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Lake Baikal

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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater lake measures one mile in...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Took a day long tour from Irkutsk as a stopover on the Trans-Siberian. The lake is lovely. Went up the ski-lift to see the view (good) Went to the market in Listvyanka (very touristy) At a very good meal in a restaurant for lunch including Omul. Went to the museum and 'zoo' which were not so great.

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Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Disliked the accommodation. It was in a local home and the shower was unsafe. It also was a enormous climb up three lots of stairs and for older people not that great. The town itself is very very tiny. Food is very scare as in most small towns in Russia. Trip in train around lake was amazing. Great to have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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259 reviews 259 reviews
147 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great to stay at Olkhon island for a week in the summer time to trek or cycle around the island and take a (very!) refreshing dip in the lake.

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Australia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
47 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
151 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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197 reviews 197 reviews
105 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
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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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