Before the Bolsheviks came to power, Omsk had the Center - the Omsk Dome and the nearby square. It was one of the most beautiful churches in Russia. But the Barbarians had no mercey and it was destroyed in the 30-ies. So, Omsk lost its Center.The Communists tried to fill in the gap, and made out of it an amusement square with a fountain and slides...more
The most eminent cult building of Omsk. Here the banner of Ermak, legendary pioneer of Siberia and the first Russian to start its exploration on a grand scale, was kept. Unfortunately the banner disappeared when Kolchak’s troops were leaving the city. However, the communists didn’t blow it up but instead used it at first as a warehouse and then an...more
Getting ill in Russia, being exspected the next day on a conference 10 hours by train away from the...more
We stayed at the Hotel Mayak which was very central to the city of Omsk. Very Comfortable hotel and...more
Lermontov St 62, Omsk, 644070, Russia
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Omsk Drama Theater is a really beautiful architectural building that has a great history. Many Russian famous actors have passed from this scene. Moscow actors played here in a long period of a Great Patriotic War (1940-1945). Siberia was a quiet place and helped the art to stay alive. Coming to a theater most of russians wear the best dress they...more
This was an upscale nightclub in Omsk. It is quite possible to find lesser clubs in Omsk and I don't want to seem conceided but you will also find a different class of people in those clubs and not necessarily a good class :)I have friends (and a fiance) in Omsk all of which were quite infomative and it helps to learn a bit of the language...more
This is a general description of the store in Omsk.There are at least 2 malls that i know of in Omsk. They are a reasonable size and have a good variety of American and European goods. There are no shortages of items and all of the food items were very fresh. Russian food does not contain additives, it is organic. This is a carryover from the...more
If you go in the street just in front of the train station (on the other side of the square), on your left you'll find a big bazar...you can buy almost everything here, most of all dresses.prices are often good, and it's funny to deal with the sellers.This is an interesting place to visit in winter: if you aren't properly dressed for siberian...more
31 Reviews and Opinions
I don't think that you'd get very far with these old fashioned phones. Better use a mobile phone like most young and trendy Russians. As a tourist you can only buy a sim card if you have your passport registered in the city and for the date when you want to buy it. If you buy one in Moscow for instance, check that you get a good coverage in Siberia...more
In Russia it is customary to remove your shoes upon entering a home. Russians do not like to track dirt into their homes and often Russian streets tend to be a bit dirty.Also, it is customary to bring small gifts when visiting.For more information and cultural tips go to the web site link I have posted below.more
Toilet paper - I found that not everyone uses what we know as toilet paper, many people use other means. You may notice a little enveleop hanging on the wall with newspapers cut up in squares, this is to take the place of TP. I recommend that you kind of crumple it up or rub them together to soften them up a bit before using.more
Several "night life tips here address local "strip clubs" and the fact that perhaps one (or more) of them allows you to "touch" the ladies.MAKE sure you know JUST what the "house rules" are before you find yourself with your arm(s) twisted behind your back as you make a fast trip out the side door and pick your face and teeth out of the mud, dirt...more
Some of the streets around the apartment complexes had not seen any improvements or repairs since they were built! Watch your tongue and teeth!! some of those lumps, bumps and wumps can be VERY bone jaring! Amazingly enough when and where the roads where half way decent you had to watch for speed bumps!! Russians with with their own cars sometimes...more
I just thought about this recently.....In Russia most people there don't drink the water from the faucet (tap).Because there may be different bacteria in the water than in your country, it is advised to use ONLY bottled water for drinking AND brushing your teeth.There are many brands of bottled water in Omsk. The bottle water there comes with or...more
Depending upon where you go or what services you need you may get the tourist price.
This is especially true of taxi's and restaurants
Unique Suggestions: ALWAYS negotiate with taxi drivers.
In restaurants you may not have a choice.
Fun Alternatives: Use busses and/or gazelles most of the time.
Go to restaurants with Russian friends.
During cold weather it is best to wear layers of clothes. If you are too warm or too cold you can add or remove clothes as necessary. You should have something warm for your head, gloves and perhaps a sweater and coat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Although I brought medical item with me, I was able to find most of these in the mall. Items such as immodium, asprin, etc but you would need to learn the alphabet - for example, immodium is spelled the same but in the cyrillic aplhabet.
Fortunately :-) I didn't need the Immodium!
Photo Equipment: A digital camera is suggested and perhaps a video camera. You can bring a film based camera as developing is available in the city. Have your photos developed before leaving Russia, in the event they are bad photos, as you will not have the opportunity to take them again once you leave.
Miscellaneous: LEARN THE ALPHABET! it is not too difficult. As an example I have included a photo of the sign from the front of the hotel where I stayed. It translates, letter-per-letter, as "Turist Otel". Not too difficult, right? "Tourist Hotel" the "b" at the end of "Otelb" is silent, it preserves the hard consonant sound of the preceeding "l".
These apartment building where in quite good condition even thought they were much older than the typical Khrushchev Aparments dating from the middle 50's. I was living within two blocks of the river, so the trees were covered with the hore frost from the river fog as well.The kitchen area shows the remarkable efficiency in the use of space, the...more
I arrived in Omsk via the Trans Siberian Railroad November 21, 2005. It was nearly 9 am but the sun had not appeared yet. As we approached the river the fog rose to greet us and covered everything with a hore frost. There were ice flows in the river but there was also open water.more
If you like Hockey then Omsk is an excellent place. At the end of 2004 Avangard became the national champions in Russia.Russian hockey is a bit slower as the rings are larger. This is soon to change as they want to become more competitive internationally.Omsk has the highest paid team in all of Russia. As of 2005 during the NHL freeze out many...more
Garatke is a sport that is very popular in Omsk, although I never heard of it until we were there. Vladimir is an incredible player, he has won many regional awards for playing. The sport is odd to me. The player holds a long, heavy stick, which he throws at a set of smaller sticks about 20 feet away. It is done outside on special garatke “fields”....more
We saw and visited a new (or rebuilt) Cathedral on the Western side of the river. I was not quite clear on the status of this Cathedral, it appeared to be brand new, but some people indicated that it was being "rebuilt". The founation work looked to be absolutly new so it may be the "rebuild" of an old Cathedral that was distroyed under the Soviet...more
I noticed and briefly visited one more church in Omsk but also saw a chapel and a smaller neighborhood church that I did not have the oppertunity to visit. Are these really "significant"? Well, yes but only if you stop to consider that these "survivied" the soviet Era and are now "working churches" again no matter what they were called under the...more
There is SO much new construction in Omsk, especially on the west side of the river. the mass of contruction cranes looked like a forest!There were new apartments being built everywhere!But it was not just apartments that where "going up" the local Tourist Hotel seemed to be tripling its size right along the river bank.There was also a new bridge...more