Novosibirsk: What to see

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.

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.

Annual festival of snow figures in Novosibirsk

The festival of snow figures is an annual event, usually starting on January 8 and finishing on January 12.

Historical and architectural open-air museum

This museum is an open-air department of the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography, located 4 km away from Academgorodok, in a beautiful place surrounded by hills. Its floor area is 46.5 hectares. The museum is accessible by car, bus or bicycle. Normally a visit should be booked and is only possible in a group, but we visited it without a booking, while we were riding bicycles there.

Central Siberian Geological Museum

The museum of geology is another exciting museum, which attracts hundreds of tourists from Russia and many different countries.  If you are planning a visit to Academgorodok, be sure not to forget about this museum, it will make your impressions of our research center complete.

Open-air railway museum in Novosibirsk

Railway is very important for Novosibirsk. In fact, Novosibirsk appeared thanks to the railway.  In 1891 the Tsar Alexander III and his government decided to build the Transsiberian Railway and a group of engineers was sent to Siberia to find the best place for the railway bridge over the river Ob. At that time there was just a huge forest where Novosibirsk is located now, and a couple of small villages on the left side of the river. 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 the engineers found out that it was not a good idea, and another place was chosen, and in 1896 the bridge was put into operation. Since then the development of Novosibirsk has been driven by the railway.

Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, Academgorodok, Novosibirsk

The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography in Academgorodok (academic town) of Novosibirsk is not a widely known one , but this fact makes it even more interesting.

The Biggest Russian Theatre

‘Opera and Ballet Theatre is the biggest theatre in Russia’. This is how I often start the sightseeing tour of the city center. When I say ‘the biggest’ I really mean it. This is the biggest theatre building in my country, but not the most well-known one. Nealy everyone has heard of the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow or the Maryinsky in St.Petersburg, but not many people know something about the Opera House in Novosibirsk.

 

A fountain that has never worked

There is a fountain not far from where I live, which I have never seen working. It is nicely shaped, though somewhat heavy, and does not look like any other fountain in the city. It looks as if it was created about a century ago or more somewhere in Europe. When I was walking by I often wondered why no one had ever tried to repair the fountain. But several months ago I bought a book called ‘Mythosibirsk’ (the word is a mixture of two words — ‘myth’ and ‘sibirsk’, which is a part of Novosibirsk), and I had answers to all my questions.

Playground of paradise in the Siberian capital

As the playground is called 'Eden', here's the text from the Bible. 'On the forst day God created Erath and Heavens...'

Novosibirsk is a good place to live with children. Not only because of the huge zoo, about which I’ll surely write later, but because more and more house territories are getting better and better. Many houses are arranging new playgrounds instead of old ones, which were maily made of heavy iron. One of such playgrounds is not far from where I live, and I realy love it, perhaps even more than my children do, and we are not alone, as the playground is always full of visitors.

It is real paradise, and it is not an exaggeration. ‘Paradise’ is its name, mainly because the playground is arranged on the house territory of a luxurious house called ‘Eden’. The territory is taken good care of. There are roads for bicycles, roller skaters, walkers. There are sculptures, beds of flowers, and even dustbins look like works of arts.