Novosibirsk: What to see

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.

Bugrinsky Bridge

In a way Novosibirsk is a city of bridges. It might sound strange, as we are not Venice and not even St.Petersburg. In total there are not really many bridges in the Siberian Capital, but most of them are unique in a certain way. In fact, Novosibirsk was born thanks to one of them — the first railway bridge over the Ob river. But in this post I want to tell you about Bugrinsky Bridge. Chronologically, it’s the third highway bridge in the city.​

Novosibirsk-Glavny Railway Station

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If you arrive to Novosibirsk by train, the first building you see is the railway station, and even if you don’t see anything else in the city but this building, you will still see enough. The Main Railway Station (Novosibirsk-Glavny in Russian) is one of the main city attractions and one of the largest railway stations in the country with the total area of more than 29000 m2. Its shape resembles a locomotive heading eastwards.

Forgotten Airport

If you love everything, which is off-the-beaten track, mysterious and obsolete, you will surely love the deserted airport Severny (northern). It was built in 1929 and till 1957 it was the only airport in Novosibirsk, but air traffic was not too intensive at that time, besides, the city was not that big, even though it was growing very fast. Though the airport was (and still it) at the distance of only 5 km from the downtown, it didn’t really disturb the city life.

Downtown Walks. Spiritual Route.

With this post I’m starting a new series of post on theme walks of Novosibirsk, mostly downtown, each of which can be booked as a tour, of course. Read, enjoy, explore Novosibirsk the way YOU want, choose, AND book YOUR walk!

Spirituality and Faith is our core. It is what supports us in times of troubles and what makes us grateful in times of joy and glory.

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.

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.

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.

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.