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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berlin-Irkutsk Train Planned

BERLIN -- European rail enthusiasts may soon be able to travel even further into the depths of Siberia without having to switch trains as a Russian rail operator plans a direct, roughly five-day journey between Berlin and Irkutsk.

At present, the longest direct train journey from Western Europe leaves Berlin on Saturdays and arrives in the Siberian capital Novosibirsk on Wednesdays, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said.

The trip takes almost four days and covers around 5,000 kilometers.

Russian Railways, or RZD, is planning a new route from the German capital to Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, situated near Lake Baikal. It is about 1,800 kilometers east of Novosibirsk by rail.

The journey could take up to 30 hours longer than the Berlin-Novosibirsk route, a spokesman for RZD said.

Travelers can also reach Irkutsk with the Trans-Siberian Railroad.