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Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway From the Comfort of Your Home

16. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

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Have you always wanted to travel along Russia's famed Trans-Siberian Railway, but have been unable to make the journey due to travel costs and time restraints? Well, you're in luck!


Thanks to a partnership between Google and Russian Railways, couch potatoes can now enjoy the sights of the Trans-Siberian railway (all 5,600 miles of it) without ever leaving the comfort of their homes.

The virtual journey features 150 hours of video taken from a window of a train as it winds through seven time zones, 12 regions, and 87 villages. Virtual tourists can even listen to one of 6 soundtracks as they glide along the rails: the rumble of wheels, Russian radio, traditional balalaika music, or full readings of three classic Russian novels.

“We want to demonstrate how unusual and fascinating Russia really is and how much it can offer to a curious tourist,” said Konstantin Kuzmin, marketing director for Google Russia. “That's why we hope that this project will become the starting point not only for the virtual but also for the real trips across Russia."

Ready to go? Click link to travel the Trans-Siberian railway from the comfort of your home.