Ulan-Ude, Russia - Firebird City Guides

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Ulan-Ude, Russia

Ulan-Ude is the enchanting capital of the the Republic of Buryatia. Standing on the confluence of Uda and Selenga Rivers, the unique city is located on the crossroads of Russia, China and Mongolia. The city grew as a large trade center and was an important point on the Silk Road route.

Today Ulan-Ude still preserves its status as a major transportation hub connecting the three countries as well as Russia's east and west. Yet the city wasn't open to foreigners before 1991. Ulan-Ude has many important cultural landmarks, the main attractions are the breathtaking richly decorated mansions of merchants located in the historic town. The 42-ton statue of Vladimir Lenin's head (the biggest one in the world) on Ulan-Ude's main square has also become a favored tourist attraction. The King Gates arch which has become the unofficial symbol of the city is also an important sight.

Ulan-Ude encompasses many unique churches and datsans as well. Thus visiting the Khambyn Khure, Zungun Darzhaling, Odigitria Cathedral and the Holy Trinity Church is a must when being in town. Among the city's best museums is the open-air Ethnographic Museum of the peoples of Transbaikal, displaying historical finds and a one-of-a-kind collection of traditional Siberian architectural wooden monuments.

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See it on following tours

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 24, 2018

20 days

10 cities

1 country

Moscow | Nizhny Novgorod | Perm | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Krasnoyarsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Khabarovsk | Vladivostok

Set off on an unforgettable journey in comfort of our friendly small group tour along the whole Trans-Siberian railway line. Discover the local way of life and get unique local insights from your professional tour leader during your time on board the train.

Small group rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 05, 2018

16 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, experience genuine Mongolia and finally discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing.

Rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Aug 19, 2018

15 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The unique Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Beijing on the Imperial Russia train combines sense of adventure with comfort of private train. Feel the imperial spirit of Russia's endless expanses, enjoy the Mongolian hospitality and rich culture, get inspired by the legacy of China - all adventures are in 15 unforgettable days.

See it on following tours

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 24, 2018

20 days

10 cities

1 country

Moscow | Nizhny Novgorod | Perm | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Krasnoyarsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Khabarovsk | Vladivostok

Set off on an unforgettable journey in comfort of our friendly small group tour along the whole Trans-Siberian railway line. Discover the local way of life and get unique local insights from your professional tour leader during your time on board the train.

Small group rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 05, 2018

16 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, experience genuine Mongolia and finally discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing.

Rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
Aug 19, 2018

15 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The unique Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow to Beijing on the Imperial Russia train combines sense of adventure with comfort of private train. Feel the imperial spirit of Russia's endless expanses, enjoy the Mongolian hospitality and rich culture, get inspired by the legacy of China - all adventures are in 15 unforgettable days.