Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Tobolsk

Kremlin

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 Novosibirsk

N.K. Rerikh Museum

This museum is dedicated to the works and life of the painter Nikolai Rerikh (Nicholas Roerick), beloved in these parts because of his life-long passion for Altai. While the many paintings on display are reproductio…
Top Choice Museum in Tomsk

Memorial Museum

The gloomy basement of this former NKVD (proto-KGB) building is now a museum dedicated to the unspeakable horrors that took place here. Look out for the Gulag map, the system of Soviet labour camps depicted as an un…
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 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 Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk State History Museum

In an elegant mansion, the State History Museum has recently re-opened after renovations and is now by far the best museum in Novosibirsk. The well-thought-out collection traces the history of Siberia and Novosibirs…
Top Choice Historic Building in Tomsk

University & Siberian Botanical Gardens

The classically colonnaded main buildings of the university lie in resplendently leafy grounds, giving Tomsk the sobriquet ‘Oxford of Siberia’. Most of the buildings themselves are closed to the public, but the grou…
Top Choice Area in Tyumen

Riverside Promenade

Tyumen's sleek riverside promenade runs northwest from the centre almost all the way to Trinity Monastery. The promenade offers great views of the Voznesensko Georgievskiy Church reflected in the Tura River from the…