Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Biysk

Regional Museum

Housed in a wonderfully dilapidated 1912 merchant’s house with original art nouveau fittings, this fine museum is home to standing stone idols, petroglyphs and a weathered old shaman's coat that locals consider luck…
Top Choice Geyser in Aktash

Geyser Lake

One of the more unusual sights along the Chusky Trakt is this sublime turquoise blue sulfur lake and geyser. This is no Yellowstone-style geyser erupting forth in drama; but it's a subtle charmer. Indiscreet bubbles…
Top Choice Museum in Gorno-Altaisk

A.V. Anokhin National Museum of Altai

This well-put-together museum offers a good introduction to Altai culture with a range of ethnographic exhibits, wildlife displays and local art and artefacts, including a room dedicated to the Altai landscape paint…
Top Choice Museum in Barnaul

Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum

The impressively eclectic – not to mention good-value – Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum occupies a restored, furnished 1850s mansion. There are some fine icons, Rerikh sketches and a collection of Iron A…
Top Choice Museum in Barnaul

War History Museum

In an old brick house, the War History Museum is simple and all in Russian but the moving understatement of its Afghanistan and Chechnya memorials is particularly affecting.
Park in Chemal

Varota Sartikpayev Gorge

The tourist action in Chemal revolves around this canyon near the confluence of the Katun and Chemal Rivers. Despite power lines and summer crowds, views remain very pretty. Around the dam you can make 15m bungee ju…
Museum in Chemal

Altaysky Tsentr

From the centre of town walk about 500m south along central ul Pchyolkina, past small Park Pobedy, then turn right toward the river at the signpost to find the wonderful Altaysky Tsentr. This comprises three Altai-s…
Wildlife Reserve in Lake Manzherok

European Bison Farm

A herd of two dozen European bison live in a semiwild status as they range across the meadows and forests of this 'farm'. European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 20th-century but today, tha…
Waterfall in Lake Teletskoe & Artybash

Korbu Waterfall

From June to September, there are many daily lake trips (R800 per person) to Korbu Waterfall. You have a choice between fast, noisy hydrofoils (four hours return) and larger, slower-paced craft (six to eight hours r…
Church in Chemal

Ioanno Bogoslavski Chapel

On the northern edge of the Varota Sartikpayev Gorge, a wobbly footbridge leads across a stunning canyon to a craggy island in the Katun River on which is perched the tiny wooden Ioanno Bogoslavski Chapel, rebuilt i…