Altai Territory was formed on September 28, 1937. Administrative center: the city of Barnaul, founded in 1730.
Altai Territory is located almost in the center of Russia, in the southeast of Western Siberia. The region borders on several constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The length of the territory from west to east is about 600 km, from north to south - about 400 km. The area of the Altai Territory is 167,996 sq km, the population is more than 2.3 million people.
The region has almost all types of transport, which makes it accessible and attractive to guests. Barnaul Airport, named after the planet's second cosmonaut German Titov, is connected by direct flights to the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Tomsk, Sochi, Anapa, Simferopol and Surgut. Since 2020, additional flight programs have been launched to Novosibirsk and Omsk. The nearest large aviation hub, which has direct air communication with most regions of Siberia and the Urals, is located in Novosibirsk (about 200 km from Barnaul).
Altai Krai is a diversified tourist region, on the territory of which a variety of recreation and tourism programs, numerous tourist routes are presented.
The region is one of the most ecologically clean corners of Russia. The nature of the region is surprisingly rich and varied. Recreation in the natural environment, including travel to places with untouched nature, is gaining more and more popularity among residents and visitors of the region.
On the territory of the region there are more than 5 thousand monuments of archeology, architecture, history and culture. Some of them, for example the Denisova Cave, where scientists found the remains of a special type of ancient man a few years ago, are recognized as objects of world importance. Near the cave, an archaeological camp is organized, whose staff conduct excursions for guests, helping to touch the distant past.
There are unique museums in the region, many of which are associated with the names of great compatriots. Tourists can visit the small homeland of designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, writer, actor and director Vasily Shukshin, actor Valery Zolotukhin, poet Robert Rozhdestvensky, second Soviet cosmonaut German Titov and others.
Altai Territory is an ideal place for recovery and treatment. This is facilitated by mineral springs, healing air, medicinal herbs, curative mud of steppe lakes, a serious sanatorium-resort base, and highly qualified medical personnel.
The leader of the health resort complex of the Altai Territory is the only resort town of Belokurikha beyond the Urals, which has been repeatedly recognized as the best in Russia. Its sanatoriums provide services according to the European quality standard EuropeSpa Med.
In recent years, such a direction as medical tourism is gaining popularity. The presence in the region of key factors that determine the development of this type of tourism, namely: the largest medical cluster, modern medical technologies and high-tech medical equipment, qualified medical personnel, competitive cost, allow receiving medical tourists with various diseases and providing high-quality treatment and rehabilitation. For the development of this direction in the region, the Siberian International Forum on Medical and Health Tourism is held annually.
Fans of outdoor activities strive to Altai to travel on foot and ski, horseback or get a dose of adrenaline - rafting down the turbulent rivers on rafts, catamarans, kayaks or paragliding to the tops of the mountains.
A favorite vacation spot is one of the first in Russia special economic zones of tourist and recreational type "Turquoise Katun", which is located in the mountains, on the banks of the mountain river Katun, and offers tourists a wide range of services. The infrastructure of the tourist zone includes numerous hotels, bases, restaurants and cafes, sports grounds, and shopping malls. There is also an artificial lake in the mountains.
Not far from Turquoise Katun is the only Siberian Coin gambling zone in Siberia. Currently, the Altai palace entertainment complex operates here.
Holidays in the Altai Territory will be remembered for a long time with delicious natural food from ecologically clean areas, an abundance of honey and cheese. Gastronomic tourism is one of the promising areas in the region. The regional team of chefs joined the federal project "Gastronomic Map of Russia" and surprises the guests of the region with the peculiarities of authentic cuisine at festivals and in local restaurants.
The region is a major venue for various mass events of the interregional and international levels. More than 50 events are held annually in the Altai Territory. Many festivals and holidays have firmly taken their place in the "National Calendar of Events" and from year to year gather tens of thousands of guests. The annual holiday "Maralnik Blossom" opens the summer tourist season in the Altai Territory. The winter tourist season begins in the region with the "Altai wintering" holiday, timed to coincide with the arrival of swans on non-freezing lakes.