Novosibirsk is Russia's third-largest city after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It is also the largest city in Siberia. The city appeared in 1893 as a construction site of a bridge across the Ob River for the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Gradually Novosibirsk rose into one of the largest industrial and transport centers of Siberia. Currently it is a nice looking modern city but without any outstanding places of interest. A walking tour around the city center is recommended to see the huge silver-domed Opera and Ballet Theatre which is bigger than the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The dashing Lenin statue flanked by partisans and inspired students stands in front of the theatre.

This little Chapel of St. Nicholas allegedly marked the geographical centre of Russia when it was built in 1915. Today the geographical centre of modern day Russia is located over 2,000 km to the north on the bank of Lake Veevee (Виви in Russian) in Evenkia.

Novosibirsk skyline.


The small town of Tatarsk is devoid of any sights of interest but can be used as an overnight stop when traveling by road to/from Novosibirsk. The Zarya Hotel is at your service.

Clock tower.

Railway station.


World War II memorial.

1918-20 Civil War memorial.