That said, Novosibirsk does offer plenty of shopping opportunities, as well as rows of bars, cafes and restaurants in the city center – but be warned, few can, or are willing, to speak English in these parts, so it’s best to stick with your guide for a hassle-free experience. Most of the accommodation options here are in the form of basic, inexpensive hostels, although there are a few larger and more luxurious hotels to be found.
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Novosibirsk is freezing in the winter months, and many of its lakes inevitable ice over. This provides the opportunity for some fun recreational activities, with many locals donning their ice skates and taking to the lakes. For some safe and better-regulated ice skating fun, head to the central Spartak stadium where you can also rent equipment.
Marking the official center of Novosibirsk is Lenin Square, which includes a large concrete statue of the former Soviet leader. Although the monument is probably not worth a day-trip on its own merits, the area is worth a visiting for the nearby Opera House and Ballet House, which is brilliantly illuminated by night.
Located at the central Lenin Square, this stunning building stages predominantly operatic performances, and is the largest of its type in the whole of Russia. Regular classical performances are held in the evenings, drawing in Russians from far and wide, as well as the occasional visitor who is spending the night in town.
As the largest and most popular museum in Novosibirsk, this three-building complex is home to various exhibitions detailing the history of the city and surrounding Siberia area. Two of the buildings are separated (but walking distance from one another) and include some more diverse galleries including artistic and scientific pieces of interest.
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