Novosibirsk: Things to do

Two Large Sports Events in Novosibirsk in 2022! Early Booking Highly Recommended!

Dear travelers!

In 2022 Novosibirsk is hosting TWO large sports events, which is truly amazing!

1) August 26 — September 11, 2022 — FIVB 2022, Volleyball World Championship!

The 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be held from August 26 to September 11 in ten Russian cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Krasnoyarsk. All these cities are amazing to visit. All have an abundance of great sights, so any visitor will have lots of things to do and explore, apart from enjoying his or her favorite sport.

2) December 26, 2022 — January 5, 2023, World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.

The World Junior Championship will be held in Novosibirsk and Omsk, two great Siberian cities, lying 700 km apart from one another.

Altai Mountains. Wonders of Nature, Ancient Civilizations, Mysteries and Meditation. And More.

Here in Novosibirsk we are truly blessed to live only 500 km to the north of the Altai Mountains. This sacred and magnificent area is a genuine pearl of Nature and a paradise for all sorts of travelers. No matter what tours you prefer — hiking, mountaineering, climbing, rafting, off-road driving, bird or animal watching, or comfortable car or bus tours with easy trekking and contemplating wonderful landscapes; no matter what accommodation type you need — luxury hotels, middle-level hotels, simple hostels, bed-and-breakfasts, countryside hotels, farmhouses, campings, glampings (do you know, by the way, what this means?), private holiday rooms or houses, or you might even find a place for your tent under virtually any tree, which is allowed in Russia — you will definitely find what you need or want and your vacation will be great.

Winter Walking Tours of Novosibirsk.

You’ve finally determined to book a walking tour of Novosibirsk in the middle of winter? Congratulations! Snow-covered trees, beautiful ladies in luxurious fur coats, happy kids in funny snow suits, snow and ice figures, Christmas decorations — you will experience the REAL Siberia! You’ll surprise your friends with great pics you are about to have! 

A Day in Blagodatnoye

Blagodatnoye is a so-called «kinship homestead» settlement (родовое поместье, rodovoye pomest’ye) located 100 km to the south of Novosibirsk, overlooking the picturesque Ob Reservoir. A ‘kinship homestead’ is somewhat similar to the popular concept of an eco-settlement, however, the concept is broader and is based on the idea of Vladimir Megre, a Siberian businessman and writer best known as the author of the Ringing Cedars of Russia (also known as Anastasia) series of books, which since the 1990s has given rise to a very special socio-religious movement focused on the correct approach to planning, conceiving and raising children, which should all occur at the same location: a family homestead, or self-sufficient plot of land surrounded by a hedge with a water source, dwelling, woods, a meadow, vegetable gardens, berries, herbs, mushrooms, a greenhouse, a banya and beehives.

Zaeltsovsky Park

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.

Open-air Railway Museum in Novosibirsk

Railway is very important for Novosibirsk. In fact, Novosibirsk appeared only thanks to the railway.  In 1891 the Tsar Alexander III and his government resolved to build the Transsiberian Railway and a group of engineers was sent to Siberia to find the best position for the railway bridge over the river Ob along with the overall layout of the Transsiberian. At that time there was just a huge forest where Novosibirsk is located now, and a couple of small villages here and there. Besides, 30 km to the north of the current center of Novosibirsk there was a big town Kolyvan, and the initial plan was to build the bridge there, but that idea was not approved by the engineers. In 1896 the bridge was put into operation. All aspects of life in Novosibirsk, economic and social, have been driven by railway ever since.

Rocks on the Berd, Novosibirsk Region, all year round

Rocks on the river Berd, also known as Zveroboy, in Maslyaninsky District, is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole Novosibirsk Region. Tastes differ, of course, but I think there is hardly any person, who would feel indifferent standing on top of a rocky hill looking at the curve of a small river.

Winter Fun in Novosibirsk. Huskypulled Sled Riding!

AskNovosibirsk is happy to announce an absolutely new winter fun for the city guests and residents. The one you can experience only in areas with snowy winters, and, despite global warming, Siberia is still snow-covered for nearly five months, mid November to late March! 

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. 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.