Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, and is the largest city of Siberia. It is also the youngest city to exceed the population of a million citizens, being founded in 1893.
Today Novosibirsk is:
* The business-center of Siberia. It explains its business-tourism orientation as well as the abundance of exhibition pavilions and an extensively developed publicity market.
* A major transportation junction. Here, waterways lying through the River Ob join airways ending in Tolmachevo airport and two small local airports. Intercity highways meet railways, Novosibirsk having been initially built to serve as an important railroad junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
* A scientific and campus life center. Akademgorodok is a major scientific center comprising Novosibirsk State University and dozens of scientific laboratories and institutes. It was founded in 1950, but it still bears its own marks of distinction, such as beautiful parks and forests, beaches, safe and quiet streets, many youngsters.
* The center of industry. There were launched many factories in the Novosibirsk region under the Soviets despite the lack of precious mineral resources. Even more of the factories were transported back home from the battlefields of WWII.
* Novosibirsk can be called the cultural center of Siberia - with some restrictions, though.
Based on the text by NovosibirskGuide.com