Novosibirsk: Healthy and fit in Novosibirsk
For many long years the aquapark was one of the most anticipated things in Novosibirsk. Numerous design projects replaced each other; the location was changed many times. Smaller neighboring cities like Omsk and Barnaul already had aquaparks, so we had to go there to have some water fun. But finally all details were settled and coordinated, and a huge construction started several years ago to be finished by summer 2016. Now Kvarsis Aquaworld (this is the aquapark’s name) is the largest of the kind in the country and one of the ten largest in the world.
Do you like horses? Don’t miss a chance to go for a ride in the pine forest, even in winter.
For some the notion of ‘banya’ sounds totally unfamiliar, while others think it is just a Russian word for a sauna. However, banya and sauna are two different things. Besides, for Russians a banya is a symbol of health, purification, joy of body and soul.
The center of healthy recreation MIRA opened in Novosibirsk in the fall 2013 and since then it has been the best place to relax in the city.
Now all vegetarians, vegans and other fans of healthy food have one more place to go and have a meal. Located in the ‘quiet center’, Sovetskaya Street 8, After Six Cafe is small. cozy, simple, extremely healthy and environmentally friendly. The cafe is not strictly vegetarian or vegan, it offers chicken, fish and turkey as well, in their healthy cooking variants.
‘Birch Grove’, or Birch Park (Berezovaya Roscha) is a park close to the city center but not exactly in the downtown. A hundred years ago it was a city cemetery, and, according to some ‘witnesses’, it is still possible to find occasional human bones there. But it is no more than gossip, as the park exists there for several decades now, and it was rearranged many times. Now it is a big green territory offering various recreation opportunities for the visitors, like bicycle and inline skates rental in summer and skiing, skating and tobogganing opportunities in winter.
If you are tired of the ‘stone jungles’, it’s the right time to go to a park for some fresh air. In a city so crowded with cars as Novosibirsk it is vital. The city center is not especially rich in parks, but the outskirts offer wonderful opportunities, besides, they are easily accessible by public transportation.
Different kinds of hot and cold baths, also thermal baths, are widespread all over the world. Many countries and places can boast of such kind of pleasure, but a Russian banya is one of the most extreme ones, this is admitted by millions of admirers.
So if you have a spare day or just several spare hours in Novosibirsk, a visit to a typical Russian banya can be a perfect variant of time-spending, besides, it will do you a lot of good.
If you want to relax your body and free your soul from worries and stresses of this world, one of the best places in Novosibirsk, in my very personal view, is Spa Hotel Borvikha with a swimming pool and a complex of saunas. Just two hours there and you will feel a new man!