Altai Krai


The area called Altai consists of two administrative territories: the Altai Krai and the Altai Republic. The Altai Krai is predominantly flat. High ground appears only closer to the border with the Altai Republic. The mountainous Altai Republic is a must-visit place for every traveler. The road to the Golden Mountains of Altai runs from Novosibirsk to the Russian-Mongolian border through the Altai Krai.

barnaul - барнаул

Barnaul - the capital of the Altai Krai - lies off the main road. If you are in a hurry, it's probably not worth making a detour. Barnaul founded in 1730 is currently a prosperous industrial city devoid of famous sights. On the other hand, having a sufficient number of hotels and restaurants to suit every purse, Barnaul is a good place to stay overnight on the way to or from the Altai Republic. The Zarechie Hotel is located in the outskirts in a scenic place on the Ob River bank. To reach the hotel there is no need to drive through busy Barnaul streets.

The central square.

The drama theatre.

Biysk - бийск

The town of Biysk founded in 1709 is on the way to the Altai Mountains. The choice of places to sleep and to eat is much less than in Barnaul. The major sights are monuments to Peter the Great who ordered to build Biysk in 1709 and to Lenin. There is no lack of Lenin statues in Russia but the peculiar thing about the Biysk Lenin is that he is wearing a winter coat and a fur hat which is rather unusual way to depict the leader of the world proletariat.

srostky - сростки

The village of Srostky located about 40 km south of Biysk is a home village of a popular in Russia movie actor and short story writer Vasily Shukshin. On warm summer days followers are flocking the hill overlooking the village to enjoy the view and to rub bronze toes of their favorite author and actor.

Belokurikha - белокуриха

Belokurikha located at the foothills of the Altai Mountains is a well-known resort in Russia famous for its medicinal mud, thermal waters and healthy climate. Besides, it is a very scenic area. The tourist infrastructure is well developed. The resort offers all kind of accommodation: sanatoriums, hotels, hostels, homestays  and activities: trekking, horse riding, skiing, etc.

Walking on the hills around the town one can clearly see that south of Belokurikha the terrain is mountainous, north completely flat.

There is a short cut from Belokurikha to the Altai Republic. A rather scenic, deserted and mostly unpaved road leads to the village of Cherga (Черга) in the Altai Republic. If you are lucky you can spot camels grazing by the road.