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Welcome to Volgograd

Volgograd
  • Area:  859.4 km²
  • Dialing code: +7 8442
  • Federal Subject: Volgograd Oblast
  • Founded: 1589
  • International Airport: Volgograd International Airport (VOG)
  • Population: 1,021,215 (2010)
  • Stadium: Volgograd Arena
  • Time zone: MSK (UTC+03:00)

 

Volgograd, formerly known as either Tsaritsyn (until 1925) or Stalingrad (until 1961), is a ‘Hero City’ on the west banks of the Volga River in Southern Russia. It became famous for its resistance during the Battle of Stalingrad, which is often regarded as the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare.

The city is an important manufacturing centre, with industries that include shipbuilding, oil refining and steel and aluminium production. Volgograd has more than 200 memorials and monuments which are built around facts and events of the Great World War. One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex, overlooking the hill where most of the Battle of Stalingrad’s intense fightings The complex is dominated by the statue of ‘The MotherLand Calls’, a 85m-tall landmark with about twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and can be seen through out the city.

The Panorama Museum sited on the Volga contains artifacts from World War II. These include a panoramic painting of the battlefield from the location of the monument on Mamayev Kurgan. A rifle of the famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev is also on display.

Volgograd is one of the 11 host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and games will be played at the new Volgograd Arena. The stadium, which now sits on site of the demolished Central Stadium, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex, near the Volga River, will become the home of FC Rotor Volgograd of the Russian National Football League.

Yelena Isynbayeva, a multiple world pole-vaulting champion and ambassador for Russia’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, began her sporting career in Volgograd.

Information & Facts

Activities

  • Visit the Mamayev Hill Monuments
  • Enjoy the Volgograd State Panoramic Museum
  • See the Giant Statue of Lenin
  • Visit the Volgograd Planetarium and Volga Embankment
  • Visit the Old Steam Mill Ruins
  • Also Visit the Square of the Fallen Fighters and Rossoshka Memorial Cemetery

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification Volgograd has a humid continental climate (Dfa). Average annual temperature is 8.3 °C while Precipitation here averages 380 mm.

Eating Out

Russia is known for vodka and rich, hearty food to keep people warm. Volgograd is no different. The city is lined up with cafes and restaurants featuring hundreds of types of vodka and carbohydrate-rich foods.

In general, the traditional Russian food in this city is relatively cheap at US$ 5 – 10, including drinks. Foreign retaurants serving American food, Japanese food, and English food are extremely high priced with some going for over US$ 30 per meal.

Getting Around

The city has a well developed transportation network: buses, trolleybuses, trams, minibuses and taxi, and also Russia's only underground tram system.

Language

Of all the languages of Russia, Russian is the only official language at the national level. There are 35 different languages which are considered official languages in various regions of Russia, along with Russian.

Money

The Russian Ruble or Rouble is the currency of the Russian Federation. The ruble is subdivided into 100 kopeks.

Negatives

According to multiple sources, Volgograd is one of the most dangerous cities in Russia judging by safety while walking on the streets in the evening and at night. It is however not on the list of top 10 most criminal cities in Russia.

Night Life

Nightlife in Volgograd is comparable to ht of most of cities in Russia. Most of the discos, nightclubs and pubs do not begin to fill up until after 10pm and slows down toeards 5am. 

Restaurants

All the over 80km long city along the Volga River, there are various Russian cafes on every corner selling food to tourists. There are also various cheap and expensive foreign resturants with varieties on their food menu.

Shopping

The best places to explore when shopping for Russian and Western goods are the local markets, malls, and musuem shops. The Evropa City Mall and Piraminda Shopping Center are two of the most popular shopping centers in Volgograd. The city also becomes a shopping hub during various events and festivals.

Sightseeing

The major places of interest in Volgograd are unsuprisingly wrapped around events and sombre experience during the World War II.

Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex: Mamayev Kurgan was an important battlefield during World War II and Battle of Stalingrad. The monumental complex houses various attractions including the 85m tall ‘Motherland Calls’ statue and a circular memorial building that holds the names of over 6, 000 soldiers, in mosaics on the inner wall.

Pavlov`s House; Along with Mamayev Kurgan, Pavlov`s House became a symbol of stubborn resistance of the Russian soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad. Now it is a small, modest four-story building, but it was in this house that a group of 31 soldiers warded off the enemy attacks for 58 days.

The Panorama Museum: Located few yards away from the Pavlov house, the Panorama Museum holds over 4, 000 exhibits in its halls, which are as expected those of the World War II and Battle of Stalingrad.

The Volga Embankment: The Volga embankment is the largest in Russia. The river bank makes for a pleasant walk and is a favourite location for locals during the summer. The embankment gives access to several beaches where it is possible to swim and play beach sports such as volleyball and football.

Komsomol garden: Komsomol Garden – one of the largest public parks in the city – is near the Square of the Fallen Fighters in the center of Volgograd. Komsomol members planted the area with trees in 1930. For this reason the garden was given this name

Fallen Fighters Square: The Square of the Fallen Fighters is inseparably linked with the events of the Battle and Stalingrad and the civil war. It was the main defense position of the surrounded German troops, and it was there that field-marshal Paulus was taken prisoner

62nd Army embankment: The central part of Volgograd extends for tens of kilometers along the Volga, from Mamayev Kurgan to the riverside station, however, only about 3 kilometers of the embankment have been landscaped, a stretch from the Square of the Fallen Fighters and the Alley of Heroes, the one defended by the 62nd Army, to the Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Time

Moscow Standard Time (MSK) UTC +03:00. There are no future Daylight Saving Time rules for this time zone.

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