Although Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia, it is not a center for tourism; most visitors come here on business. Nevertheless, there is plenty to see in the city and Oblast: the largest zoo in Russia, Akademgorodok science center, and a large number of museums and theaters. Ski resorts, Zveroboy cliffs, Barsukovskaya Cave, Lake Karachi, nature reserves and pine forests are all great places to enjoy sports, walk, look at nature and gather mushrooms and berries.
Novosibirsk Oblast was formed in 1937 and some people call it a young region; however, this Siberian land has already provided a unique historical and natural heritage. The most famous historical monument in the region is the Suzun Mint, the only one beyond the Urals, where the unique Siberian coin was minted. The village of Suzun contains the fascinating museum and tourism complex—Suzun Factory. Mint—with its collection and re-enactment of the history of this very important place.
Traces of different times and traditions are preserved in the ancient Siberian settlements of Kolyvan, Kuybyshev, Berdsk that were almost completely flooded and rebuilt.
Nearly all year round, you can hunt in Novosibirsk Oblast for big game, upland game, and waterfowl. There are dozens of lakes and rivers where you can go fishing for large fish. The largest lake in Western Siberia, and one the largest lakes in Russia—Lake Chany—covers land in five of Oblast's districts. On the banks of Lake Karachi lies a federal status spa resort. The healing properties of the therapeutic mud from the bottom of this lake have been well known since ancient times, while the physical properties of brine, a saline solution, are as good is that in the Dead Sea.
Berdskie Skaly, popularly known as Zveroboy, attracts hikers and lovers of wild tourism; cavers visit Barsukovskaya Cave, while the clear waters of Abrashinsky marble canyon are ideal for diving.
Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia and combines the traditions of the past, courage, and ambition. The world-famous Akademgorodok science center, the largest zoo and waterpark in Russia, the largest theater building—the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater, the world's longest metrobridge, the only bridge monument and the bridge with the longest arch span in the CIS are all found here.
The city is home to many museums: art, geology, history of the culture of the peoples of Siberia and the Far East, happiness, sun, the USSR, aviation, radiation disasters, the history of Siberian architecture and even a museum of World Funeral Culture—the only such museum in Russia. The local history museum contains a complete mammoth skeleton; the museum of Novosibirsk introduces the city through its own tours while the Novosibirsk Railway Museum is definitely worth visiting.
The city is home to more than 30 theaters—drama, musical, youth, children's, puppet, experimental and, of course, the most famous one the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater.
Novosibirsk's streets cleverly combine the architecture of different images and styles— merchant mansions with their unique history stand next to monumental Soviet era buildings; eclecticism, modern, classicism, elements of baroque and traditional Siberian wooden architecture combine with constructivism, while global architectural masterpieces mix with winners of modern architectural prizes.