In the early nineteenth century, many Russian artists, officers and nobles were sent into exile to Siberia for their part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. Irkutsk became the major center of intellectual and social life for these exiles, and much of the city's cultural heritage comes from them; also, many of their wooden houses, adorned with ornate, hand-carved decorations, survive today in stark contrast with the standard Soviet apartment blocks that surround them. The wide streets and ornate, continental architecture led to Irkutsk being called the "Paris of Siberia", although travelers are unlikely to have a difficult time distinguishing the two today.
During the civil war that broke out after the Bolshevik Revolution, Irkutsk became the site of many furious, bloody clashes between the "Whites" and the "Reds" (aka Bolsheviks), and a number of city landmarks remain from that era. In 1920, Kolchak, the once-feared commander of the largest contingent of anti-Bolshevik forces, was executed there, effectively destroying the anti-Bolshevik resistance.
Today, Irkutsk is one of the biggest cities in Siberia, with a growing population of more than 590,000 people. It's home to several universities and a major branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, thanks to its proximity to Lake Baikal.
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Average of Irkutsk
In July, the average temperature is 18°C (64°F) with a bit of rain, but by January, the temperature plunges in typically Siberian fashion to -19°C (-2°F). Early September finds the local foliage at its finest.
Irkutsk Airport (IATA: IKT) can be reached from either of the two major airports in Moscow, Domodedovo or Sheremetyevo 1. Rossiya Airlines also flies directly to Irkutsk from St. Petersburg and S7 Airlines uses Irkutsk as a regional hub, flying to several cities in Russia, as well as flights to China, South Korea, and elsewhere in Asia.
Arranging to be picked up at the airport prior to departure is recommended, since both flights get in early in the morning and English-speaking taxis are hard to find. If traveling in the winter bring warm clothing on the plane, as you will most likely deplane onto the tarmac.
The airport is located fairly close to the city center and buses, trams, and minibuses run frequently between the airport and Kirov Square (near the Angara Hotel) and other points in the historical center. Travel time from Kirov Square to the airport by bus during rush hour is about 30 minutes and costs between 10 and 20 Rubles.
- Irkutsk-Passanger Railway Station (Иркутск-Пассажирский), Ul. Chelnokova, Tereshkovoi (Улицам Челнокова, Терешковой) (Minibuses: № 6, 16, 20, 72, 77, 80, 80к 116; Тram 1, 2, 4а;). Suburban lines to Bajkalsk, Bolshoy Lug, Voennyi Gorodok, Malta, Polovyna, Usolie Siberskoye, Cheremkhovo, Vydrino, Glubokaya, Zyma, Half, Kaya, Podkamennaya, Sludyanka.
- Most travelers arrive in Irkutsk by the Trans-Siberian Railway. It's about halfway between Moscow and the two eastern terminus, Vladivostok and Beijing, which makes it a good place to break the trip, if only to stretch your legs and buy provisions. The Baikal-Amur Mainline, connecting with more northerly cities, also runs nearby.
Apart from Moscow there are also direct carriages from most cities in Russia, Minsk (94 h) and from Saint Petersburg (86 h) on the Baikal train. Also, a service from Warsaw (113 h) was introduced in recently. To and from Vladivostok, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Chita, Khabarovsk, Severobaykalsk, Ulan-Ude, Novosibirsk, Neryungri, Blagoveshchensk, Ust-Ilimsk, Novokuznetsk, Penza, Kislovodsk and Abakan.
Irkutsk is a relatively compact city in the historical center and traffic congestion is not bad for a city of nearly 600,000. It is a very walkable city within the center, and for those who want to save time or travel between one side of the river and the other, the public transit system is good. Knowing at least how to read the signs on the buses and bus stops is helpful, and on the minibuses, one must call out to the driver to request a stop. Oddly enough, the names of major bus stops are posted on kiosk roofs parallel to the road so that the names are not often visible from inside the bus. Bus and minibus ("marshrutka") fare is usually 12 Rubles. Local etiquitte is to pay the driver when exiting the bus and trolley (therefore you can exit it only thru the front door). In trams tickets should be purchased from driver, then stamped in the machine on board.
The tourist information office (very friendly and useful) is located in the Europe House, 21 F. Engels St.
You can rent bikes at Skiwalker in the north-east of Irkutsk.
- Epiphany Cathedral (Собор Богоявления), ulitsa Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya, 2. Architectural styles: Siberian baroque, Russian architecture and Russian classicism. The first mention: in 1693. Date of foundation: 1718. Construction years: 1718-1746.
- Our Lady of Kazan Church (Казанская церковь(Богородице-Иркутская церковь во имя Казанской иконы Божией Матери)), Ul. Barricad (улица Баррикад). Architectural style Neobyzantian. Author of the project GV Rosen (presumably). Founder: A. Sibiryakov. The first mention: in 1885. Date of foundation: 1885. Construction years: 1885-1892.
- Znamensky Monastery (Знаменский монастырь), Ul. Angarskaya, 14 (Nearby it is a monument to Alexander Kolchak, White General.). Three-centuries old monastery where Alaska explorer Grigory Shelekhov is buried. Also in the name of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Sign. - Orthodox women's monastery, located in the Right Bank district of the city of Irkutsk at the confluence of the Angara and Ushakovka. One of the oldest monasteries in Siberia. Type: Female. The first mention: 1689. Date of foundation: 1689. Key dates:-1689 - Founding of the monastery, - 1920 - Abolition of the monastery, - 1991 - Relics Innocent Kulchytskyy, - 1994 - Restoration of the monastery.
- Knyaze-Vladimirsky Monastery (Князе-Владимирский монастырь), Ul. Kashtanovskaya, 52. Built in 1888 in honour of Prince Vladimir who baptisized Rus. Founder: V.A. Litvintsev. Date of foundation: 1888. Status: Active.
- Vladimyr Church (Владимирская церковь (Церковь Владимирской иконы Божией Матери)), Ul. Dekabrsky Sobitii, 3 (ул. Декабрьских Событий,). Siberian baroque architectural style. Date of foundation: 1775. Construction years: 1775-1790. Condition: Lost original appearance.
- Neokesariyskovo Gregory Church (Церковь Григория Неокесарийского (Церковь Святого Григория, епископа Неокесарийского)), Pereulok Krasnoflotskiye, 5 (пер. Краснофлотский,) (in the historic city center, on a side street in the yard Krasnoflotskoye Trinity Church.). The architectural style: classicism. Author of the project: Losev A.I. The first mention: in 1802. Construction years: 1802-1805. Condition: Good.
- Jerusalem church (also Church of the Entry into Jerusalem) (Входо-Иерусалимская церковь (Церковь Входа Господня в Иерусалим)), Ul. Vortsov Revolutsii, ( ул. Борцов Революции) 15 (In the historic center.). The architectural style: classicism. Date of foundation: 1820. Construction years: 1820-1835. Condition: Good.
- Znamenskaya church (Знаменская церковь (Церковь Знамения Пресвятой Богородицы)), Ul. Angara, (ул. Ангарская,) 14. Orthodox temple. Siberian baroque architectural style. Date of foundation: 1757. Construction 1757-1762 (?).Relics: The relics of St. Innocent of Irkutsk. Condition: Good.
- Synagogue (Иркутская синагога), Ul. Karl Liebknechta, (ул. К.Либкнехта,) 23, ☎ (3952)20-93-67. Architect: Kudelsky V.A. Date of foundation: 1878. Construction years: 1878-1882.
- Irkutsk mosque (Иркутская Соборная мечеть (İrkutsk şəhəre camiğ məçete, Иркутск шәһәре җамигъ мәчете)), Ul. Karl Liebknechta, (ул. К.Либкнехта,) 86.. School: Hanafi maskhab. Baikal Muftiat. Type mosques: Juma mosque. Builder: H. and S. Shafigullina. Construction: 1901-1902.Key dates: 1897 - open, 1939 - closed, dismantled the minaret, 1946 - opened with partial use of the building. Number of minarets: 1. Status: Active, currently on refurbishing. Subject of cultural heritage.
- Holy Cross Church Krestovozdvyzhenskaya tserkov (Крестовоздвиженская церковь (Церковь Воздвижения Честного и Животворящего Креста Господня)), Ul. Sedova, (улица Седова,) 1.. Architectural style: Siberian baroque. Founded: 1747. Construction: 1747-1760. Condition: Good.
- Ascension Church (1747–51) (Вознесенский).
- Saviour Church (1706–13).
- Prince Vladimir's Church (Church Litvintsevskaya) (Князе-Владимирская церковь (Церковь святого равноапостольного князя Владимира)), Ul. Kashtakovskaya, (ул. Каштаковская,) 52. Author of the project: Kudelsky V.A. Founded: 1888. Construction: 1888-1895.
- Michael the Archangel Church (Михаило-Архангельская церковь, Церковь Михаила Архангела, Cкитская церковь), Ul. Obraztsova, (улице Образцова). Orthodox church. In 1872, on the territory of the monastery Ascension Monastery a wooden church and fraternal cells was laid . In 1876 the church was consecrated. In 1938 the church was closed. In 1944 the church was re-opened.
- St. Nicholas Church (Николо-Иннокентьевская церковь (Церковь Святителя Николая Чудотворца и Святителя Иннокентия)), Ul. Profsoyuznaya (ул. Профсоюзная,) 45А, ☎ 7 (3952) 63-70-15. Architectural style: Classicism. Author of the project: Belnevsky (?). Construction: 1858-1859. Condition: Good.
- Church of the Intercession (Покровская церковь, Церковь Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы и Сретения Господня), Ul. Rabochevo staba, (ул. Рабочего штаба,) 29. Founded: 1824. Construction: 1824-1828. Condition: Emergency. April 21, 1934 the church was closed. Now there is a motor club.
- Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Церковь Успения Девы Марии Римско-католический костёл, польск. Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Irkucku), /Ul. Sukh-Batora, (ул. Сухэ-Батора,) 1. Architectural style: Neo-Gothic. Architect: Ian Tamulevich. Founded: 1881. Construction: 1881-1884.
- Church of the Assumption (Успенская церковь, Церковь Успения Богородицы), Ul. Polyarnaya, (ул. Полярная,) 76. Founded: 1780. Construction: 1780-83.
- Harlampievskaya Church (Church of Archangel Michael) (Харлампиевская церковь, Михайло-Архангельская Харлампиевская церковь), Ul. Pyatii Armiii (Улица 5-й Армии), 59, ☎ 68-35-45. Founded: 1777. Condition: Good.
- Transfiguration Church (Спасо-Преображенская церковь, Церковь Преображения Господня), Pereulok Volkonskogo, (пер. Волконского) 1, ☎ (3952) 20-93-45. Architectural style: Baroque provincial. Architect: Losev A.I. (?). Date of foundation: 1795. Construction: 1795-1811. Condition: Good.
- Trinity Church (Holy Trinity Church) (Троицкая церковь, Церковь Святой Троицы), Ul. Pyatoi Armii, (ул. Пятой Армии,) 8. Architectural style: Siberian baroque. Construction: 1750's-1778. Condition: Good.
- Church of the Saviour (Храм Христа Спасителя, Спасская церковь), Ul. Sukhe Batora (ул. Сухэ Батора,) 2 (Public Garden (Публичный сад)), ☎ 8(3952) 20-15-52. Building type: Early Posadskiy temple. Architectural style: Russian architecture. Author of the project: Dolgikh M.I. The first mention: 1672. Founded: 1706. Construction: 1706-1710. Condition: Good.
- City History Museum (Музей истории города Иркутска), ul Frank-Kamenetskogo 16А. Closed Wednesdays and holidays. has an interesting and thorough display of Irkutsk from its inception to the present day. Since 2008, the museum is in a new building in the city center.
- Geology Museum (at Irkutsk State Polytechnical University.From the center, take bus 3, 4, or 21 across the river to the Polytechnical University (behind the railway station); the museum itself is in the central of the three southern wings of the university — do not enter through the main entrance, but rather walk around the outside of the building to the right.). has an extensive display of gems and minerals found in Siberia and the Russian Far East, even a block of asbestos under glass.
- Irkutsk Regional Museum (Иркутский областной краеведческий музей), Ul. Karla Marksa, 2 (across from the Alexander III memorial on the Angara embankment,). Closed Mondays.. has an interesting ethnographic exhibit on indigeous peoples including Even and Buryats, and a display on Irkutsk in the 20th Century
- Sukachev Art Museum (Иркутский областной художественный музей им. В.П.Сукачева), Ul. Lenina, 5. Closed Tuesdays. Probably Siberia's best collection of fine art, including several early icons, Russian secular art of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including a few works of Repin, a section of Mongolian and Chinese art, and a section of European art including a collection of lesser-known Dutch masters.
- Irkutsk Museum of Decembrists (House-Museum Volkonskiis) (Иркутский областной историко-мемориальный музей декабристов), Per. Volonskoho, (пер. Волконского,) 10 (Historical center), ☎ +7 (3952)20-75-32, 29-26-63, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10.00 - 18.00 , day off - Monday. The museum consists the S.P.Trubetskogo and the S.G.Volkonskogo memorial estates. Entrance fee - 200 rubles.; excursions group of 15 persons - 2250 rubles. Photographing - negotiated price ; film , video - price negotiable.
- Trubetsky House-Museum (Дом-музей Трубецких), Ul. Dzherzhinskogo (ул. Дзержинского,) 64, e-mail: email@example.com. 10-00 - 18-00 , day off - Tuesday. Wednesday.
- Eksperimentary science museum (Музей занимательной науки Экспериментарий), Ul. Lermontova (ул. Лермонтова,) 277А. Branch of the museum is at ul. Sedov , 2. All his exhibits operate and can be used by visitors themselves.
- History Museum of JSC Irkutskenergo, Rabochaya Street, 22.
- Irkutsk Philarmony. Classic, jazz, folk music performance. on 2, Dzerzhinskogo st.
- Ice-breaker "Angara (Музей Ледокол «Ангара»). the oldest among steam ice-breakers in the world, built in 1900 in Newcastle, now a museum docked at the city's port. Technical data of ship: length - 60 m, width - 10.5 m, height from keel to deck in the center - 7.5 m, displacement - 1400 tons.
- Dam and hydroelectricity plant (Ирку́тская гидроэлектроста́нция) (Take trolley bus number 8, which will drive across the dam. Afterwards, you can walk to a fuel station, where you can see the power plant very well. Afterwards, you can walk across the dam. Beside the plant, it's also possible to go up and down the dam itself.). You can Not many people seem to consider the dam and hydroelectric plant as an interesting sight, so you'll be more or less alone there
- Irkutsk-City business-center (Деловой район «Иркутск-Сити»), Ul. Octyabrskoi Revolyutsy, (ул. Октябрьской Революции,) 1. (Not far away from the historic center). A couple of high-tech buildings are there, but more is left to be built. A business district in the Right Bank district of Irkutsk. Located in the eastern part of the historic city center in close proximity to the main streets: Karla Marksa, Dzerzhinsky, Dekabrsky Sobytii. Planned deadline of all objects - 2016, the total built-up area - 300 hectares. This 34 buildings, 15 of which - business centers. Developer of the project - "Active" .
- Tucked away in the residential area of Irkutsk is a small Nerpinary. The Nerpinary is home to two Baikal seals. For a small price you can go and see these seals perform a small presentation and paint a picture! which you can even purchase after.
Also among the Soviet concrete monstrosities, Irkutsk features street after street of atmospheric, decaying wooden buildings. Most of these are either abandoned or still used as private residences, though, and cannot be entered without permission of the owner, but provide for an atmospheric stroll down the street.
- Kirov Square (Площадь имени Кирова) (In the historic downtown.Between Leninsky and Sukh-Baatar streets.). Old names: Between 1669-1790's - The Kremlin, since the beginning of XIX to 1935 - Tikhvin Gostinodvorskaya, Earl Speranskii and others. It is the main square of Right Bank district, of Irkutsk.
- Antipina Estate (Усадьба Антипина), Ul. Baykalskaya, 68.
- Atafonova Estate (Усадьба Атафонова), Ul. Sophi Perovskoi,15.
- Basnina Estate (Усадьба Баснина), Ul. Sverdlova, 33-35. Architect: Losev.A.I., 1850's.
- Belyaeva Estate (Усадьба Беляева), Ul. Kozhova, 40.
- Sukachev Estate (Усадьба Сукачёва), Ul. Dekabristov Sobytii, 112 (Near the TANK bus stop). The estate of a 19th-century mayor of Irkutsk showing life of the upper classes at the time, in a series of log houses that he lived in.
- Volkonskiy House (Усадьба Волконского), off Ul. Timuryazeva (behind the Transfiguration Church near the bus station). One of houses of Decembrist exiles was one of the focal points of the Decembrists' social life in the mid-19th Century.
- Tributskiy House (Усадьба Трубецкого), Ul. Dzerzhinskovo, 24 or 64?. Built 1810-1820. As of March 2008, has a sign on the door (dated September 2006, no less) saying that it is closed for restoration.
- House of the Military governors (Белый Дом в Иркутске, Oсобняк Михаила Васильевича Сибирякова, Дом военных генерал-губернаторов), Bul. Haharina (бульвар Гагарина,) 24. Architect: Dzh.Kvarengi (?). Founder: Sibiryakov M.V. Founded: 1804. Constructed: 1800-04.
- City drama theater (Иркутский городской театр народной драмы), Ul. Karla Marksa, (Карла Маркса,) 14. Built in 1898.
- Angara embankment, end of Ul. Karla Marksa. at the in the evening, the place for meeting of the youth.
- Statue of famous Russian writer A. Vampilov, Karl Marx St (Near Drama theatre). who was born near Irkutsk. Visiting for good luck and happiness in your life. It is a new and popular tradition in Irkutsk, started from Vampilov's anniversary.
- Central park in winter. there many ice sculptures as well as an ice castle that you can walk around in. There are ice slides in this park also. Most Russians stand up and slide on the soles of their shoes. The park is very lively at night with tourists, even though the temperatures drop well below -20 degrees C.
Walk down Ul. Uritskovo, a pedestrian street with shops and cafes.
Wood carvings, birchwood boxes, and lacquer boxes are typical souvenirs of Siberia. A few hotels have souvenir stalls in the lobby, and the Regional Museum at Ul. Karla Marksa 2 has a decent selection in their gift shop as well.
Kamusi are winter boots used by native Siberians made out of deer, elk, or other fur. One place to buy is at a small shop across from the bus station at Ul. Oktyabrskoi Revolyutsii 20B called "Aikhal". It is in a courtyard behind some kiosks, so it takes some searching. They have kamusi for men, women, and children, with prices starting at about 3000 Rubles.
Irkutsk has lots of restaurants offering Russian, Siberian, Buryat, Mongolian, Japanese, Chinese and European cuisine. For a local specialty, Omyl, Sig and Kharius are local fishes found in the lake Baikal (available in many restaurants).
Kochevnik on Gor'kogo Street, nice Mongolian restaurant with relaxing atmosphere.
Seul at Ul. Dekyabrskikh Sobytii, Korean and Chinese.
Siberian Village (Сибирская Деревенька) at the Angara Hotel on Kirov Square, Siberian cuisine, a stylish place representing an entire village.
Rus at the hotel Rus, Russian.
Cafe Shokolad at Ul. Dekyabrskikh Sobytii 102 behind the wedding palace, is a clean, modern cafe with good salads, reasonably-priced main courses, and, as their name suggests, sumptuous desserts. A bit outside the historical center (near the TANK bus stop), it is a good place to relax after an excursion to the Sukachev Estate down the street.
Pizza Domino with no relation to the US chain, is at Lenina 13A across from the Lenin Statue. They do pizzas, soups, and other quick meals. Very cheap, and open 24 hours.
Pizza Pinocchio near the Angara Hotel on Kirov Square and other locations; quick and inexpensive pizzas that are sometimes reheated in a microwave.
- Liverpool — Is a somewhat Beatles themed restaurant which also works as an superb nightclub with young beautiful Russian hipsters and 2 dancefloors. Not much on out of season. Said only 1 beer on which was of couse the most expensive!
- Broadway, 29, Sedova st, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 12:00-2:00 Tu-Th; 12:00-6:00 Fr-Sa; the bar works around clock. European and Russian cuisine, a dance floor at nights.
- Club Megapolis (Мегаполис), 4, Ulanbatorskaya st, ☎ . 22:00-7:00. A night club for 2000 persons admittance fee 50-200RUB depending on the weekday.
- Club Stratosfera (Стратосфера), 15 Karla Marksa st. Three bars (big, beer and disco), dancefloor, pizzeria, two 3D cinemas, bowling.
- Panorama (Панорама), 102 Dekabrskikh Sobytiy st, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Cafes Shololade and Summer Terrace; show-club Panorama.
- Yefimich (Ефимыч), 3, Karla Marksa st, ☎ (3592) 20-01-70. A Bar-restaurant for 100 seats inside and 70 seats on the summer ground
Balsams Buryatia and Amrita are very nice Buryat alcoholic drinks (costs about 180 RUB each 0.75 l). Thay are also very helpful against cold. Balsam Buryatia was consecrated by Dalai-Lama XIV, as it says label on the bottle.
Some locals have rooms for rent.
- Tatiana's homestay, 9 Kalinina str., ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The condo is located within a 5 min walk from the bus stop and it is easy to find. It is a convenient neighborhood with lots near by such as restaurants, stores and such. Enjoy Russian hospitality while staying in Irkutsk! 1490 Rub per night.
- Baikal Hostel. The hostel is between the train station and the dam on the River Angara. Get off at the bus and Marshrutka station Mikrochirugia Glasa, on the main street uliza Lermontova. From there it's a 1-minute walk.
- Host Families Association (HOFA), 5 Tavricheskaya str., ☎ , fax: +7 (812) 275 1992, e-mail: email@example.com. Since 1990 HOFA provides visa invitations, homestays, apartment rentals, packages in friendly homes in 60 cities in Russia and CIS . From €22 per night.
- Nerpa Backpackers Hostel, Sportivniy lane bld. 5A apt. 1. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 10:00. A great hostel in the city center, located in 7-minute walk from the train station. Friendly staff, all the basic amenities (2 bathrooms and toilets, spacious common room and kitchen, lockers, laundry etc.) You will also be provided with linens and towels. Visa registration costs 400R. There are one double room (shared accommodation possible) at 750 RUB / bed, and two 8-bed dorm room at 600 RUB / bed.
- Angara Hotel. the hotel is 2.5 km from the train station, at the Kirov Square in the centre. The hotel offers 280 rooms, a fitness centre, sauna, swimming pool as well as a billiard room.
- Courtyard Irkutsk, Chkalov Street 15. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Courtyard by Marriott in walking distance of the Kirov Place. 208 spacious guestrooms, including 7 suites, free access to fitness. Lobby Bar, a full American-style breakfast buffet in the restaurant.
- China (General Consulate), Karla Marksa street, 40, ☎ +7 (3952) 781-433, 781-434, 781-435, fax: +7 (3952) 781-413.
- Lithuania (Honourary Consulate), 259B Baikalskaya St, ☎ +7 (3952) 35-93-59, 35-93-58, 35-16-54, fax: +7 (3952) 35-93-59, 35-93-58, 35-16-54, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 8:00—19:00 Mon-Fri.
- Mongolia (General Consulate), 11 Lapina St (Near Khudozhestvenny cinema), ☎ , fax: +7 (3952) 34-21-43. 9.30-12.00, 14.30-17.00 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri.
- Poland (General Consulate), 18 Sukhe Batora St, ☎ , fax: +7 3952 288 012, e-mail: email@example.com. Visas 10:00-14:00, otherwise 9:00-17:00 Mon-Fri.
- South Korea (General Consulate), Boulevard Gagarina, 44, Hotel Irkutsk (former Intourist), ☎ . Mon-Fri 9-00AM - 5-00PM.
- Irkutsk port serves boats to Ust-Barguzin, Nizhneangarsk, Bolshoye Koty, Listvyanka and port Baikal on the Circum-Baikal Railway.
- Lake Baikal (Озеро Байкал). Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, lies about an hour away by train or an hour and a half by bus. It can be circled by train (lengths vary from a few hours to 3 days).
- Architectural-Ethnographical Museum 'Tal'tsy' (Иркутский архитектурно-этнографический музей «Тальцы») (To get there, take a bus from the Irkutsk bus station in the direction of Listvyanka (Листвянка); Tal'tsy (Тальцы) is about 45 minutes away and halfway to Listvyanka. To move on from Taltsi either to Listvyanka or Irkutsk, it appears the only way to do so is to hail a bus at one of the bus stops outside the museum grounds on the main road.). This village of several 17th-19th century wooden houses, churches, and a fort that were relocated from around Irkutsk Oblast to form this interesting open-air museum. 40-80 RUB, depending on the type of bus and 40 RUB for foreign adults museum fee.
- Olkhon island (Остров Ольхон). Olkhon island on lake Baikal offers breath-taking views and rest.
- Cherskiy mountain range (Хребет Черского) (2-hour ride on suburban train.). Make 3-day trip to Cherskiy peak (about 2,000 m) near Slyudyanka (Слюдянка).
- Arshan Resort (Курорт Аршан) (You can get there by bus or marshrutka from the bus station. Marshrutka is more convenient because it is faster and do not have a stops. For getting a marshrutka ask the men staying in front of the station, they will show you who goes there.). Arshan village in Buryatia offers mineral water springs (cold and hot springs at Arshan, and hot springs at Zhemchug village (Жемчуг) — about 10 km from Arshan) and scenic views of mountains. 350-400 RUB (bus or marshrutka).
- Daily trains to Mongolia arrive after 36 hours to Ulaanbaatar.
|Routes through Irkutsk|
|Novosibirsk ← Angarsk ←||W E||→ Ulan Ude → Khabarovsk|
|End ←||N S||→ Ulan Ude → Beijing|