Novosibirsk: Things to do

Park ‘Birch Grove’

 

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‘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.

Zaeltsovsky Park

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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.

Novosibirsk Zoo

The Zoo in Novosibirsk is one of the largest in Russia and one of the main city sights. It history started in 1933, when a small activity center for children was organized, where schoolchildren were suppose to learn about animals and to take care of them. In 1950 a real zoo was organized not far from the the place where the Central Market is no situated. The Zoo had 82 species of animals and was well visited, though its general condition was rather poor. The cages were small and uncomfortable for animals and birds, and visitors had difficulties moving around, too. Everyone understood that the new premises was urgently required, but the construction did not start until 1983. It was resolved to arrange the new zoo in the pine and birch forest in the outskirts of the city. The territory was really huge, which ensured comfortable and nature-similar conditions for its residents. In 2005 the last animals and the administrative staff were relocated and the zoo became one of the most favorite places where everyone could easily spend the whole wonderful day amidst green trees.

The 14th Festival of Snow Figures

 

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Same date, same place… Again this year Novosibirsk is welcoming the Annual Festival of Snow Figures, as usual in Pervomaisky Park right in the city center.

Don’t know what to do on a spare day? Go to a Russian Banya!

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.

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SPA hotel Borvikha — a place to relax

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!

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Novosibirsk Planetarium – not only watching the sky

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If you plan a longer stay in Novosibirsk, and if you are a fan of the sky and stars (and I think everyone is), you have to plan a visit to the Novosibirsk planetarium. You can be sure you will enjoy it immensely.

Center of healthy recreation MIRA in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk now has more opportunities for healthy recreation. Center MIRA offers a brand new way of spending free time. It opened its doors on September 21, 2013, ul. Dobroluybova 2a, in the building of the River Park Hotel overlooking the river Ob.

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The center has fitness and yoga halls, conference halls and knowledge center, center of folk medicine, and a SPA center. It also offers daycare services for little ones.

Celebration of the 120th anniversary of Novosibirsk started!

This weekend our city is celebrating the 120th anniversary. It is a great event for Novosibirsk.

The ‘city birthday’ is always celebrated on the last weekend of June, and this year is no exception, with the only difference that this year the celebration will last three days! It has actually already started today. At 12.00 in the yard of Nikolas Roerich’s Museum we honored one of the former mayors who did a lot for the city and initiated the construction of the metro. Members of his family were invited to ring the so-called ‘bell of peace’. The event was visited by the current mayor, Mr.Gorodetsky, and many other prominent figures, as well as by ordinary citizens.

It was the first event of the celebration, and during the whole weekend there will be plenty of them taking place in all city districts. The celebration will end with a number of great fireworks in several city districts.

If you are in Novosibirsk these days, be sure to visit one of several events. And happy birthday, Novosibirsk!

Several hours between the flights in Novosibirsk. What can I do?

Recently I’ve received a question from people who have only a couple of hours in Novosibirsk, 3.5 to be more exact, on the way from somewhere to somewhere, between the flights. They asked me what they can do in the city and it took me a while to answer the question.