Eastern Trans-Siberian attractions

Top Choice Museum in Vladivostok

Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art

The full renovation and repurposing of a former clothing factory into a giant creative complex containing offices, studios, cafes and work spaces is one of Vladivostok's most interesting recent developments. Visitor…
Island in Vladivostok

Russky Island

A fully militarised zone for most of the past 150 years, this big island just offshore has been reinvented as a business and academic centre and is home to the sprawling Far Eastern Federal University campus and the…
Museum in Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk Regional Museum

Located in an evocative 1894 red-brick building, this museum contains an excellent overview of Russian and Soviet history, despite not having a single word of non-Russian signage. Galleries take you decade by decade…
Aquarium in Vladivostok

Primorsky Oceanarium

This massive new development on Russky Island is one of Vladivostok's planned key attractions and opened with great fanfare in 2016. It's a vast space in a remote, purpose-built building, and while it has all the po…
National Park in Eastern Trans-Siberian

Land of the Leopard National Park

Created in 2012 by the merger of several smaller reserves, this vast tract of forest wilderness is still slowly developing as a tourist destination, but its main function is to preserve the few remaining Amur leopar…
Museum in Vladivostok

Arsenev Regional Museum

This recently redone museum dates from 1890 and offers three floors of galleries, although there's little in the way of English labelling. Exhibits delve into local history, covering early explorers of the region, V…
Cathedral in Vladivostok

Transfiguration Cathedral

Vladivostok was building a massive new cathedral on its central square at the time of writing, and it's set to be one of the city's most recognisable sights. Having spent over a decade arguing about which design wou…
Nature Reserve in Eastern Trans-Siberian

Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve

Run by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve is a unique slice of the Primorsky region and a vital remaining habitat for the critically endangered Amur tiger. Accessing the reserve is …
Nature Reserve in Eastern Trans-Siberian

Gaivoron Biological Research Centre

The Far East is all about its Amur tigers, and you can see a couple here at the Russian Academy of Sciences biological research reserve, run by Dr Victor Yudin and his daughter. Tours by Vladivostok agents include a…
Museum in Vladivostok

Antique Automobile Museum

If you’re a bit of a car (or Soviet) nerd, the Antique Automobile Museum is an absolute classic. A room full of Sovietmobiles (motorcycles too) from the 1930s to 1970s includes a 1948 M&M-green GAZ-20 ‘Pobeda’ (…