Again, like Novosibirsk, we had very little time to experience the city and we had to cherry-pick the best things to see and do in Omsk.
Omsk railway station is a little way away from the city centre (7 km). To get to the centre, ask for a taxi to Assumption Cathedral (we paid 350 roubles for a taxi there but when a local got a taxi for us, it only cost 159 roubles).
#1 Assumption Cathedral
The cathedral was one of the most beautiful churches we’ve seen in Russia, and a must-see if you visit Omsk.
When we visited, a service was ongoing and they blast the choral singing out onto the street, which certainly added to the atmosphere.
#2 See the Fortress Arch and the Riverside
The fortress hardly exists any more, with an arch gateway being the main existing structure. You can see small buildings, that are largely uninteresting, around it that would have been barracks or storehouses originally. The best thing about the arch is that it’s also beside a nice stretch of riverside, so you can see both at the same point.
This Arch is a Fake!
This arch looks so devilishly close to the one above, you might be fooled. You can find this arch in one of the boulevards nearby. If it’s not by water, it’s not the fortress.
Right by the Fortress
Don’t forget to see this church right by the entrance of the fortress. The fortress is just down the street in the picture (right of the church).
#3 See the Governmental Buildings and Boulevards
Around the cathedral are many impressive Soviet-era buildings and it’s pleasant to walk around the parks and well-maintained boulevards to experience the area.
As in every Siberian place we stopped, we enjoyed the food. We searched in vain for caviar in Omsk, which is supposed to be extremely good and ended up eating non-Siberia, typical Russian food and some incredibly cheap and tasty sushi. Though, if we were there longer, we are sure we would have located some great local spots to eat local fare (feel free to tell us where in the comments).
We didn’t visit the main part of Lenin Street (it’s a very long road), but we’ve heard that there’s very good shopping there. If we had more time, we would have definitely have checked out the parts of city centre south of the river [insert name of tributary] too.
If you have any additional must-see spots, less known places or food, drink and accommodation recommendations, let us know in the comments section!