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Tomsk Travel Guide

Tomsk Overview

Tomsk has long been considered the cultural capital of Siberia attracting large numbers of artists, students and intellectuals – in fact today up to 20 percent of the city’s 500,000 population are students. Tomsk is also one of the oldest cities in Siberia, founded in 1604 but somewhat left behind when the Trans-Siberian line was diverted south and away from the city. Perhaps one advantage of this relative isolation is that many of the cities old wooden buildings are still there to be seen even if many are in quite a dilapidated state.

Best Months to Visit Tomsk

when to go Tomsk

Best Reason to Visit Tomsk

Tomsk is very much out of the way Siberia but is still accessible by train allowing the visitor to reach a destination few manage to.

Top Sights in Tomsk

 The reconstructed fort at Resurrection Hill built in 2004.

 The campus of Tomsk State University built in the 1800s.

 The many traditional Wooden Buildings all over the centre of the city.

 The impressive mix of buildings at Ploshad Lenina.

 Sobering Oppression Museum in the former KGB headquarters.

Weather Averages for Tomsk

climate chart Tomsk

Top Tomsk Travel Tip from TSTC

We think the best way to visit this city is by train from Ekaterinburg which arrives in the morning, a day tour of the city and late afternoon train on to Novosibirsk to overnight.

TSTC's Hand Picked Hotels in Tomsk

Few tourists mean few decent hotel options. About the best is the Hotel Siber.

Other Destinations in Russia

Click on any of the destinations below to explore other places in Russia that can be incorporated into your Trans-Siberian tour.

By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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