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Top Choice Historic Building in Tobolsk


The centrepiece of the tower-studded, white-walled, 18th-century kremlin is the glorious 1686 St Sofia Cathedral. Less eye-catching from the outside, but with splendid arched ceiling murals, is the Intercession Cath…
Top Choice Museum in Tobolsk

Deputy’s Palace Museum

Tobolsk's best museum, and indeed one of the best museums in Siberia, occupies a beautiful 18th-century former administration on the southwestern edge of the Kremlin. The Romanovs called in here during their brief s…
Top Choice Russian in Tobolsk

Romanov Restaurant

Housed in the Hotel Slavyanskaya, the very refined Romanov restaurant is in a class above everything else in Tobolsk. Dress sharp and tuck into a menu that features succulent 19th-century Russian dishes. Also has a …
Top Choice Gallery in Tobolsk

Minsalim Folk Art

Minsalim is a master bone-carver who turns mammoth tusks and antler fragments into detailed figurines related to myths and legends of the local brand of shamanism. With a long mustache and flowing mane, eccentric Mi…
Museum in Tobolsk

Gubernsky Museum

Built in 1887 for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tobolsk, the Gubernsky Museum has displays on the history of Tobolsk, a hugely impressive and near-complete mammoth skeleton and a display of bone carvings.
Church in Tobolsk

St Sofia Cathedral

The glorious gold- and blue-domed 1686 centrepiece of Tobolsk's kremlin is one of the most inspiring religious buildings in Western Siberia.
Russian in Tobolsk


This place, an extra-large Siberian izba (wood house) that simply feels warm and welcoming, is a revolution as far as Tobolsk is concerned. Specialities include Siberian fish and homemade pelmeni (ravioli) and varen…
Cafe in Tobolsk

Kofeynya u Ershova

An easy stop near the kremlin for relatively quick and cheap Russian eats – think lunch standards such as bishteks (Russian-style hamburger), solyanka (pickled vegetables and potato soup) and stuffed bliny (pancakes…
Museum in Tobolsk

Castle Prison Museum

At the eerie 1855 Tyuremny Zamok you can get a sense of the grim life behind bars in both Tsarist and Soviet times. The Tsarist exiles were temporarily incarcerated here awaiting a final destination for their banish…
Church in Tobolsk

Archangel Mikhail Church

The attractive Archangel Mikhail Church has a colourfully restored interior. The character of Tatiana Larina in Pushkin’s epic Eugene Onegin is said to have been modelled on Natalya Fonvizina, a Decembrist wife who …