Novosibirsk: Things to do

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.

MIRA SPA

Winter in Siberia is associated with frosts, lots of snow all around and, of course, BANYA!

Banya is where you purify your body, mind and soul. Banya is the place to relax, to forget about all your everyday worries and troubles, to remember who you really are, to restore your balance. And, of course, to get warm.

MIRA Spa is the unique location. Travelers from all over the world claim there is nothing like this in any other Russian city.

It is the largest SPA in Siberia. Here you indulge yourself to all sorts of banyas and saunas, a huge warm swimming pool, invigorating whirlpools, salt rooms or just relax overlooking the tranquil lake and pine forest.

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Museum of Siberian Birch Bark

The Siberian Birch Bark Museum is one of the TOP places and a must for everyone who wants to see and experience the real crafts. Lots of souvenir shops all over Russia offer nice birch bark objects, but in this unique museum you are offered a huge collection and variety of birch bark objects, from icons to dolls.

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.

Kolyvan’

Kolyvan’ is included into the list of historical places of the Novosibirsk Region; it is one of the oldest settlements in the region. Located only 30 km to the north of Novosibirsk and close to the river Ob, this settlement was founded much earlier than Novosibirsk, and it is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in Russian history and the history of Siberia in particular, or just want to enjoy picturesque and peaceful landscapes of the Siberian countryside or get an idea of the typical lifestyle in the country.

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. 

Suzun. Old Copper Factory and Mint.

I invite you for a day trip to Suzun, a settlement located approximately 150 km to the south of Novosibirsk.

Surrounded by everlasting pine woods, this settlement was officially founded by the order of Catherine II in 1763 for construction of a copper factory and a mint. Copper was excavated in Altai, but it was very expensive to transport it to the European Russia for making coins, so a mint in close proximity to the mines was necessary. 

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!

Winter Fun in Novosibirsk. Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is one of the everlasting favourites here in Siberia. Everyone who is interested in sports like skiing and biathlon can name a couple of famous athletes born, living and/or training in Novosibirsk. There are a couple of honoured specialized skiing schools and clubs for professionals; and each winter, December to March, a number of high-level competitions, marathons and other events take place here, including 30-km and even 60-km marathons.

Winter Fun in Novosibirsk. Sleighing

Sleighing is another winter fun for everyone, though you may think it’s for kids only. But try, and you will never be able to stop!