Novosibirsk: What to see
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.
The Zoo in Novosibirsk is one of the main attractions and a big part of the social and cultural life of all citizens. During the summer 2016 the zoo faced several important changes.
Memorial Ensemble devoted to heroic deeds of Siberians in the Great Patriotic War.
The Monument of Glory is one of the most impressive sights in Novosibirsk, but it is hardly ever included into the standard guided tours. One of the reasons is that it is situated on the left side of the Ob River far from all other attractions, but many guides and locals also suppose that heroic deeds of Russians during the War just can’t be interesting for foreign visitors. However, I try to bring people there every time, and nearly always we spend long minutes walking along the shady alleys speaking about war and peace. In my opinion, this park is one of the most ‘philosophic’ destinations in the city, as it reflects the most dramatic periods in history of our country.
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 until that question was asked, as churches are quite a few of them in the city, with most of them built only a few years ago. This is easily explained by the fact that 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 ban on going to churches was lifted, all the existing buildings of churches were returned to the believers and construction of a lot of new churches started, mainly, of course, Russian Orthodox, but Catholic churches and mosques, too.
You are coming to Novosibirsk for several days and have a spare one? There are many opportunities. You can visit a museum or two and go to the Opera in the evening or you can just wander along the broad streets of the Siberian capital. But what if you have already done all that? There are many variants of day trips. If you choose one of them, you will see life in an ordinary village or in a small town, or you will enjoy natural landscapes typical for the Western Siberia. Some of these day trips may include an easy hiking tour.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the smartest street in the world is in Novosibirsk Academgorodok.
Aero Show is an annual event in Novosibirsk. It takes place on the last Sunday of July at Mochische Air Field normally used for amateur flights and trainings. It is about 50 km to the north of the city, at the edge of the settlement called Mochische. You can get there by a short-distance train, by bus or by taxi/personal car. Anyway, on the show day you’d better start as early as possible, as thousands of people visit the event.
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.
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.