Tobol'sk Travel Guide

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Tobol'sk Things to Do

  • The lower city

    Below the bluffs of the Kremlin and the later soviet apartment buildings is the older lower city. There are many wood structures and daschas as well as major churches and government buildings.The Elizabeta Church, the Nicholas II apartmnet, the walk up the Kremlin Hill and Alexander park are all in the lower city, as well as the ferry boats to...

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  • Europa Fountains

    One of the most popular outdoor hangouts is the fountains in front of teh Europa business center. Pretty lights at night make it popular in summer.

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  • Memorial garden and monument

    Memorial to Veterans of WWII and gardens. Nice flowers and central location with many park benches to sit

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  • Abalak Monastery

    Under extensive renovation, it is still interesting. View of river very nice and even though it is closed you can probably enter quietly where the workers go and see the renovations in progress.

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  • Isker Monument

    As best we can tell, this monument sits north and above the site of the old city. It was created recently to memorialize the Tartar capital and peoples who were conquered by Ermak 420 years ago.Locals have made some unofficial Russian orthodox burial plots in the area.

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  • Old wood walk up hill to Kremlin

    Under renovation in 2007, the old pedestrian walk up the hill to the Kremlin affords nice views of the city

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  • Alexander Park

    In the lower city near the palace used by the Romanov's is Allexander park. It is a grassy gren park with a few monuments. You may see horses taking advantage of all the grass!

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  • Irtysh River Ferry

    There is no auto bridge across the Irtysh River in Tobolsk, you need to take a ferry boat from teh lower city.

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  • Views of Irtysh river

    The Irtysh river is the main river through Tobolsk, above the junction with the Tobol River.Every bluff brings a new view worth seeing.

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  • Swim in the Irtysh river

    Tobolsk is about the merger of the Irtysh river and Tobol rivers. The Irtysh river runs yellow, the Tobol clear, Locals head to the Irtysh river that runs by town for swimming. It has sandy beaches and a fair current if you don't find a quit bay.The water is mildly warm and pleasant in mid-summer.

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  • Tobolsk Cemetary

    Right in town there is the main cemetary. This year they announced there will be no more burials and it is beign restored. Here are the graves of teh Decembrist exiled there, Mendelev, inventor of the table of Chenical elements, and other notables.

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  • Tobolsk Art Museum

    Compact building with interesting late-soviet design interior.Art of paintings and ivory carvign as well as modern children's works.

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Tobol'sk Restaurants

  • Sibir Restaurant

    Located in the Sibir Hotel, one of the better cafes in Tobolsk.You may hear a live balalaika player and a painting of famous people in a old and a modern time on the ceiling.

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  • Kafe Vostochnaya (Eastern cuisine)

    They have a menu but most things are not availalbe. It is a big place, eclectic and could-care-less service.On the other hand, it is the only big restaurant this side of town ...

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  • Romanov restaurant

    The pride of the Slavanskaya Hotel, the Romanov restaurant on the 4th floor is elegantly decorated in white and gold. You may hear a live piano music, they are trying to be the most upscale place in Tobolsk.

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Tobol'sk Transportation

  • Flying to Tobolsk

    There is a small airport near Tobolsk, but commercial flights are availalbe to Tyumen.Flights to Tyumen are available on a number of airlines to Roschino Airport.We tried SkyExpress airlines.Be aware some potentila problems. Sky Exprtess blies nice Boeing 7377-500 jets.But they may cancel flights without warning. Our was cancelled, we got a next...

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  • Trains to Tobolsk

    The major trans-Siberian trains go through Tyumen, not far from Tobolsk. Trains from Moscow (or St. Petersburg via Moscow) are not difficult.Then at Tyumen you can catch a local train or bus to Tobolsk.(Tobolsk was the major siberian city before the main train bypassed it)

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Tobol'sk Shopping

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    Oldest shoppping center in Tobolsk, built in 1708, looks like a Kremlin all its own.
    The shape is reminiscient of old Russian fortresses, and not by accident. The walls protected the goods andf traders from fire and robberies.
    Tobolsk was a major trading center only supassed by Tyumen when the railroad bypassed Tobolsk in favor of Tyumen.

    What to buy: Right now it is not actively used for trade but remains an interesting mall to walk and study the architecture.

    Gostiny Dvor shopping fortress
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Tobol'sk Local Customs

  • Friendly neighbors

    Generally, the neighbors you see most on teh outskirts of twon are animals. Most are friendly, just be careful about dogs.

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  • Blue shoe covers

    Don't forget to put on your fashion slippers when you go to the history museum.Usually these slippers are used in hospitals or in museums to protect old parket or tapestry rugs. In Tobolsk they protexct the cheap soviet-brown paint on the wood plank floors of teh History Museum!It is a fascinating museum, BTW!

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  • Unique wood playground

    Many apartment building yards have playgrounds and gathering places build inSoviet times. This is a unique wood cover for a stage.

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Tobol'sk Warnings and Dangers

  • Old wood buildings lost to fire

    There are many old wood buildings, particularly in the lower city. Over tiem it appears they all will be lost to fire and are difficult to replace.

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  • Livestock on the road

    You may see horses or cattle wander onteh raod, especially in the lower city. Like people, they have the right-of-way.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Tobol'sk What to Pack

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    by sennaya Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for a rain storm in summer. Usually about a month of hot weather.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: usual for russia, Aptekas have most you need

    Photo Equipment: yes

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring Swimsuit for river and lake swimming

    Miscellaneous: Mosquito creams will save many bites, especially if you wander to trees or forests.
    Use a fumigator indoors if a hall or window was open, they come even to the 9th floor sometimes!

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Tobol'sk Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Drama Theater in Tobolsk

    The old wood drama theater burned down, but is depicted in many images of Tobolsk.There is a modern soviet-era theater in its place.

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  • Russian Banya

    A traditional banya is usually a small log house with several rooms. First to enter and prepare and with a cold shower or tank, second with a stove and rocks to heat water.A venik made of birch leaves is dipped into water and used to massage your body.Wear a wool hat, possibly dipped in water, to cool your head.When you get fully hot and sweaty,...

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  • Tobolsk painting at Administration...

    In the administration building inteh lower city there is an alcove to the right with a desk that Putin used to sign documents and a large painting of Tobolsk.Upstairs is teh Nicholas II study museum.

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Tobol'sk Favorites

  • Telephones

    There are blue public phones convenieintly located, but you might prefer your mobile phone sometimes

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  • Art for art's sake

    Cultural and archival sight of Tobolsk was the wooden building of Drama theatre erected in 1899 (it has been destroyed by a fire in 1991 and now on this place the constructed stone analogue). I was not once at this theatre and with pleasure more and more I shall come there. Once I had to communicate with actors and I shall tell it was good,...

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