What to see in Irkutsk

Inbound tourism in Irkutsk is predominantly transit on the way to the famous Lake Baikal, one of Siberia’s main business cards. You can get on it either through the Irkutsk region, or through Buryatia – the city of Ulan-Ude. The easiest way is through Irkutsk, since it contains an international airport, railway station and river port.

Irkutsk Airport is located directly within the city:

The city is located about 60 km from Baikal, which can be reached by bus, car or water transport.

As a rule, tourists before the lake trip spend several days in the capital of Eastern Siberia. The city is located about 60 km from Baikal, which can be reached by bus, car or water transport.

In this article we will talk about the most popular places of Irkutsk and its surroundings.

In the heart of Irkutsk, you can visit the historical development area called "130 Quarter", which includes several dozen monuments of architecture and history of the city. There you can plunge into an old atmosphere of Irkutsk. In the area of ​​nearly six hectares, about 50 wooden and stone houses were built, in which museums, hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and vintage workshops are located.

130 quarters

It is also worth visiting the Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists, located in two estates – Volkonsky and Trubetsky.

Volkonsky house

House Trubetsky

What to see in Irkutsk

In the solar microdistrict you can visit one of the oldest icebreaks in the world called "Angara". The ship was launched into the water in 1900 in the village of Listhanichny, where he was taken in a disassembled form from English Newcastle.

The icebreaker was designed for laying the path in the thick Baikal ice for ferries that could not overcome the ice thickness of over 70 cm. In 1920, on board the "Angara" there was a massacre of 31 supporters of the politicalcenter – the temporary government operating in Irkutsk from November 1919. January 1920., opposed to the Government of Kolchak. In 1990, the icebreaker was put on an eternal parking lot on the Irkutsk reservoir, and it creates a museum that works and at present.

You can walk around the evening city from the bottom embankment of the Angara river to the island youth, where you can also enjoy the historical architecture of the city, starting a walk from the restored Arch Republic called "Moscow Gate", in the future in the city project it is envisaged to build a walkway along the embankment, length 22 kilometers to the dam of the Irkutsk HPP.

On the way to Baikal, I propose to visit, located in the open-air architectural and ethnographic museum "Taltsey", located 40 km from Irkutsk on the Baikal tract. Basically, all guests of the region arriving in the Irkutsk region do not bypass this place. Here you will see monuments of wooden architecture, ancient estate, and also get acquainted with the life and life of all indigenous peoples of the Baikal, and everyone will be able to take part in some old craft.

If you have enough time in stock for dating Baikal, there is another opportunity to see all the delights of the lakes, you can go to a two-day tour of the Bag-Baikal Railway, built in the royal times of the our Empire.

In this two-day journey, you can enjoy the wild beauty of nature, look at the vintage bridges and viaducts, built from the stone execution, and also drive under the 18th royal tunnels, from which the historical value of the steam locomotive will stop and carry out a mini excursion.

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