The small village of Listvyanka, situated on the shores of the spectacular Lake Baikal, is a popular stop amongst Trans-Siberian Railway travellers looking to savour their time at the lake and learn a bit more about this natural wonder. The Baikal Limnological Institute houses the headquarters for lake research by the Russian Academy of Sciences and contains some fascinating samples of the unique marine life found here, while the solar observatory perched high on the hills above the village charts the sun’s activity and provides breath-taking views of the lake. Head over to the Fish and Souvenir Market - an ideal opportunity to try smoked fish like the delicious omul and a matryoshka doll! On the road back to Irkutsk visitors often stop off at the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture. Set amongst the trees this collection of wooden houses some around 300 years old, offers an insight into the lives of Siberian settlers.
There are plenty of places to stay overnight in Listvyanka, including the monolithic Hotel Baikal which serves delicious traditional Russian and Siberian dishes as well as excellent views from its many rooms.