Tobolsk

Once the historic capital of the Siberia region and one of the oldest settlements in Asian Russia founded by a group of Yermak's Cossacks, Tobolsk is now a slow-paced Siberian town at the confluence of the Tobol and Irtysh rivers. Tobolsk boasts the only surviving kremlin in Siberia which dominates the skyline of the city from its position on a high hill. In the 19th century, Tobolsk became home to many exiles and political prisoners, including some of the Decembrists, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and later Nicholas II himself. Today, Tobolsk is one of the most exciting destinations in Siberia with an extraordinary array of museums located in the former palaces, fortresses and prisons, quirky hotels and hostels, and a dramatic landscape divided into an upper and a lower town.

POPULATION98 886

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW2364 km

FOUNDED IN1587

UTC+5

See

Prison Castle

Deputy's Palace

Sleep

Prisoner Hostel

Get There
By Train:
Tobolsk is located off the main Trans-Siberian line. There're two trains departing daily from Moscow to Tobolsk (at least 27hrs). It takes around 3-4hrs by train to get to Tobolsk from Tyumen which stands on the Trans-Siberian route. The Tobolsk airport is currently closed so the train is the only way to get to the city.
Get Around

Tobolsk railway station is located on the outskirts of the city. It takes around 20min to get to the Tobolsk Kremlin by taxi. The old town is very small and can be easily explored on foot.