Must-see attractions in Eastern Siberia

  • Trubetskoy House-Museum in Irkutsk, Russia.

    Decembrist Museum

    Eastern Siberia

    If you’re on the Decembrist trail through Siberia, this small but comprehensive museum is one of the best. It’s housed in the 18th-century Archangel…

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Rock in the forest in Krasnoyarsk Pillars (State Nature Reserve Stolby), Siberia, Russia

    Stolby Nature Reserve


    Russia's most visited national park is located right across the river from Krasnoyarsk's city centre. Its highlight are the fingers of volcanic rock…

  • National Museum


    One of Tuva’s ‘must sees’, the National Museum’s huge modern home contains the usual arrangements of stuffed animals, WWII artefacts and dusty minerals,…

  • Ploshchad Mira


    Krasnoyarsk's Lenin museum was opened on the occasion of the October Revolution's 70th anniversary in 1987, only to see the entire communist system…

  • Verkhnyaya Ivolga, Buryatia, Russia - August 9, 2021: Ivolginsky datsan is the Center of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia, Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia, Russia, 23 km from Ulan Ude.; Shutterstock ID 2271100065; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Ivolginsk (Ivolga) Datsan

    Eastern Siberia

    The confident epicentre of Russian Buddhism owes its existence to none other than Josef Stalin, who reversed the Bolshevik policy of destroying temples…

  • Ulan-Ude, Russia - July 05, 2022: Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha in Ulan-Ude city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; Shutterstock ID 2279738025; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan


    Roosting high above the city’s far north, the inside of this new and unexpectedly modern Tibetan temple looks like a kind of Buddhist-themed bus terminal,…

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    Chersky Rock


    Listvyanka’s best viewpoint, overlooking the source of the Angara, is named after Jan Czerski, a 19th-century Polish gentleman explorer. It is best…

  • ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA - JULY 15, 2016: The largest head monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin ever built located in Ulan-Ude. Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia.

    Lenin Head


    Ulan-Ude’s main square is entirely dominated by the world’s largest Lenin head that creates an ensemble with the grey constructivist government building…

  • Centre for Tuvan Culture


    The attractive two-storey timber building of the Centre for Tuvan Culture was founded in 2012 by legendary Tuvan musician Kongar-ol Ondar, who was its…

  • Regional Museum


    Housed in an incongruously attractive 1912 art nouveau Egyptian temple, this is one of Siberia’s better museums. Arranged around a Cossack explorer’s ship…

  • Mongolian Market

    Lake Baikal

    Traders bring Mongolian herbs, spices, clothes and leather items from across the nearby border to this colourful makeshift market that stretches for a few…

  • Courtyard of the estate of the Decembrist Sergey Grigorievich Volkonsky in Irkutsk.

    Volkonsky House-Museum


    The duck-egg-blue and white home of Decembrist Count Sergei Volkonsky, whose wife Maria Volkonskaya cuts the main figure in Christine Sutherland’s…

  • Archeological excavation of ancient kurgan burials, King's valley, Tuva, Russia.

    Valley of the Kings


    This broad grassy vale begins a few kilometres beyond a turning off the M54 highway north of Turan. It’s famous in archaeological circles for its pancake…

  • View of Sobornaya street, one of oldest streets in center of capital of Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, Russia.

    Ulitsa Sobornaya


    The pedestrianised street abutting Odigitria Cathedral preserves the spirit and the wooden lace architecture of the old downtown, populated by merchants…

  • Znamensky Monastery in Irkutsk, Russia.

    Znamensky Monastery


    Stranded on the wrong side of a thundering roundabout, the 1762 Znamensky Monastery is 1.9km northeast of Skver Kirova. Echoing with mellifluous plainsong…

  • The Center of Asia monument.

    Centre of Asia Monument


    If you take a map of the world, cut out Asia and balance the continent on a pin, the centre of gravity would be Kyzyl. Well, only if you’ve used the…

  • Martyanov Museum, Minusinsk, Russia.

    Martyanov Museum

    Eastern Siberia

    Filling three distinct buildings, the countless halls crammed with local taxidermy, Bronze and Iron Age finds, Tuvan and Khakass standing stones,…

  • 130 Kvartal quarter, a neighbourhood of the historic buildings in the center of Irkutsk city in Russia.

    130 Kvartal


    What does a city boasting some of Siberia’s most impressive original timber architecture do to improve the visitor experience? Yes, that’s right,…

  • The house of the urban intelligentsia of the early late 19th early 20th century on the territory of the Ethnographic Museum of the Peoples of Transbaikalia, Ulan-Ude, Russia.

    Ethnographic Museum


    In a forest clearing 6km from central Ulan-Ude, this outdoor collection of local architecture plus some reconstructed burial mounds and the odd stone…

  • Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydro Power Plant in Siberia.

    Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam

    Eastern Siberia

    Completed in 1985, this stunning feat of engineering blocks a beautiful forested canyon cut through the Sayan mountains by the mighty Yenisey. At 242m,…

  • Village street in the Shushenskoe Ethnographic Museum.

    Shushenskoe Ethnographic Museum

    Eastern Siberia

    For the 1970 centenary of Lenin’s birth, a two-block area of the village centre was reconstructed to look as it had in 1870. These well-kept ‘old’…

  • Trubetskoy House-Museum in Irkutsk, Russia.

    Trubetskoy House-Museum


    Irkutsk’s second Decembrist house-museum emerged from a recent renovation with English-language information, touchscreens and tinkling background music…

  • Railway station building in Severobaikalsk.

    Railway Station

    Eastern Siberia

    The epicentre of SB’s world is a striking construction with a nostalgically stranded steam locomotive standing guard to the right. The sweeping…

  • The Buryat Opera and Ballet Theater in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia.

    Opera & Ballet Theatre


    UU’s striking Stalinist-era theatre reopened after lengthy renovation in 2011 (the first performance was for a group of foreign tourists from the luxury…

  • Literature Museum, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

    Literature Museum


    Occupying a glorious 1911 merchant’s mansion, this wonderfully restored museum highlights various aspects of Siberian life that inspired authors who wrote…

  • Room with cradle, spindle and table in one of the houses of Angara village in Eastern Siberia.

    Angara Village

    Eastern Siberia

    Some 12km from Tsentralny, this impressive open-air ethnographic museum contains a rare 17th-century wooden watchtower and buildings rescued from…

  • Shaman Rocks, Island of Olkhon, Lake Baikal, Russia.

    Shaman Rocks

    Olkhon Island

    The unmistakable Shaman Rocks are neither huge nor spectacular, but they have become the archetypal Baikal vista found on postcards and travel-guide…

  • Tamchinsky Datsan

    Eastern Siberia

    First founded in 1741, this was Buryatiya’s first Buddhist monastery and the mother ship of Russian Buddhism for two centuries. The original complex,…

  • Atsagatsky Datsan

    Eastern Siberia

    Once the centre of Buryat Buddhist scholarship with an important scriptorium, this datsan was completely destroyed in the 1930s, but has crawled back to…

  • Kuznetsov Regional Museum

    Eastern Siberia

    The unexpectedly lively Kuznetsov Regional Museum has been around since 1895 and the imposing mansion it currently occupies was purpose-built to house it…

  • Usadba Sukacheva


    A small park on the edge of the historical centre contains a smattering of beautiful wood-lace buildings and arbours. These house exhibitions dedicated to…

  • Retro Park


    This garden near the St Nicholas Church is full of wacky sculpture pieces fashioned from old Soviet-era cars and motorbikes. You can check out a few…

  • Ulan-Ude City Museum


    Occupying the merchant’s house where imperial heir Nicholas II stayed in 1891, this small but progressive museum has exhibits examining Verkhneudinsk’s…

  • Sculpture Gallery


    Opened in 2016, this lovely gallery puts in the spotlight Russian and Soviet sculpture previously kept in the city's main art museum and private…

  • Bronshteyn Gallery


    A large and sparkling new modern-art venue that most prominently features a collection of Dashi Namdakov’s sculptures inspired by Buddhist prayer dolls…

  • Banya Museum

    Lake Baikal

    The Banya Museum displays four traditional timber bani lovingly fashioned by national park ranger and guide, Alexander Beketov, who also runs a very…

  • Statue of Tsar Alexander III


    Adorning the Angara embankment, a recast statue of Alexander III (a copy of the 1904 original) has the only tsar ever to visit Siberia looking as though…

  • Baikal Mineral Museum

    Lake Baikal

    Geology buffs should consider heading to the privately run Baikal Mineral Museum, which claims to exhibit every mineral known to man.

  • National Theatre


    This Tibetan-styled white building with oriental wooden flourishes is the city’s most architecturally distinctive structure.

  • Revolution Square


    The city's vast central square showcases Soviet-era architectural classics in all their Stalinist glory – complete with colonnaded government buildings…