Novosibirsk Tourist Information and Tourism

(Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia)

Picture of Lenin Statue next to Opera HouseRussia's third-biggest city and also the largest metropolis in the whole of the Siberia region, Novosibirsk is a vibrant and important transport hub, and a good spot to stop off an explore during a trans-Siberian trip. Novosibirsk is the place to come if you are looking for nightlife, a huge choice of restaurants and a seemingly endless selection of Irish pubs, and the centre of this enormous city boasts a definite Las Vegas vibe and a surprisingly exciting after-hours atmosphere.

Dating back to the middle of the 1890s, Novosibirsk has grown up around the meandering Ob River and the noteworthy Trans-Siberia Express crossing, a busy railway bridge used by thousands each day. However, despite Novosibirsk being such a vast city, there are relatively few sights to see, although what is available is of an excellent standard and generally not too far from the central Ploshchad Lenina.

To cope with the regular influx of visitors and the tourism infrastructure, Novosibirsk features a large number of travel agencies. These not only offer tourist information, but are used by visitors needing to book accommodation, since many hotels in the Novosibirsk will not accept tourists unless they have booked via a tour or travel agency.

View of public plaza in front of train station

Novosibirsk Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Use the fast Novosibirsk Metro network to travel around the city and reach the main tourist attractions. Families staying in the city will find that the Novosibirsk Zoo and its 11,000 animals and extensive collection of big cats is a particular highlight, and amongst the biggest zoos in the whole of Russia. Another of the country's biggest offerings is the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which resembles a magnificent palace in its appearance and is famed for its outstanding acoustics and regular shows. A couple of favourite landmarks to keep an eye out for include the Cathedral of Ascension and the Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral. More information about Novosibirsk Tourist Attractions and Landmarks.

Photo of the Kirov GardensSeveral museums stand out in Novosibirsk and provide a wealth of information on various topics, such as Siberian history and Russian art. The Local Studies Museum is filled with religious treasures and contains in excess 200,000 artefacts, while the State Art Museum is chock full of paintings and sculptures, both from Russia and Siberia, and around Europe. More information about Novosibirsk Museums and Art Galleries.

Southern Siberia covers a huge area and whilst there are many quality tourist attractions close to Novosibirsk, most will require an overnight stay. The city of Tomsk is really quite unmissable and brimming with tourist appeal and its famous 'wooden lace' architecture. Another large city that many Russian visitors choose to explore is Barnaul, where the Altai Fine Art Museum is always regarded highly. More information about Novosibirsk Attractions Nearby.

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