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Dream Trip: The Great Trans-Siberian Railway is Turning 125 (Video)

For those after one of the most adventurous and unforgettable trips of their lives

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A hundred and twenty-five years old, 9,289 kilometers long, 90 stations, a journey lasting seven days - this is just a short description of the longest and most adventurous trip you can take in Russia. Yes, it is all about the famous Trans-Siberian Railway (also called TransSib), crossing the whole Eurasian continent and connecting the western part of the country to its far east.

<figcaption>The Trans-Siberian Railway</figcaption>
The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway was originally a huge investment infrastructure project that significantly advanced Russian industry: the Great Siberian route turned many small towns and villages into developed cities. It also spurred the rapid growth of the Russian economy and became the most important traffic arterial of the country.

Moscow, Novosibirsk, Lake Baikal, Vladivostok - and soon it will be connected to Sakhalin Island. The route is going to be extended for the first time since its construction, so you will be able to embrace the whole country.

The longest railway in the world is considered one of the biggest dreams for almost any foreigner who is truly interested in Russia. But such an experience is not for everyone. Although the railway coaches are quite modern and well-equipped, only the most adventurous travelers are really ready to live seven days on a train in order to see the real Russia. But then again, you can hop off and on as you travel.

If planning a trip to Russia, keep in mind that you will not get such an authentic, full and unique experience if you limit yourself to only Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Russia is much more than these two cities: it is diverse, very beautiful and contrasting. TransSib is the best way to explore the country to its full. For those prepared to venture out and see more, they will not be disappointed.

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