I'm looking at doing the trans-mongolian next summer and am debating stops along the way to break up the trip.
St Petersberg, Moscow and Irkutsk are all certs. Just need a couple stops in between to break up the train journey and to capture some different Russian cultures along the way.
I've been looking at Yekaterinberg, Omsk and Novosibirsk for a day or 2 each in. Plan is to arrive early morning and leave the following night so have 2 days in those locations.
Are there any others that would stand out to any of you that you would recommend?
Nizhniy Novgorod (former Gorky) is one of the largest Russian cities. It stands right on Trans-Siberian route only one night train ride east of Moscow.
Kazan is an ancient city that have recently celebrated 1000 year anniversary. It is the capital of Tatarstan republic (within Russia) famous for the ancient white Kazan Kremlin and the biggest Mosque in Russia. However, it's a bit south from the main Trans Siberian route, but there's still a few trains to continue your way to Irkutsk if you're ok having different trains and tickets for each segment.
Way east from Moscow there is also a city of Ulan-Ude on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal. It's the capital of Buryat republic who are Mongolian descent and truely the first city along the Transsib where you can actually feel that you are in Asia.
Thanks for all the information. It's very detailed and much appreciated.
I don't feel i need to stay on the trans-sib route so those places you mentioned are definitely food for thought. Kazan sounds especially interesting.
I don't think Ulan-Ude will be accessible for me as i want to go straight from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar but i will look at it. Thanks again for your reply
I would say Yekaterinberg, Omsk and Novosibirsk are perhaps not the most interesting stops you could choose. They are just big concrete cities with one or two interesting sites at each. More historical, atmospheric and architecturally interesting are Tobolsk, Tomsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.
Sounds like good advice Ed.
Going to have to look into the train journey in more detail to link them together so i can see as many as possible, im guessing from this that you've done this trip before
I've never done the whole Trans Siberian as one journey end to end, but I've been to most of the places mentioned over the course of several different trips.