Introducing Omsk

Spending a day in Omsk, 568km southeast of Tyumen, is the best way of breaking a Tobolsk-Tomsk or Tyumen-Novosibirsk train ride into two overnighters. Vast and sprawling, Omsk's industrial suburbs look off-putting but the gently attractive central core has some fine century-old architecture and is dotted with parks, museums, great restaurants and quirky public sculptures.

Starting life as a 1716 Cossack outpost, Omsk grew rapidly and by 1824 had replaced Tobolsk as the seat of Siberia's governor general. Exiled Dostoevsky nearly died from a flogging while jailed here from 1849 to 1853. During the civil war Omsk was briefly the seat of Admiral Kolchak's government until overrun by the Red Army in 1919.

Advertisement
Sponsored
Advertisement