“To Siberia of your own free will” is the name of the program of the Agency for Tourism and Promotion of the Tyumen Region. And that’s where the BURO gastroobserver is. Ivan Vasilyev went with Media Intelligence, a project of Tutu.ru travel and travel service. And now he shares his impressions.
HOW TO GET THERE
If this is your first visit, then the route Moscow — Tyumen — Tobolsk — Moscow is ideal for you with some stops, but more on that later. The plane flies less than three hours: the brand new Tobolsk airport, which opened last September, bears the name of the historian and cartographer Semyon Remezov. From here you can fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. From June 23 to July 8, Fun&Sun direct charter flights open from St. Petersburg. Arrival dates: June 23, June 26, June 29, July 2, July 5.
Tyumen is the oil capital of Russia and the first Siberian city that appeared beyond the Urals in 1586. For a quick (and fun) immersion in history, you can take a sightseeing tour «Merchant’s Tyumen», it is conducted by the famous hereditary merchant’s wife Apollinaria Ivanovna Sheshukova (ticket — 1,100 rubles). For interactive — the incendiary music of Boney M (they came here on tour and sang about the local celebrity Rasputin) and hot tinctures that suddenly appear along the way.
WHERE TO LIVE
There are no five-star hotels in the city. But Tyumen is also a thermal resort, so feel free to book the new four-star LetoLeto (from 27,000 rubles for two for two nights) within the city. It is at the same time a hotel, a water park, a spa and a restaurant with perfect breakfasts. Children will definitely like water rides (from 1,500 rubles), and adults can soak in the pool with a water bar. The most chic is to swim out of the large pool to the street: even if the temperature is below zero, the water temperature is always +38. True, it is recommended to stay in the water for no longer than 20 minutes.
Thermal springs in Siberia are almost an oxymoron, but it is an amazing truth. About 20 thermal resorts are concentrated around Tyumen, where mineral water has a unique composition and more than 70 microelements useful for the body. 24 km from the city center there is the Taiga ecopark with a hotel (room — from 4,000 rubles), a cottage village, a Polyanka restaurant and a mini-zoo. From entertainment — riding on all-terrain vehicles of local production, horseback riding, a hot spring with a Russian bath and a Finnish sauna (cost on weekdays — 500 rubles).
In the private gallery of the artist Igor Ryazantsev (or Rene Reza) there is an excursion program “The Great Silk Road with a Golden Thread”. It is conducted by the author himself — the creator of the new painting technique «philumism», which involves the use of thin threads of acrylic paints and gold leaf on canvas. Pay attention to the central picture — it depicts Grigory Rasputin, and his eyes really shine. At the end of the tour, you can take part in a large-scale performance — be an artist yourself and paint with acrylic on a large canvas.
In Tyumen, one should taste the cuisine of the peoples of Siberia. The dishes in the establishments are repeated, so choose where you want to try sliced meat, venison, roe deer, wild boar or bear meat.
Malygina St., 59
+7 (3452) 62-16-60
Inside there is a real chum and a small museum dedicated to the life of geologists in the north. Stroganina is butchered here by chef Natalya Trapeznikova (assorted — 1,780 rubles). They also serve stewed bear meat with boiled potatoes (1,770 rubles), venison tartare (780 rubles), and salad with elk meat (640 rubles). Be sure to try the national flatbreads — myaren-poruy-nyan with pike caviar (150 rubles), lam-nan from bird cherry flour (105 rubles), tellin-nyan with pine nuts (150 rubles).
Volodarsky st., 3
+7 (3452) 38-15-86
In the panoramic restaurant, in addition to northern delicacies (muksun sugudai — 750 rubles, northern fish soup — 490 rubles, dumplings with elk — 620 rubles), grilled dishes (filet mignon steak — 1,750 rubles, fried octopus — 1,490 rubles) and wine. You should come in the evening either with a large company or on a date — from here you have the best view of the four-level embankment of the Tura River and the «bridge of lovers».
WHERE TO GO MORE
The city is located 85 km from Tyumen and is now famous for its gastronomic performances. On Maslenitsa, the largest pancake in the world is baked here in order to get into the Guinness Book of Records, and recently they fried the World Yaish from 1,500 eggs with onions and lard. Condensed milk and Gulliver sweets were produced here. On the territory of the tourist complex «Yalutorovsky Ostrog» there is a Siberian carnival with dressing up, competitions and a round dance. You can dine in the restaurant «Peasant’s Feast».
House Museum of Grigory Rasputin
A must to visit. The most mysterious character in Russian history and the most famous Russian in the world, Grigory Rasputin, was born in the village of Pokrovskoye, where his private museum was founded. The space was opened in 1990 by the Smirnovs, who also lead excursions. You must register in advance. The exposition is not very large, there are only two rooms in the museum, but a lot of work was done to collect material. Things were searched not only throughout the village, but all over the world — in addition to the real chair on which Rasputin sat, condoms and vodka under the Rasputin brand were exhibited.
The wooden tourist complex «Abalak» on the banks of the Irtysh is a reconstruction of a prison from the time of the conquest of Siberia by the Cossacks Ermak Timofeevich. Hotel rooms (from 3,000 rubles on weekdays) are called chambers: voivodship, archery, Cossack. There is a wedding tower with a swivel bed (from 7,000 rubles), a White Owl tavern and a Russian wood-fired sauna. Fairy-tale scenes are played out on the territory of the complex — visit the real Baba Yaga, who lives in a hut on chicken legs (in summer the structure makes a 180-degree turn) and take a picture against the backdrop of a three-headed snake.
The ancient capital of Siberia with the only white-stone Kremlin beyond the Urals, a museum of Siberian penal servitude and exile (by the way, Dostoevsky was sitting here) and the first state museum in Russia of the family of Emperor Nicholas II. It was from this building that they set off on their last journey to Yekaterinburg. After the filming of the film «Tobol», the scenery was left here, so it is very easy to feel like an 18th-century Siberian.
Red Square, 2/1
+7 (982) 977-85-75
In the restaurant at Gostiny Dvor, brand chef of the Tyumen region David Khachatryan unleashes his imagination and mixes traditions: he puts taiga mushrooms in vinaigrette (210 rubles), adds venison to borscht (280 rubles), serves dumplings in the ear and cooks them in a creamy sour cream sauce with a cheese cap (230 rubles).
«Mark and the Lion»
Semena Remezova St., 19
+7 (982) 945-77-77
This restaurant project originated in the Tula region and then ended up in the very heart of Siberia. You should go here for fresh farm proposals and respect for traditions, seasonality and environmental friendliness. On the menu: borsch with sour cream and toast with lard (400 rubles), Lilac potatoes with dill pesto (290 rubles), rabbit cutlets with mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce (590 rubles).
Revolutionary street, 2
+7 (3456) 22-21-11
Russian restaurant in the very center of the city, where you can stop by after a tour of the Kremlin. Traditional national dishes are cooked in this landowner’s estate: pickled mushrooms (220 rubles), Stroganoff beef with mashed potatoes (390 rubles), pike cutlets (360 rubles), aspic with homemade mustard (220 rubles).
9th microdistrict, building 1
+7 (3456) 39-91-39
Elegant two-level restaurant at the hotel with white tablecloths, gilding and a luxurious painting on the ceiling. It serves cuisine of the Petrine era and the “Royal Dinner” set from the aforementioned chef David Khachaturian, which includes a spectacular soup with a fish head (3,000 rubles with a guided tour). By the way, the same dinner can be tasted directly in the museum of the Romanov family.