Novosibirsk is a relatively new city, which was founded in 1893. This makes it quite a few centuries younger than Moscow and St Petersburg and around a thousand years younger than Veliky Novgorod. One might wonder, what to do in Novosibirsk? Here you won’t find 500-year-old fortresses, medieval monuments and ancient churches. It is an industrial city, and it’s one that grew quite quickly. Today the population of Novosibirsk exceeds 1.6 million people. Novosibirsk might not be the world’s most exciting city, but it’s one of the popular stops on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Here are our suggestions on what to do in Novosibirsk in one day
1. Visit one of the quirky museums
2. Take photos of city’s peculiar monuments
As in some other Russian cities (remember Yekaterinburg?), there are a few statues in Novosibirsk that are a little unusual. These include monument to the traffic light on Serebrennikovskaya Street, monument to the laboratory mouse knitting a double-helix on Prospekt Akademika Lavrentyeva, monument to electrician or to the first date. Challenge: get a photo with a local person!
3. Go for a walk on Ulitsa Bogdana Khmelnitskogo
Bogdan Khmelnitski street is a busy street in Novosibirsk that has been declared a cultural heritage in 2017. Here you can find Maxim Gorky Culture Palace, examples of different architecture styles and multiple local businesses. Make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes, as this street is almost 6km long!
4. Spend some time in the Central Park
It’s definitely not a NYC-style central park, but it’s a lovely place to be while finding out what to do in Novosibirsk. There are also some roller coasters, fun for both – kids and adults! This park is a part of everyday lives of many people in Novosibirsk, where communities get together. In summer you can witness concerts and dancing, while in winter you can come in for some ice skating.
5. Visit Zoo or Botanic Gardens
Novosibirsk Zoo is one of the top Zoos in Russia. It is home to over 11000 animals and is an active participant of different scientific research projects and endangered species breeding programs. Botanical Garden has a large park, which can be interesting not only for botany lovers, but also for those who like spending time outdoors.
6. Try Russian food
It’s a must to try dumplings while you are in Russia, and Siberia is famous for its Siberian dumplings. But besides that, there are plenty of Russian dishes to try, and you might find that cuisine in Novosibirsk is different from the one in Moscow! Read this article to find out what food to try in Russia.
7. Check out traditional sightseeing spots
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, 100-Flat Building, Opera and Ballet Theater and Lenin’s square – these are some of the places tourists visit while in Novosibirsk. Be aware though that distances between places might seem short on the map, but they are longer than you might think.
Hopefully here are more than enough ideas for one day. If you stay longer, try to get outside the city. Wherever you are, Russian nature is vast and incredible and definitely worth exploring.
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