Lake Baikal has a long and storied history. Because the shape of the lake is like the moon, it is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia." Blooming spring flowers, cool summers, the red leaves of fall and the ice and snow of winter mean that there is beautiful scenery to attract visitors to Lake Baikal all seasons of the year. Visitors can take a one-day train trip to Lake Baikal to enjoy the quiet and charming scenery. Lake Baikal's picturesque scenery earned it a spot on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996.