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5 industrial tourist spots in Russia
Sept 30 2019
For tourists who don’t want to confine themselves to the Hermitage and St Basil’s, Russia offers fascinating tours of Soviet-era mega-plants and curious factories in remote corners.
Cherepovets metallurgical plant
This plant opened its doors to tourists in July 2019 after an $8 million facelift.
Founded in 1955, it mainly produces metal for making household appliances, and for use in the ship/machine-building, fuel, power, defense, and construction industries.
The tour begins with the Museum of Metallurgical Industry, which tells the history of iron production, allowing visitors to try on ancient armor in a “virtual fitting room” and instructing them in creating artwork with metal shavings and making steel.
The museum’s backyard exhibits equipment for the production of cast iron, steel, and rolled metal. Guests can also drive a BELAZ, one of the largest Russian trucks.
Next up is a visit to the most productive metalworks in Russia — Rolling Mill 200. The temperature in the hot-rolling section is a balmy 1,000 degrees Celsius, so a special viewing platform is provided from which to observe the action.
The tour lasts two hours and is conducted in English. A group tour costs from $12 per person; an individual tour is $170.
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