operas, children's musical performances are sold here, and holidays and festivals are often held here. In 1931, the institution received state status.

The theater gathered wonderful artists under its roof. The troupe is constantly on tour and has already conquered many European countries. Artistic director V. Kushchev holds the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Residents of the city and guests of Rostov praise the incredible atmosphere of the theater, the original building, incomparable scenery and talented actors. Address: Bolshaya Sadovaya, 134. The theater is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.

Landvoret

Attraction rating: 4.6

Landvoret

One of the most beautiful cultural centers in the south of the country is the Railway Workers' Palace at the Rostov-Glavny station. The foundation-laying of the building began in 1924. For the first time, the Palace received visitors 4 years later. Today it is a favorite place for many Rostovites.

Inside you can see a spacious cinema hall, a theater hall, many rooms where various circles work, a large library. Currently, a vocal studio, a fitness and health center, a theater studio, a salsa club, a professional photo studio and other interesting areas are open. You can get to the Landvorets by crossing the bridge from the railway station square. Address: Guseva, 2A / 5. It is better to find out opening hours and schedule on the official website of the organization.

The best entertainment sights of Rostov-on-Don

In the third nomination, we included attractions that will be of interest to both adults and children. These include zoos, water parks and city squares.

Aquapark H2O

Attraction rating: 5.0

Aquapark H2O

everyone who wants to make an exciting journey to a water paradise should visit the 'H2O Water Park'. It was opened in 2013. The territory is striking in its vastness. It is divided into several zones. There are Tsunami, Space Hole, Flying Boats, Bodyslide slides, pools, saunas, jacuzzis and waterfalls. Pleases the presence of a children's area. On the second floor there are cafes with a varied menu, on the third there is a huge swimming pool with a bar for adults. An artificial reservoir is also provided on the roof of the water park.

Inside and outside, the premises are made with the latest technology. Figures of sea animals are hung from the ceiling. Visitors are delighted with modern design, attentive staff, and high service. The ticket price depends on the time and day of the visit. Address: Nagibin Avenue, 34.

Rostov Zoo

Attraction rating: 4.9

Rostov Zoo

The favorite childhood place of many Rostovites is the city zoo, which covers an area of ​​57 hectares. It contains about 5 thousand animals, some of them are listed in the Red Book. This place has a lot of greenery, beautiful flower beds, figures of cartoon characters. There is a pond with pink flamingos, where many guests gather to take memorable photos. There are many cafes and catering outlets on the territory. True, the prices are too high. There is also a museum, terrarium, attractions, an aquarium and viewing platforms.

Sometimes you have to walk around the zoo all day to have time to see birds, animals, fish and exhibits. On weekends, there are a lot of people here, because of this, the rooms can be stuffy. I am glad that the zoo has its own website, where you can find all the necessary information, order a ticket online or a whole tour. Address: Zoologicheskaya, 3. In summer, the doors are open every day from 8-00 to 20-00. Children under 5 years old can enter free of charge.

Space Museum

Attraction rating: 4.8

Space Museum

The next line of the rating belongs to the only Museum of Cosmonautics in the south of the Russian Federation. To get here, you will have to sign up for an excursion in advance. A monument to Yuri Gagarin is erected opposite the building of the institution. Inside, visitors will find models and genuine devices from the field of space technology. Here you can see the personal costumes of Russian and foreign cosmonauts. The main exhibit is the ship of Yurchikhin's crew.

The guests of the museum claim that they have learned a lot about the construction of space structures. The collections arouse great interest, surprise and even delight. Here you can buy souvenirs, watch a documentary about astronauts. Address: Stachki Avenue, 231/2.

Park of the October Revolution

Attraction rating: 4.7

Park of the October Revolution

Central Park on Teatralnaya Square was opened more than 90 years ago. Its rapid development took place in the 2000s. Today it is one of the largest cultural sites in the city. Mass festivities, fairs and concerts are often held here. There is an ice rink, a cable car park and a small zoo on the territory. There are amusement rides and a paintball court. The park amazes with its beauty and well-groomed, a large number of unique monuments. I am glad that there are playgrounds and other entertainments that will not let kids get bored.

One of the main attractions is the 65 m high Ferris wheel. It offers a magnificent view of the area. This park is included in various ratings of the best recreation areas in Rostov. It is definitely recommended for visiting to all guests of the city. It is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

Gorky Central Park

Attraction rating: 4.6

Gorky Central Park

Surely, every Rostovite has ever been to the central park named after Gorky. This is a quiet and cozy place where lovers, couples with children come. True, there are not so many attractions for kids here. The flat and wide alleys are praised. On weekends, city groups often perform here with dances and songs. If you wish, you can buy a painting or a souvenir.

On the territory there are aviaries with birds, beautiful greenery and monuments. Mothers come here with strollers, as well as roller-skaters or skaters. I would like to see more comfortable benches in the park. Address: Sadovaya, 45.

The best religious sites of Rostov-on-Don

The churches and temples of Rostov-on-Don belong to religious sites. They will be discussed in the next nomination.

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Attraction rating: 5.0

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

The Cathedral, which has become an architectural monument, was built in 1860. This is a five-domed structure built in the Russian-Byzantine style. The iconostasis with three tiers is made in the form of a chapel. In the courtyard of the cathedral there was built a small church, a bell tower and service buildings. Under Soviet rule, the temple was closed. A zoo was placed in its premises. Work resumed in 1942.

It is always a pleasure to visit both outside and inside. Even in hot summers, it is always cool in the cathedral. It is considered a miniature copy of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in the capital. People come here to touch the shrines, pray and see the beautiful majestic building. Address: Stanislavsky, 58.

Church of the Intercession

Attraction rating: 4.9

Church of the Intercession

Next in the ranking is one of the oldest churches in Rostov-on-Don. It is built in the heart of the city and combines modern and traditional styles of architecture. The entrance to the building is decorated with mosaics and carvings. The interior is decorated with white marble, there is a panel depicting saints.

The advantages of the facility include the friendly staff of the church, beautiful decoration, and a cozy atmosphere. There is a beautiful public garden nearby with several monuments. Among them is the monument to Elizaveta Petrovna, who was the founder of the city. Address: Bolshaya Sadovaya, 113B.

Iversky Convent

Attraction rating: 4.8

Iversky Convent

At the beginning of the 20th century, one of the main spiritual centers of Rostov was founded near the Temernik River. The economy of the monastery was actively developing, but in 1929 the sisters were dispersed, and the property was taken away. The shrine was restored only in 1996.

The main pride of the monastery is the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God. They praise the well-groomed territory, a beautiful building made in the old Russian style, and friendly nuns. The presence of a holy source pleases me. Here you can buy many church goods, enjoy peace, cleanliness and beauty. Address: Neklinovskaya, 4.

Temple of Seraphim of Sarov

Attraction rating: 4.7

Temple of Seraphim of Sarov

The next position in the ranking belongs to an Orthodox church built between 1904-1911. In the middle of the last century, it was converted into the Glinka school of music. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was decided to re-establish the church. Today, active religious and social activities are carried out here, students of theological seminary are taught.

The famous shrines are kept in a special ark – icons of Seraphim of Sarov with particles of relics, Nicholas the Wonderworker and the Mother of God. A huge number of people come here to perform the sacrament of wedding, unction, baptism, funeral service. Address: Portovaya, 72.

Surb Khach Church

The nomination is completed by the Armenian church, which was built at the end of the 18th century by Crimean settlers. It is surrounded by residential buildings and a park. There is a spring nearby, a recreation area and a bathhouse for traditional immersion in water during baptism are arranged. The building was built in the classicism style. The main relic of the church is a 6th century khachkar (cross-stone). Famous Armenian writers and poets are buried near its walls.

The temple delights visitors with its majestic decoration. Indoor benches are designed for 300 citizens. There are no bright murals like in Russian Orthodox churches. Address: Myasnikovan microdistrict, Baghramyan street, 1.

The best architectural sights of Rostov-on-Don

The last nomination includes beautiful buildings, fountains and sculptures with monuments.

Bolshaya Sadovaya street

Attraction rating: 5.0

Bolshaya Sadovaya Street

Bolshaya Sadovaya Street starts from the railway station and runs to Teatralnaya Square. It is here that famous buildings are located – the City Council, various mansions, the house of M. Chernova, parks and squares. All the way there are benches, shops, cafes.

The busy street is not very suitable for walking during the day. It is better to drive through it in a comfortable car. Guests of the city are delighted with the beautiful architecture. It is advised to go down to the underpass. It is decorated with mosaic paintings. Better to walk down the street in the evening when there are not many people.

House of brothers Martyn

Attraction rating: 4.9

House of brothers Martyn

Against the backdrop of the modern Don Plaza Hotel stands out the building, which is a production of the company 'John Martin'. The two-storey building was built of red brick at the end of the 19th century. A roof with a weather vane rises above the corner tower. There is a beautiful bay window along the facade.

In 2007, the house was transferred to the Sholokhov State Museum-Reserve. After that, the building was restored. Today, there is a conference hall with multimedia equipment inside. It often hosts concerts, thematic meetings, organizes lessons in a history circle. Address: Bolshaya Sadovaya, 125/69.

House of Ivan Zvorykin

Attraction rating: 4.8

House of Ivan Zvorykin

The rating is continued by the residence of Ivan Zvorykin, whom Rostov residents still remember with a kind word. Thanks to him, the streets of the city were put in order, several thousand trees were planted. The mayor's house was built in the Art Nouveau style. Gothic elements are present.

After 1917, the building was occupied by various organizations, after – communal apartments. In the period from 1923 to 1926 the playwright Kirshon lived here. In 2000, the governor of the Rostov region moved in on the second floor. The building has been assigned the status of a cultural heritage site. Address: Pushkinskaya, 87.

Sculpture Rostovchanka

Attraction rating: 4.7

Sculpture Rostovchanka

Guests of the metropolis are greeted by a monument to Rostovchanka, dedicated to the fair sex of the southern capital of Russia. It displays the image of a girl with loose curls. The beauty exposed her face to the rays of the sun and spread her arms in different directions. Many find in her the features of Aphrodite.

The monument is decorated with a marble board with poems of the poet Oshanin engraved. Rostov appeared on the Ushakov embankment in 1984. To see the image of the inhabitants of Rostov, you need to get to the Zheleznodorozhny District. The monument stands between the river station and the Voroshilovsky bridge.

Fountain on the Theater Square 'Atlanta'

Attraction rating: 4.6

Fountain on the Theater Square 'Atlanta'

Not far from the theater. Gorky, there is a fountain, which is a complex of Atlanteans on a pedestal. The stepped podium is surrounded by pedestals. The building appeared in 1936. It was destroyed during the war.

The fountain was fully restored only in the 50s. We advise all guests of Rostov-on-Don to visit this place in the evening, when it is illuminated with colorful lights. This is one of the favorite attractions of wedding photographers. Every day Rostovites come here together with their children, friends, second halves and admire the beauty of the composition.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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