Volgograd

The Mighty Soldier of the Russian Army of Cities 

Volgograd isn’t as big and fancy as Moscow, but it does have a lot to show. Historically known as first Tsaritsyn and then Stalingrad, this city is a veteran among other Russian cities. Volgograd today manages to keep its Soviet flavor almost intact. So, if you’re looking for something that can satisfy your curiosity about the World War II, awake your respect for the fallen warriors, or dazzle you with the sizes of war memorials, then this city is definitely worth your attention.

What to See/Do in Volgograd

Don’t think that in Volgograd you’ll have to spend the whole day listening to the tour guide’s monologs about the war.
This city can offer much more than that. Be sure that the city’s attractions, places of interest, and local people won’t let you feel bored.

Visit melon field and taste the biggest berry in the world – Volgograd Watermelon
Find Crete Ireland in Volgograd. Enjoy hot white sand and warm river water
Count the stairs on the Central Promenade in Volgograd
Take a ride on the underground train. The only one in Russia
See how ships are passing by river gates on the River-Don Cannel
See the reflection of the war in the building of the ruined Mill

Some Facts

Volgograd has the only underground operating tram in Russia – Metrotram
The sculpture named The Motherland Calls is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest sculpture-statue in the world.
A 2,5 km long bridge over the Volga is known as Dancing Bridge because of strong oscillations caused by wind.
One of the longest streets in Russia is located in Volgograd. Its length is over 50 km.
Volgograd is considered to be the most “Soviet” city of Russia.
Even Alexandre Dumas visited Volgograd once. So, why shouldn’t you?

Another Interesting Fact

On May 9, 2045, an actual time-travelling event is going to happen on Mamayev Hill in Volgograd. A time capsule will be opened on the 100th anniversary of the victory in WWII. The capsule contains messages of the war veterans to the descendants. Without doubt, they had a lot of wise things to say. So, be sure to book another trip to Volgograd in 2045!

A Bit of History

Volgograd is one of the largest cities in Russia. Located on the right bank of the Volga River, it is the center of the Volgograd region and has a population of just over one million people. This city really stands out thanks to its extent – the most popular opinion states that it is located 85-90 km along the river. However, when you consider the suburbs, the city’s length is more than 120 km. Even today in Volgograd, it is really difficult to travel around the city because it takes almost 4 hours to cross it.
Volgograd was founded a few centuries ago. The first mention in written sources dates back to 1589. This year is considered to be the beginning of the city’s existence. It was then given the name “Tsaritsyn”, which it had up to 1925. By the way, many Russian cities were named in honor of famous political figures. This is what happened to Tsaritsyn in 1925 too – it was renamed into Stalingrad (Stalin City) in honor of comrade Stalin who lived there at that time.
The city is known for the Stalingrad Battle, one of the most decisive battles in the Second World War, which began there on July 17, 1942. More than 40,000 civilians died since the population was not evacuated. The battle lasted until February 2, 1943 and is considered now to be a turning point in the war. The city was destroyed. Almost no buildings were left intact. Because of the intense attacks and heavy damage, Volgograd had to be rebuilt. The central part of the city was built completely from scratch, which significantly increased the overall territory of the city.
The city’s name changed again on November 10, 1961. Since then, it’s been known as Volgograd. But even today there are continuous discussions between the communists who want to bring back Stalingrad and the rest of the residents who would vote for Tsaritsyn.
In 1965, Volgograd was awarded the status of Hero City thanks to its unique role in World War II and in the Russian history in general.
Volgograd today is a beautiful city with a long history and a difficult destiny. Every spring and summer, it’s drowning in millions of tulips, and every year it invites tourists to dive into its history.

A Bit of Geography

Volgograd is almost 970 km far from Moscow. There’s an airport operating in the city, which means it will take you only 2 hours to get there from Moscow.
The city is located alongside the riverbank of the Volga, the biggest river of the European part of Russia. That’s why Volgograd occupies a rather vast area. There even are real deserts in the region, such as Archeda-Don and Golubinski Sands. However, Volgograd itself is really green. A lot of enterprises of light and heavy industry are concentrated in the city, but all of that coexists with numerous parks, rivers, and prairies of the region.

A Bit of Climate

The climate in Volgograd is continental and dry. This region attracts tourists not only with its famous Mamayev Hill but also with its long summers: the tourist season begins in late April – early May, when it is warm enough to spend the night outdoors in a sleeping bag, and ends in late September, when autumn begins to take everything under its control.
The temperature in summer can reach up to +45 °C, but you can always go to the city’s beach and swim in the Volga. The winter weather is quite unstable, and snow is rare around this region.

A Bit About Locals

Volgograd is multinational. For quite a long time, it had been serving as a transit point on the road to the Golden Horde, owing to which the city is now inhabited by many gorgeous women – the mixed-blood descendants of Russians and Tatar Mongols. So, gentlemen, if you’re dreaming of meeting a beautiful stranger on your trip, you know that this city is for you.
What does Volgograd mean to its natives? They laugh and say, “if you want to uncover the 50 shades of grey Russia, come to Volgograd!” But they don’t mean there is nothing interesting to explore. Tourists, especially history buffs, easily find something exciting in and around the city.