Novosibirsk: City Life

Novosibirsk-Glavny Railway Station

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If you arrive to Novosibirsk by train, the first building you see is the railway station, and even if you don’t see anything else in the city but this building, you will still see enough. The Main Railway Station (Novosibirsk-Glavny in Russian) is one of the main city attractions and one of the largest railway stations in the country with the total area of more than 29000 m2. Its shape resembles a locomotive heading eastwards.

Downtown Walks. Spiritual Route.

With this post I’m starting a new series of post on theme walks of Novosibirsk, mostly downtown, each of which can be booked as a tour, of course. Read, enjoy, explore Novosibirsk the way YOU want, choose, AND book YOUR walk!

Spirituality and Faith is our core. It is what supports us in times of troubles and what makes us grateful in times of joy and glory.

New for you! Itineraries for self-guided tours!

Dear travelers!

Right now we are all physically prevented from travelling. God knows how long the pandemics will last, but no pandemics ever lasted forever, and history knows a lot about all sorts of pandemics and other troubles and disasters. Sometimes they took months, sometimes years, but there is always something in common — they NEVER lasted forever!

I guess you are having as much free time as everyone out there right now. Let us not waste this precious time, but let us make plans and DREAM about the future to come. And when it comes, we’ll be ready to start right away.

Perhaps you have always wanted to visit Siberia, or have though about getting here in the near future. Or maybe you are planning your Siberian travel right now? Great! Me and the whole team of AskNovosibirsk is here to help you.

Many places in Russia, including Siberia, still remain a big ‘white spot’ for travelers. Exactly that’s why lots of globetrotters still prefer addressing travel agencies when it comes to Siberia. Their common fears: lack of information, especially in the English (let alone other than English) language; no knowledge of the Russian language and enormous difficulties to grasp at least some bits of it due to the high complexity of the Cyrillic script;  lack of information on lifestyle in Russia, cultural and social peculiarities, etc. One feels more protected in a group, and, though there is not much freedom and not many opportunities to see and explore real life, people turn to agencies.

I assure you — a travel across Russia and Siberia is NOT dangerous. Thousand or maybe millions of travelers have already tried that and they were happy. I constantly get mails from my past customers with thank-you words and wonderful memories of their travel to Novosibirsk and many other Siberian destinations.

So, again — it’s exactly the time to plan and dream, and this is my today’s offer: exactly for YOU I create and thoroughly develop itineraries of your future travels to Siberia including Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Omsk, Yekaterinburg (which is not exactly Siberia but still), Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory, and Altai Mountains! If you want an itinerary for St.Petersburg or Moscow, or any other Russian destination, this can be arranged, too.

You describe what you want, what your budget is and what your dreams are, and I’m giving you the itinerary with all contacts, recommendations and schedules of your walks/drives. Being a local, I know best how to get around, how long it takes, what the best museums or restaurants are, what off-the-beaten track or traditional sights you should visit, the most interesting open-airs and events, all this translated to either English, German, French, Italian or Spanish.

For the cities and places other than Novosibirsk you book all hotels, trains/planes. For Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tomsk I offer the FULL range of services, including  booking hotels and restaurants, and purchasing tickets to museums, theatres, arranging meetings with locals, etc.

You arrange your Russian visa yourself, however, if you need assistance with this, I give you the most reliable contacts.

I offer you the complete PLAN of your travel and stay. All recommendations are be given with account of the weather during the season you travel across Siberia.

I offer itineraries you can use completely on your own. However, if you still want to be guided around or want to know as much as possible from a local’s perspective, me and my team are always there for you!

Contact me for more info and order your itinerary of the Siberian travel right now!

Facing the challenges of the situation…

Dear readers, customers and friends of www.AskNovosibirsk.com!

Like all fellow tour business owners from all around the Globe, we at AskNovosibirsk are affected by the COVID outbreak as well. Though as of today Russia is one of the safest countries with several dozens registered cases and 0 deaths, the situations can and does change every day.

Till May 1 Russia has closed its state border for visitors from lots of affected countries. We are all in hope that the situation settles down by that date but now it is obvious that all tours already booked have to be cancelled.

Winter Fun in Novosibirsk. Ice Skating.

Siberia is one of the places associated with cold, frosts, everlasting and never-melting snow. Shortly: it is associated with WINTER. And winter is associated not just with staying indoors and drinking hot or long drinks, but, first of all, with outdoor winter fun.

In this post and so forth I’m starting to share with my subscribers what fun you can have in Novosibirsk in winter. Let’s start with ice-skating. 

Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, or NOVAT

‘Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, of NOVAT, is the largest theatre building in Russia’. This is how we typically start the downtown tour. When we say ‘the largest’, we really mean it. Of course, everyone has heard of the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow or the Maryinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg at least once, but it is worth mentioning that the whole building of either of them will easily fit inside the great hall of NOVAT.

Russian ballet is famous all over the world for its premium performance and skills of dancers. Russian opera has been gaining popularity for several decades. In Novosibirsk you can enjoy both opera and ballet of the highest quality, but at prices considerably lower than in  Moscow and  St.Petersburg.

Top 5 Must-See Places in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is a young and vibrant city. Every guest has loads of opportunities and choices as to what to see or do.But what if you have just a few hours and want to get the most of Novosibirsk?

Here are 5 must-see places in Novosibirsk you should not miss.  They are the highlights reflecting the character and soul of the Siberian capital.

  1. NOVAT, Opera and Ballet Theatre. It is the largest theatre building in the country, the great hall of which is larger than the famous Bolshoy in Moscow. The huge stage of 1000 m2 is ideal for spectacular performances. Its dome is a unique engineering work with the diameter of 55 m and thickness of only 8 cm in its upper part. 
  2. Lenin Square. The heart of the city, this huge square in front of the NOVAT impresses with its broadness. It is the crossing point of several important traffic arteries, a famous meeting point and the most popular site for open airs of all kinds.  The colossal Lenin Monument, though grey and military-like, does not feel gloomy and depressing, as it matches perfectly with the surrounding architecture. The prevailing architecture belongs to the famous ‘constructivism’ style, popular in the 20-ies, and it gives the general idea of the city image and character.

Summer Open-Airs. Siberian Fire.

Summer is coming soon! Here in Siberia it’s the time of amazing open-airs. Within three short months there are dozens of them. They can be big, with thousands of visitors, or small, visited by a couple of hundreds. They can include lots of various activities, like sports, wellness and fitness, healthy lifestyle, music and dancing, arts and crafts, esoteric, sacred and mystical practices, or all of these together. 

Novosibirsk Museum of Fine Arts

As a young city born only in 1893, Novosibirsk has just a few museums. However, some of them are worth a visitю Important: in NO museum in Novosibirsk you will be surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of other visitors, however, you can see some exclusive exhibits and enjoy them as long as you wish nearly all by yourself!

Novosibirsk Metro/Underground/Subway

It doesn’t really matter how you call it. The matter is — we do have it in Novosibirsk, and it’s one of the easiest and most comfortable and cheapest ways of getting around.