Omsk Travel Guide

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Omsk Things to Do

  • Circus In Omsk

    A very popular attraction between the citizens of Omsk of all ages is the Circus (located right in the central part of the city, on K. Marx Street).

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  • The Dome of Omsk

    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...

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  • The Cossack Nikolsky Cathedral

    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...

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Omsk Hotels

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  • Mayak Hotel

    We stayed at the Hotel Mayak which was very central to the city of Omsk. Very Comfortable hotel and...

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  • Ibis Sibir Hotel

    Getting ill in Russia, being exspected the next day on a conference 10 hours by train away from the...

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  • Nika Hotel

    Lermontov St 62, Omsk, 644070, Russia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Omsk Restaurants

  • Chashka Dutch Restaurant

    We only went there for coffee and deserts and what a good idea that was. Pancakes with strawberries and cream was really good....!

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  • Mon Plasisir Restaurant

    This is a great little French Restaurant in Omsk with its wonderful setting and really friendly atmosphere. The staff look really look after you, even bringing me an english menu before I had even asked for one. Try the chicken dishes there really tasty.

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  • Silver Elephant

    We came here a few times and its probably the best place for tea's and coffee's along with such wonderful food.

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Omsk Nightlife

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  • Theatre and concerts

    Check the big hangouts (afisha) for concerts and theatre venues. Ticket can be bought in the appropriate kiosks and sales outlets. Best ask your local friends.

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  • Omsk Drama Theater

    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...

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  • Nightclubs

    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...

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Omsk Transportation

  • By car

    I wouldn't really recommend driving all the way from Europe but if you have to you could. Anyway, it's much better to use taxis within the city or late at night.

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  • By ship

    There is a whole river to be explored by ship, namely the Irtysh river. In summer you could travel to Tobolsk etc. by river. Check out Rechflot in the river station for the schedule.

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  • By boat

    There are pleasure cruises on the Om and Irtysh rivers. The terminal for the pleasure cruises is on the Om river just off Yubileyney bridge looking towards Irtysh river. When we were there it was already too late in the season.

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Omsk Shopping

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  • Malls and Supermarkets

    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...

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  • bazar

    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...

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Omsk Local Customs

  • Telephone

    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...

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  • Visiting Russian Homes

    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.

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  • Toilet paper

    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.

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Omsk Warnings and Dangers

  • Know the "house rules" in a strip club

    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...

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  • poor road, VERY POOR roads

    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...

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  • Drinking Water

    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...

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Omsk Tourist Traps

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    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.

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Omsk What to Pack

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    by searcher68 Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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".

    Tourist Hotel Sign

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Omsk Off The Beaten Path

  • The Achairsky Monastery

    The Achairsky Monastery is an impressive riverside convent 55 km south of Omsk. We took a taxi from the city that takes around 40mins to get there. It was founded in 1905 and the monastery was restored in early 1990s as a convent.

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  • The sun does rise here, at about 10:30...

    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...

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  • Railroad into Omsk

    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.

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Omsk Sports & Outdoors

  • Hockey

    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...

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  • Siberia Ice marathon

    Run every January on Xmas day. Record low of -40! Lots of wicking layers, windproof top. Icebug shoes if you can but normal trail shoes OK

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  • Garatke--It's a sport

    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”....

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Omsk Favorites

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  • A new rebuilt Cathedral in "Western"...

    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...

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  • More chruches in Omsk

    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...

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  • Siberia on Growth Factor

    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...

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