This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tomsk. To help you make friends with Tomsk before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tomsk, Russia, is located on the riverbank of the Tom River. It is a very green city with many parks. Tomsk used to be a very important religious center before the revolution, and even today, it has more than twenty-five churches, cathedrals, monasteries; there are two mosques, as well. However, many other religious buildings were demolished during Soviet times. You can also walk alongside the Tom River; visit the History Museum; the Museum of Wooden Architecture with very interesting exhibits; the Botanical Garden; and also some unique weird monuments such as a ruble monument, a dog statue that speaks if you insert a coin, a lover monument, and others.
Tomsk is not a party city, although there are several universities and the percentage of young people is above the average for the country. However, there are good options to go out at the weekend. Be aware that winters could be extremely cold and travelers should take warm clothes, as some months the average temperature is below minus-fifteen degrees Celsius and temperatures of minus-thirty degrees Celsius are not uncommon. So, in the winter you have a great chance to experience the real Siberian winter.
It might sound surprising, but there are a lot of hostels in Tomsk, Russia, especially when comparing it to cities of similar of larger size in Russia. Most of the hostels in Tomsk, Russia, are encapsulated between the train station and the Monument to the Students of Tomsk, but you can find hostels in Tomsk, Russia, in all central areas. Prices of all Tomsk, Russia hostels are more or less uniform and price differences are minimal. However, conditions in Tomsk, Russia hostels may be very different, although the price could be the same, an old, dirty, and hard-to-find hostel can have higher prices than a top-notch hostel in the center of the city. Tomsk is one of the cities where some research before booking can pay off immeasurably.
Written by local enthusiast for Tomsk hostelsGeorge Traveller