Irkutsk, there I was, almost at the end of my journey through Russia. Sad, but still excited because of the Baikal Lake.
Irkutsk is nothing but two days stopover if it’s about visiting the city. If you are about to get the Mongolian visa here, then no worries. This was the easiest visa application I got so far! [Soon will tell you how to get Mongolian visa in Irkutsk.] Even if you will apply here for visa, in the meantime you can easily go around the lake for few days. Well, this said I think you already have the idea that there is not much to see in the city.
WHERE TO STAY:
I stayed at “Baikal Story” hostel. Located at Karl Marx street, a 7-minute walk from the Angara River embankment. It is cheap and very centric. Staff didn’t speak English at all, but who does in Russia (besides bigger cities like Moscow or St. Petersburg). Use google translator! I had really nice stay and I could leave there my heavy backpack while headed to Olkhon Island on Baikal Lake.
WHERE TO EAT:
You can find many restaurants all around the city. Just look for some local restaurants where there is a lot of people. They also have “business lunch” at many places for very good price: 160 RUB (2,3 €)
WHAT TO SEE:
The starting point of your walk around the city will be the monument of Alexander III, standing at the beginning of Karl Marx street…
- TRIUMPHAL ARCH MOSCOW GATE
- HOUSE OF EUROPE/ WOODEN HOUSES
- MONUMENT OF THE FOUNDER OF IRKUTSK
- SCULPTURE BABR
- KIROV’S PARK
- CATHEDRAL OF THE KAZAM ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
- HOUSE FEINBERG
- HOUSE OF EUROPE
- SCULPTURE PARK IRKUTSK
- VTOROV’S MANSION