Welcome to Port Baikal
You’d be excused for dismissing Port Baikal as a rusty semi-industrial eyesore when seen from Listvyanka across the unbridged mouth of the Angara River. But it has a melancholic appeal, with a pretty train station teleported here from somewhere in Central Europe and a port where derelict vessels are laid to rest. A kilometre southwest of the port, Baranchiki is a ramshackle ‘real’ village with lots of unkempt but authentic Siberian cottages and a couple of accommodation options. Awkward ferry connections mean that Port Baikal remains largely uncommercialised, lacking Listvyanka’s attractions but also its crowds. It’s thus popular with more meditative visitors, but the main draw is that it’s both the beginning and terminus of the Circumbaikal Railway.