016 - 020 IrkutskMay 29 in Russia
Irkutsk ist die Hauptstadt der russischen Oblast Irkutsk am einzigen Abfluss des Baikalsees, der Angara. Sie ist eine Universitätsstadt mit 587.891 Einwohnern und liegt an der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn.
Wir haben mit Vermittlung durch Katharina in Sankt Petersburg die lokale Reiseleiterin Julia kennengelernt. Irkutsk und Baikal ist sicher gut für einen eigenständigen Urlaub. Wir versuchen in 3 Tagen zusammen mit Julia „The Best of Baikal“ zu organisieren.
Hier die Empfehlungen von Julia:
„Meanwhile here is some info on the area , you may choose what you would like to do: For many travelers Irkutsk is a starting point to begin exploration of Lake Baikal.Irkutsk is situated very close to Baikal Lake, along the Trans-Siberian railway. It's a great city to stop for a few days and explore the Eastern Siberia. Irkutsk kept the flair of the 19th century combining it with some intrusions from turbulent early 90s of the last millennium.The center of the city is full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames. Most of the buildings of this kind were destroyed in Moscow and other big cities during the industrialization of the 20th century, so it’s a rare opportunity to see what a Russian city would look like if it stayed the way it was back in the days. The closest place, where you can see Baikal is Listvyanka settlement, which is 65 km from Irkutsk, and you can get there by bus (1.5 hours) or car (1 hour). Listvyanka is quite a touristic village: there are hotels for any budget and taste, cafes and restaurants, and you can make good walks there.
Alternatively, it is possible to take any Trans-Siberian train from Irkutsk towards East (China), and stop in Slyudyanka, which is less than 3 hours by train from Irkutsk. Slyudyanka is not as touristic as Listvyanka, there's only one hotel outside of the village, but it is a start of the Circum-Baikal railway. So, if you arrive there early in the morning, you can take Circum-Baikal train, come to Port Baikal (last stop) late in the evening, take a ferry to Listvyanka (about 15 mins), and get into a hotel. If you have three or more days, you should definitely visit Olkhon island — a beautiful land of steppes and sandy beaches. It is about 250 km away, and a 5-hour journey by car (7-8 hours by bus), but is well worth every bump on the road. Finally, Irkutsk is not only about Baikal. The great Sayan mountains are very close, and if you have time, it would be a shame not to go there for a few days. The most popular destination is Arshan settlement, which is located just at the beginning on the mountain range. There are a lot of accommodation options (homestays and camps) in the village, and opportunities for taking tours in the mountains“.
Wir sind noch mit Julia durch de restaurierten Bereich von Irkutsk gelaufen, der zur Touristenmeile umfunktioniert wurde. Auf jeden Fall gibt es hier eine größere Anzahl von alten russischen Holzhäusern. Danach sind wir noch gemeinsam gut essen gegangen.
Text von Wolfgang