Traditional Russian Festivals in Novosibirsk

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Russia values its tradition, and in summer Novosibirsk attracts lots of visitors to different events related to folk arts, crafts, music and traditions. The previous week offered two events of the kind, both demonstrating how important and valued Russian and Slavic traditions are and how many people are into them.

Edutainment Opportunities in Novosibirsk

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The concept of edutainment is not new in terms of schools and educational institutions, but it is definitely a new way of spending free time with benefits for the mind. As a city of science, Novosibirsk just can’t be behind the rest of the world, so today it has two big edutainment centers visited mostly by families with kids, but visitors of any age feel excited to be there, to see with one’s own eyes what the Pythagoras theorem means or a gyro sensor is. 

The Monument of Glory.

Memorial Ensemble devoted to heroic deeds of Siberians in the Great Patriotic War.

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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.

A Tour of Novosibirsk Churches

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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.

‘Ice Town’, Embankment of the Ob

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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.

Visit a Russian banya, feel like a new man!

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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.

Mr.Cup — good coffee and fine bakery

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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.

Novosibirsk wishes you a Happy New Year!

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2016 is here in just a few days! Novosibirsk is looking forward to it. We’ve decorated the streets, buildings, offices and even trees.

Hostel Dostoyevsky — Number One in Novosibirsk

e7a8b6481ddc7dfa9594d7ff5827aeecHostel Dostoyevsky was a pioneer in the Siberian Capital, and now there are 13 hostels of this chain in several cities in Russia.

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.

The Brainiest Street in the World

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According to the Guinness Book of Records, the smartest street in the world is in Novosibirsk Academgorodok.