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Lake Baikal

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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater lake measures one mile in depth, contains more flora and fauna than any other lake in the world, including the only existing fresh water seals, and is surrounded by high mountains, wildflower meadows and rich green forests.
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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We caught a local bus from Irkutsk to the lake. Did not cost much at all. We must have hit the first really cold day as it was minus 10 degrees Celsius. When we arrived, it is important to rebook a bus home again which we did immediately. On arrival, the weather was freezing but we took ourselves for a... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Brilliant place - 20% of the world's fresh water is in this lake. Visit the museum about the lake in Lysvyanka.

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Zurich, Switzerland
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We took the minibus down from Ulan Ude Central bus station to Gremyachinsk (300 рублей per person, about 3 hours, got off when the GPS marker on google maps was in the right area) then walked about 15-20mins to the Baikalskaya Riveria Resort. It's a small village so we would expect that if you asked a local, you'd get directions.... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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117 reviews 117 reviews
39 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lake Baikal is a unique place and we did a short boat trip to experience the lake first hand. Absolutely amazing views. The short (really short) bath we took in the icy water was refreshing and at the small rocky beach the sun was quite nice. The really only downside is the disrespect of this unique nature reserve by the... More

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Park City, Utah
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188 reviews 188 reviews
137 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Our Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle train trip took us to lovely Lake Baikal for half a day where a few brave souls swam in the frigid lake. Our train attendants were ready with a Russian vodka shot, apparently traditional after a lake immersion, and everyone happily stood around with umbrellas, content to spend time near one of the earth's most intriguing... More

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Cascais, Portugal
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189 reviews 189 reviews
103 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The lake itself, the abrupt change in the weather (one day 28ºC, other was snowing-May), the landscape

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Beautiful lake. Listvjanka is a small village tha we reached by hydrofoil from Irkutsk. The ride takes about 45 minutes. They run twice per day. Back to Irkutsk we took the bus (they run every hour). In Listvjanka be sure to see the Nerpinarium and see the show with nerpas. There is a small market, where locals sell delicious smoked... More

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Irkutsk, Russia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

In August 2014 we made a lovely trekking tour from Goloustnoye to Koty. We booked it via BAIKAL TREKKING and were really pleased. Perfect organization, good guide Dima, great accommodation in Goloustnoye by Galina.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our group of four absolutely loved Lake Baikal - the beauty of the serene lake and the wildflowers were glorious. HOWEVER, we were unimpressed with the company that we organised our trek through - baikaltrekking.com In sum: 1) The food during the trek was insufficient and inadequate: The lunch food provided (white bread and tinned pate) was not sufficient, nor... More

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Denham, United Kingdom
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401 reviews 401 reviews
157 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This lake, although popular, is not a carnival-like atmosphere. The lake water is clear and clean. It is quiet and lovely with plenty of walking and sitting areas around the lake. There are also a number of restaurants which have lake views. Also available are train journeys and a choice of sea excursions to better enjoy the lake.

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