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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There is a Russian proverb stating that ‘The one who visits a banya, never gets old’ (Кто в бане парится, тот не старится.) Two tourists fromTurkey wanted to check if it is true. The couple decided to celebrate New Year in Novosibirsk, so they contacted me with a request to arrange a city tour including a visit to a banya. They had very strict requirements: it had to be a typical Russian banya, not a Turkish-style hammam they are used to and not a Finnish sauna they have known for ages. It had to be a place preferrably with an opportunity to dip into an ice hole after a hot room and a typical Russian massage with a bunch of green birch twigs.

As days around the New Year are public holidays here in Russia and people are visiting places very actively, I was unable to find a banya with an ice hole, but I did find the one in a beautiful location with an opportunity to get outside and dip into snow instead.

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I was worried, of course, if the tourists would like it or not, but it turned out to be a success!

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The http://www.русскаябанянадровах.рф/ is situated in the satellite town Berdsk mentioned also in the post http://asknovosibirsk.com/answer/spa-hotel-borvikha-a-place-to-relax/.   It is very big and is perfect even for a big company of up to 10 people. It is located in a big two-level house.

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On the ground floor there is a steam room itself, also a shower, a big rest room with a TV and a karaoke and a mantlepiece, which at the same time is used for heating the steam room and the whole house, here you can make and have tea.

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On the first floor there are two bedrooms where you can relax after the steam room. There a balcony upstairs and a terrace downstairs, and you can easily go outside where there is a pavilion with a grill, a swing for kids and a huge fenced area in the pine forest on the shore of the Berd gulf. It is possible to rent the place for a whole day.

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There are, of course, many other similar Russian-style banyas in and around Novosibirsk.

 

 

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