Novosibirsk: Things to do

Edutainment Opportunities in Novosibirsk

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The concept of edutainment is not new in terms of schools and educational institutions, but it is definitely a new way of spending free time with benefits for the mind. As a city of science, Novosibirsk just can’t be behind the rest of the world, so today it has two big edutainment centers visited mostly by families with kids, but visitors of any age feel excited to be there, to see with one’s own eyes what the Pythagoras theorem means or a gyro sensor is. 

A Tour of Novosibirsk Churches

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The idea of this post was suggested by one recent tourist from Malaisia who liked some of the churches in Novosibirsk so much that he asked me if there is a special ‘church tour’ of the city. There wasn’t any before that question was asked, as there are very few churches in the city, the majority of which built only recently. This is understandable, because Novosibirsk was built and developed mainly during the Soviet period, when religion was as good as prohibited and all churches built before the Revolution 1917 were either destroyed or turned into something else. During the Perestroyka the situation changed, all the remaining church buildings were returned to the Orthodox community and a lot of new churches were constructed, mainly, of course, Russian Orthodox, but Catholic churches and mosques, too.

‘Ice Town’, Embankment of the Ob

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The ‘Ice Town’ at the embankment of the Ob river is a good old Novosibirsk tradition, and each year it is devoted to a certain theme. This year we are celebrating 55 years of the first space flight done by Yuriy Gagarin, the Soviet cosmonaut.

Visit a Russian banya, feel like a new man!

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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.

Contact Zoo, Rope Park, Dino Park and Other Entertainment for Young and Old

If you are traveling with kids, don’t miss these objects. Such kinds of entertainment are new, but they are so popular now, that you can find them in multiple places in the city.

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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.

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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Borvikha Hotel and SPA

If you want to relax your body and relieve your soul from worries and stress of the world, Borvikha Hotel and Spa is one of the best opportunities. Only two hours there and you will feel like a new  man!

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