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[[Image:Omsk_Lenin_street.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Lenin street]] '''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]].
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 [[Far Eastern Russia|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]].
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[[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 hrsh) and the [[Russian Far Eastern RussiaEast|Far East]] (4-5 days) daily. Aeroflot [], OmskAvia Transaero [], Siberia (S7)[], VimAvia [] fly to Moscow daily (3 hrsh). Less frequent flights connect to [[Saint Petersburg (Russia)|Saint Petersburg]] (3 hrsh), [[Krasnoyarsk]] (2 hrsh), as well as Frankfurt, Hannover, Köln in [[Germany]] (5 hrsh).
==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 11 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.
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.
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 counter-revolutionary 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.
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.
*<do name="Arena-Omsk" alt="ice hochey hockey arena" address="Lukashevicha, 35" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great new ice hockey staduim, Omsk "Avangard" team is based here.</do> 
Omsk is rich in shopping. There is a vasp vast contrast of rich and poor people living in Omsk- which is shown through it's shopping malls. There are shops with extreamly 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; half the average yearly wage in Omsk! Nevertheless, Omsk Offers great shops with lots of goods to offer.
*<eat name="Sbarro" alt="Italian eatery" address="Gertsena, 34 (Gertsen-Plaza shopping center)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="Friday's" alt="american restaurant" address="Marksa ave.,18" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="Rostics-KFC" alt="" address="Marksa ave.,5a, Marksa ave.,84, Mira ave.,12" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>*'''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.*<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>
*<drink name="Kolchuk" alt="" address="Broz Tito str., 2/1" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Irish pub</drink>
* '''Irtysh Ibis-Sibir Hotel'''[], 15522 Lenina ul. — Central location, completely renovated 3* hotel by international hotel operator.* '''Flagman Hotel'''[http://1 Krasny put'], 80 Frunze ul., ~US$70-100 - .. — 3 stars* hotel situated in city center, as a part of large office complex.* '''Molodyozhnaya Omsk''', 1 Perelyota ul., ~US$70-100 - 3 stars* '''Turist Hotel Omsk'''[], 2 Josip Broz Tito ul. - central location, recently refurbished* '''Mayak Hotel'''[], 2 Lermontova ul. — Located in the most historical point of Omsk city, at the crossing of two rivers — where Omsk fortress was founded.
*<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>
* '''Irtysh Hotel''', 155/1 Krasny put' ul., ~US$70-100 — 3 stars
* [[Image:Gm-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Germany" alt="Honourary Consulate" directions="" address="1st Voennaya street, 7, building 2" phone="+7 (3812) 32-38-33" fax="+7 (3812) 54-48-95" email="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* [[Image:kz-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Kazakhstan" alt="" directions="" address="Chokana Valikhanova street, 9" phone="+7 (3812) 32-5213" fax="+7 (3812) 32-5205" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
==Get out==
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