Entering Siberia: Novosibirsk and Barnaul

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After our short detour into Kazakhstan we are now back in Russia, travelling around Siberia. The beginning of our Siberian route took us to Novosibirsk and Barnaul. Thought not among the nicest Russian cities, they were interesting enough for a couple of days. We managed to recharge our batteries before heading to the magnificent Altai Mountain.

Novosibirsk, Siberia’s capital and its largest city is actually Russia’s third biggest city, after Moscow and Petersburg. Built just over a hundred years ago it is packed with communist style residential blocks. Luckily it boasts numerous parks and the nice River Ob.

Smaller and charming, Barnaul is some 200 kilometers away along the same river. Just like in Novosibirsk there are loads of monumental communist buildings, but there is also a considerable collection of beautiful neoclassical and wooden buildings.

Happy Frog recommends Marins Park Hotel in Novosibirsk and Hotel-22 in Barnaul

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