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 before that question was asked, as there are very few churches in the city, the majority of which built only recently. This is understandable, because 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 situation changed, all the remaining church buildings were returned to the Orthodox community and a lot of new churches were constructed, 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.
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.