The culture of Siberian Germans and recreation on the salt lake of Ebeity – Road.Travel

The culture of Siberian Germans and recreation on the salt lake of Ebeity

Road Trip Route. Visit the center of German culture preservation, Have a rest on the shore of the biggest salty lake of Omsk region, To taste German sweets and beer of 1742 year recipe, Find ruins of the XVIII century fortress.

This two-day trip will interest fans of history and beautiful scenery. You will visit the Azov region, where you will plunge into the atmosphere of the national German color, taste fresh beer according to an old recipe, learn how the Siberian first settlers lived. You'll also visit the famous salt lake Ebeity and find traces of ancient military fortifications. The route is ideal for weekdays when all museums are open. On weekends, you can experience the German culture of this region with a guide and buy a special tour. **This trip is for campers, so bring your tent, sleeping bag, travel gear, thermal bag, and everything you need to cook on a campfire. Or arrange to sleep overnight in the car so you don't have to waste time setting up camp.

History and Culture, Uninhabited Nature. From: Omsk

Marina Selivanova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: German village, brewery, life and traditions of 19th century Siberia

The first point of the trip is the village of Azovo, where there is a private brewery. From there we go to Alexandrovka, the centre of German culture. In the village of Sherbakul, admire the unique exhibits of everyday life of the XIX century settlers, and for the overnight stay go to the shore of the Amrinskaya gully.

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Brewery

In the village of Azovo there is a private brewery where lemonades, kvass and beer are made. When producing the latter, the brewers strictly adhere to the recipe of 1742: only water, malt, yeast and hops. According to the majority, the beer from this brewery is the most delicious in the whole Omsk region. Take a couple of bottles with you to taste the hoppy beverage during an evening break. The brewery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Azov Museum of Local History

Volga Germans settled in this region in 1893 - here they voluntarily began to develop the land, to trade, to set up a household. You can learn about the life of the settlers at the local history museum in the village Aleksandrovka. The museum welcomes individual travellers on working days from 10:00 till 17:00 (a lunch break from 13:00 till 15:00). On weekends organized groups of tourists come here. If you have some free time after visiting the museum, you can take a walk around Alexandrovka. You can visit the picturesque lake Koshkol and find the ruins of the old wooden mill. If you're lucky, you can visit the festival of German culture which is held here quite regularly. Follow the poster in the official [group](https://vk.com/club181261823).

Deutsche Backerai

In the bakery "Deutsche Backerai" in Aleksandrovka you can buy traditional German sweets, fresh bread, gingerbread, cakes with all kinds of fillings and much more. The enterprise is equipped with modern German equipment and the products are supplied from its own farmland: wheat, barley and soybeans are sown in the vicinity, a large dairy farm and a meat processing plant are operating nearby. The shop is open daily, except Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Old Castle

For lunch stop by the village of Sherbakul. The cafe "Staryi Zamok" is open every day, except Sunday, from 9 am till 6 pm (on Friday and Saturday till 2 am). As a last resort you can make a mini-picnic on the Sherbakul lake: there's plenty of parking places.

Sherbakulsky Museum of Regional History

In the afternoon go to the Sherbakul Museum of History and Local Lore. Here you can find interesting household items of the past centuries: clothes, embroidered linen, forged articles, furniture and many other things. There are also tsarist coins with Empress Elizabeth's monograms and a good collection of paintings. The museum is open from Monday to Thursday from 8.30 am to 6.15 pm and closes on Friday at 5 pm. The break is from 12.30 to 14.00. Saturday-Sunday are days off. If you do not go to the museum, do not deny yourself the pleasure to walk around the village with 130 years of history. Look at the main square with three monuments, relax on the shore of the lake - the village is small, but very pretty!

Pyaterochka

Buy groceries for your upcoming dinner outdoors. This can be done in one of the two supermarkets in Sherbakul.

Amrin gully

Amrinskaya Balka is a small freshwater reservoir where you can swim and camp. You can get there for free, but there's no tourist infrastructure yet. So you have to take everything for overnight stay with you. Nevertheless, this place is very popular with the locals, who come to the lakeside for fishing and recreation in good weather.

Day 2: Lake Ebeity, fortress ruins and a convent

The salt lake of Ebeity is called the "Siberian Dead Sea": the body of water is famous for the therapeutic properties of water and mud at its bottom. Getting to the lake is difficult, but possible: prepare comfortable shoes and long pants so that you don't hurt your feet on the thorns. After the walk, you'll visit the remains of an ancient fortress, another picturesque lake and a convent.

Eco-trail on Lake Ebeity

Not far from the village of Gvozdevka the eco-trail to Ebeity lake is continued. The views on the south-eastern shore of the lake are the most picturesque because of the large amount of salt. You can drive up to the beginning of the eco-trail, but if it rained the day before, you risk getting stuck in a salt marsh. There are information boards with descriptions of flora and fauna, legends and the mineral composition of the lake along the eco-trail. Start your walk at the eco-trail and work your way towards the water. To reach the lake you will have to walk several kilometres through the steppe, salt marshes and thickets of saltwort, which is included in the Red Book. The lake is not deep but you can swim in it. Bring a container of healing clay for home use.

Amrin gully

You can wash off dirt and salt in the waters of Amrinskaya gully. There is also a convenient place to cook food on the fire and dine outdoors.

Pokrovskaya Fortress

In the afternoon drive to the Maryanovsky district. You won't miss the turn to Piketnoye, then go in the direction of Pomurino to the Pokrovskoe lake. Here you will see the ruins of the XVIII century fortress. This small octagonal fortress was a part of the Siberian line - the fortifications designed to protect the Siberians from nomadic raids. Once there were barracks, stables, warehouses and barns in the territory of the fortress. But for two centuries now, the fortress has been dormant - not much is left of it: everything is overgrown with steppe grass. However, this place will be a landmark for history lovers. For everyone else it is a great place for walking and recreation.

Pokrovskoe Lake

After exploring the ramparts and moats, take a walk to Pokrovskoe Lake. The water in the lake is clean and pleasant, although because of the reeds the approach is not convenient everywhere.

St. Seraphim Women's Monastery

Finally, you can visit the Seraphim female monastery known as Varvara's hermitage. It was founded by Abbess Varvara (Gerasimova) who left the world more than thirty-five years ago for the Maryanovsk forests. There are 11 fully wooden chapels and a temple in the complex. If you come here for a meal, you will definitely not go hungry. If you didn't manage to have a meal in the monastery, you can choose one of the roadside cafes on your way or hurry to the city and have a snack at home.

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