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'''Omsk''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Омск ''ohmsk'') is the capital of [[Omsk Oblast]], [[Siberia]], and is a regional hub for [[Western Siberia]] and the [[Altai]] mountains in [[Russia]], as well as northern [[Kazakhstan]].
 
'''Omsk''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Омск ''ohmsk'') is the capital of [[Omsk Oblast]], [[Siberia]], and is a regional hub for [[Western Siberia]] and the [[Altai]] mountains in [[Russia]], as well as northern [[Kazakhstan]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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[[Image:Omsk_Lenin_street.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Lenin street]]
  
 
Founded in 1716 as a fortress on the Imperial Russia's expanding southern frontier, by 1850s Omsk grew to become the capital of Western Siberia and parts of [[Central Asia]]. The construction of the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] in the late 1890s brought a rapid development boom, culminating in an extravagant 1910s World Fair, around the time of which Omsk acquired much of its neoclassical architectural heritage. Largely due to its strategic importance as the gateway to Siberia and the [[Russian Far East]], Admiral Kolchak of the anti-Soviet White Army chose Omsk as his base and "capital of Russia" in 1918–1919.
 
Founded in 1716 as a fortress on the Imperial Russia's expanding southern frontier, by 1850s Omsk grew to become the capital of Western Siberia and parts of [[Central Asia]]. The construction of the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] in the late 1890s brought a rapid development boom, culminating in an extravagant 1910s World Fair, around the time of which Omsk acquired much of its neoclassical architectural heritage. Largely due to its strategic importance as the gateway to Siberia and the [[Russian Far East]], Admiral Kolchak of the anti-Soviet White Army chose Omsk as his base and "capital of Russia" in 1918–1919.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By plane===
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[http://www.aeroomsk.ru/ Omsk Tsentralny Airport (Аэропорт г.Омска)] is located 7km south of the city centre. The airport handles approximately 1 million passengers per year. There are regular flights between Omsk and [[Moscow]], [[Saint Petersburg]], [[Astana]], [[Bishkek]], [[Istanbul]], [[Novosibirsk]], [[Simferopol]], and [[Yekaterinburg]].
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When taxing a taxi from the airport, be sure to negotiate the price in advance and take a legal taxi cab.
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===By train===
 
[[Image:Omsk_railway.jpg|thumb|250px|Omsk Railway station]]
 
[[Image:Omsk_railway.jpg|thumb|250px|Omsk Railway station]]
The southern and northern branches of the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] converge here, so a  multitude of trains arrive from [[Moscow]] (40 h) and the [[Russian Far East|Far East]] (4-5 days) daily. Aeroflot [http://www.aeroflot.com], Transaero [http://www.transaero.ru], Siberia (S7)[http://www.s7.ru], fly to Moscow daily (3 h). Less frequent flights connect to [[Saint Petersburg]] (3 h), [[Krasnoyarsk]] (2 h), as well as Frankfurt, Hannover, Köln in [[Germany]] (5 h).
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The southern and northern branches of the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] converge at Omsk. Trains arrive from [[Moscow]] (40 h) and the [[Russian Far East]] (4-5 days) daily.  
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
There is plenty of public transport along the curved main artery prospekt Marksa — ulitsa Krasny Put' — prospekt Mira, and to the airport, bus/train stations and the river terminal. Trolley N4 & N7, and buses N50, 60 and 69 are particularly useful. The abundant minibus taxis "marshrutka" are an even faster (if at times hair-raising!) way to get around cheaply. A ride on a mashrutka costs exactly 13 RUR regardless of the length of the trip.The city center around Lyubinsky prospekt is easily walkable and in fact best explored on foot. Taxi service are still underdeveloped but "Taxi VIP"(tel.(3812)700-700) are quite usable. Be careful in the airport to order the "taxi" from the men who hang about the exit gate even they have cars with chequered pattern. They could charge 500 — 1500 RUR though the transfer to the city center is not a longer than 15 minutes. They could also say that it would cost 200 RUR but when you are arrived to the hotel you will be known that the price is much larger. The good price to the city center isn't above 200 RUR but you should call the legal taxi, for example +73812606060.
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===By foot===
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The city center around Lyubinsky prospekt is easily walkable and is best explored on foot.
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===By public transport===
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Public transport operates from 6:00AM to 11:00PM and will take you to most places you need to go. Route maps are available [http://omsk.rusavtobus.ru/en/ online]. A ticket for a bus, trolleybus, or tram costs RUB12 and a ride in a marshrutka costs RUB20.
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Trolley N4 & N7, and buses N50, 60 and 69 are particularly useful.  
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===By taxi===
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Taxis are plentiful and there are several taxi companies operating in Omsk.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
The historical part of town is centered on Lyubinsky prospekt, near the confluence of Om and Irtysh rivers. It is lined with century-old buildings of former merchant salons, residences, and larger commercial, government and religious establishments. The area now has some of the poshest shopping and the best nightlife in the city. The ornate and, upon closer inspection, cutely small Drama Theater crowns the district and is somewhat of a city icon.
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The historical part of town is centered on Lyubinsky prospekt, near the confluence of the Om and Irtysh rivers. It is lined with century-old buildings of former merchant salons, residences, and larger commercial, government and religious establishments. The area now has some of the poshest shopping and the best nightlife in the city.  
  
The Historical museum is in the former West Siberian Governor's mansion — look for the ebony Kalmyk throne and the outfits of the local nomads before the Russian colonization. Admiral Kolchak, the head of the White government, lived here in 1918-19, supported by the Western powers and the Russian gold reserves, briefly placing Omsk in the heart of Russia's history.
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Ulica Krasnyh Zor' (aka Nikol'skij prospekt) leads from the Cossacks' cathedral to a few blocks of historical carved-wood houses. This street can give an idea what Omsk and Siberia used to be like for centuries before industrialization. Unfortunately, these houses are not yet protected as cultural heritage landmarks and may eventually be demolished.
  
The Vrubel Art museum is in the former bourse building, across the street from the Drama Theater, and houses an interesting collection including a few Rerikhs. A couple of other art galleries, Liberov-Center and Belov Museum, are located in carved-wood historical houses a little further away from the center.
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===Museums===
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* <see name="Omsk State Museum of Local History" alt="Omskiy Gosudarstvennyy Istoriko-Kraevedcheskiy Muzey" address="ul. Lenina, 23А" directions="" lat="54.980417" long="73.378577" phone="+7 381 231-47-47" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sibmuseum.ru/" hours="" price="">In the former West Siberian Governor's mansion — look for the ebony Kalmyk throne and the outfits of the local nomads before the Russian colonization. Admiral Kolchak, the head of the White government, lived here in 1918-19, supported by the Western powers and the Russian gold reserves.</see>
  
A few churches, notably the Cossacks' St. Nicholas Cathedral, Krestovozdvizhenski on ulica Tarskaya, and St. Nicholas on ulica Truda, may be of interest. The first, St. Nicholas, was used for other functions during the Soviet era: a movie theater, a Young Pioneers' club, a warehouse, and a Pipe Organ Hall (look for the musical door handles). It is now converted back, and contains one of Siberia's Cossacks' most treasured relics: their centuries-old "conquest" banner.
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* <see name="Museum Complex of Military Glory of Omsk" alt="" address="Taube St. 7," directions="" lat="54.984342" long="73.366069" phone="+7-3812-23-85-50" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features exhibits on World War II, Afghanistan, and the Chetchen conflict.</see>
  
Ulica Krasnyh Zor' (aka Nikol'skij prospekt) leads from the Cossacks' cathedral to a few blocks of historical carved-wood houses. This street can give an idea what Omsk and Siberia used to be like for centuries before industrialization. Unfortunately, these houses are not yet protected as cultural heritage, and may disappear before the authorities realize what has been lost.
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* <see name="Omsk Regional M.A. Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts" alt="" address="ul. Lenina, 3" directions="across the street from the Drama Theater" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://vrubel.ru/" hours="" price="">In the former bourse building. Houses an interesting collection including a few Rerikhs.</see>
  
The Military Museum is a must. With exhibits on WWII , Afghanistan as well as Chetchen conflict
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* <see name="Liberov-Center State Regional Art Museum" alt="Государственный областной художественный музей" address="Dumskaya ul. 3" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 381 230-16-45" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://liberov-center.ru/" hours="" price="">In a historical wooden house.</see>
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===Religious buildings===
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* <see name="St. Nicholas Cossack Cathedral" alt="" address="ul. Lenina, 27" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7-3812-315748" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.nikolo-kazachi-sobor.ru/" hours="" price="">Built in 1843, it is one of the oldest churches in Siberia. During communist times, it was used as a cinema and concert hall.</see>
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* <see name="Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskij sobor)" alt="" address="ul. Internacional'naja, 12" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+73812249065" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Built in the 1890s, it is one of the largest churches in Siberia.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
*<do name="Arena-Omsk" alt="ice hockey arena" address="Lukashevicha, 35" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great new ice hockey staduim, Omsk "Avangard" team is based here.</do>
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* <do name="Omsk Drama Theatre" alt="Омский академический театр драмы" address="ul. Lenina, 8А" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 381 224-40-65" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.omskdrama.ru/" hours="" price="">An ornate theatre and a city icon, with great performances that always sell out.</do>
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* <do name="Arena-Omsk" alt="Арена Омск" address="Lukashevicha, 35" directions="" phone="+7 381 270-71-27" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A 10,318 seat arena built in 2007. The ice hockey team Omsk "Avangard" is based here.</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Omsk is rich in shopping. There is a vast contrast of rich and poor people living in Omsk- which is shown through it's shopping malls. There are shops with extremely cheap goods. On the other hand, there are modern shopping malls where every shop is completely expensive, for example, a simple shirt would be £100 and a handbag would be £200; Nevertheless, Omsk Offers great shops with lots of goods to offer.
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Omsk is rich in shopping. There is a vast contrast of rich and poor people living in Omsk- which is shown through it's shopping malls. There are shops with extremely cheap goods. On the other hand, there are modern shopping malls where every shop is completely expensive, for example, a simple shirt would be £100 and a handbag would be £200; Nevertheless, Omsk offers great shops with lots of goods to offer.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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American chains including KFC, Subway, Friday's, and Sbarro have locations in Omsk.
  
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* <eat name="Elki-Palki" alt="russian restaurant" address="10 let Oktyabrya, 40 (Atrium-Kino entertainment center)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
  
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* <eat name="Gollandskaya Chashka" alt="" address="Karla Libknehta St., 11" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7-3812-252379" tollfree="" email="hollcup@mail.ru" fax="" url="http://hollcup.ru/" hours="" price="">A great place to eat and chat.</eat>
  
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* <eat name="Irtysh" alt="russian restaurant" address="Mira, 62" directions="" phone="+7(3812)22-40-14" url="" hours="12.00-24.00" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
  
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* <eat name="Kochegarka" alt="" address="Lermontova St., 77" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7-3812-532909" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Local flavor and ambiance with a great selection of food and drinks.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Shalyapin" alt="russian restaurant" address="Irtysh embankment (Irtyshskaya naberezhnaya), 12/1 (closed)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Lapshichnaya" alt="Little Flower in Big Window" address="Lenina St., 20" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="https://vk.com/littleflowerbigwindow" hours="" price="">A great place for a quick bite or beer.</eat>
*<eat name="Elki-Palki" alt="russian restaurant" address="10 let Oktyabrya, 40 (Atrium-Kino entertainment center)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Subway" alt="fresh sandwiches" address="10 let Oktyabrya,40" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Proviant" alt="" address="Pushkina St., 112" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (3812) 36-28-59" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://proviant-omsk.ru/" hours="" price=""></eat>
*<eat name="Sbarro" alt="Italian eatery" address="Gertsena, 34 (Gertsen-Plaza shopping center)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Friday's" alt="american restaurant" address="Marksa ave.,18" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Zhenatyy Frantsuz" alt="" address="Lenina St., 7" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+(7)(3812)30-83-82" tollfree="" email="info@restofran.ru" fax="" url="http://restofran.ru/" hours="" price="">A great French restaurant.</eat>
*<eat name="KFC" alt="" address="Marksa ave.,5a, Marksa ave.,84, Mira ave.,12" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*'''PATIO PIZZA'''- a great place for good pastas and massive pizzas. However, try and avoid steaks as the quality comes nowhere close to the expensive price.
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*<eat name="Irtysh" alt="russian restaurant" address="Mira, 62" directions="" phone="+7(3812)22-40-14" url="" hours="12.00-24.00" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
*<drink name="Kolchuk" alt="" address="Broz Tito str., 2/1" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Irish pub</drink>
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* <drink name="Kolchak" alt="" address="Broz Tito str., 2/1" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7-3812-45-99-99"  tollfree="" email="kolchakomsk@gmail.com"  fax="" url="http://www.kolchakclub.ru/" hours="" price="">Irish pub. One of the only pubs in Siberia where you can drink Guinness. The beer selection is great, but the food is not.</drink>
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* <drink name="Pivnaya Biblioteka (Library Brewhouse)" alt="" address="Partizanskaya St., 4" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 3812-201063" tollfree="" email="elizomsk@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://eliz-company.ru/beer-library" hours="" price="">A café/bar with a library.</drink>
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* <drink name="Bar Omskih Bikerov" alt="" address="Karla Marksa Av, 36" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
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* <drink name="Ogurtsy" alt="" address="Karla Marksa Av, 5А" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://barogurcy.ru/" hours="" price="">Karaoke.</drink>
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* <drink name="Zanzibar Nochnoy Klub" alt="" address="ul. Lukashevicha, 10В" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+7 381 278-11-51" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.zanzibaronline.ru/" hours="" price=""></drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* '''Ibis-Sibir Hotel'''[http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-6725-accor-hotels/index.shtml], 22 Lenina ul. — Central location, completely renovated 3* hotel by international hotel operator.
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===Budget===
* '''Flagman Hotel'''[http://www.tokflagman.ru/hotel], 80 Frunze ul., ~US$100-.. 3* hotel situated in city center, as a part of large office complex.
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* '''Molodyozhnaya Omsk''', 1 Perelyota ul., ~US$70-100 — 3 stars
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* '''Millenium''', bagnuka 7a, Very out of the way hostel in the far west of the city. Very nice and clean. Dorms for 350r. Reached by bus 82 or microbus 470, 374, 371, 409, 362, 343, or 389 from the cathedral in the main city square. Taxi from the train station should not cost more than 270.
* '''Turist Hotel Omsk'''[http://www.tourist-omsk.ru/], 2 Josip Broz Tito ul. — central location, recently refurbished
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* '''Mayak Hotel'''[http://www.hotel-mayak.ru], 2 Lermontova ul. — Located in the most historical point of Omsk city, at the crossing of two rivers — where Omsk fortress was founded.
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*<sleep name="Nika" alt="" address="Lermontov str., 62" directions="" phone="+73812510734" url="" checkin="12.00" checkout="12.00" price="USD 70-150" lat="" long="">A nice small hotel with a restaurant and a sauna. The sauna costs USD17 an hour. Be noticed that the russian ice-hockey teams can catch all the hotel during the KHL championship from September till May. The restaurant has got only one kind of beer on draft (Stella Artoirs) and a few bottled ones. You could try horse meat, but ask the waiter what kind of meal would be soft.</sleep>
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* '''Irtysh Hotel''', 155/1 Krasny put' ul., ~US$70-100 — 3 stars
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* <sleep name="Avrora" alt="" address="ul. Povorotnikova, 6" directions="" phone="+7 381 255-73-52" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.avrorahotel55.ru/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From RUB2,500"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ibis-Sibir Omsk" alt="" address="Lenina ul. 22" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6725-ibis-sibir-omsk/index.shtml" checkin="" checkout="" price="From RUB3,000">3-star hotel.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Irtysh Hotel" alt="" address="Krasny put' ul., 155/1" directions="" phone="+7 381 223-27-02" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotel-irtysh.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="RUB3,200-5,850">3-star hotel.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Mayak" alt="" address="Lermontova ul. 2" directions="at the crossing of two rivers — where Omsk fortress was founded" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotel-mayak.ru/en" checkin="" checkout="" price="RUB3,400-12,200"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Nika" alt="" address="Lermontov str., 62" directions="" phone="+73812510734" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://otelnika.ru/" checkin="12PM" checkout="12PM" price="Single: RUB2,000-2,600; Double: RUB3,000-3,700; Sauna (6 people): RUB600/hour; Breakfast: RUB250">A nice small hotel with a restaurant and a sauna. Popular and can be fully booked with ice hockey teams. You could try horse meat at the restaurant along with Stella Artois beer on draft.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Turist Hotel Omsk" alt="" address="Josip Broz Tito ul. 2" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.tourist-omsk.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From RUB2,500">Noisy, but good location and value.</sleep>
  
 
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==Get out==
 
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Omsk is a convenient hub for several regional attractions. Remember that the distances are large in this part of the world, and a city 700 km away is readily considered "nearby" by the locals. In their defense, the transportation is usually good and can make destinations seem closer than they are.
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Omsk is a convenient hub for several regional attractions. Distances are large and locals will consider a city 700km away to be 'nearby'. However, trains are reliable.
 
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Tobolsk and Tomsk, the oldest cities of Siberia, are within easy reach. Because the main transportation arteries originally bypassed them, the towns stayed small, avoiding the typical Soviet development, and retaining their unique character.
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For northwestern [[Tobolsk]], take the overnight train, or, better in the summer, take a speed jet boat along the Irtysh River (10-12 hrs). Tobolsk is the picturesque and best-preserved first Siberian capital, with the region's only surviving stone kremlin on the hills overlooking the damp serene flatlands.
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Take the overnight train east to [[Tomsk]], Siberia's charming old commercial capital, with its gingerbread wooden houses, hilly terrain and vibrant youthful atmosphere of Siberia's oldest universities.
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* [[Tobolsk]] and [[Tomsk]] are the oldest cities of Siberia. Because the main transportation arteries originally bypassed them, the towns stayed small, avoiding the typical Soviet development, and retaining their unique picturesque characters. They are reachable by overnight train, or, in the case of [[Tobolsk]], by speed jet boat along the Irtysh River (10-12 hours). Irregular boats also operate to [[Khanty-Mansiysk]] and  [[Salekhard]], within the [[Arctic Circle]]. This is the best way to see the West Siberian terrain, grand rivers, and rural lifestyle. For some towns, this boat is the only access to the outside world.
  
With time on your hands, consider the biweekly tourist-class river cruiser that goes north to [[Tobolsk]], [[Khanty-Mansiysk]] and on to [[Salekhard]] beyond the Arctic circle (7 days). It stops in several towns on the way, and there is hardly a more upclose way to see the vast sleepy West Siberian terrain, grand rivers and the rural lifestyle. Yet the surreal settlements will surprise you with their quirkiness when you are least expecting it!
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* [[Barnaul]] (16 hours by train or a 1.5 hour flight) is the gateway to the Altai mountains and national parks.  
  
[[Barnaul]], the gateway to the [[Altai]] mountains and national parks, is 16 hrs by train, and 1.5 hrs by flight. Northern [[Kazakhstan]] is accessible by train: [[Petropavlovsk]] (4hrs), [[Astana]] (12 hrs), or bus: [[Pavlodar]] (8 hrs).
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* [[Kazakhstan]] is accessible by train - [[Petropavlovsk]] (4 hours), [[Astana]] (12 hours), or bus - [[Pavlodar]] (8 hours).
  
 
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Omsk

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Omsk (Russian: Омск ohmsk) is the capital of Omsk Oblast, Siberia, and is a regional hub for Western Siberia and the Altai mountains in Russia, as well as northern Kazakhstan.

Understand[edit]

Lenin street

Founded in 1716 as a fortress on the Imperial Russia's expanding southern frontier, by 1850s Omsk grew to become the capital of Western Siberia and parts of Central Asia. The construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the late 1890s brought a rapid development boom, culminating in an extravagant 1910s World Fair, around the time of which Omsk acquired much of its neoclassical architectural heritage. Largely due to its strategic importance as the gateway to Siberia and the Russian Far East, Admiral Kolchak of the anti-Soviet White Army chose Omsk as his base and "capital of Russia" in 1918–1919.

Today, Omsk is Russia's seventh largest city with a population of over 1.1 million. An Omsk visit is one of the highlights of a trip to Siberia for the city's attractive and bustling 19th century center, and its numerous cultural opportunities. Literature lovers will find a special interest in Omsk, as it was Dostoevsky's home during the majority of his exile from Saint Petersburg.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Omsk Tsentralny Airport (Аэропорт г.Омска) is located 7km south of the city centre. The airport handles approximately 1 million passengers per year. There are regular flights between Omsk and Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Astana, Bishkek, Istanbul, Novosibirsk, Simferopol, and Yekaterinburg.

When taxing a taxi from the airport, be sure to negotiate the price in advance and take a legal taxi cab.

By train[edit]

Omsk Railway station

The southern and northern branches of the Trans-Siberian Railway converge at Omsk. Trains arrive from Moscow (40 h) and the Russian Far East (4-5 days) daily.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The city center around Lyubinsky prospekt is easily walkable and is best explored on foot.

By public transport[edit]

Public transport operates from 6:00AM to 11:00PM and will take you to most places you need to go. Route maps are available online. A ticket for a bus, trolleybus, or tram costs RUB12 and a ride in a marshrutka costs RUB20.

Trolley N4 & N7, and buses N50, 60 and 69 are particularly useful.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are plentiful and there are several taxi companies operating in Omsk.

See[edit]

The historical part of town is centered on Lyubinsky prospekt, near the confluence of the Om and Irtysh rivers. It is lined with century-old buildings of former merchant salons, residences, and larger commercial, government and religious establishments. The area now has some of the poshest shopping and the best nightlife in the city.

Ulica Krasnyh Zor' (aka Nikol'skij prospekt) leads from the Cossacks' cathedral to a few blocks of historical carved-wood houses. This street can give an idea what Omsk and Siberia used to be like for centuries before industrialization. Unfortunately, these houses are not yet protected as cultural heritage landmarks and may eventually be demolished.

Museums[edit]

  • Omsk State Museum of Local History (Omskiy Gosudarstvennyy Istoriko-Kraevedcheskiy Muzey), ul. Lenina, 23А, +7 381 231-47-47, [1]. In the former West Siberian Governor's mansion — look for the ebony Kalmyk throne and the outfits of the local nomads before the Russian colonization. Admiral Kolchak, the head of the White government, lived here in 1918-19, supported by the Western powers and the Russian gold reserves. (54.980417,73.378577) edit
  • Museum Complex of Military Glory of Omsk, Taube St. 7,, +7-3812-23-85-50. Features exhibits on World War II, Afghanistan, and the Chetchen conflict. (54.984342,73.366069) edit
  • Omsk Regional M.A. Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts, ul. Lenina, 3 (across the street from the Drama Theater), [2]. In the former bourse building. Houses an interesting collection including a few Rerikhs.  edit
  • Liberov-Center State Regional Art Museum (Государственный областной художественный музей), Dumskaya ul. 3, +7 381 230-16-45, [3]. In a historical wooden house.  edit

Religious buildings[edit]

  • St. Nicholas Cossack Cathedral, ul. Lenina, 27, +7-3812-315748, [4]. Built in 1843, it is one of the oldest churches in Siberia. During communist times, it was used as a cinema and concert hall.  edit
  • Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskij sobor), ul. Internacional'naja, 12, +73812249065. Built in the 1890s, it is one of the largest churches in Siberia.  edit

Do[edit]

  • Omsk Drama Theatre (Омский академический театр драмы), ul. Lenina, 8А, +7 381 224-40-65, [5]. An ornate theatre and a city icon, with great performances that always sell out.  edit
  • Arena-Omsk (Арена Омск), Lukashevicha, 35, +7 381 270-71-27. A 10,318 seat arena built in 2007. The ice hockey team Omsk "Avangard" is based here.  edit

Buy[edit]

Omsk is rich in shopping. There is a vast contrast of rich and poor people living in Omsk- which is shown through it's shopping malls. There are shops with extremely cheap goods. On the other hand, there are modern shopping malls where every shop is completely expensive, for example, a simple shirt would be £100 and a handbag would be £200; Nevertheless, Omsk offers great shops with lots of goods to offer.

Eat[edit]

American chains including KFC, Subway, Friday's, and Sbarro have locations in Omsk.

  • Elki-Palki (russian restaurant), 10 let Oktyabrya, 40 (Atrium-Kino entertainment center).  edit
  • Gollandskaya Chashka, Karla Libknehta St., 11, +7-3812-252379 (), [6]. A great place to eat and chat.  edit
  • Irtysh (russian restaurant), Mira, 62, +7(3812)22-40-14. 12.00-24.00.  edit
  • Kochegarka, Lermontova St., 77, +7-3812-532909. Local flavor and ambiance with a great selection of food and drinks.  edit
  • Lapshichnaya (Little Flower in Big Window), Lenina St., 20, [7]. A great place for a quick bite or beer.  edit
  • Proviant, Pushkina St., 112, +7 (3812) 36-28-59, [8].  edit

Drink[edit]

Bars[edit]

  • Kolchak, Broz Tito str., 2/1, +7-3812-45-99-99 (), [10]. Irish pub. One of the only pubs in Siberia where you can drink Guinness. The beer selection is great, but the food is not.  edit
  • Pivnaya Biblioteka (Library Brewhouse), Partizanskaya St., 4, +7 3812-201063 (), [11]. A café/bar with a library.  edit
  • Bar Omskih Bikerov, Karla Marksa Av, 36.  edit
  • Ogurtsy, Karla Marksa Av, 5А, [12]. Karaoke.  edit

Nightclubs[edit]

  • Zanzibar Nochnoy Klub, ul. Lukashevicha, 10В, +7 381 278-11-51, [13].  edit

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Hostels[edit]

  • Millenium, bagnuka 7a, Very out of the way hostel in the far west of the city. Very nice and clean. Dorms for 350r. Reached by bus 82 or microbus 470, 374, 371, 409, 362, 343, or 389 from the cathedral in the main city square. Taxi from the train station should not cost more than 270.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Avrora, ul. Povorotnikova, 6, +7 381 255-73-52, [14]. From RUB2,500.  edit
  • Flagman Hotel, Frunze ul., 80 (Part of a large office complex in the city centre), +7 381 243-31-11, [15]. 3-star hotel.  edit
  • Ibis-Sibir Omsk, Lenina ul. 22, [16]. 3-star hotel. From RUB3,000.  edit
  • Irtysh Hotel, Krasny put' ul., 155/1, +7 381 223-27-02, [17]. 3-star hotel. RUB3,200-5,850.  edit
  • Mayak, Lermontova ul. 2 (at the crossing of two rivers — where Omsk fortress was founded), [18]. RUB3,400-12,200.  edit
  • Nika, Lermontov str., 62, +73812510734, [19]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. A nice small hotel with a restaurant and a sauna. Popular and can be fully booked with ice hockey teams. You could try horse meat at the restaurant along with Stella Artois beer on draft. Single: RUB2,000-2,600; Double: RUB3,000-3,700; Sauna (6 people): RUB600/hour; Breakfast: RUB250.  edit
  • Turist Hotel Omsk, Josip Broz Tito ul. 2, [20]. Noisy, but good location and value. From RUB2,500.  edit

Contact[edit]

Consulates[edit]

  • Gm-flag.png Germany (Honourary Consulate), 1st Voennaya street, 7, building 2, +7 (3812) 32-38-33 (fax: +7 (3812) 54-48-95).  edit
  • Kz-flag.png Kazakhstan, Chokana Valikhanova street, 9, +7 (3812) 32-5213 (, fax: +7 (3812) 32-5205).  edit

Get out[edit]

Omsk is a convenient hub for several regional attractions. Distances are large and locals will consider a city 700km away to be 'nearby'. However, trains are reliable.

  • Tobolsk and Tomsk are the oldest cities of Siberia. Because the main transportation arteries originally bypassed them, the towns stayed small, avoiding the typical Soviet development, and retaining their unique picturesque characters. They are reachable by overnight train, or, in the case of Tobolsk, by speed jet boat along the Irtysh River (10-12 hours). Irregular boats also operate to Khanty-Mansiysk and Salekhard, within the Arctic Circle. This is the best way to see the West Siberian terrain, grand rivers, and rural lifestyle. For some towns, this boat is the only access to the outside world.
  • Barnaul (16 hours by train or a 1.5 hour flight) is the gateway to the Altai mountains and national parks.


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