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Barnaul (Russian: Барнау́л buhr-nuh-OOL) is the capital of Altai Krai.


The Building with spire, one of the city's landmarks

The city was founded in the XVIII century as a center of silver and copper mining, and has a population of over 600,000.


The house of merchants Yakovlev and Polyakov

The foundation year of the city is unknown and is either 1730 or 1739. The name of founding father is Akinfey Demidov, a Russian mine-owner who started copper extraction and melting in the region. Later on his business spread to the gold and silver and the family reached all-Russian scale. The city became a fort and built a dam. This activity was major for centuries to come. Except that, nature and geography explorers never abandoned this Siberian place. Pyotr Petrovich Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky and Alexander von Humboldt lead their expeditions across the city.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Barnaul Railway Station

The travel from Moscow takes 2.5 days and covers 3500 km.

  • №036В/№036Н Barnaul — Moscow — Barnaul — firmenniy train «Altai»
  • №509/№510 Barnaul — OmskAdler - Barnaul — from 16 June to 1 September.
  • №613/№614 Barnaul — Karasuk — Barnaul.

By plane[edit]

German Titov airport [1] is located 17 km west from the city center and serves flights from Krasnodar, Moscow, Irkutsk, Anapa, Rostov-on-Don, Vladivostok, Saint Petersburg.

Get around[edit]

Inside the city there are routes of public buses (about 150), marshrutkas, taxis, trams (11) and trolleys (5). The thoroughfares interconnecting Barnaul with other cities, towns and suburbs are Pavlovsky Highway (Павловский тракт) leading to Novosibirsk, Zmeinogorsky Highway (Змеиногорский тракт) leading to Kazakhstan, Pravoberezhny Highway (Правобережный тракт) to Novosibirsk and Biysk.

The river port may be useful in getting to suburbs or closest villages like Bobrovka that offers country tourism activities.



Zero kilometer
  • Altai museum of regional studies [2] offers expositions of ethnographical artefacts.
  • Museum of literature, art and culture of Altai [3].
  • Altai Museum of Art.[4] Malevich, Kandinsky, Rembrandt.
  • 'World of Stones' museum. Address: 5b, Kalinina st.
  • Museum of military history. Address: 73, Komsomolsky Pr. Hours: 9.30-17.30 Tu-Sa.
  • Museum of Time. Address: 12, Matrosova st. Private collection of 'curiosities' from a mammoth tooth to 300mln years old corrals and Soviet symbols, the visitors can touch with their hands.


  • Izumrudny Park (Парк "Изумрудный"), for families with kids.
  • Solnechny Veter (Парк "Солнечный ветер").
  • Barnaulskaya Krepost (Парк "Барнаульская крепость").
  • Lesnaya Skazka (Парк "Лесная сказка").


  • House Club (Клуб Хаус), 15, Solnechnaya Polyana. Restaurant, sauna, hooka-lounge, disco floor and bowling.



  • Manhattan Pizza (Манхэттен-Пицца), Trade-centers 'Holiday classic' (Холидей классик) or 'City center' (Сити-Центр). A chain of pretty good fast-food restaurants.
  • Zapravka (Заправка, гриль-бар), 51a, Kirova st, +7 3852 200-100. 12:00-2:00. It's a grill bar.
  • Pozharka (Пожарка), 49, Chkalova st, +7 3852 63-01-01. Anti-fire grill-bar with a fire-truck inside.


Locally brewed beer: Ворсин (Vorsin), Golfsteiner, Барнаульское (Barnaulskoye), Чешское (Cheshskoye), Жигулёвское (Zhigulyovskoye) [5].

  • [dead link] Kabak&grill 'Pistols', 44a Soyuza Respublik st, e-mail: . 11:00 – 03:00 Tu-Th, Su; 11:00 – 05:00 Mo,Fr,Sa. 'Wild West' styled restaurant capable to accommodate 250 persons, it has a long bar-stand,a dance-floor and live music at nights. Variety of dishes from American, Mexican, Japanese and Italian cuisines.
  • English Pub, 57a Chkalova st, e-mail: . 13.00-3.00. Wooden tables and chairs, British music, darts and flags
  • Il Patio, 20 Lenina st. 12:00–24:00. Italian cuisine
  • Kefir (Кефир), 39 Lenina Prospekt, +7 3852 20-2020. 6PM-8AM. A trendy restaurant with calm atmosphere; an array of sushi choices, pasta entrees & desserts. ca. 800 rub. ($27) for meals without drinks.



  • Yellow submarine, 72, Krasnoarmeisky pereoulok. 400RUB. It's located above Hotel Tourist on the top floor. Kitchen included. Well-kept showers and toilets in the corridor..


Start walking along Sotstialistichesky Prospekt and pay attention to the Drama Theater and further on to the Pedagogical Academy, in a small square of which there is a monument to Unhappy Lover waiting on the bench. When arriving to the Victory square (Ploschad Pobedy) find the sculpture Movie is filmed. Go on to Stroiteley Prospekt. Here at the Library sits a bronze cat. Going ahead you'll come to the October sq. (Ploschad Oktyabrya), the site for the Building with spire. Turn to Prospekt Lenina ascending to the River Port with a number of nice houses alongside. The port plaza musters monuments to renown citizens and white Hollywood-styled letters on the bank.

Go next[edit]

The road to Mongolia aka Chuysky Highway starts from Novosibirsk and goes south to Biysk and Altai Republic.

Routes through Barnaul
OmskNovosibirsk  W Western Siberian Railway icon.png E  BiyskNovokuznetsk

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