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Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral

Novokuznetsk (Russian: Новокузне́цк nuh-vuh-kooz-NYETSK) is a big metallurgy and coal city in the south of Kemerovo Oblast. As the oldest city in the region by far (1617), Novokuznetsk has seen its fair share of different names. It was known simply as Kuznetsk (Blacksmith City) until the 1930s when massive coal deposits were found, sparking the industrialization of the city under the name Stalinsk. In the Khruschev era, the city was reborn as Novokuznetsk (New Kuznetsk). Novokuznetsk's age and proximity to the Kemerovo Oblast's beautiful southern region makes it the top destination in the region for tourism.

Get in


Trains arrive from Novosibirsk and Kemerovo, or, if arriving from the east, the more distant Taishet. It's not far from the Trans-Siberian Railway proper, and if doing that trip in sections, you may find it convenient to take a train passing through Novokuznetsk.

Novokuznetsk also has an airport with flights arriving from Moscow and Saint Petersburg. For the benefit of locals who want to get out of Siberia and hit the beaches, there are also flights in the summer to/from Russia's Black Sea Region: Sochi, Krasnodar, and Anapa.

  • 1 Novokuznetsk railway station. Novokuznetsk railway station (Q3970328) on Wikidata

Get around

Map of Novokuznetsk
Novokuznetsk tram map (2020)

Public transport consists of a bus network and a small tram network.


  • Novokuznetsk museum of regional studies, 24 Pionersky Prospekt.
  • Novokuznetsk museum of arts, 62 Kirova st.
  • The house-museum of Fyodor Dostoevsky, 29 Dostoevskogo st.
  • Kuznetsky Fortress (1780)
  • 1 Transfiguration Cathedral (Спасо-Преображенский собор). Historic Orthodox church completed in 1835. Transfiguration Cathedral, Novokuznetsk (Q2456133) on Wikidata
  • 2 St. John Chrysostom Church. A modern Catholic church, noted for holding services for both Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic churches. St. John Chrysostom Church, Novokuznetsk (Q3582055) on Wikidata St. John Chrysostom Church, Novokuznetsk on Wikipedia


  • Drama Theatre
  • Circus
  • Ice hockey palace
  • Skating rink


  • Entertainment & Shopping Centers Globus and Continent


  • Novokuznetsk State industrial University [1]
  • NBI Kemerovo State University [2][dead link]


  • Pel'meni
  • Bliny
  • Smetana
  • Khren
  • Schi


  • Casino & Night Clubs
  • Jazz Club "Gelikon" [3] [dead link], 4 Pokryshkina st.
  • Vodka di Novokuzneck "Kuznechanka"
  • Ivan Vodka (Иван Водка)



Go next

Kuznetsky Alatau Nature Reserve
  • Novokuznetsk is a convenient gateway for travelers going south into the Gornaya Shoria region of Kemerovo Oblast: to Tashtagol for skiing or to the Shorsky Nature Reserve.
  • Kuznetsky Alatau Nature Reserve [4]
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