Things to do in Novosibirsk Russia

The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

Siberia’s city of Novosibirsk is a vibrant and modern hub of culture. The city is bisected by the Ob River and the city center is centered around Lenin Square, where a 19th-century Byzantine cathedral abuts Lenin Square. There is also an excellent art museum, and the Russian Museum of History and Culture is located nearby.

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The main focal point of the city is the Opera and Ballet Theatre, right on Lenin Square, in the Centre of the City. Not only are the shows presented there world-quality, but the building itself is a work of art.

There are several museums in the city. The Museum of Railway Technology is the second largest in Russia and contains trains from every period of history, as well as those from the regions surrounding Siberia. The museum also houses the West Siberian Railway and its history. While you’re in Novosibirsk, be sure to take the time to explore some of the city’s more interesting historical sights and cultural attractions.

The city’s history is represented by a fascinating collection of antique and modern trains. The Trans-Siberian Railway is the city’s main source of income and is the reason for the city’s thriving arts scene. The town’s train museum contains more than 100 different models of trains, including royal carriages, and is a great place to spend an afternoon. It is also possible to book a guided tour.

When visiting Novosibirsk, make sure to take your time to see the city’s famous landmarks. The city’s railway station is one of the largest in Russia and features beautiful architecture and design. It is one of the most popular things to do in Novosibirsk. The Neo-Byzantine Cathedral is the city’s most important religious building and is one of the many attractions to visit.

There are many other places of interest in the city. There are many museums and galleries to see in the old Soviet buildings, and you can even visit a neo-Gothic church in the heart of the city.

For a more modern perspective of the city, head to the Novosibirsk Cathedral. This beautiful church is a beautiful structure that dates back to the days of the Trans-Siberian railway. You can visit it and marvel at its golden dome, which is the second largest in Russia.

Among the most popular attractions is the city’s zoo. Over 1.5 million visitors visit this zoo each year to see the lion, black-maned lion, and other endangered animals. It’s also an excellent place to take children for a day trip.

You should also check out the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This Neo-Byzantine-styled church was built between 1896 and 1899 in Novosibirsk. It was a target of Nazis, but it was later taken over by a documentary film studio that produced Siberia of the Screen magazine. While it may not have much to do with its historical past, it is definitely worth a visit.

What do you like best about your city?

The lack of foreigners. This is pure, old-fashioned Russia, still clear of foreign influences except for whatever comes through MTV. Not sure how the locals feel about it, but for me, it’s a great way to see the real Russia.

Best Walk in Novosibirsk

Grove Park, on Prospiekt Dzerzhinskogo. The park is 2 square kilometers of clean, crisp forest, cut all the way throughout by nice paths meant to be explored on foot. I may be a little biased here, since I live right across the street from the park, but the many people exploring the park every evening seem to agree with me. Benches are spread throughout, so you can take frequent breaks and just enjoy the greenery. In the wintertime, when everything is covered by snow, the paths are used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Opera & Ballet theatre

Best Places to Eat in Novosibirsk

When it comes to dining in Novosibirsk, there are many places to choose from. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you can try a traditional Russian meal at Kolyada. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with traditional Russian interiors, and the food is reasonably priced. This restaurant is popular with locals and rich tourists alike.

For a delicious and cheap lunch, you can try one of the many cafes in Novosibirsk. There are several places to eat in the city, but the best ones are not only in the city centre.

For the best combination of eateries in the city, head out to Mega, a shopping complex centered around the newly-opened Ikea. Surrounding an indoor ice skating ring, you’ll find dozens of small booths selling everything from local blini (pancakes) or pelmeni (meat ravioli) to Western classics such as Subway, Sbarro and Planet Sushi.

Best Music/Festival

Live music during summer evenings on the walkboard against the River Ob. Sometimes followed by fireworks or live shows (such as fire juggling or dance teams).

Best Nightlife

Depends on what you’re looking for. New York Times, a diner that turns into a music hall at night, is a great place to enjoy live music and mingle with the locals.

Best Day Trip Out of the City

One of the negative things about being in Siberia is that you are literally– smacked-down in the middle of nowhere. You could probably drive out of the city and see some nature or explore a small village, but mostly you need several hours to reach anywhere worth visiting. The closest you can get to a day trip is the neighboring town of Akademgorodok, with a nice botanical garden, a small man-made beach and an interesting outdoor train museum.

Something that not many tourists would know about Novosibirsk

That you’re expected to haggle when shopping at the outdoor markets. This goes for everything you’re buying: from food to clothing to household stuff.

David Cronk - Editor

David Cronk is the editor of online travel magazine Travelodium Travel Magazine. David has travelled to over 30 countries of the world and his writing has been published by enRoute magazine - Air Canada's inflight magazine and by Hotel & Accommodation Management Magazine. David has worked as a Sales Executive for Sheraton and Hilton Hotels and for Hotelbookers in London. He has worked also as a Hotel Night Manager and in bars throughout Europe. David eventually settled into a position working as a croupier for several years before changing careers to become a Data, Sales and Statistical Analyst.

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