The foundation year of the city is unknown and is either 1730 or 1739. The name of founding father is Akinfey Demidov, a Russian mine-owner who started copper extraction and melting in the region. Later on his business spread to the gold and silver and the family reached all-Russian scale. The city became a fort and built a dam. This activity was major for centuries to come. Except that, nature and geography explorers never abandoned this Siberian place. Pyotr Petrovich Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky  and Alexander von Humboldt  lead their expeditions across the city.
Inside the city there are routes of public buses (about 150), marshrutkas, taxis, trams (11) and trolleys (5).
The thoroughfares interconnecting Barnaul with other cities, towns and suburbs are Pavlovsky Highway (Павловский тракт) leading to Novosibirsk, Zmeinogorsky Highway (Змеиногорский тракт) leading to Kazakhstan, Pravoberezhny Highway (Правобережный тракт) to Novosibirsk and Biysk.
The river port may be useful in getting to suburbs or closest villages like Bobrovka that offers country tourism activities.
Kabak&grill 'Pistols', 44a, Soyuza Respublik st, (email@example.com), . 11:00 – 03:00 Tu-Th, Su; 11:00 – 05:00 Mo,Fr,Sa. 'Wild West' styled restaurant capable to accomodate 250 presons, it has a long bar-stand,a dance-floor and live music at nights. Variety of dishes from American, Mexican, Japanese and Italian cuisines.
Sibirskaya Korona (Сибирскаякорона), 116, Sotsialisticheskiy Prospekt; 113, Lenina Prospekt; 20, Lenina st, . 09:00–24:00. Beer restaurant with Russia-brewed beer 'Sibirskaya Korona' and traditional food.
English Pub, 57a, Chkalova st, (firstname.lastname@example.org). 13.00 - 3.00. Wooden tables and chairs, British music, darts and flags
Il Patio, 20, Lenina st. 12:00–24:00. Italian cuisine
Alexander House (АлександрХаус), 4,Profinterna st, ☎ +7(3852) 619-300 (email@example.com). 26 rooms ranging from luxurious to economy classes
Hotel Altai (ГостиницаАлтай), 24, Prospekt Lenina, ☎ +7(3852) 23-92-47.
Hotel Barnaul (ГостиницаБарнаул), 135,Krasnoarmeiskiy Prospekt, ☎ +7(3852) 62-62-22, . Includes a business centre with free internet access. If you check in at a ridiculous hour (i.e. 2 in the morning) the rest of the night isn't what you've payed for; rather, the following night is, making it effectively a two-for-one deal if you land in town late.
Hotel Berezka (Березка), 260, Pavlovsky trakt, (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Located 26km off the city, the hotel has 7 rooms, a swimming pool and a sauna
Hotel Kolos (Колос), 25, Molodezhnaya st, ☎ +7(3852) 62-40-48.
Start walking along Sotstialistichesky Prospekt and pay attention to the Drama Theater and further on to the Pedagogical Academy, in a small square of which there is a monument to Unhappy Lover waiting on the bench.
When arriving to the Victory square (Ploschad Pobedy) find the sculpture Movie is filmed. Go on to Stroiteley Prospekt. Here at the Library sits a bronze cat. Going ahead you'll come to the October sq. (Ploschad Oktyabrya), the site for the Buiding with spire. Turn to Prospekt Lenina ascending to ther River Port with a number of nice houses alongside. The port plaza musters monuments to renown citizens and white Hollywood-styled letters on the bank.