Situated in the foothills of the Altai Mountains Gorno-Altaisk has a population of around 55,000. Most of organized tourist groups pass by the city since it is not on the routes to major destinations however there is a lot to see. The city is located on the northern border of the Altai Republic in a valley of two rivers. Millions of years ago it was a lake here, but the feeding river Maima changed position and the lake disappeared. Ancient people started to settle here hundred thousand years back. Sprawled 10km from east to west and 7,5km from north to south, the city has 200 streets and pereouloks. The main ones are Kommunistichesky Prospekt, in parallel to Choros-Gurkina Prospekt and Lenina Prospekt. Kommunistichesky and Choros-Gurkina Prospekts are concentration of shops, cafes, banks, education and administrative buildings. Thanks to the number of institutes the city is full of young students (over 5000) and weekends are always some sort of holiday. However herds of cows could be seen walking around the streets.
"Angara" airlines have reopened regular flights from Novosibirsk since December, 2010. Flights are carried out twice a week and a ticket costs 2300RUB one-way.
"S7" (formerly, "Sibir") airlines runs regular flights from Moscow. Flights are carried out twice a week and a ticket costs from around 9000RUB one-way.
Airport is 6km off the town.
In 2013 the construction of the railway from Biysk is planned.
The main transport in town are buses and marshrutkas (30 routes). Taxis are from 60RUB. On a sunny day a walk takes 2 hours.
Of course, cheese, espcially hard sorts of cheese. Altay Balsams.
Kommunistichesky and Choros-Gurkina Prospekts are abound with shops, convenience shops and supermarkets.
All cafes and restaurants are located along the main streets.
The natural water springs are coming to the earth surface at the Central Park alley opposite the City Hall and at the Dinamo stadium.
Traveler's Coffee, coffee house on par or better than Starbucks; free wifi. Cafe Natalie, restaurant with little more formal feel; free wifi.