Biysk (Бийск) is the second largest city in Altai Krai with population of 220,000 people and featured as naukograd i.e. science city.
Biysk is a starting point for tourists trekking to the Altay Mountains, 'the gateway to Mountainous Altai'.
Biysk is located 163 km south of Barnaul and 356 km away from Novosibirsk. The Mongolian border is farther 617 km south. The terrain around is a hilly plain. Separated by the river Biya both banks of the city are connected by three bridges. The city is situated on the Chuysky Highway, a tarmac road, which goes from Novosibirsk to Mongolia.
The city appeared in 1709 as a part of the 'Biyskaya krepost', fortification line built from Ust'-Kamenogorsk. It derives the name from hydronym 'bi', a Samodian word for 'water, river'.
Continental climate. The average temperature of January is -18C, in July it is +18,9C.
There are no flights to Biysk airport so far because of reconstruction (03/2011).
Bus station is serving routes from Gorno-Altaysk (hourly), Ongudai (that one kis from Ongudai to Barnaul @9AM passing Biysk), Tomsk, Belokurikha, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk and Barnaul. Tickets are available via the internet. The bus station is within 5 min walk from the railway station.
The tram network is present with 8 routes. Public buses and taxis are numerous.
Historic part of the city is the most curious place to give a look to where the architecture tells about the past epoch. Go on to the right bank of the river to enjoy 1900th houses of merchants, Passages and an Orthodox Temple, all in compact area.
- Museum of regional studies, 134, Lenina st. 10:00-17:00 We-Su. Archeological artefacts from paleolith era. Numismatic and mineral collections. Mammoth cranium. Chinese pottery. The museum's co-founder was Vitaly Bianki w:Vitaly_Bianki whose memory is honoured in the museum's name. The museum's expositions are accommodated in two old buildings
- Museum of Chuysky Highway, 10, Tsentralny pereoulok. 10:00-17:00 Mo-Fr. Museum's location is the left bank and rather far off from the city's center. This is the only museum in Russia dedicated to the history of road.
- Your collection of Lenin's statues would be incomplete if you haven't taken a picture of one from Biysk. Thanks to cold weather Lenin was put a hat on here.
- There is a monument to the city's founder Peter the Great on the horseback.
- If the weather permits one can see rockets being launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. At nights rockets remind of comets.
- Visit the Drama theater.
- Go to the Bowling club.
- Musical theater Echo.
Trade-center 'Maria-Ra' has a small souvenir shop inside.
- Bowling club, 4, Chaikovskogo st, ☏ .
- Grill house, 59, Merlina st, ☏ .
- Kalina Krasnaya (Калина красная), 164, Lva Tolstogo st, ☏ .
- Praga (Прага), 65, Moprovsky pereoulok, ☏ , , fax: .
- Hotel Tsentralnaya (Центральная), 256, Lenina st, ☏ . Pretty comfortable hotel in the city's center which offers luxurious and economy class rooms. ATM and wi-fi. 1300-4600 руб.
- Hotel Biya (Бия), 144, Tolstogo st, ☏ .
- Hotel Gostevoy Dvor (Гостевой Двор), 228, Lenina st., ☏ .
- Hotel Gvozdika (Гвоздика), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 16 single and double rooms.
- Hotel Vostok (Восток), 20/1 Radischeva st, ☏ .
The central post-office is located at 34, Sovetskaya st.