It is vicious enters into soul !
The Kremlin cannot be missed - the rest of the town is sadly pointless for the tourist
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...more
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.more
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...more
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.
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!more
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!
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,...more
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,...more