Krasnoyarsk is a city of Krasnoyarsk Krai, located on the Yenisei River. It is the third largest city in Siberia after Novosibirsk and Omsk. The city is notable for its nature landscapes; author Anton Chekhov judged Krasnoyarsk to be the most beautiful city in Siberia.

There are several islands in the river, the largest of which are Tatyshev and OtdyhaIsles, used mainly for recreation.
To the south and west, Krasnoyarsk is surrounded by forested mountains. One of them is being an extinct volcano.The gigantic rock cliffs of the Stolby Nature Reserve rise from the mountains of the southern bank of the Yenisei.

There are a number of historical buildings in Krasnoyarsk, the oldest of them being the Intercession Cathedral (1785 to 1795). Other locally significant samples of Russian Orthodox architecture are the Annunciation Cathedral (1802–12), the Holy Trinity Cathedral (1802–12), John the Baptist Church (1899, former episcopal residence), and the new Michael the Archangel Church.
A bridge near Krasnoyarsk carries the Trans-Siberian Railway across the Yenisei. This structure, one of the longest at the time, was constructed between 1893 and 1896. When approved for the inscription on the World Heritage List in 2003, the bridge was described by the UNESCO as "an early representation of a typical parabolic polygonal truss bridge in Russia" which became "a testing ground for the application of engineering theories and the development of new innovative solutions, which had numerous successors".

There are a number of local holidays celebrated annually in Krasnoyarsk. The International Museum Biennale traditionally held in the Krasnoyarsk Cultural/Historical Center, the avant-garde Museum Night festival dedicated to the International Museum Day (May 18), the Jazz on Yenisey festival, the Stolbist Day held many times a year celebrating the traditions of mountain climbing in the Stolby national reserve, and the Bikers' Rally.