Kurgan Oblast is known as the gate to Siberia. It is crossed by the Baikal federal highway and the Trans-Siberian railway. People come here for educational hiking, cycling, horse riding, car, snowmobile, and skiing holidays. There are more than 1,000 places in Kurgan Oblast listed as sites of Russian cultural and historic heritage.
Kurgan Oblast occupies a unique geographical and geopolitical location in Eurasia. It is on the border of the Ural Mountains and Siberia, in the basin of the Tobol and Iset rivers, it borders the highly-developed Ural Oblasts of Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk, as well Tyumen Oblast and Kazakhstan. Kurgan Oblast is part of Ural Federal Okrug.
Kurgan Oblast gained its status as an administrative region of the Russian Federation in 1943. Kurgan is Oblast's administrative center; it is a major industrial, cultural, and scientific center in the Trans-Ural region.
Oblast could be called the gates to Siberia. It doesn't take long to cross Kurgan Oblast and reach other Russian regions, thanks to the Baikal federal highway and the Trans-Siberian railway.
Kurgan Oblast's landscape is ideal for educational hiking, cycling, horse riding, car, snowmobile, and skiing holidays. The slopes in the river valleys (Tobol, Miass, Iset, Yurgamysh, Suer and Sinara rivers) could be used for extreme sports and ski training trails. Its geographical location is perfect for developing Kurgan Oblast's leisure potential, with its bioresources for organizing game hunting and fishing activities. The area of lakes used for sports fishing in Kurgan Oblast Is gradually increasing.
The cultural and historical heritage of the Trans-Urals is also very rich. Various historical epochs have left their mark on Kurgan Oblast. Kurgan Oblast is one of the few places, compared to the steppe and forest parts of Eurasia, where Royal Kurgans (burial mounds), which reach a height of 10 meters, have been preserved. The region is home to more than 1,000 cultural and historical heritage sites, which have been included in the unified state register of cultural and heritage sites of the peoples of the Russian Federation, which is comparable to other Russian regions. Of these, 25 are federal cultural heritage sites and 1,073 are regional.