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Barnaul is one of Siberia’s major cities and the capital of Altai Krai. The city lies on a flatland with two rivers: the greater river Ob that flows from Altai Mountains, and the smaller Barnaulka that pierces the city. A large part of Barnaul is home to Ribbon Forest – a unique relict pine forest endemic to the area. Barnaul enjoys 230 sunny days per year on average, almost as many as Crimea.

Barnaul is located 2932 kilometers away from Moscow, with the closest major city being Novosibirsk.

Barnaul’s location

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Barnaul is a city in Western Siberia, located on the upper Ob river
Time zone: UTC+7, +4 hour difference with Moscow
53°22’27’’ (53°,22’52) north latitude 83°,46’37’’ (83°46’70) east longitude

Barnaul figures

the year

Barnaul was founded

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living in the city


is the distance between Barnaul and Moscow


is the length of the Ob river within the city

landmarks in the tourist area

showcasing the architecture and history of the 18th and 19th centuries


average temperature in July


average temperature in January

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sunny days

on average in a calendar year

Reasons to visit Barnaul
To learn the city’s unique role in the history of the Russian Empire

Kolyvan-Voskresensk factories produced 90% of silver in the Russian Empire for nearly 150 years, starting in 1730. Production was managed by high-ranking and highly educated mining officers, government officials and military personnel, whose contribution to the city’s social life turned Barnaul into one of Siberia’s most prosperous centers of culture and education.

To take a look at the heritage of 18th- and 19th-century Russia

Barnaul started as a town of miners and merchants, later developing into an industrial city. Each of these eras has left its imprint on the city’s architecture.

To try eco-friendly products

Climate conditions in Barnaul are good for growing eco-friendly crops rich in various nutrients, all thanks to the region’s fertile lands and abundant sunlight.

To get healthy

Local relict pine forest is home to health resorts, sports and wellness facilities, ski lodges, recreation camps and hotels that welcome Barnaul’s guests alike – all it takes is a 15-minute drive from the city.

Climate conditions in Barnaul are good for outdoors activities as well. The pine forest is home to the 25-km-long “Wellness Track,” which operates throughout the year. In winter, the track hosts ski races and recreation zones, while in summer it is used by cyclists and Nordic walkers.

If you are looking for extreme recreation, you are welcome to Avalman Ski Resort in the upland part of the city. In winter, there is an operating chairlift as well as skiing equipment rental service. In summer, the resort is a good place to relax, which hosts picnics and special events at a venue with a scenic view of the river Ob.

How to get to Barnaul
By plane
Gherman Titov Airport connects Barnaul with Moscow (4-hour flight) and Saint Petersburg (4.5-hour flight)
By car
Barnaul is a major transportation hub in Siberia located on a bypass of route M52 that spans between Novosibirsk and Bayan-Ölgii (Mongolia)
By train
Barnaul stands on one of the West Siberian Railway lines that connects the city with Moscow (2.5 days)

Things to see in Barnaul

The tourism cluster “Barnaul: City of Miners” formed in the historical part of Barnaul seeks to preserve the city’s rich cultural heritage for future generations. Today, the historical center is a comfortable recreational area where tourists can enjoy 18th and 19th century architecture and other landmarks as well as visit museums, gift shops, cafes and shopping malls. The cluster also offers hotel accommodations. Discover the historical center’s most popular landmarks: