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Transsiberian Railway - Russia - Mongolia - China

Published: Sep, 2020 | Travel Date: Mar - Apr 2019

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At 9288 km, the Transsiberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world. All in all we were on the road for almost 4 weeks and drove from St. Petersburg via Mongolia to Beijing. In between, we made stops at Lake Baikal and Ulan Bator. This extraordinary trip is something for everyone who is looking for an unforgettable adventure and wants to get to know a completely different way of traveling. Not to forget the wonderful places that we were able to discover. For Russia and China you need a visa, you have to apply for this beforehand and present your entire travel route including the date of arrival and departure and hotels (especially for China).

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  • General Information

    In St. Petersburg you can get from A to B very easily with the subway. The main attractions can even be explored on foot. In April it was still very cold and the weather was not so friendly. As a result, there were relatively few tourists on the way. We came by plane and took a taxi to the hotel. Even if the driver hardly spoke English, he was very friendly and helpful.

    Accommodation

    Asmera Apartments - Vladimirskaya

    The accommodation itself was very good but difficult to find as there was absolutely nothing on the door. It's best to ask again exactly.

    Activities and Sights

      Hermitage, Palace Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Hermitage, Palace Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      The Hermitage is one of the largest and most important art museums in the world. The building complex that houses the museum and to which the famous Winter Palace belongs is now collectively referred to as the Hermitage. The square and the building are very beautiful and imposing! It is best to buy tickets for the museum in advance online at hermitageshop.org/tickets


      Almirallat de Sant Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Almirallat de Sant Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      Impostante building and beautiful park (Alexandergarten)


      Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Isaac's Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Isaac's Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      The golden dome of the sacred building cannot be overlooked. Isaac's Cathedral is considered the most magnificent of the three main churches in the old town. For about 2 euros you can go up to the viewing platform.


      Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      Filled with magnificent palaces, restaurants, cafes and countless shops, you can spend a whole day here.


      Kazan Cathedral, Kazan Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Kazan Cathedral, Kazan Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia


      Singer House, Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      The largest library in St. Petersburg is located in this building.


      Savior on the Spilled Blood, Griboyedov channel embankment, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Savior on the Spilled Blood, Griboyedov channel embankment, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      Beautiful cathedral. Unfortunately, we renovated it and some of the towers were covered. Admission: 250 rubles, open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed on Wednesdays. Tickets can be bought online here isaak.ticketnet.ru/en/#id=402&sid=282


      Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      The Peterhof is the tsar's residence and an absolute must when in St. Petersburg. The residence is approx. 39 km from the city center. The best way to get there is by one of the shuttles that stop at the Avtov metro station. (Minivan No. 224, No. 300, No. 424, No. 424-А to the Peterof) The best thing is to just look for the vans and then ask. There are also public buses, for example No. 200, No. 210. Entry to the upper garden is free. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance to the Peterhof Palace costs 1,000 rubles (around € 14).


      Petersburg Metro, Moskovskiy Prospekt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
      Petersburg Metro, Moskovskiy Prospekt, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      The metro in St. Petersburg itself is a highlight!

    Transportation to next station

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SUMMARY

This trip was something very special and we experienced a lot. The train ride itself was an experience, but in combination with a visit to the three countries, a great adventure. Mongolia has been an absolute highlight for us both in terms of landscape and culture and we can recommend everyone to get to know this country. In April it was still quite cold in Russia and Mongolia, but there were very few tourists around. You can read about how our journey continued on our China-trip here on Tripspi.

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