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Irkutsk Tourism

City Center

A journey to Lake Baikal begins from Irkutsk. On our website, you will find all the necessary information for tourists about this city. Irkutsk is located along the bank of the Angara River, in 60 kilometers from the Baikal. Therefore, it is very easy to reach the Lake from the city because minibuses take off to the Baikal each 15 minutes.
The main touristic area in Irkutsk is the city center. International tourists can see there the old buildings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries! Usually, it is enough to spend 1-2 days to tour the town center. Besides it, visitors can relax in city parks, or try delicious food of Russian and Buryat cuisines in cafes and restaurants. Every guest of the city must taste the local delicacy – buuzy, which you can order in restaurants of Buryat cuisine.

Touristic Areas in The City Center

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Irkutsk Attractions

City touristic areas

Karl Marx Street

Karl Marx Street is the main street of the city. It is safe to say that this is the longest street in the city. However, to go through it from start to finish, you will need about 40 minutes. During the walking, in addition to cafes and restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, you can admire the old-style buildings of the 18-19 centuries. On the Karl Marx Street, there are many useful places for tourists: tourist equipment shops, hostels, hotels and a part of Green Line Route is on the Karl Marx Street also. In addition, 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 located in the heart of the city. That is why it is very convenient to visit from the Street the other interesting places – the 130 Kvartal, the island “Youth” or the Central Market.

District 130

The district is a great place for tourists. We especially recommend this place to foreign visitors of the city. They can see here some of the most popular Irkutsk attractions like Krestovozdvizhenskaya Church and Babr monument. Guests of Irkutsk will see here not only city sights, but the restored buildings of Irkutsk of 18-19 centuries. There is a large number of pubs, restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, cafes and souvenir shops also.

Island “Youth”

And here you have enjoyed the architecture of the city and inspired by its individuality and Siberian spirit. It’s time to become a real Siberian! This does not mean that you should immediately drink a bottle of vodka and go to fight with the bear. No, we offer you to feel like an ordinary resident of Irkutsk. The work week is finished and all you need now is a green grass, big trees and fresh air. Irkutsk citizens choose a small island “Youth” as a good place to have a rest after workday. Join them!
In addition, on the island you can rent a bicycle or roller skates, use Ferris Wheel or catamaran. Oh, don’t forget a bread to feed ducks!

Lower embankment

City guests can look at Eternal Flame – Monument to the soldiers who fought in World War II. Tourists can visit Cathedral of Epiphany, Spasskiy Church and enjoying organ music in the Roman Catholic Church.

Lenin street

On the Lenin Street tourists can see a beautiful architecture of 18th century buildings. It is one of the oldest street in Irkutsk. An important part of Lenin Street is Kirov’s Square. It is a nice place to have a rest after walk. Sometimes on weekends, citizens and city guests can see exhibitions or perfomances there.
Moreover, there you will find Tourist Information Center – a special place for international guests. There you can buy maps, souvenirs, ask questions and take advices from English speaking staff. Kirov’s Square located very close to Lower Embankment, so you can continue your walk to see more Irkutsk attractions. As you can see on the map, Lenin Street is not big. It will take 20 minutes to go from 130 Kvartal to the Lower Embankment by foot.

Gagarin avenue

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. On the Avenue, you can take a leisurely walk from the bridge leading from the train station to Karl Marx Street and the island “Youth”. There are several hotels and hostels on the avenue, as well as a large store of tourist equipment. Along with that, this place is interesting for tourists because of dock “Gagarin Avenue”. From here, passengers take ferries both for ferry trips around the Angara River, and going on a ferry route to Lake Baikal. While waiting for the ferry, you can sit in the shade of trees or nearby cafes. When the time comes to 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.

River route

A walk on a river tram or boat on the Angara river is a great option for a family holiday!

Central market

Central Market is an important part of Irkutsk. You can visit this place and learn more about the city residents and about how do they live. Honestly, international tourists will not find something interesting there, excepting fresh and cheap food.
However, Central Market is an important part not only of Irkutsk, but your travel also! It is because the Market is the starting point of many routes on Baikal. There are two big bus stops, from which guests of the city can go to the most popular touristic directions – Listvyanka, Slyudyanka, Baikalsk city, Ust-Orda, Taltsy and so on. It is very easy and comfortable to go to these places from the Market. Moreover, residents and visitors of the city often go to Baikal from the bus stop in the Central Market than from the bus Station or Train station. We call them “bus stops”, but in fact they are two big parking lots. We have noted their location on “Irkutsk Map”. So, as example, if you want to go to Listvyanka you need to go to the Market, find a big parking lot (it is very easy) and take a sit in a minibus with inscription “Listvyanka”. Have a good travel!

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Irkutsk Weather

Summer weather

In the summer months the city is in the heat! Since may, it is 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 shady streets of the city or eat ice cream in a cafe. Sometimes the rains give citizens a break, but the heat will until September.

Weather in winter

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

Irkutsk Summer Photos

Irkutsk Winter Photos

How to get to Irkutsk

By plane

It is the fastest way to go where you need.

But you missed the opportunity to see

endless forests and fields of Russia…

Fast and comfortable kind of transport

Flight from Moscow takes 5 hours

Price for ticket is very high

Good option to save money and time

Russian roads are not so good

Russian price for gas is worse than roads

By your own vehicle

To travel by car or motorcycle is a very

good opportunity to explore Russia in all

its variety. Don’t forget – our country is huge!

By train

If you want to see our cities and nature,

you should travel by train. It’s a way

to talk to fellow travelers and make new friends!

Cheap and comfortable travel

Upper bed is not comfortable

Trip from Moscow takes 5 days

What a beautiful views here!

Russian pigeons don’t smile too

You will look like an american spy

By Jetpack

The best choice for true extreme guys!

Be careful: you will be detected by radars

and be ready to face with Russian warplanes

Irkutsk

Gate of Baikal

Irkutsk Tourism

Touristic Areas in The City Center

City Center

A journey to Lake Baikal begins from Irkutsk. On our website, you will find all the necessary information for tourists about this city. Irkutsk is located along the bank of the Angara River, in 60 kilometers from the Baikal. Therefore, it is very easy to reach the Lake from the city because minibuses take off to the Baikal each 15 minutes.
The main touristic area in Irkutsk is the city center. International tourists can see there the old buildings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries! Usually, it is enough to spend 1-2 days to tour the town center. Besides it, visitors can relax in city parks, or try delicious food of Russian and Buryat cuisines in cafes and restaurants. Every guest of the city must taste the local delicacy – buuzy, which you can order in restaurants of Buryat cuisine.

“Taste delicious Buryat cuisine dishes in Irkutsk restaurants”

Irkutsk Attractions

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Karl Marx Street

Karl Marx Street is the main street of the city. It is safe to say that this is the longest street in the city. However, to go through it from start to finish, you will need about 40 minutes. During the walking, in addition to cafes and restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, you can admire the old-style buildings of the 18-19 centuries. On the Karl Marx Street, there are many useful places for tourists: tourist equipment shops, hostels, hotels and a part of Green Line Route is on the Karl Marx Street also. In addition, 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 located in the heart of the city. That is why it is very convenient to visit from the Street the other interesting places – the 130 Kvartal, the island “Youth” or the Central Market.

District 130

The district is a great place for tourists. We especially recommend this place to foreign visitors of the city. They can see here some of the most popular Irkutsk attractions like Krestovozdvizhenskaya Church and Babr monument. Guests of Irkutsk will see here not only city sights, but the restored buildings of Irkutsk of 18-19 centuries. There is a large number of pubs, restaurants of Buryat and Russian cuisine, cafes and souvenir shops also.

Island “Youth”

And here you have enjoyed the architecture of the city and inspired by its individuality and Siberian spirit. It’s time to become a real Siberian! This does not mean that you should immediately drink a bottle of vodka and go to fight with the bear. No, we offer you to feel like an ordinary resident of Irkutsk. The work week is finished and all you need now is a green grass, big trees and fresh air. Irkutsk citizens choose a small island “Youth” as a good place to have a rest after workday. Join them!
In addition, on the island you can rent a bicycle or roller skates, use Ferris Wheel or catamaran. Oh, don’t forget a bread to feed ducks!

Lower embankment

City guests can look at Eternal Flame – Monument to the soldiers who fought in World War II. Tourists can visit Cathedral of Epiphany, Spasskiy Church and enjoying organ music in the Roman Catholic Church.

Lenin street

On the Lenin Street tourists can see a beautiful architecture of 18th century buildings. It is one of the oldest street in Irkutsk. An important part of Lenin Street is Kirov’s Square. It is a nice place to have a rest after walk. Sometimes on weekends, citizens and city guests can see exhibitions or perfomances there.
Moreover, there you will find Tourist Information Center – a special place for international guests. There you can buy maps, souvenirs, ask questions and take advices from English speaking staff. Kirov’s Square located very close to Lower Embankment, so you can continue your walk to see more Irkutsk attractions. As you can see on the map, Lenin Street is not big. It will take 20 minutes to go from 130 Kvartal to the Lower Embankment by foot.

Gagarin avenue

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. On the Avenue, you can take a leisurely walk from the bridge leading from the train station to Karl Marx Street and the island “Youth”. There are several hotels and hostels on the avenue, as well as a large store of tourist equipment. Along with that, this place is interesting for tourists because of dock “Gagarin Avenue”. From here, passengers take ferries both for ferry trips around the Angara River, and going on a ferry route to Lake Baikal. While waiting for the ferry, you can sit in the shade of trees or nearby cafes. When the time comes to 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.

River route

A walk on a river tram or boat on the Angara river is a great option for a family holiday!

Central market

Central Market is an important part of Irkutsk. You can visit this place and learn more about the city residents and about how do they live. Honestly, international tourists will not find something interesting there, excepting fresh and cheap food.
However, Central Market is an important part not only of Irkutsk, but your travel also! It is because the Market is the starting point of many routes on Baikal. There are two big bus stops, from which guests of the city can go to the most popular touristic directions – Listvyanka, Slyudyanka, Baikalsk city, Ust-Orda, Taltsy and so on. It is very easy and comfortable to go to these places from the Market. Moreover, residents and visitors of the city often go to Baikal from the bus stop in the Central Market than from the bus Station or Train station. We call them “bus stops”, but in fact they are two big parking lots. We have noted their location on “Irkutsk Map”. So, as example, if you want to go to Listvyanka you need to go to the Market, find a big parking lot (it is very easy) and take a sit in a minibus with inscription “Listvyanka”. Have a good travel!

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Irkutsk Guide Tour

Explore the Irkutsk with city sights tour

  • Learn Irkutsk history

  • Admire the beauty of Orthodox churches and visit them!

  • Taste dishes of local people cuisine

  • Visit Taltsy village and feel a local resident of 18th century!

  • Learn local people way of Life, their culture and traditions!

  • Visit the village of Listvyanka to learn more about Baikal Nature

“Did you know that each touristic city on Baikal is unique in its own way?”

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  • City Attractions

  • ATM and Banks

  • Pharmacies and Food Stores

  • Touristic Equipment Stores

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“Angara river ferry trip is the best way to discover Irkutsk!”

Irkutsk Weather

Summer weather

In the summer months the city is in the heat! Since may, it is 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 shady streets of the city or eat ice cream in a cafe. Sometimes the rains give citizens a break, but the heat will until September.

Irkutsk Summer Photos

Weather in winter

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

Irkutsk Winter Photos

“Open air museum Taltsy always glad to invite international guests!”