Mica deposits give the name to the former mining town of Slyudyanka, but it also has other claims to fame. Its picturesque and cozy marble train station (also made from local materials) greets travelers on the Circum-Baikal Railway.

Slyudyanka’s quaint recently rebuilt wooden church adds a peculiar charm and beauty to the town’s landscape. The first private mineral museum in Russia shows off a unique collection that will enrich your understanding of the region’s natural wealth.

Slyudyanka also presents an ideal starting point for expeditions into the untamed wild. As you would expect, the town’s environs abound with rare mineral wonders and striking one-of-a-kind sights.

One popular trail will take you up to the famous Chersky Peak, then down to the heart-shaped Serdtse lake amidst the Khamar-Daban mountains. Back in Slyudyanka, the incredibly fresh water from the celebrated silver springs will surely grant you good health and vigour.

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