Baikal Smart Travel — travel smartly!

Baikal Smart Travel — travel smartly!
Baikal Smart Travel

When it’s better to visit Baikal? Where should I go on Baikal? What kind of stuff I need to take with?
Learn about how your Baikal first steps must look like on the «Traveler’s Notes» page.

Discover Baikal in the team of experienced guide!

Enjoy the Baikal Nature from the ship!

Sights, touristic areas and the Irkutsk map! Learn everything you need about touristic capital of Baikal!

Here we tell how tourists can use Irkutsk public transport to reach the most popular Baikal sights

Here you will learn about housing rentals, entertaiments and tourist routes on Baikal Lake. Don’t forget to download our Baikal Map — the best assistant in your travel!

The history and legends of Baikal are kept by its native people — the Buryats. On this page we tell you about their rich culture, ancient religion and delicious cuisine!

We have made for you a list of the most interesting cities of Lake Baikal for tourists. Each the city is the one small page from the giant book of Siberian culture and history, so try to visit as many towns as possible!

This is how you can get our way of life and make your travel unforgettable!

If you like to spend your free time outside, we strongly recommend you to visit Baikal touristic routes to feel the power and beauty of Baikal Nature.

Read our topics to learn how visit Baikal touristic routes by yourself.

Slyudyanka

Treasury of Baikal gems

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Slyudyanka

Treasury of Baikal gems

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Treasury of Baikal gems

Slyudyanka

On the South-West of Baikal is a small town, Slyudyanka. It is the same city as thousands of other towns in huge Russia. But, Slyudyanka has a peculiarity that makes this city unique. Thanks to this very feature, the town got its name.

The town’s name is because the word «Slyuda» in the Russian language means «mica». Extraction of marble and minerals is developed in the city and its environs. No wonder that Slyudyanka residents life is connected with minerals and mineralogy.

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On the South-West of Baikal is a small town, Slyudyanka. It is the same city as thousands of other towns in huge Russia. But, Slyudyanka has a peculiarity that makes this city unique. Thanks to this very feature, the town got its name.

The town’s name is because the word «Slyuda» in the Russian language means «mica». Extraction of marble and minerals is developed in the city and its environs. No wonder that Slyudyanka residents life is connected with minerals and mineralogy.

What’s interesting in Slyudyanka

  • Maybe the biggest museum of minerals in Siberia
  • Unique nature of Southern Baikal
  • Peak of Cherskiy
  • Marble railway station
  • Circum-Baikal Railway

What’s interesting in Slyudyanka

  • Maybe the biggest museum of minerals in Siberia
  • Unique nature of Southern Baikal
  • Peak of Cherskiy
  • Marble railway station
  • Circum-Baikal Railway

On the South-West of Baikal is a small town, Slyudyanka. It is the same city as thousands of other towns in huge Russia. But, Slyudyanka has a peculiarity that makes this city unique. Thanks to this very feature, the town got its name.

The town’s name is because the word «Slyuda» in the Russian language means «mica». Extraction of marble and minerals is developed in the city and its environs. No wonder that Slyudyanka residents life is connected with minerals and mineralogy.

What’s interesting in Slyudyanka

  • Maybe the biggest museum of minerals in Siberia
  • Unique nature of Southern Baikal
  • Peak of Cherskiy
  • Marble railway station
  • Circum-Baikal Railway

Slyudyanka attractions

The excellent climate and some exciting sights make this city interesting for tourists traveling to Lake Baikal.

Click to see Slyudyanka on the Baikal map!

Baikal Tourist Map

City square

Slyudyanka city

Slyudyanka Museum of Minerals

It is hard to believe, but there is one of Russia’s largest minerals museums in such a small town. Guests can see more than 8960 exhibits and all 3450 types of minerals known to modern science! This collection of minerals and gems admires tourists and mineralogical scientists from over the world. There is a souvenir shop at the museum where guests can buy the gem or mineral they like.

A souvenir can be bought in a store, but it is much more interesting to extract a mineral by yourself! The museum administration gives all mining minerals equipment for not a high price. The museum staff will show available places for extracting where you can feel a real mineralogist!

Working hours:

Every day
from 8:00 to 20:00

On mineral museum yard

“Aikha-Shulun” or Shaman Cape

Aikha-Shulun or Shaman Cape is one of the most mysterious places on Lake Baikal. In ancient times there was buried a shaman who had great power. To appease spirits, local people made shamanic rituals and sacrifices on the cape. Since then, the cape is a sacred place.

Some people said they heard strange voices after midnight there… As you understand, it is a perfect place for walking alone in the moonlight.
However, it is still an excellent place to enjoy Baikal’s beauty and learn more about local culture and religion.

Aikha-Shulun cape

Aikha-Shulun cape

Baikal near Aikha-Shulun cape

Railway Station

The Slyudyanka railway station is a really unique object. Why? Because it is the only building in Russia built entirely of white and pink marble! Admire the unusual architecture and learn the history of the Slyudyanka railway station right in the station building.

Slyudyanka Railway Station

Cherskiy Peak

Cherskiy peak is named after soviet geographer Ivan Cherskiy. A travel to this beautiful place of Baikal starts in Slyudyanka.

Cherskiy peak and Cherskiy Stone are different geographical objects.

Here we tell about Cherskiy Peak:

https://baikalfor.com/cherskiy-peak-en/

On the top of the Cherskiy Peak

Old water tower

Circum-Baikal Railway

Slyudyanka is a starting point of the Circum-Baikal Railway also. The Railway was built in the 18th century, and it has fascinating peculiarities – protecting tunnels and retaining walls! Circum-Baikal Railway is a separate touristic route.

Our article about the Circum-Baikal Railway:

Circum-Baikal Railway. Photographer — Lev Belykh

Slyudyanka beach

Marble Quarry

Tourists and city guests can take part in a unique program. They can make independent routes to the Marble Quarry and try their luck in finding minerals! Mineral museum staff will help each tourist with a detailed description of the routes and provide the necessary mining equipment.

Slyudyanka attractions

The excellent climate and some exciting sights make this city interesting for tourists traveling to Lake Baikal.

Click to see Slyudyanka on the Baikal map!

Baikal Tourist Map

City square

Slyudyanka city

Slyudyanka Museum of Minerals

It is hard to believe, but there is one of Russia’s largest minerals museums in such a small town. Guests can see more than 8960 exhibits and all 3450 types of minerals known to modern science! This collection of minerals and gems admires tourists and mineralogical scientists from over the world. There is a souvenir shop at the museum where guests can buy the gem or mineral they like.

A souvenir can be bought in a store, but it is much more interesting to extract a mineral by yourself! The museum administration gives all mining minerals equipment for not a high price. The museum staff will show available places for extracting where you can feel a real mineralogist!

Working hours:

Every day
from 8:00 to 20:00

On mineral museum yard

“Aikha-Shulun” or Shaman Cape

Aikha-Shulun or Shaman Cape is one of the most mysterious places on Lake Baikal. In ancient times there was buried a shaman who had great power. To appease spirits, local people made shamanic rituals and sacrifices on the cape. Since then, the cape is a sacred place.

Some people said they heard strange voices after midnight there… As you understand, it is a perfect place for walking alone in the moonlight.
However, it is still an excellent place to enjoy Baikal’s beauty and learn more about local culture and religion.

Aikha-Shulun cape

Aikha-Shulun cape

Baikal near Aikha-Shulun cape

Railway Station

The Slyudyanka railway station is a really unique object. Why? Because it is the only building in Russia built entirely of white and pink marble! Admire the unusual architecture and learn the history of the Slyudyanka railway station right in the station building.

Here we tell about Cherskiy Peak:

https://baikalfor.com/cherskiy-peak-en/

Our article about the Circum-Baikal Railway

Slyudyanka Railway Station

Cherskiy Peak

Cherskiy peak is named after soviet geographer Ivan Cherskiy. A travel to this beautiful place of Baikal starts in Slyudyanka.

Cherskiy peak and Cherskiy Stone are different geographical objects.

On the top of the Cherskiy Peak

Old water tower

Circum-Baikal Railway

Slyudyanka is a starting point of the Circum-Baikal Railway also. The Railway was built in the 18th century, and it has fascinating peculiarities – protecting tunnels and retaining walls! Circum-Baikal Railway is a separate touristic route.

Circum-Baikal Railway. Photographer — Lev Belykh

Slyudyanka beach

Marble Quarry

Tourists and city guests can take part in a unique program. They can make independent routes to the Marble Quarry and try their luck in finding minerals! Mineral museum staff will help each tourist with a detailed description of the routes and provide the necessary mining equipment.

Slyudyanka attractions

The excellent climate and some exciting sights make this city interesting for tourists traveling to Lake Baikal.

Слюдянка

City square

Slyudyanka

Slyudyanka city

Slyudyanka Museum of Minerals

It is hard to believe, but there is one of Russia’s largest minerals museums in such a small town. Guests can see more than 8960 exhibits and all 3450 types of minerals known to modern science! This collection of minerals and gems admires tourists and mineralogical scientists from over the world. There is a souvenir shop at the museum where guests can buy the gem or mineral they like.

A souvenir can be bought in a store, but it is much more interesting to extract a mineral by yourself! The museum administration gives all mining minerals equipment for not a high price. The museum staff will show available places for extracting where you can feel a real mineralogist!

“Aikha-Shulun” or Shaman Cape

Aikha-Shulun or Shaman Cape is one of the most mysterious places on Lake Baikal. In ancient times there was buried a shaman who had great power. To appease spirits, local people made shamanic rituals and sacrifices on the cape. Since then, the cape is a sacred place.

Some people said they heard strange voices after midnight there… As you understand, it is a perfect place for walking alone in the moonlight.
However, it is still an excellent place to enjoy Baikal’s beauty and learn more about local culture and religion.

Working hours:

Every day
from 8:00 to 20:00

Here we tell about the Cherskiy Peak:
https://baikalfor.com/cherskiy-peak-en/

Слюдянка

On mineral museum yard

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Aikha-Shulun cape

Slyudyanka

Aikha-Shulun cape

Слюдянка

Baikal near Aikha-Shulun cape

Slyudyanka Railway Station

The Slyudyanka railway station is a really unique object. Why? Because it is the only building in Russia built entirely of white and pink marble! Admire the unusual architecture and learn the history of the Slyudyanka railway station right in the station building.

Слюдянка

Slyudyanka Railway Station

Cherskiy Peak

Cherskiy peak is named after soviet geographer Ivan Cherskiy. A travel to this beautiful place of Baikal starts in Slyudyanka.

Cherskiy peak and Cherskiy Stone are different geographical objects.

Пик Черского

On the top of the Cherskiy Peak

Slyudyanka

Old water tower

Circum-Baikal Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway. Photographer — Lev Belykh

Slyudyanka

Slyudyanka beach

Circum-Baikal Railway

Slyudyanka is a starting point of the Circum-Baikal Railway also. The Railway was built in the 18th century, and it has fascinating peculiarities – protecting tunnels and retaining walls! Circum-Baikal Railway is a separate touristic route.

Marble Quarry

Tourists and city guests can take part in a unique program. They can make independent routes to the Marble Quarry and try their luck in finding minerals! Mineral museum staff will help each tourist with a detailed description of the routes and provide the necessary mining equipment.

How to get to Slyudyanka

It’s not difficult, look:

The distance from Irkutsk to Slyudyanka is 104 km, it takes about 2 hours.
The two hours journey costs about 3000 rubles.
Every hour buses and minibuses take off from Irkutsk Bus Station. The ticket price is about 220 rubles, the road takes 2 hours.

Tourists can reach Slyudyanka by train and electric train also. Train ticket price is about 400-700 rubles (price depends on kind of wagon) and electric train ticket for 200 rubles. The route will take 3 hours in both variants.

How to get to Slyudyanka

It’s not difficult, look:

The distance from Irkutsk to Slyudyanka is 104 km, it takes about 2 hours.
The two hours journey costs about 3000 rubles.
Every hour buses and minibuses take off from Irkutsk Bus Station. The ticket price is about 220 rubles, the road takes 2 hours.
Tourists can reach Slyudyanka by train and electric train also. Train ticket price is about 400-700 rubles (price depends on kind of wagon) and electric train ticket for 200 rubles. The route will take 3 hours in both variants.

How to get to Slyudyanka

It’s not difficult, look:

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