Traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway

  • A few days in Moscow Moscow, the capital of Russia, is the economic and political center of the world's largest country. It can be said that it is a fair representation of the country's vastness in terms of area and power; its streets are broad and the buildings are often enormous. It was never in lack of space, nor material. The biggest ... Read more
  • Yekaterinburg, Russia Yekaterinburg is the financial and political center of the Ural region and the fourth biggest city in Russia. It served as a center of trade for the Ural region's mining and heavy industries for centuries, and a home for several wealthy and influential merchant families since the tsarist times. Now it is most well known for ... Read more
  • The Russian Gangster Cemetery in Yekaterinburg A couple of years ago, there was a buzz on the internet about a cemetery in Russia, with some extravagant tombs believed to belong to gangsters who died violent deaths during gang wars in the chaotic post-Soviet times. A few years later, during my Trans-Siberian trip, while staying in Yekaterinburg, Russia, I have visited this less ... Read more
  • Hiking around Lake Baikal, Listvyanka When travelling with the Trans Siberian Express, a visit to the Lake Baikal is mandatory, even if you don't have more than a few days to spend at this stop. The best option to do this is to hop off the train at Irkutsk. Unless you want to spend days exploring Irkutsk, a perfect itinerary would ... Read more
  • Living with Mongolian nomads I was lucky enough to find a great host on Couchsurfing who offered me to stay at one of his nomad relative's yurt (or ger in Mongolian, a traditional Mongolian tent). The camp was around 100 miles from the town of Baganuur - which is about four hours drive from Ulaanbataar in total. My friend's relatives ... Read more
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  • Is it safe to travel on the Trans-Siberian railway? There are two important parts of this question. Is it safe to travel on the train on the┬áTrans-Siberian railway? Is it safe to travel to cities along the Trans-Siberian railway? Even me, originally from an ex Eastern Bloc country, Hungary, have been questioned by Hungarian relatives and friends with safety concerns about my Trans-Siberian travel plans. ... Read more
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