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.
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.
The center of healthy recreation MIRA opened in Novosibirsk in the fall 2013 and since then it has been the best place to relax in the city.
Mr. Cup is another small and cozy place to have a cup of superb and original coffee with a piece of something tasty and sweet. Located Krasny Prospect 13, it invites you to have your drink and meal here overlooking the busy downtown or you can drop in, take your drink and stride off. Whatever you do, the place makes you feel welcome and happy. Friendly and fast service is really able to make your day.
2016 is here in just a few days! Novosibirsk is looking forward to it. We’ve decorated the streets, buildings, offices and even trees.
The first Dostoyevsky was opened by two young ladies, graduates of the Novosibirsk State University, who used to travel a lot during their student years staying in hostels mostly. They were sad that there was nothing of that kind in their home city, so one day 5 years ago they just made up their minds and opened the hostel in Novosibirsk naming it after the great Russian writer, well known all over the world or so. It made the hostel recognizable, but it is not the name only, that matters.
Now all vegetarians, vegans and other fans of healthy food have one more place to go and have a meal. Located in the ‘quiet center’, Sovetskaya Street 8, After Six Cafe is small. cozy, simple, extremely healthy and environmentally friendly. The cafe is not strictly vegetarian or vegan, it offers chicken, fish and turkey as well, in their healthy cooking variants.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the smartest street in the world is in Novosibirsk Academgorodok.
Pervomaisky Park is located in the downtown, next to the Nature and History Museum occupying one of the oldest and the most beautiful buildings in the city, opposite the city hall and the so-called Lenin’s House, where a small concert hall is situated today. It is one of the most popular recreation spots in the city mainly because it is easily accessible by metro, good for office workers to have a walk during the lunch break, nice to have some fresh air before going to the Opera and Ballet Theatre. It is one of the oldest parks, too.
On August 8, 2015, 126 athlets crossed the Ob River, each of them swam about 3000 meters. The event is traditional, it has taken place many times before. during several last years the distance was somewhat shorter due to the construction of the new highway bridge, but this year the initial distance was restored. Athlets start swimming close to Bugrinsky Bridge and finish the distance at Oktyabrsky Bridge, which is the oldest in the city. The width of the river is about 800 meters, the flow is quite strong, so the overall distance is about 3000 meters. The swimmers are accompanied by the giard service and doctors, who are ready to help in case someone of the participants sees he or she is unable to go on.