Transsib: Moscow to Lake Baikal
This Trans-Siberian route takes you on the mystic Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow through the Siberian steppe to Lake Baikal. The train is a convenient way to discover a number of the often-overlooked jewels of the Russian countryside.
Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Irkutsk may differ from many traditional destinations; however, culturally and architecturally they can keep up with other well-known cities.
Price Range: $$$
Recommended Days: 10 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 95 hrs
Distance: 4,820 km
Moscow: Historical Capital Of Russia
Politically and culturally, Moscow is a world metropolis of the first order. The Kremlin, the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square are globally recognized landmarks.
GUM, also on Red Square, is Russia’s largest department store and one of the world’s finest and most exclusive shopping addresses. In terms of cultural offerings, the sublime Bolshoi Theatre comes first with regular ballet and opera performances.
Make sure to try some traditional foods local to Moscow: Shchi (cabbage soup), Pelmeni (dumplings), Pastila (fruit confectionary), or Blini (thin savory pancakes).
Moscow Kazanskiy Station → Kazan | Duration: 11:30 h | Transfers: 0
Kazan: Melting Pot Of Religions
Kazan unites the Russians and the Tatars as well as Christian and Muslim culture like no other city in Russia. Nowhere in the city can this be seen more clearly than in the heart of Kazan.
There, the Kazan Kremlin, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is flanked by the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Kul Sharif Mosque.
Something worth checking out is the Temple of All Religions, a miscellaneous mix of stylistic elements from 16 different religions, which houses a gallery, a museum, and a concert hall. Back in the center of town is Bauman Street and is well known to Kazan.
Kazan → Yekaterinburg | Duration: 13:46 h | Transfers: 0
Yekaterinburg: Border Town Between Europe And Asia
Our next stop on this Trans-Siberian Route is Yekaterinburg, which 40 kilometers east of the geographical border between Europe and Asia. In July 1918 the tsar’s family was murdered here and today, the most famous building in the city, the “Cathedral on the Blood“, commemorates this event.
A few steps away, the turquoise blue façade of the Ascension Cathedral catches the eye. Lenin Prospekt, Yekaterinburg’s main street is lined on both sides with most of the most famous sights.
Museums, theatres, the municipal opera house, and the historic city park can all be easily reached on foot from this street.
Yekaterinburg → Novosibirsk | Duration: 18:31 h | Transfers: 0
Novosibirsk: Capital Of Siberian Culture
The Trans-Siberian Railway plays a central role in the history of Novosibirsk. Its construction is the reason why the city was founded and today the metropolis is the economic and cultural center of Siberia.
After the Bolshoi, the Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the most famous theatre in Russia.
The Museum of Railway History of Western Siberia pays tribute to the Trans-Siberian Railway. And the Sanduny baths allow you to relax by visiting a traditional Russian bathhouse with massages and saunas.
Novosibirsk → Irkutsk | Duration: 41:48 h | Transfers: 0
Lake Baikal: The World’s Largest Freshwater Lake
Finally, the Trans-Siberian Railway will take you to Irkutsk. The town at Lake Baikal owes its nickname to the numerous beautiful wooden houses, which give the place a romantic and comfortable atmosphere.
Since Irkutsk is not located directly at Lake Baikal, it is advisable to continue to Listvyanka 65km away by car or bus. There you can stay overnight directly at the lake and make excursions whether it be dog sledding, fishing, or much more!