Since the distance between the two cities is about 1500 km, it means that the train travels on average around 65 km per hour. Let’s not forget, however, that it makes many stops, some of which are also very long (up to an hour). Meanwhile, we are about 2800 km as the crow flies from Moscow.
It was a long but pleasant journey. During a stop, we got off the train (as everyone else does) and took the opportunity to buy something to eat. Vendors and sellers arrive from the hinterland to offer smoked fish (Omul, endemic to Siberia), sweets, or even scarves and other embroideries. Apparently, this type of sale is waning, someone said to me that it is nowadays officially prohibited.
Novosibirsk was founded in the late 1800s and is today an industrial city. In fact, many of the factories located in the western part of Russia were moved here at the behest of Stalin, so that they could continue operating during the World War.
Novosibirsk’s story is closely linked to the Trans-Siberian Railway. It was, in fact, founded right near one of the railway bridges over the Ob River. I realized here for the first time that the somatic traits of the people were changing: darker hair and skin tone, and slightly almond-shaped eyes. Not in all persons, of course, but in some of them.
Novosibirsk in a nutshell
The following is an interactive map. Some of the main points of interest are marked with purple pins, and the yellow one marks the Baranjhar Restaurant, where we stopped for dinner. I recommend it because it is a beautiful place, the waiters are very kind, and they also spoke English! The central station is marked as usual with a black pin.
Speaking of must-sees…If you see a red line drawn on the sidewalks, follow it! It will take you to all the main attractions of the city. I had first noticed these lines on the ground in Yekaterinburg (they were in different colors), but I had not paid too much attention to them. This time I searched the internet for the meaning and immediately took advantage of having a free walking tour painted on the ground.
Lenin Street (Ulitsa Lenina)
It is one of the main streets in the city, with several traditional buildings, theaters, and restaurants. It ends right in front of the Lenin Monument. Some of the things to see here are:
Red Torch Theater
Houses of the Merchants Surikov
In this square and its surroundings are some major attractions in Novosibirsk:
State Museum of Local Lore
Monument to the Heroes of the Revolution
Opera and Ballet Theater
It is one of the most prestigious theaters in Russia and the most important in Siberia.
It is currently (2019) the largest theater in Russia.
Saint Nicholas Chapel
It is located near Lenin Square and was first erected in 1915. It was unfortunately destroyed but then rebuilt.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
This Neo-Byzantine Cathedral is one of the most important religious buildings in Novosibirsk.
Other buildings or places of interest
Most of the things to see in Novosibirsk are located in the center, but if you have extra time, you can go exploring the north part of the city:
Circus of Novosibirsk
It’s time to pick up your luggage in the hotel and go to the central station. Around 7 pm, the next train leaves. It’s a 12-hour journey, destination: Krasnoyarsk.
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railway – All you need to know
Travel arrangements: General Information
Departure station: Moscow
First stop: Nizhny Novgorod
Second stop: Kazan
Third stop: Yekaterinburg
Fourth Stop: Novosibirsk
Fifth stop: Krasnoyarsk and Stolby Nature Sanctuary
Sixth stop: Lake Baikal
Seventh stop: Irkutsk
Eighth stop: Ulan-Ude
Ninth stop: Ulaanbaatar
Tenth stop: Datong
Arrival station: Beijing