Whenever we talk about Russia, the first thing that comes into mind is Vodka. Russia is the biggest producer and consumer of Vodka but this is not it. As a matter of fact, Russian people consume more than 18 litres of alcohol which is double of what experts say is dangerous. It is also known for its inhuman & brutal history, fascinating locations, Caviar, international food, basketball and more. It has number of promising attractions for visitors like Moscow Kremlin, Hermitage Museum, Red Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, Church of the Savior on Blood, Bolshoi Theatre, Peterhof Palace and many others. Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of geographical size. It borders both European and Asian countries and it is the only country in the world which is part of nine time zones.The most interesting thing is that there are more women than men here and it is illegal to tell kids here that gays actually exist. However, Russia has become a great tourist destination because of the cities like Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Roston-on-Don and more. Lets talk about Novosibirsk and find out why it is one of the most preferred cities in Russia by tourists. Novosibirsk is 3rd most populous city of Russia and most populous city in Asian Russia. It is very famous for its role in the field of science and picture galleries. It offers some great places to visit like Novosibirsk Opera & Ballet Theatre, Novosibirsk Globus Theatre and Alexander Navsky Cathedral. Novosibirsk’s history takes us to 1893 when it was founded as a result of a settlement to make a bridge during the construction of Trans-Siberian Railway. The bridge was finished in 1897 and the little town became an important transport junction. The town came into the Soviet power in 1917 and got its name in 1926. Today, this city is an important junction connecting Siberian, Middle Asian regions with other European parts. It has some famous industries in machine, electric power, food and metallurgy. This is really a city of class, style and temperament.
Novosibirsk has a humid continental climate with fairly hot summers. The temperature varies from -14 F to 85 F throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. The warmest month is July and the coolest one is January. It is one of the most rainy cities of Russia and you will experience from moderate rain to thunderstorms here at anytime of the year. The precipitation reaches its highest point during December and snowfall is also seen between November and February. The best time to visit Novosibirsk is during March and April.
How to get here?
Novosibirsk is served by Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport located just 16 km from the city downtown. The airport receives both domestic and international flights from all major airline carriers like Delta, Frontier, US Airlines and British Airlines. There are two more alternate airports to Novosibirsk Airport but these are not very much preferred by visitors. The first airport is Tomsk Bogashevo Airport and other one is Kemerovo International Airport. you can easily reach downtown from any of these airports by airport shuttles, cabs, taxis, rental cars, limos, bus or train service.
Accommodation and Food
There is abundance of lodging options in Novosibirsk, from 5 star hotels to cheap hostels, from apartments to villas. You can easily choose from more than 100 hotels which fits your price range and comfort. The best choice would be Novosibirsk Congress Hotel, located at Vokzalnaya Magistral. It is a five star hotel featuring 110 luxurious roomsl, free internet & parking, spa, swimming pool, health club, restaurant and gift shop. Other luxurious choices include River Park Hotel, Avanta Hotel Centre, Perekrestok Hotel, Red Hotel and Hotel Tvorchesky. If you want a cheap accommodation then there are good options like Hostel Altair, Wildriver Hostel, Sibirsky, Hostel ON Day, Old Centre Hostel, FunKey Hostel, Apartments on Karla Marksa, Business Center Kruise, City Centre Avega Apartments, Nsk Flat Apartments Krasny Prospekt and Nsk Flat Apartments Lenina Street Area.
You will find almost every international cuisine here in more than 1000 eating spots around the city. Some of the best places to eat include Goodman Steak House featuring American, European, Seafood, Vegetarian & Grill, Puppen Haus featuring French cuisine, II Patio featuring Italian & seafood, Ekspeditsiya featuring Russian cuisine, Ambar’ Bar, Beerman & Palmeni featuring International food, Makaroni with its delicious vegetarian dishes, Fenimor Kuper featuring Native American Cuisine and Beerman Na Rechke featuring Brasseries.
The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the most famous theatres of the country. It is located right at the center of the city at Lenin Square. It is the largest and most technically advanced theatres of Russia. It was opened in 1945 and features concerts, events, shows and other facilities. The main attractions here are the Concert Hall, The Grand Hall, The La Bayadere Theater, rehearsal Halls and administrative rooms.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the first stone constructed cathedral of Russia, located at Sovetskaya Ulitsa in Novosibirsk. It was built in 1889 and its Neo-Byzantine architecture attracts a lot of visitors every year. It is the iconic landmark of the city and was named after Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky. It has hosted the workshop of cinematographic actuality of Western Siberia in 1991.