Brief History

Perm was founded by Peter the Great in 1723 and during the Soviet period it became an important military center under the name of Molotov. This city inspired – in a not properly positive sense – both Chekhov and Pasternak.

Why you should stop there

The city itself is nothing special, a usual Soviet-style city, but it’s a good base if you want to visit the attractions around it, such as the Perm-36 labor camp, the wooden architecture of Khokhlovka and the ice-cave in Kungur.

Time Zone

UTC +5 (= Moscow +2)

How to get around

Trams and buses operate from 5:30 to 12:30 AM, tickets can only be purchased from the driver or conductor.

What to see

The Museum of Contemporary Art “PERMM”. It contains the avanguarde art of Perm, in the effort to make the city a cultural center.

The Khokhlovka Architecture-Ethnographic Museum. 45 km from Perm you will find this collection of wooden buildings from the 19th and 20th century. Check the bus schedule in advance, since only a few buses go there every day.

Perm-36. This site was a labor camp for political dissidents during the Soviet period. Now, it has been turned into a museum of that dark side of Russian history. Before going there, check if it is still open, since as far as we know the museum was closed in June 2015.

Kungur ice-cave. You can explore the cave network of 1.5 km with unique ice formations, waterfalls and frozen rivers. Entrance every two hours, in guided tours.


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