Photos Trans Siberia Express
Photos Trans Siberia Express

Photos - Trans Siberia Express 2002

A long standing wish became trough in 2002 when we travelled from St. Petersburg to Shanghai by train. We decided to follow the Trans Mongolian route from Irkutsk rather than going all the way to Vladivostok with the famous Tarns Siberia Express, as this route gave the opportunity to also see Mongolia and China. We did not yet have a digital camera in 2002 so we do not have that many pictures of the journey.

We first stayed a couple of days in St. Petersburg and Moscow before we boarded the Trans Siberian Train. Staying four days in a train crossing the endless Russian Taigas turned out to be a fantastic experience. The feeling of timelessness brings you in a very relaxed state of mind, drinking sessions with the Russians provide great entertainment and the rhythm of the train makes you sleep like a baby. We stayed a couple of days in Irkutsk, the biggest city of Siberia and then moved on to Mongolia. We first stayed two days in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator and then stayed two days in a Ger on the steppes. The next stop was Beijing were we visited the Great, Forbidden Palace, Hall of the people and many other places. The final destination of our journey was Shanghai, a giant metropolis and great city to spend a couple of days.

n/a - Trans Siberia express map

Map showing the trans Siberian and trans Mongolian routes

St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg Airport border

Border procedures in a Soviet era arrivals hall in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg - Hotel Moscow

The Moscow Hotel in St. Petersburg with room for 1400 guests

St. Petersburg - Hotel Moscow

One of the long corridors of the Moscow Hotel in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg - Cruiser Aurora

Cruiser Aurora started the storming of the Winter palace in 1917

St. Petersburg - Bronze Horseman

Famous Bronze Horseman statue depicting Peter the Great

St. Petersburg - Neva river

A hydrofoil cruising on the Neva River on a sunny day in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg - Neva river

Buildings from the time of Peter the Great on the Neva river banks

St. Petersburg - St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral, on the right the famous Hotel Astoria

St. Petersburg - Church of the Saviour

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg - Church of the Saviour

Inside the dome of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

St. Petersburg - Church of the Saviour

Russian Orthodox paintings on the ceiling of Church of the Saviour

St. Petersburg - Hermitage Bridge

The famous Hermitage Bridge across the tiny Winter Channel

St. Petersburg - Peter and Paul fortress

Sand sculpture on the beach of the Peter and Paul fortress

St. Petersburg - Peter and Paul fortress

Hammer and sickle on the Mint Works in the Peter and Paul fortress

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