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Irkutsk city

All tourist information about the Gate of Baikal

Irkutsk City

All tourist information about the Gate of Baikal

Irkutsk touristic

A journey to Lake Baikal begins from Irkutsk. You will find all the necessary information for tourists about the city on this page.

A bit of history at the beginning. In 1661 cossacks found a fortress on the bank of a small river Irkut. Here is where the city name came from. The fort was an essential point of supporting Russian troops in the region. After a while, it became a significant military, trading, and cultural center.

Irkutsk touristic

A journey to Lake Baikal begins from Irkutsk. You will find all the necessary information for tourists about the city on this page.

A bit of history at the beginning. In 1661 cossacks found a fortress on the bank of a small river Irkut. Here is where the city name came from. The fort was an essential point of supporting Russian troops in the region. After a while, it became a significant military, trading, and cultural center.

Irkutsk touristic

A journey to Lake Baikal begins from Irkutsk. You will find all the necessary information for tourists about the city on this page.

A bit of history at the beginning. In 1661 cossacks found a fortress on the bank of a small river Irkut. Here is where the city name came from. The fort was an essential point of supporting Russian troops in the region. After a while, it became a significant military, trading, and cultural center.

Nowadays, the city is in the touristic focus because:

Many Activities

No problems are relaxing after a day full of discovery. Visit a museum, an exhibition, or taste an original Siberian beer.

Location

Irkutsk occupies both banks of the Angara river, 60 kilometers from the Baikal. It is the only big city in the region.

Tourist Infrastructure

It is elementary to reach the city by car, train, or plane. A good infrastructure allows you to visit many other places in the area.

Baikal Natives

The city is the right place to learn about local people’s lifestyles, and culture,
both Russian and Buryat.

Local Cuisine

A lot of restaurants and
cafes where you can taste the food
of Russian
and Buryat cuisine.

Tourist Service

Many hotels, hostels, guide tours, tourist equipment stores,
and other
tourist services.

Бабр Иркутска

The mythic animal Babr — a symbol of Irkutsk

Nowadays, the city is in the touristic focus because:
Many Activities

No problems are relaxing after a day full of discovery. Visit a museum, an exhibition, or taste an original Siberian beer.

Location

Irkutsk occupies both banks of the Angara river, 60 kilometers from the Baikal. It is the only big city in the region.

Tourist Infrastructure

It is elementary to reach the city by car, train, or plane. A good infrastructure allows you to visit many other places in the area.

Baikal Natives

The city is the right place to learn about local people’s lifestyles, and culture,
both Russian and Buryat.

Local Cuisine

A lot of restaurants and
cafes where you can taste the food
of Russian
and Buryat cuisine.

Tourist Service

Many hotels, hostels, guide tours, tourist equipment stores,
and other
tourist services.

Бабр Иркутска

The mythic animal Babr — a symbol of Irkutsk

Nowadays, the city is in the touristic focus because:
Many Activities

No problems are relaxing after a day full of discovery. Visit a museum, an exhibition, or taste an original Siberian beer.

Location

Irkutsk occupies both banks of the Angara river, 60 kilometers from the Baikal. It is the only big city in the region.

Tourist Infrastructure

It is elementary to reach the city by car, train, or plane. A good infrastructure allows you to visit many other places in the area.

Baikal Natives

The city is the right place to learn about local people’s lifestyles, and culture,
both Russian and Buryat.

Local Cuisine

A lot of restaurants and cafes where you can taste the food of Russian
and Buryat cuisine.

Tourist Service

Many hotels, hostels, guide tours, tourist equipment stores, and other
tourist services.

Бабр Иркутска

The mythic animal Babr — a symbol of Irkutsk

Irkutsk touristic areas

Tourist zones in Irkutsk

The main touristic area in Irkutsk is the city center.

There are seven tourist zones in the city. Main sights are in Karl Marx Street, Lenin Street, Lower Embankment, and District 130.
Gagarin avenue is an excellent place for walking and a landing point for ship tours. Island Youth is a popular place to do sport or rest after a workday.
The Central Market is where you can take a bus to Baikal.

Please read the detailed description of the areas below.

Irkutsk touristic areas

Tourist zones in Irkutsk

The main touristic area in Irkutsk is the city center.

There are seven tourist zones in the city. Main sights are in Karl Marx Street, Lenin Street, Lower Embankment, and District 130.
Gagarin avenue is an excellent place for walking and a landing point for ship tours. Island Youth is a popular place to do sport or rest after a workday.
The Central Market is where you can take a bus to Baikal.

Please read the detailed description of the areas below.

Irkutsk touristic areas

The main touristic area in Irkutsk is the city center.

There are seven tourist zones in the city. Main sights are in Karl Marx Street, Lenin Street, Lower Embankment, and District 130.
Gagarin avenue is an excellent place for walking and a landing point for ship tours. Island Youth is a popular place to do sport or rest after a workday.
The Central Market is where you can take a bus to Baikal.

Please read the detailed description of the areas below.

Irkutsk attractions

A short description of city touristic areas:

Karl Marx Street is the main street of the city. It is maybe the longest street in the town center. However, to go through it from start to finish, you need about 40 minutes.
During the walk, you see many cafes and restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine as well as the 18-19 centuries old-style buildings. Also, on the street, tourists can see the following attractions: Art Theatre, Local History Museum, Irkutsk Drama Theatre, Monument to Emperor Alexander III, as well as the monument to you! Yes, to you personally! Monument to a Tourist!
Karl Marx street is in the heart of the city. Therefore, visiting the other exciting places is very convenient – the 130 Kvartal, the island Youth, or the Central Market.

A district is an excellent place for tourists. We especially recommend this place to foreign visitors of the city. Here, they can see some of the most popular Irkutsk attractions like Krestovozdvizhenskaya Church and Babr monument.
Furthermore, Irkutsk’s guests will see city sights and the restored buildings of Irkutsk of 18-19 centuries. In addition, there are many pubs, restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, cafes, and souvenir shops.

The island may be the most popular place for family rest among Irkutsk citizens. Here are green grass, big trees, fresh air, and plenty of different services: Ferris wheel, renting a catamaran, bicycle, roller skates, and many other activities.
We recommend you visit island Youth to see how Irkutsk citizens spend their free time. And don’t forget bread to feed ducks!

Here, the city guests can look at Eternal Flame – Monument to the soldiers who fought in the Great Patriotic War (this is how we call the World War II).
Have a walk along the Angara river, look at Moscow Gates, visit the Cathedral of Epiphany, Spassky Church, and enjoy organ music in the Polish Catholic Church.
The Embankment links with Lenin Street, so keep discovering the city in this direction.

It is one of the oldest streets in Irkutsk. Lenin street is famous for the beautiful architecture of 18th-century buildings and the Irkutsk Art gallery.
As you can see on the map, Lenin Street is not large. So, it takes about 20 minutes to go from 130 District through Lenin street to the Lower Embankment by foot.
An essential part of Lenin Street is Kirov’s Square. It is a great place to have a rest after a walk. Sometimes, citizens and city guests can see exhibitions or performances in the square on weekends. Moreover, there is a special place for international guests — Tourist Information Center. You can buy maps, souvenirs, ask questions, and take advice from English-speaking staff. Kirov’s square is located very close to Lower Embankment, so you can continue your walk to see more Irkutsk attractions.

Gagarin Avenue takes its name after the famous Soviet cosmonaut, the first man in space – Yuri Gagarin. It stretched along the bank of the Angara River. You can take a leisurely walk from the bridge leading from the train station to the island Youth through the avenue.
There are several hotels and hostels on Gagarin Avenue and a large store of tourist equipment. Along with that, this place is interesting for tourists because of dock “Gagarin Avenue.” Passengers take ferries for ferry trips around the Angara River. While waiting for the ferry, you can sit in the shade of trees or nearby cafes. When the time comes to the board, the ferry will emit a loud beep.
There are not many monuments or attractions on Gagarin Avenue. It’s just a nice place to walk on a warm summer evening.

Central Market is a vital part of Irkutsk. You can visit this place and learn more about the city residents and how they live. But, honestly, international tourists will not find anything interesting there, except fresh and cheap food.
However, the Central market is an important part not only of Irkutsk but your travel also! The market is the starting point of many routes on Baikal.
From here, you can get Listvyanka, Slyudyanka, Baikalsk city, Ust-Orda, Taltsy, etc. It is comfortable and straightforward to go to these places from the market bus stop. We have noted the bus stop location on the “Irkutsk Map.”
For example, suppose you want to go to Listvyanka. In that case, you need to go to the market, find a big parking lot (it is elementary), and sit in a minibus with the inscription “Listvyanka” (“Листвянка” in Russian). Have a good travel!

Irkutsk attractions

A short description of city touristic areas:

Karl Marx Street is the main street of the city. It is maybe the longest street in the town center. However, to go through it from start to finish, you need about 40 minutes.
During the walk, you see many cafes and restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine as well as the 18-19 centuries old-style buildings. Also, on the street, tourists can see the following attractions: Art Theatre, Local History Museum, Irkutsk Drama Theatre, Monument to Emperor Alexander III, as well as the monument to you! Yes, to you personally! Monument to a Tourist!
Karl Marx street is in the heart of the city. Therefore, visiting the other exciting places is very convenient – the 130 Kvartal, the island Youth, or the Central Market.

Click an image to see description

A district is an excellent place for tourists. We especially recommend this place to foreign visitors of the city. Here, they can see some of the most popular Irkutsk attractions like Krestovozdvizhenskaya Church and Babr monument.
Furthermore, Irkutsk’s guests will see city sights and the restored buildings of Irkutsk of 18-19 centuries. In addition, there are many pubs, restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, cafes, and souvenir shops.

Click to see an image description

The island may be the most popular place for family rest among Irkutsk citizens. Here are green grass, big trees, fresh air, and plenty of different services: Ferris wheel, renting a catamaran, bicycle, roller skates, and many other activities.
We recommend you visit island Youth to see how Irkutsk citizens spend their free time. And don’t forget bread to feed ducks!

Click to see an image description

Here, the city guests can look at Eternal Flame – Monument to the soldiers who fought in the Great Patriotic War (this is how we call the World War II).
Have a walk along the Angara river, look at Moscow Gates, visit the Cathedral of Epiphany, Spassky Church, and enjoy organ music in the Polish Catholic Church.
The Embankment links with Lenin Street, so keep discovering the city in this direction.

Click to see an image description

It is one of the oldest streets in Irkutsk. Lenin street is famous for the beautiful architecture of 18th-century buildings and the Irkutsk Art gallery.
As you can see on the map, Lenin Street is not large. So, it takes about 20 minutes to go from 130 District through Lenin street to the Lower Embankment by foot.
An essential part of Lenin Street is Kirov’s Square. It is a great place to have a rest after a walk. Sometimes, citizens and city guests can see exhibitions or performances in the square on weekends. Moreover, there is a special place for international guests — Tourist Information Center. You can buy maps, souvenirs, ask questions, and take advice from English-speaking staff. Kirov’s square is located very close to Lower Embankment, so you can continue your walk to see more Irkutsk attractions.

Click to see an image description

Gagarin Avenue takes its name after the famous Soviet cosmonaut, the first man in space – Yuri Gagarin. It stretched along the bank of the Angara River. You can take a leisurely walk from the bridge leading from the train station to the island Youth through the avenue.
There are several hotels and hostels on Gagarin Avenue and a large store of tourist equipment. Along with that, this place is interesting for tourists because of dock “Gagarin Avenue.” Passengers take ferries for ferry trips around the Angara River. While waiting for the ferry, you can sit in the shade of trees or nearby cafes. When the time comes to the board, the ferry will emit a loud beep.
There are not many monuments or attractions on Gagarin Avenue. It’s just a nice place to walk on a warm summer evening.

Click to see an image description

Central Market is a vital part of Irkutsk. You can visit this place and learn more about the city residents and how they live. But, honestly, international tourists will not find anything interesting there, except fresh and cheap food.
However, the Central market is an important part not only of Irkutsk but your travel also! The market is the starting point of many routes on Baikal.
From here, you can get Listvyanka, Slyudyanka, Baikalsk city, Ust-Orda, Taltsy, etc. It is comfortable and straightforward to go to these places from the market bus stop. We have noted the bus stop location on the “Irkutsk Map.”
For example, suppose you want to go to Listvyanka. In that case, you need to go to the market, find a big parking lot (it is elementary), and sit in a minibus with the inscription “Listvyanka” (“Листвянка” in Russian). Have a good travel!

Click to see an image description

Irkutsk attractions

A short description of city touristic areas:

Karl Marx Street is the main street of the city. It is maybe the longest street in the town center. However, to go through it from start to finish, you need about 40 minutes.
During the walk, you see many cafes and restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine as well as the 18-19 centuries old-style buildings. Also, on the street, tourists can see the following attractions: Art Theatre, Local History Museum, Irkutsk Drama Theatre, Monument to Emperor Alexander III, as well as the monument to you! Yes, to you personally! Monument to a Tourist!
Karl Marx street is in the heart of the city. Therefore, visiting the other exciting places is very convenient – the 130 Kvartal, the island Youth, or the Central Market.

Click an image to see description

A district is an excellent place for tourists. We especially recommend this place to foreign visitors of the city. Here, they can see some of the most popular Irkutsk attractions like Krestovozdvizhenskaya Church and Babr monument.
Furthermore, Irkutsk’s guests will see city sights and the restored buildings of Irkutsk of 18-19 centuries. In addition, there are many pubs, restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, cafes, and souvenir shops.

Click to see an image description

The island may be the most popular place for family rest among Irkutsk citizens. Here are green grass, big trees, fresh air, and plenty of different services: Ferris wheel, renting a catamaran, bicycle, roller skates, and many other activities.
We recommend you visit island Youth to see how Irkutsk citizens spend their free time. And don’t forget bread to feed ducks!

Click to see an image description

Here, the city guests can look at Eternal Flame – Monument to the soldiers who fought in the Great Patriotic War (this is how we call the World War II).
Have a walk along the Angara river, look at Moscow Gates, visit the Cathedral of Epiphany, Spassky Church, and enjoy organ music in the Polish Catholic Church.
The Embankment links with Lenin Street, so keep discovering the city in this direction.

Click to see an image description

It is one of the oldest streets in Irkutsk. Lenin street is famous for the beautiful architecture of 18th-century buildings and the Irkutsk Art gallery.
As you can see on the map, Lenin Street is not large. So, it takes about 20 minutes to go from 130 District through Lenin street to the Lower Embankment by foot.
An essential part of Lenin Street is Kirov’s Square. It is a great place to have a rest after a walk. Sometimes, citizens and city guests can see exhibitions or performances in the square on weekends. Moreover, there is a special place for international guests — Tourist Information Center. You can buy maps, souvenirs, ask questions, and take advice from English-speaking staff. Kirov’s square is located very close to Lower Embankment, so you can continue your walk to see more Irkutsk attractions.

Click to see an image description

Gagarin Avenue takes its name after the famous Soviet cosmonaut, the first man in space – Yuri Gagarin. It stretched along the bank of the Angara River. You can take a leisurely walk from the bridge leading from the train station to the island Youth through the avenue.
There are several hotels and hostels on Gagarin Avenue and a large store of tourist equipment. Along with that, this place is interesting for tourists because of dock “Gagarin Avenue.” Passengers take ferries for ferry trips around the Angara River. While waiting for the ferry, you can sit in the shade of trees or nearby cafes. When the time comes to the board, the ferry will emit a loud beep.
There are not many monuments or attractions on Gagarin Avenue. It’s just a nice place to walk on a warm summer evening.

Click to see an image description

Central Market is a vital part of Irkutsk. You can visit this place and learn more about the city residents and how they live. But, honestly, international tourists will not find anything interesting there, except fresh and cheap food.
However, the Central market is an important part not only of Irkutsk but your travel also! The market is the starting point of many routes on Baikal.
From here, you can get Listvyanka, Slyudyanka, Baikalsk city, Ust-Orda, Taltsy, etc. It is comfortable and straightforward to go to these places from the market bus stop. We have noted the bus stop location on the “Irkutsk Map.”
For example, suppose you want to go to Listvyanka. In that case, you need to go to the market, find a big parking lot (it is elementary), and sit in a minibus with the inscription “Listvyanka” (“Листвянка” in Russian). Have a good travel!

Click to see an image description

Accommodation in Irkutsk

Hotels, hostels and private advertisements for rental housing in Irkutsk

There are plenty of accommodation points in the most attractive central part of the city. The most popular are on the map.

Use the map to get the location. Below you can read description and details, as well as visit the official website of the hotel.

Гостиница «Пример»

  • Адрес: Булавина 10/2
  • Телефон: клёвый, сотовый
  • Адрес: Булавина 10/2
  • Телефон: клёвый, сотовый

Услуги:

  • Завтрак включён
  • Парковка для гостей
  • Wi-Fi на всей территории отеля

  • Номера комфорт и эконом класса
  • Такси до дверей гостиницы

Accommodation in Irkutsk

Hotels, hostels and private advertisements for rental housing in Irkutsk

There are plenty of accommodation points in the most attractive central part of the city. The most popular are on the map.

Use the map to get the location. Below you can read description and details, as well as visit the official website of the hotel.

Гостиница «Пример»

  • Адрес: Булавина 10/2
  • Телефон: клёвый, сотовый
  • Адрес: Булавина 10/2
  • Телефон: клёвый, сотовый

Услуги:

  • Завтрак включён
  • Парковка для гостей
  • Wi-Fi на всей территории отеля

  • Номера комфорт и эконом класса
  • Такси до дверей гостиницы

Accommodation in Irkutsk

There are plenty of accommodation points in the most attractive central part of the city. The most popular are on the map.

Use the map to get the location. Below you can read description and details, as well as visit the official website of the hotel.

Гостиница «Пример»
  • Адрес: Булавина 10/2
  • Телефон: клёвый, сотовый

Располагается там-то и вообще самая клёвая гостиница

Услуги:
  • Завтрак включён
  • Парковка для гостей
  • Wi-Fi на всей территории отеля

  • Номера комфорт и эконом класса
  • Такси до дверей гостиницы

Irkutsk activities

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Create your own journey using our tourist map!

In case you need a company — pay an attention to private adverts below

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Create your own journey using our tourist map!

In case you need a company — pay an attention to private adverts below

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Irkutsk map

We offer you the Map of Irkutsk with the most precise and freshest information about the city. Download it as ZIP file or just a picture and keep the actual tourist information offline!

The map is free. The latest map update: 07.05.2024

Irkutsk map

We offer you the Map of Irkutsk with the most precise and freshest information about the city. Download it as ZIP file or just a picture and keep the actual tourist information offline!

The map is free. The latest map update: 07.05.2024

Irkutsk map

We offer you the Map of Irkutsk with the most precise and freshest information about the city. Download it as ZIP file or just a picture and keep the actual tourist information offline!

The Irkutsk map is free. The latest map update: 07.05.2024

Irkutsk Weather

Winter

Siberia considers being one of the coldest regions in the world. However, unlike other Northern regions of Russia, winter temperatures rarely drop below -50 degrees. The thermometer can show -40 degrees for one or two weeks in the coldest winter months. In general, the average temperature in winter in Irkutsk is about -25 degrees Celsius.

Check out our winter Irkutsk

Summer

In the summer months, the city is in the heat!
Since May, it has been getting warmer, and in the middle of summer, the temperature can reach more than 30 degrees! At this time, it is nice to walk through the city’s shady streets or eat ice cream in a cafe. Sometimes the rains give citizens a break, but the heat will until September.

The summer Irkutsk in our video

Irkutsk Weather

Winter

Siberia considers being one of the coldest regions in the world. However, unlike other Northern regions of Russia, winter temperatures rarely drop below -50 degrees. The thermometer can show -40 degrees for one or two weeks in the coldest winter months. In general, the average temperature in winter in Irkutsk is about -25 degrees Celsius.

Check out our winter Irkutsk
Summer

In the summer months, the city is in the heat!
Since May, it has been getting warmer, and in the middle of summer, the temperature can reach more than 30 degrees! At this time, it is nice to walk through the city’s shady streets or eat ice cream in a cafe.
Sometimes the rains give citizens a break, but the heat will until September.

The summer Irkutsk in our video

Irkutsk Weather

Winter

Siberia considers being one of the coldest regions in the world. However, unlike other Northern regions of Russia, winter temperatures rarely drop below -50 degrees. The thermometer can show -40 degrees for one or two weeks in the coldest winter months. In general, the average temperature in winter in Irkutsk is about -25 degrees Celsius.

Check out our winter Irkutsk
Summer

In the summer months, the city is in the heat!
Since May, it has been getting warmer, and in the middle of summer, the temperature can reach more than 30 degrees! At this time, it is nice to walk through the city’s shady streets or eat ice cream in a cafe. Sometimes the rains give citizens a break, but the heat will until September.

The summer Irkutsk in our video
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