"Barnaul in Western Siberia" Barnaul by yumyum

Barnaul Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 56 photos

When you approach Barnaul from across the new bridge over the Ob river you can see the big BARNAUL on the left.

If you climb the hill you have a nice view and see the giant sign from the back.

Barnaul has about 600'000 inhabitants and it the capital of Altaisky Kray which is not the same as the Republic Altai with its capital Gorno Altaisk where all the mountains are. But Barnaul is the city from where you can travel to the mountains as it is connected to Moscow with a daily flight and by train.

In Barnaul in Dom Knigi on Prospekt Lenina you can buy picture books in Russian/English about Barnaul or Altaisky Kray by Victor Sadchikov. A few facts out of the books:
Altaisky Kray is 167850 square kilometers and has 12 towns, 14 settlements, 7 urban and 60 rural districts including German National District. The population is about 2,7 million whereof just over half live in urban surroundings.

There are lots of old and new buildings in Barnaul. Whole areas are still made of old wooden houses and in contrast there lots of blocks of flats.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It has all facilities.
  • Cons:Industrial city
  • In a nutshell:Stopover point on the way to the mountains
  • Last visit to Barnaul: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 3, 2004
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    I would love to visit siberia but for us in western europe , getting a visa is as long as in the period of CCCP

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    There is a Russian verse: Na gore stoit aul - Eto gorod Barnaul! (An aul means a village). I guess you liked Orthdox Easter cake! Thanks Sonja for your discovery of far Russian cities.

  • Landotravel's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Thank you very much! Your page has been a gift for me because I was crazy looking for some kind of information about Barnaul. Very nice and clear. Good work, Yumyum!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 3:35 AM

    Great info Sonja! I'd love to go on a cruise on the Ob...

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    Everyone sees your Barnaul page differently. For me, this page was writeen on my birthday in 2003. Lol. Happy traveling my friend.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2007 at 6:05 AM

    It's good that VT now has a map function so I could get some idea of where this place is. Very interesting tips on this out-of-the-way city.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    an interesting page about a remote place in Russia, that I have never heared of !

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 3:09 AM

    You have really been to some hidden gems in Russia ...I especially like the wonderful registration process ... :-)

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2003 at 1:49 PM

    Habe noch nie vorher Bilder aus Barnaul gesehen. Sehr informativ.

  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2003 at 5:20 AM

    My friend is in Barnaul at the moment, so it is nice to be able to see pictures of the place! A great page ;@P Thanks...

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