With more than 9 million kilometers of tracks, the Trans-Siberian railway is one of the most popular routes for people who want to know Russia. It crosses the whole country and has extensions that go through China, Mongolia and Korea. You can already imagine its size, right? This is a great option for those who want to visit cities in addition to Moscow and St. Petersburg, which are super tourist.
The landscapes along the entire route are incredible and some of the places are surreal. Despite the long journey and the confusing time zone change, it is the type of trip that is worth taking. As the route has several stopping points, I selected the ones I liked most to share with you!
Although not very common among tourists, Kazan is one of the most interesting cities in Russia. The Kazan Kremlin Fortress is the best-known attraction in the region, which has even been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the complex are also a beautiful mosque and dome.
As the canopy is getting closer and closer, the city expects a very large movement of tourists. In other words, the region will be very full between June and July this year. Ah, another cool thing about the place is the mix between new and older buildings. The streets are both innovative and historic.
If you want to see a different part of Siberia, be sure to visit Ulan Ude. It is a super multicultural city with very friendly and attentive residents. The region has great Asian influence, so one of the most visited spots there is the Ivolginsky Datsan, even though it is 35 km away from the city. It represents the resurgence of Buddhism in that area of Russia after the end of the Soviet Union.
The eccentric beauty of Ulan Ude is perfect for anyone who wants to have an idea of what other regions near Russia are like, such as Mongolia. The city is very small, so in one day you can get to know all the main attractions!
Located in the eastern part of the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg has a very traditional and historic vibe. It is the fourth largest city in the country, offering tourists a variety of cultural tours. If you want to explore further the mountain range of the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg is a great place to stay. Ah, several bands in Russia were very influenced by the Beatles, so the city even has a small monument in honor of them.
Novosibirsk is the ideal city for those who enjoy museums. Located in Siberia, the region is over-developed and has Russia’s third largest population. The old buildings are super charming and one of the most famous spots there is the Opera and Ballet Theater, a wonderful building that draws the attention of everyone in the city. In relation to museums, the themes of each one are quite different from each other. Two of the most interesting are the Novosibirsk Museum, which displays historical objects, and the Novosibirsk State Art Museum, with Russian and Western European art.
Even though it is not a very busy region with famous shops, Irkutsk is one of the most popular destinations for tourists on the Trans-Siberian route. Those who know the city fall in love with the ancient architecture and the wonderful landscape formed by the meeting of the rivers Angara and Irkuta.
For architecture enthusiasts, there is a museum called Taltsy specific to traditional Siberian buildings. Inside there are several wooden houses that are cute. Although few people there speak English, they are super helpful and try to help you if you need to!
This is perhaps the most amazing place on the list! Lake Baikal is the deepest on Earth, at approximately 1680 meters. It is even difficult to imagine a lake as big as this, right? When it is frozen, the landscape becomes even more beautiful. No matter the season, the blue of the scenery is surreal. The two best cities for you to use as a stopover are Irkutsk and Ulan Ude, so be sure to visit this wonderful place when you’re there.
As you may have noticed, each one has its own peculiarity, right? The landscapes are amazing and I’m looking forward to getting to know Russia. If you know other Trans-Siberian cities that are also worth a visit, don’t forget to comment here 😉