**Novosibirsk-Kargat-Barabinsk-Kuybyshev-Novosibirsk** You'll be surprised how many interesting things hidden in the small towns and villages of the Novosibirsk Region! Here you'll find lakes with azure waters (almost like the Mediterranean!), whole sanctuaries of merchant architecture and unusual museums. With all this you have a chance to add to your piggy bank of impressions and not to spend a month's wages for a day off. ** Route features:** - Suitable for history lovers and hikers; - Swimming in the lake, overnight stay at the recreation base; - To visit all the museums on the list, start your trip any day from Monday to Thursday. **Recommendations:** - Bring comfortable walking shoes, swimsuit or swim trunks; - Don't forget your cap and sunscreen; - Prepare a healthy snack for your trip, as you will have long journeys. **Please note, accommodation must be booked separately by phone or on the official website.
Start your trip with a visit to the town of Kargat, which is almost 300 years old (by the way, Novosibirsk is 150 years younger!). And in the afternoon, stay on course for Lake Chany, the largest lake in Western Siberia. Chic views and swimming in clear water will be the best reward for the long drive.
From Novosibirsk to Kargat it takes two hours, and from Kargat to the lake Chany takes three more hours. If you want to visit museums and swim before darkness, it's better to leave home no later than 8 am.
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The inhabitants of Kargat didn't think long and placed their main local history museum in an old water tower. It turned out to be interesting and unusual. Unfortunately, the equipment inside the building has not been preserved, because in the nineties it was stolen by scrap metal collectors. In [museum](http://museumkargat.ru/) you will be told about mammoths, life of the first settlers in Siberia and many other things. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m; Saturday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; Lunch break from 13.00 to 14.00.
Not far from the museum there is a church of St. Elijah the Prophet. It is a huge structure by local standards. It was built in 2013 by a Moscow millionaire born in these parts. The church seems even too chic for such a tiny town: carved gates, 11 mosaic icons, the largest of which is 4.3 meters high. There are 9 bells in the belfry. By the way, one bell is preserved from the Soviet times. It was securely hidden during those years, but today it rings again during services.
For lunch you can drop in at the roadside cafe "At Shmakov's". This is the case when it's fast, tasty and inexpensive!
Lake Chany is probably the best resting place for tired Novosibirsk citizens. After all, it's almost a sea: the horizon is not visible, the water is brackish, and on the surface there are often waves. There is nothing to say about marvellous views. In general, settle down and have a rest!
For dinner go to the base "Lazurnaya Bukhta". Dining room and cafe at the base work from 8:00 to 20:00, you can eat at any convenient time. You can also stay here for a night. You can't find any other accommodation around here. If you wish you can book a sauna here, because it's the perfect ending to a long day! Phone: +7 (800) 250-58-34 Web-site: [https://buhta-laz.ru/](https://buhta-laz.ru/)
After lounging on the shore of Lake Chany, head off to explore an important point on the Trans-Siberian Railway - Barabinsk. Everything in this town is tied up with trains and railways. However, it's not the buildings and monuments that create a special atmosphere, but its friendly locals.
Allow yourself a good night's rest and a good night's sleep. After breakfast, hurry to the lakeshore for a jet ski or catamaran ride, volleyball on the beach, or just lounging on a sun lounger. Sounds great, doesn't it?
In the afternoon keep to Barabinsk - the city that emerged around the Trans-Siberian railway station. You can get acquainted with the history and culture of the city at the local museum. Here to you both reconstruction of a peasant izba, and works of national handicraftsmen, and all-all about trains. The museum's curators not only look after the exhibits, but also carefully recreate the history.
Linger for a while at the square with the monuments dedicated to the Second World War. This is an important place for the people of Barabinsk: more than 11 thousand local residents went to the front, but, unfortunately, about 5 thousand of them didn't return from the battlefield.
The Baraba depot is already 125 years old. It is one of the most technically equipped locomotive farms in Russia. During the war, military units were transferred to the west through Barabinsk, and evacuated plants and factories went to the east. Barabinsk mechanics have completed 90 Czechoslovak electric locomotives, which unexpectedly did not go along the Moscow railway. One of the first "Czechs", which was used along the Siberian roads for 40 years, became a monument, which can be found behind the station building.
For dinner, head to Café Barbaris for some of the city's best pasta, pizza and other popular dishes.
What to do in the evening in Barabinsk? You can go to the cinema (but the choice of films is small), visit the local cultural centre, just take a walk along the city streets. However, the best option is to go to a hotel and get a good night's sleep before tomorrow. You can book [Hotel Noi](https://noj-gostinitsa.clients.site/) by phone. Phone: +7 (913) 904-39-00
Devote the third day to Kuibyshev, one of the oldest cities in Siberia. Kuibyshev was once called the "second Jerusalem", as it was the only place in all Western Siberia to have a synagogue, a Catholic church, and Orthodox churches. The city has preserved quite a few curious buildings, which you will have to see today.
The best place to start exploring Kuibyshev is at the Local History Museum. It is housed in a building dating back to 1911, which itself is a joy to behold: antique furniture, items of peasant life, outfits, coins. You'll be surprised at how rich the history of this region is.
Leave the car next to the museum: you can walk further on foot. "Kuibyshev" the city of Kainsk was named in 1935 in honor of the revolutionary Valerian Vladimirovich Kuibyshev, who was exiled here in 1906-1908. There is a separate museum in the city, where you can learn more about this man and the political repression in the 20s and 50s.
Five minutes walk and you are at the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist. It was built in 1904 for the money of a local merchant. By the way, it is the only survived during the Soviet regime temple of the city. Since the 40s of last century there was a warehouse, and later a cinema. And only in 1990 the church was returned to the believers.
Got an appetite after a walk? Go to the pizzeria ["QuattrO"](https://pizza-quattro.ru/), one of the nicest places in town. Phone: +7 (913) 204-43-44 Opening Hours: daily 10:00-23:00
The main value of the central square of Kuibyshev is the house of M. L. Maslov. The one-storey wooden building was built at the beginning of the XX century by a rich merchant, who owned steam mills and was a carriage driver: he owned more than 100 horses in the city.
Go back to the parked car along Kraskoma Street. This is the main street of the city, which used to be called Moskovskaya. On it went from Moscow convicts, shackled: in the second half of the XVIII century Kainsk became a major center of hard labor and exile. With the development of the city along the street began to grow merchant houses. The ground floors were shops, the second - the living quarters. Examples of such buildings survived to this day. Many of them are located just on Kraskoma Street.
It's time to go home! Don't forget to take goodbye selfies against the background of the 5-meter stele "Geographical Centre of the Novosibirsk Region". The monument is made in the form of a marker used to mark objects on electronic maps.
For dinner, stop by the familiar cafe "At Shmakov's. The drive home is still 2.5 hours long, so it wouldn't hurt to eat something for the road.
Here you are at home! Congratulations on passing the route!