NOVOSIBIRSK

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NOVOSIBIRSK OVERVIEW

Novosibirsk is the official capital of Siberia and the third biggest city in Russia. Despite this it is a rarely visited place by Trans-Siberian travellers not being blessed with much by way of sights and being a good example of Soviet industrial scale architecture. It does have more to offer on the cultural side including well regarded theatres and ballet – see the photo above of the impressive opera house – as well as more modern fare in nightclubs and live music venues. Just not enough to make it a popular stop!

BEST MONTHS TO VISIT NOVOSIBIRSK

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NOVOSIBIRSK WEATHER AVERAGES

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REASON TO VISIT NOVOSIBIRSK

We would generally favour Ekaterinburg or Krasnoyarsk over Novosibirsk as despite it’s size it somewhat lacks the sights to make it a worthwhile Trans-Siberian stopover.

NOVOSIBIRSK TRAVEL TIP

To be honest we normally advise missing Novosibirsk unless you have a particular reason to visit here such as following one of the routes into Central Asia as there are many other more appealing places to visit along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

HIGHLIGHTS OF NOVOSIBIRSK

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The Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History and Nature is pretty much was it says it is.
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Lenin Square which still has a Soviet era statue of Lenin on it and the Opera and Ballet House which is one of Russia’s best.
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The Novosibirsk Zoo built in the 1990’s and better than most in Russia.
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The West Siberian Rail Museum has about 90 old trains and carriages to see – it is 2 km north of Akademgorodok.
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Visit the scientific city of Akademgorodok which houses many museums and is an example of mass Soviet planning.
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Catch a performance at the huge Opera House on Lenin Square.

HAND PICKED NOVOSIBIRSK ACCOMMODATION

A good standard option in Novosibirsk is the Azimut Hotel Siberia. The best option is the Marriott right by the Opera House.
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