Chelyabinsk, in Russia, is located on the Miass river, east of the Ural Mountains. It is most noted for industry and education. There are more than a dozen universities in Chelyabinsk, including Chelyabinsk State University, Chelyabinsk Medical Academy, Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University (the oldest), the Institute of Culture and Arts, the Academy of Physical Education, the Ural Social and Economic Institute, and South Ural State University. The industries it is most known for are metallurgy, and military machinery (earning the city the nickname of “Tankograd”). Chelyabinsk is connected by highway with Kazakhstan, the central Urals, Bashkiria, and Siberia, and is reachable by railway on the Moscow-Samara-Irkutsk-Vladivostok line. Public transit in Chelyabinsk consists of 23 tram lines, 26 trolleybus lines, and approximately 100 bus routes.
Oddly, for a city based on heavy industry, the planned 3-line subway network started in 1993 will not have its first section ready until approximately 2010. Chelyabinsk is best reached by air, from the Chelyabinsk Balandino Airport. EasyToBook.com can help you get the best deal on a great budget hotel in Chelyabinsk, which has only been open to tourists since 1992. Opportunities for fun in Chelyabinsk include the theatre, an organ hall, an art gallery, a circus, a philharmonic hall, several museums, and over 20 cinemas.