Travel in Siberia

Kemerovo Region

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The following tours are provided in this region:

  • Tour «Siberian Snowmobile Tour»
  • Tour «Snow Lines Of Siberia»
  • Tour «Winter Fishing In Siberia»
  • Active-excursion tour – “Picturesque Places Of Kuznetsk Alatau”
  • Excursion-ethnographical tour – “Siberian Hospitality”
  • Excursion-ethnographical tour - "The Legends of Lake Teletskoye and Mountain Shoria"
  • Tour «Welcome To Siberia!»
  • There are following sights in this region:

  • The museum-preserve “Krasnaya Gorka”
  • The museum-preserve “Tomskaya Pisanitsa”
  • The following hotels are located in this region:

  • Tourist centre “Snow Leopard”
  • Kemerovo Region on the map


    Kemerovo Region is situated in south-western.

    Siberia Area: 95,700 square kilometers.

    Population: 2,838,500 inhabitants (in 2005).

    Regional center: the city of Kemerovo (520,100 inhabitants) situated at a distance of 3,482 kilometers from Moscow.

    The region is part of the Siberian federal district, it borders on 6 regions of the Russian Federation.


    • 1,300 history and culture monuments, 273 of which are protected by the State;
    • 2 national culture centers, 57 national public associations;
    • 42 museums;
    • 7 theaters, a philharmonic society, 4 exhibition centers, 2 circuses;
    • 3 popular craft centers. Well-known birch bark wares have become an original symbol of the Kemerovo region.

    Geographical location

    Kemerovo Region (Russian: Ке́меровская о́бласть, Kemerovskaya oblast), often called Kuzbass (Кузба́сс) after the Kuznetsk Basin, is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast), located in south-western Siberia, where the West-Siberian Plain meets the South Siberian mountains. The region, which covers an area of 95,500 square kilometers (36,872.8 sq mi), shares a border with Tomsk Region in the north, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Khakassiya in the east, Altai Republic in the south, and Novosibirsk Region and Altai Territory in the west. Its population is predominantly ethnic Russian, but Ukrainians, Tatars, and Chuvash also live in the region.

    Kemerovo Region has almost equal distance from the western and the eastern borders of Russian Federation. This area is situated deep into the huge part of land near the centre of Eurasia and is located considerably away from the seas and the oceans. On the same latitude with Kemerovo region such cities and countries are located: Warsaw, Berlin, Lower Saxony, Denmark, Hague, Wales and Ireland.


    The climate conditions of Kemerovo Region are favorable for developing of winter and summer tourism. Summer is warm with large durance of sunshine. In wintertime weather isn't so frosty and the blanket of snow is stable and strong.

    The climate of the Kemerovo Region is continental: winters are cold and long, summers are warm, but short. The average January temperature is from -17 to -20 °C, July – from +17 to +18 °C. Average annual precipitation ranges from 300 mm on the plains and the foothills of up to 1000 mm or more in mountainous areas. The duration of the frost-free period lasts 100 days in the north area up to 120 days in the south of the Kuznetsk Basin.

    Historical Overview

    The region was established on January 26, 1943, but it has considerably older antecedents. The oldest city in Kemerovo Region is Novokuznetsk, it was found in 1618, soon after Cossack ataman Yermak's push into Siberia. Novokuznetsk is also the largest city in the region, exceeding even the administrative center, Kemerovo in terms of size. Kemerovo Region is one of Russia's most urbanized regions, with over 70% of the population living in its nine principal cities.

    The history of Kuzbass began long ago before the Russians came here. The most ancient human sites were found on the territory of Shestakovo village and city of Novokuznetsk. Thousands of years passed, different cultures appeared and disappeared before the Russians came. In 1618 on the Upper Tom Kuznetsk stockaded town was found by the Tomsk service class under the direction of Tatar and Cossack masters. It was located at the extreme inhabited southern part of Russia.

    Later there were silver ore of Salair, iron ore of Montain Shoria and gold of Kuznetsk Alatau were found. In 1721 the Cossack Mikhailo Volkov found the "burnt hill", so he became a discoverer of Kuznetsk coal.

    Industrial developing of Kuznetsk land started in the end of the 18th century. The first who paid attention to coal developing was A.N. Demidov – the manufacturer from the Urals. Later Demidov's Kolyvansko-Voskresensky factories were turned to the property of the Emperor's family.

    In case of industrial developing which was situated only at the European part of the country, Kuzbass didn't have worthy developing. Only in a hundred years the Trans-Siberian Railway was constructed, so Kuzbass got a shot in the arm to industrial using of iron ore, non-ferrous metals, coal and wood.

    After the October revolution Kuzbass became a part of the West-Siberian territory and later – of Novosibirsk region. This time the Dutch engineer Rutgers was in the head of organizing of Autonomous Industrial Colony Kuzbass (AIK KUZBASS).

    After the October revolution Kuzbass turned into the huge building ground, where the coal industry and foundations of metallurgical and chemical sectors started their evolution.

    During the Great Patriotic War Kuzbass became the main supplier of coal and metal. There were 50 thousand tanks and 45 thousand airplanes made of steel, which had been smelted by Kuznetsk metallurgists. In 1941 equipment of 71 enterprises there was evacuated, most of them remained in Kuzbass till nowadays. In 1943 in an effort to increase the extraction of coal and metal producing for the military production the decision to separate Kuzbass from Novosibirsk region and to set up Kemerovo region on its territory was taken.


    Kemerovo Region is one of Russia's most important industrial regions, with some of the world's largest deposits of coal. The south of the region is dominated by metallurgy and the mining industry, as well as mechanical engineering and chemical production. The Evraz Group and an ore subsidiary Evrazruda operate iron ore mining and processing facilities along with the Raspadskaya, Yuzhkuzbassugol, The Siberian holding company SIBPLAZ, coal and coking coal mines there. The north area of the region is more agricultural. The region has a dense railway network, including the Trans-Siberian Railway, which passes through the region.

    The main tourist programs

    Kuzbass isn't only a strong industrial centre with giants of coal, metallurgical and chemical industry, but it's the district of primordial taiga, blue lakes and rivers, mountains with snowy alps parting to heaven – Kuzbass is generously endowed by nature. Here you can find all necessary objects of tourist infrastructure.

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