Did you know Novosibirsk is Russia’s third-largest city? Well, now you know. Learn why Novosibirsk is worth to visit!

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Novosibirsk is a city in Siberia, southern Russia, bisected by the Ob River. The city has about 1.5 million inhabitants. The Trans-Siberian Railway fueled much of the city’s 19th-century growth, symbolized by the Novosibirsk Rail Bridge, which still stands today. In the city center is the 19th-century, Byzantine-style Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with its golden domes. The expansive Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre borders Lenin Square

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Where to go in Russia? Check out some cool things to di in Russia’s third largest city.

Public transportation in Novosibirsk

Siberia is a fascinating place that is most well known for it’s wild and breathtaking nature. But what about it’s largest city, Novosibirsk? Come with me on my first impressions tour of the city to see what it’s all about!

Novosibirsk has a famous railway station. The station is one of the biggest in Russia and an integral station for the Trans Siberian railway express. Much of the construction is from the Soviet times. Public transportation is very cheap in Novosibirsk. A single ticket in zone1 is normally $0.3. You can use bus, train and metro in Novosibirsk. Underground crossings are very common in Russia, so if you are not sure how to get across a big street, look for some stairs going down.

What to see in Novosibirsk?

Novosibirsk has lots of exciting things to offer! Do you like to learn more about the history of railway, culture, animals or maybe some opera? Read on!

Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Known as the Siberian Colosseum!

Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The largest theatre in Russia

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Why visit the Opera house of Novosibirsk?

The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the most important theatres in Novosibirsk and Siberia. It is located at the center of Novosibirsk at Lenin square.
The building was completed in February 1944, and the first performance was held on 12 May 1945. As of 2012, it is the largest theatre in Russia, larger than the Bolshoi Theatre (literally “Big theatre“) in Moscow.

The auditorium seats more than 1,790 spectators. Its upper gallery is decorated with copies of antique Greek statues, according to jackdevant.com. The theatre is often called the “Siberian Coliseum” because of its size and beauty. The principal construction of the theatre building is the big dome.

You find this opera house in the heart of Novosibirsk, behind Lenin Square. The front has a monumental portico with two rows of 12 pillars each and further back is a silver dome, of which one can read that it is 35m high and 60m wide (200 feet) and 35 metres (115 feet) high. All around are well kept flowerbeds and trees, an area also popular with locals to go for a stroll or have a photo session.This internationally renowned theater is an architectural masterpiece and includes two well-known ballet and opera groups.

Museum of the History of West Siberian Railway

We know that many of our readers love trains and public transport, so we think this museum is a must when you visit Novosibirsk!

Museum of the History of West Siberian Railway

Wonderful historical Museum

This is a fantastic place for passionate train fans. Here you will find a lot of information about construction of the Siberian railway. Close to the railway station in Novosibirsk
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You can feel how important the railway is for Russia and how many different and unusual kinds of trains there are in this country.

Here you can see a collection of very old but also new Russian locomotives. Even though there is no English speaking guide it is very interesting to watch. Besides this, you can go in the inside of the trains.

Where do I find the Museum of the History of Siberia navigation?

Address: Ulitsa Shchetinkina, 33, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, 630099

This place can easily be reached by bus or taxi.

Museum for Railway Technology Novosibirsk

Here is the second railway museum in Novosibirsk!

Museum for Railway Technology Novosibirsk

If you have passion for old trains, you have come to the right place!

The open-air museum presents more than 100 locomotives and vehicles from the 19th and 20th century, mainly from Russian and Soviet production.
This museum is the 2nd largest transport museum in Russia after the Central Railway Museum in Moscow, according to Wikipedia.

See old steam and electric engines, some of which are fitted with giant snowplows to serve in the harsh Siberian winters. A tour through the authentically restored train cars allows you to see how different social classes traveled–from high-ranking officials to prisoners bound for gulags.

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How to get there?

The museum is 25 kilometres away from the Novosibirsk city centre, on the route to Akademgorodok, but there are trains and buses that can take you there. You can also reach it by taxi, according to blog.global-exchange’s site.

Akvamir Aquapark Novosibirsk

Don’t miss the big wave pool!

Akvamir Aquapark Novosibirsk

Family friendly water park in Novosibirsk

The Akvamir has a variety of waterslides: for kids, for adults, for groups and families, extreme slides.
There are salt bath, Russian bath, sauna, hammam, and other sorts of baths in the aquapark; SPA, massage rooms, cafe, and bars are at your disposal as well. Bring your swimsuit, towels, slippers.

What people are saying about the waterpark in Novosibirsk…

Simply the best indoor water park in Siberia. It is the one stop shop for activities like speed slides, jacuzzi, spa, swimming pool, slow river, dining area, aromatherapy, saunas and more.

Sushil Kumar, local guide

Novosibirsk State Art Museum

Do you love arts and design? This art museum is a must to visit in Novosibirsk!

Novosibirsk State Art Museum

Discover the finest culture of Novosibirsk

Wide array of paintings. Sometimes they have music events in the main hall with the paintings as a backdrop. Whilst they don’t have very famous European painters the quality of the paintings is really good and I enjoyed going there.

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Where do I find Novosibirsk State Art Museum?

Address: Krasny Ave., 5, Novosibirsk 630007 Russia

Why should I go there?

The highlight is the museum’s collection of 65 original paintings by Nikolai Rerikh on the 2nd floor, mostly mountain scapes from the celebrated drifter’s time in the Himalayas, according to LonelyPlanet.

Novosibirsk Zoo

Novosibirsk Zoo has a unique large collection of more than 11,000 animals!

Novosibirsk Zoo

1.5 million people visit Novosibirsk Zoo every year.

Source: Wikipedia

Where do I find Novosibirsk Zoo?

Address: Timiriazeva ulitsa 71/1, Novosibirsk 630001 Russia

When planning your route around the zoo, don’t miss the liger, the hybrid of tiger and lion exclusive to Novosibirsk Zoo, the snow leopard, the only cat that lives in the snow regions and also one of the least represented species in nature (less than 100, all of them in Russia’s Dalny Vostok), and, of course, white bears: they are very playful and always super fun to watch!

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This amazing zoo amounts to 770 species. More than 350 species are rare and endangered, they are enlisted into IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Red book of Russia and the Red book of Novosibirsk region.

Where to stay in Novosibirsk?

There are actually many good options for comfortable hotels and accommodations in Novosibirsk. Here are our favorites.

Marins Park Novosibirsk

Marins Park Hotel in Nobosibirsk is next to the train station

Marins Park Hotel Novosibirsk

Try the luxurious spa at Marins Park Hotel

Marins Park Hotel Novosibirsk is located just 100 meters from the Train Station and in a 10-minute walk from Lenina central square. It offers free parking, shuttle from and to airport, SPA center, and beauty saloon.

Visit the hotel

The Marins Park Hotel Novosibirsk is the biggest hotel in the city. This is the highest building in the geographical centre of Russia, situated at the crossing of two central streets of Novosibirsk opposite the main railway station. A few steps away from the hotel there are banks, trading and entertainment centres, theatres and museums.

A great location for train traveler, right across the square from the station. Shopping streets start right from the hotel. It is run very efficiently and you get a quick check-in and check-out. ATMs and currency exchange opened 24 hours in the lobby.The breakfast was just amazing in its variety of offerings and quality of food.

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Where do I find Marins Park Hotel Novosibirsk?

Address: Vokzalnaya Magistral 1, 630004 Novosibirsk, Russia

Marriott Hotel Novosibirsk

A high standard combined with elegant and modern features!

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel

Elegant hotel with beautiful swimming pool area

Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel is located in the center of Novosibirsk, within a 5-minute walk of Ploshchad Lenina Metro Station.

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What a perfect location! The hotel sits right next to the Opera and Ballet theatre in the heart of the city. Spacious rooms with everything you need while travelling. The indoor pool is amazing, overlooking the snow fairy tale. Yes, there is sauna too.

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Where do I find Marriott Novosibirsk?

Address: Ulitsa Ordzhonikidze 31, 630099 Novosibirsk, Russia

Discover Novosibirsk, Russia from modern Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel. Marriott Novsibirsk offers an ideal city centre setting near the top area attractions like Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Where to eat?

After a long day exploring all Novosibirsk’s attractions and museums, it’s nice to have a delicious dinner out. We recommend some cool restaurants in the city.

Puppenhaus Novosibirsk

Great Siberian food in a very special setting!

Puppenhaus Novosibirsk

A very unique restaurant where puppets are part of the experience!

Have some culinary eating at Puppen Haus!

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One of the more unusual restaurants in Novosibirsk, Puppenhaus is as much a puppet theatre as it is a restaurant. The restaurant fully embraces its unconventional reputation and serves a variety of culinary creations including exotic ingredients such as moose and bear.

Find more restaurant advice on RealRussia’s site

Where do I find Puppen Haus Novosibirsk?

Address: Chaplygina St., 65/1, Novosibirsk 630099 Russia

Puppenhaus calls itself ‘a gastronomic theatre’, and this is really more than just a place to eat. You must ring the doorbell to enter; this little gesture demonstrating — this place is not for everyone – for sure!

The service was quick. You have a button to press and your server appears. We had pasta as we eat very little meat and it was very tasty. There’s lots of interesting things to see around the restaurant as you eat including doll’s houses and various puppets. Well worth a visit.

Good atmosphere at Puppenahaus Restaurant, according to Ella from Birmingham on Tripadvisor

Source: Asknovosibirsk.com

Kardamon Novosibirsk

Try some arabic inspired food at Kardamon!

Kardamon Novosibirsk

Maybe the most cozy place to eat in Novosibirsk?

Kardamon is more than just a coffee shop! It’s a cozy and casual place with outdoor seatings as well. Open for dinner until 11 pm

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This charming cafeteria has amazing food, delicious coffee and cakes – with an Arabic touch. It has won the Certificate of Excellence in 2016 and 2019.

A very nice and interesting café which a quite good menu. Unfortunately the menu is only in Russian but the staff is very friendly. The café looks a like an café located in the near east, so Arabic style.

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Where do I find Kardamon Novosibirsk?

Address: Ulitsa Chaplygina, 39, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, 630099