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Formerly known as Stalingrad, Volgograd is situated on the west bank of the Volga River in the Volgograd Oblast. This city is famous for its museums and cultural offerings as well as its interest for tourists from all over the world. Most of the visitors spend their time seeing the historical monuments dedicated to World War II. However, what would you do if you already visited all the points of interest in Volgograd, and you want to know more about the history of this region and discover something absolutely new for yourself? Well, we’ve prepared for you a list of quick and interesting city getaways.
Rossoshka Memorial Cemetry
Take a bus out of the city centre or ask at your hotel, or airbnb owner, to tell you how to get there. It’s not far. Consider that this cemetery is located near the village of Rossoshka, 35 kilometres northwest of Volgograd city centre. It marks the final resting place of some 20,000 fallen Soviet fighters, 60,000 Germans and 2,000 Romanians who died in the Battle of Stalingrad between 1942 and ’43. The Soviet and Russian soldiers are buried on one side of the road, while the Germans and Romanians are on the other. Upon arrival, you can also visit a small war museum right in front of the cemetery.
Old Sarepta Museum & Reserve
Drive about an hour, or simply take a local bus, from the city centre and go to the Krasnoarmeysk district, once the German colony of Sarepta. Today the entire quarter is a museum reserve set around a beautiful square, and Lutheran church, dating from the late 18th century. It i s a well-known fact that the original settlers of old Sarepta were German Catholic missionaries from Moravia (Czech Republic) who arrived here in 1765 with the aim of proselytizing the Kalmyks. Failing that, they became the mustard tycoons of Russia. Buy tickets for the two museums from the white building alongside the church and go for a visit. The museums: One is telling the history and lifestyle of the colony and the other is a historic pharmacy.
Volga River Cruise
Volga river cruise from Volgograd is among the best options in this region. Sailing calmly, you’ll likely admire the changing scenery along the banks of Volga, feel the fresh breeze on the open-air decks and see the unforgettable sunsets over the river. All the ships are usually docked in the city centre, walking distance from museums, markets, cafes and other places of interest. If you want to explore Volga river, make a voyage through the heart of it. Such a cruise from Volgograd is considered the most comfortable and safe way to do it. Volga cruise provides a unique opportunity to get acquainted with this enormous and beautiful countryside.