Irkutsk Travel Guide

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    Hilltop view of the Lake Baikal
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    Angara in Irkutsk
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Irkutsk Highlights

  • Pro
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    brmi says…

     New place, egzotic, baikall, great people 

  • Con
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    jorgblaser says…

     Not as cheap as the western side - pollution... 

  • In a nutshell
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    siberia99 says…

     Well worth the time and efforts to go there. 

Irkutsk Things to Do

  • By boat down the Angara to Listvyanka

    Most tourists will probably want to visit Lake Baikal, the world's oldest, deepest lake and an astonishing reserve of freshwater on planet earth. I went by boat from Raketa port (close to the Angara steamship at the south of Irkutsk) at 9am, returning at 6.30pm. The nearest stop, one hour away, is the small town of Listvyanka (also reachable by bus...

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  • Karl Marx Street

    Karl Marx Street is the central and one of the most beautiful streets in the city. Almost perfectly straight it starts at Angara embankment near the monument to Alexander III, crosses Lenin Street and extends for two kilometers.Architects from St. Petersburg attended in the design of most buildings. That is why the street has the atmosphere and...

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  • Academic Drama Theater

    Irkutsk is also home to several theaters, including the Okhlopkov Drama Theater, one of Russia's oldest theatres.After reconstruction the theater became one of the best technical equipment in Russia. The stage is equipped with a computer-controlled all the mechanisms and the most up to date sound and light equipment.

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  • White House

    The mansion was built by Sibiriakov in 1800 - 1804, and even then it was a bright ornament of the city. The palace was built in style of Russian classicism. The authorship usually attributed to Giacomo Quarenghi. In the first days of Soviet power is housed the Central Executive Committee of Soviets in Siberia, the newspaper "Izvestia Tsentrosibir"...

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  • House of Officers – Museum of Glory

    The House Officers – the former Kalyginsky Palace built by architect Kudelsky in 1878. Christina Kalygina used it as a public library, a theater for amateur performances, for selling books, balls and evening entertainment. In 1930 it was transferred to the Red Army.The building houses the Museum of Military Glory. It was founded in 1975 to the 30th...

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  • Irkutsk City Museum

    The building, built in 1883, is an architecture monument and one of the oldest museums in Russia. The two-story building that resembles a castle with towers, was designed by a design engineer Baron G. Rosen. The museum is located on the corner of the Karl Marx Street and the Gagarin Boulevard, surrounded by monuments of the first half of XIX...

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Irkutsk Restaurants

  • European cuisine

    When staying in the Europe Hotel I used to have breakfasts and suppers in this restaurant.Starting from 7:00 they invite you to breakfast – Smorgasbord (buffet).The hotel restaurant is one of the city’s few that work 24/7.This modern yet classical restaurant of European cuisine on the first floor of the Europe hotel, invites you to go on a tour of...

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  • Vienna in Irkutsk

    We had a pleasant conversation over a cup of coffee after an interesting excursion along the centre of Irkutsk. My friends - local citizens ordered a lot of cakes and I thought it’s no need to go Vienna to taste its famous cakes – you’d better go to Irkutsk, though it’s a little bit far from Moscow than Vienna, haha!

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  • A lot of meat and beer!

    Kitchen of restaurant German-Austrian. You will find the stewed pork leg prepared under the traditional recipe of German culinary specialists in the menu. The magnificent choice of snack will not leave indifferent the most tempted gourmet are beer shrimps, karpachcho from a fish. The cheese plate is a composition from the best grades of cheese....

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Irkutsk Nightlife

  • Mikhail Kazakov’s performance

    After a hard working day my friend - a local Irkutsk citizen brought me to the Irkutsk Musical Theater in the name of Zagursky to watch a performance by famous Russian actor Mikhail Kazakov on the poems of Joseph Brodsky accompanied with saxophone music.We spent a pleasant evening there.You can watch my 1 min 16 sec Video Irkutsk Michail Kazakov...

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  • Irkuts has a big number of...

    There are much more clubs than it writen about here.the AKULA - is a club, bowling and pizzeria near Angara with often night erotic dance shows. This place is also called "First scandal club". Maybe for its streap parties, maybe for that a police find a drugs and exstazy in this club very often.the "Object 01" - is a club with 2 dancefloors and not...

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  • Fashionable dancing

    Cultural-entertaining complex "Panorama" one of the greatest centers of entertainments of Irkutsk. It is located practically in city centre and contains up to 1200 person. The complex is issued in style "high tech". The club represents three-level club space with two isolated dancings, 6 bars, cafe "Chocolate", a banquet hall "the Seventh sky",...

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Irkutsk Transportation

  • Reliable buses, minibuses and a bruised...

    Other forms of transport include the trolleybus and taxis (which are not as common here as in some cities) so the local buses provided all of my journeys where I didn't walk. From the train station, the number 116 is a great service line, going all the way down Lenin Street to the Angara port and steamship at the southern point of the city. When...

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  • How to get to Irkutsk from Moscow

    The distance between Moscow and Irkutsk by air is 4200 km.It will take you 6 hours to get there by plane.The distance between Moscow and Irkutsk by railroad is 5318 km.It will take you 98 hours to get there by train.But it's only the middle of Russia, because the distance between Irkutsk and Chukotka Eastern Cape by air is 4800km (no railroad...

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  • How to move along the city

    Irkutsk is a relatively compact city in the historical center. It is a very walkable city within the center. But if you want to move from one its suburb to another the public transit system is rather good: you should use bus, trolleybus, tram and minibus ("marshrutka"). Fare is usually 12 Rubles. Local etiquitte is to pay the driver when exiting...

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Irkutsk Shopping

  • Shopping Street in Irkutsk

    Karl Marks is the main street in Irkutsk. It passes through all Irkutsk's main area and divides the city into two parts. Along the street, you can find shops for clothings and places for food and drink, any other thing you may need.

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  • Shopping

    We did a fair bit of self catering in Irkutsk as we rented an apartment through a friend of mine in Irkutsk. The central market has all kinds of produce at cheap prices, and there is also a supermarket on Ulitsa Karla Marksa that we visited.

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  • Admiral Kolchak.... Beer

    They have just erected a statute of Admiral Kolchak Why not enjoy a local when you are there? 15 rubles?

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Irkutsk Local Customs

  • Icy handicrafts

    As Irkutsk is a Siberian city and winter lasts there almost half a year you will see a plenty of snow there from October to April.And you will see icy fortresses, buildings and fairy tail personages at its parks and squares. It's a very good local custom to create something out of ice.You can watch my 3 min 24 sec Video Irkutsk part 2 out of my...

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  • Padlocks

    Decorative bridge railings have bunches of padlocks on them—newlyweds fasten them to the railing and then throw the keys in the river.

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  • Friendly people

    One of my nicest experiences in Russia was my first visit to Listvjanka at Lake Baikal:we were strolling around the village, when we met this old man who invited us to come to his house! He didn't speak any English or German, we didn't speak any Russian, but somehow we did understand eachother! He showed us his house, told us about bear hunting in...

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Irkutsk Warnings and Dangers

  • Save Wooden Irkutsk!

    In my opinion the main danger for Irkutsk is losing its historical identity which you can still find in the centre of the city that still kept hundreds of wooden houses.But you will also see huge ugly modern houses that go forward and replaces old tiny houses...

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  • Taxi

    If you are staying in the city center, taxis would not like to go to short distances such as train station. The taxis in front of the hotels are looking for passengers to go to airport (long distance) so nobody cares a short distance. Be early or arrange your taxi beforehand.

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  • Road in Irkutsk region Taishet-Tulun

    Hi folks, few days (12.07.08) ago I got back from St.Petersburg and Moscow and on the way back home (Ulan-Ude) had to pass part of the road, about 300 km total, where time to time where parts of the road 40-50 km with no asfalt or no road at all.So, for those who plan to use this road this summer, please consider this fact that to pass these 300 km...

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Irkutsk Tourist Traps

  • drinking vodka!!!

    Be careful!! They say it is ok..but look what it did to us!! hihihihihiha night singing like never before!!!!great fun!

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  • It is not really a warning,...

    It is not really a warning, but be aware that if you go to a museum you have to pay the tourist price, and this is the same with buying souvenirs. We went to two musea and at the first we were asked to pay 60 rouble a person, when i explained i live and work here I was allowed to pay the russian price, 20 rouble a person. In Livstianka the same...

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Irkutsk What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: again I suggest to pack according to my 'onion principle': many layers to keep you warm, but that also give you the freedom of just wearing a T-Shirt, when it gets nice and warm or in one of those overly heated rooms!

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Irkutsk Off The Beaten Path

  • Taltsi Museum of Wooden Architecture

    When a power station was built in 1964, the old wooden buildings in the area were saved, brought to this site, and turned into an outdoor museum. The buildings range from a 1643 fort to houses built as late as the 19th Century. It is a large site and we didn’t see all of it, but we wandered through a number of buildings, including the schoolhouse...

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  • Bol'shiye Koty : quiet alternative to...

    Main stop on the Transsiberian and Transmongolian train routes, Irkutsk is the gateway to Lake Baikal.The closest and most easily reachable village on Lake Baikal is Listvyanka. However, due to crowding, Listvyanka has little charm left if you ask me.Harder to reach (as there are no roads leading there) but therefor much quieter and authentic is...

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  • Open Air Museum

    The Talcy museum was founded in 1969 and is situated between Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. There are over 40 monuments, like a wooden church, a wooden fort, a schoolhouse and other buildings of architectural heritage plus 8,000 historical exhibits. You can find both an area of Russian architecture as well as of Buryat housing and life. Operating hours:...

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Irkutsk Favorites

  • Wooden Irkutsk

    In my opinion the most interesting part of Irkutsk is its historic 130-th quartal that has kept a lot of wooden houses you will not found neither in Moscow nor in St Petersburg.You can watch my 1 min 45 sec Video Wooden Irkutsk part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.You can watch my photo of Irkutsk on the Google Earth according to the...

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  • Angara embankment

    The Angara River – one of the most deep rivers in Siberia is the main site of Irkutsk. It was established at the shore of the Irkut River, from which the town takes its name. Irkut is a smaller river that joins the Angara directly opposite the city.The city lies on the Angara River, a tributary of the Yenisei, about 70 kilometers below its outflow...

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  • Irkutsk on the eve of its 350th...

    I was fortunate to visit Irkutsk on business in February of 2010. The city was going to celebrate the 350th anniversary since it had been established.Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia.This place was first found in 1652 by Ivan Pokhabov when he built winter quarters near the site of Irkutsk for gold trading and for the collection of...

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