Novosibirsk - the unofficial capital of Siberia - is an excellent stopover for train travellers in search of rest and relaxation as they cross the continent.
Below are a few ideas, both within the city and also on a trip out to the satellite town of Akademgorodok, in the heart of pine forests
In summers - when it can be very hot - or in the extremely cold but sunny winters, the city is good for strolling, with plenty of pubs and cafes to wander into for those in need of a cooling, or warming, drink.
You’ll be pleased to see how many people speak good English.
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