Trans-Siberian Railway – The best things to do in Krasnoyarsk

by Gaetano
Stolby Nature Sanctuary

I left Novosibirsk around 7 pm to reach Krasnoyarsk after ca. 12 hours by train. This stop was the fifth on my Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian journey from Moscow to Beijing.

Krasnoyarsk is a medium-sized town, the third-largest in Siberia, but its popularity is mainly due to the Stolby Nature Sanctuary. In Russian Stolby means pillars, you will find out below why the nature reserve has this name.

Meanwhile, we are about 3300 km away as the crow flies from Moscow.

The Trans-Siberian train arrives at the station punctually around 7 am, and Anatoliy is waiting for me. He owns the SibTourGuide travel agency, which offers several tours in the area.

We wrote in the weeks before my arrival, and, in the end, I booked a full-day tour: 23 km walk in the Nature Reserve.


Krasnoyarsk in a nutshell


The following is an interactive map. The main points of interest are marked with red pins, and the Svinka Restaurant is marked with a blue pin. Honestly, this is not the best place where I have been, but it was close to my hotel, they have an extensive menu and a fast service.

The central station and my hotel are marked on the map with black pins. I absolutely recommend the Dom Otel ‘Neo. It has large and equipped rooms and bathrooms and is the best place to stay after a day spent in the Stolby Nature Sanctuary.


Must-sees


My tour in Krasnoyarsk started directly in the Stolby Nature Reserve. As mentioned, Anatoliy waited for me at the station and took me to the hotel to leave my luggage. We then set off towards the National Park, which is a fifteen-minute drive from the city center.


Stolby Nature Sanctuary


It is an immense expanse of trees with here and there tall shaped granite rock formations. These are up to 100 meters high and are called pillars (Stolby in Russian).

Anatoliy is a brilliant guide and speaks English very well. He will tell you all about the park, the Krasnoyarsk region, the Siberia, and much more. Curiosities, anecdotes, real stories, and experiences regarding what is now called stolbism.

Stolbism is a lifestyle that favors sport in freedom, life in conjunction with nature, and free solo climbing.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Free solo climbing

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – Free solo climbing

Going around in this natural paradise without a guide is, in my opinion, useless. The reserve is so extensive and full of paths that you get lost or end up wandering, losing the most fascinating things to see.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Here and there appear along the paths the pillars that made this park so famous. I recommend having trekking shoes with you to climb the rocks and enjoy the view from the top of one of these.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Along the paths, a lot of people engage in various sports: from running to free solo climbing.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

All the rock formations have a name: the grandfather, the mother, the daughter, the lion’s door, the feathers (perhaps the most famous granite structure in the park), etc.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - The Feathers

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – The Feathers

Anatoliy arranged a packed lunch on top of a rock, and in the afternoon, we came to the chairlift that took us back to the valley. A tiring but unforgettable day.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary

Stolby Nature Sanctuary


Revolution Square


After spending a whole day in the Stolby Nature Reserve, maybe not everyone has enough time or energy to make a tour of Krasnoyarsk.

Lenin Monument

Lenin Monument

Lenin Monument

Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk

Revolution Square

Revolution Square

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park


City Center


Opera and Ballet Theater

Opera and Ballet Theater

Opera and Ballet Theater

Intercession Cathedral

The classic Orthodox cathedral, among the most important in the city.

Triumphal Arch

Built for the 375th anniversary of Krasnoyarsk.

Big Ben of Krasnoyarsk

Big Ben of Krasnoyarsk

Big Ben of Krasnoyarsk


Krasnoyarsk Dam


Krasnoyarsk is crossed by the Yenisei River, and the power of this stream is used to produce electricity. The Krasnoyarsk dam, located approx. 30 km from the center, is a majestic engineering work about 120 meters high.

Since the dam is active all year round by continuously injecting water into the Yenisei, unlike the others that cross Siberia, this river does not freeze in the city area.

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to visit the dam due to the distance from the city and the limited time available.

At around 1 pm, in fact, the next train was waiting for us: 19 hours of travel, destination Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.

Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railway – All you need to know

Travel arrangementsGeneral Information
Departure stationMoscow
First stopNizhny Novgorod
Second stopKazan
Third stopYekaterinburg
Fourth StopNovosibirsk
Fifth stopKrasnoyarsk and Stolby Nature Sanctuary
Sixth stopLake Baikal
Seventh stopIrkutsk
Eighth stopUlan-Ude
Ninth stopUlaanbaatar
Tenth stopDatong
Arrival stationBeijing

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