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About Tobolsk

About Tobolsk

The Siberian gem Tobolsk is a town in Tyumen Oblast, situated at the confluence of the Tobol and the Irtysh rivers. Historically significant as the place where the Russian royal family was exiled to after the revolution, nowadays it is one of the most rapidly growing tourist destinations in Russia.

Founded in 1587, Tobolsk was the center of Russian colonization of Siberia, however, now it is famous for its architecture, museums, historical heritage, and cultural monuments. One of the places to consider adding to your Tobolsk tour is the Governor's Palace, also known as the Kuklin's House, that holds the exhibition, dedicated to the life of the royal family.

Neighboring the palace mentioned stands the Tobolsk Prison Castle, in which victims of Stalin's regime were held captive. The list goes on, with the main square, the Memorial Cemetery Zavalnoe, the white walls of Tobolsk Kremlin, and many more things to explore.

Reasons to travel to Tobolsk

Do not jump to the conclusion though, that history is the only impressive thing this place has to offer. Being the second oldest Russian settlement east of the Ural Mountains in Asian Russia, Tobolsk is a town of beautiful landscapes; therefore, a popular place for recreation, sports, and cultural centers as well.

Actually, during the period between the 16th and the 18th centuries, it was the center of the Siberian province, but ever since the change in trade routes and the construction of a railway in the 19th century, the city has lost its economic relevance. However, these days Tobolsk is still of great importance as the largest industrial center in the processing of liquefied petroleum gases in Russia.

All in all, actions speak louder than words, so don't hesitate to go Tobolsk sightseeing for your next getaway, as you will not regret it.

Best Things to Do in Tobolsk

  • Admire the blue and golden domes of the beautiful Tobolsk Kremlin
  • Explore Tobolsk Historical and Architectural Reserve
  • Take in the charm of Siberian nature
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