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Mamai Hill, Volgograd | © Alexxx Malev / Flickr
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The Best Things to See and Do in Volgograd

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Contributor / Journalist
Updated: 2 September 2017

While Volgograd, located in the heart of Russia, might not be at the top of your list of places to visit in this enormous country, this city does have a variety of must-see attractions and adventures. The city is brimming with grand statues, and its downtown area is a modern place with a garden promenade along the Volga River and a lot of lovely parks. Here are some of the main things you should check out.

Visit the Mamai Hill

Mamai Hill is a place of significance to all Russians, and it is also the highest point in Volgograd. You can see the entire city from the top of the hill, which became the final resting place for 34,500 people who died while defending the city and its population during the Battle of Stalingrad. The memorial complex was a long time in the making and opened in October 1967. Russians consider this sacred place as one of the seven wonders of their country.

Mamai Hill, pr. V.I. Lenina, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast’, Russia, +7 844 223-67-23

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Take a walk at Komsomol Park

You will find a unique place on the grounds of Komsomol Park – the Garden of Love, a place where many married couples have their wedding photos taken. Lovers from all over the city take a walk here on a regular basis, as it is a truly romantic area.

Komsomol Park, Volgograd, Russia

Enjoy a cruise on the Volga

Probably the best way to spend the weekend in Volgograd is to do it on water. You can enjoy a breezy cruise on the Volga River, and if you are looking for something quick and fun, then take a ride on a speed boat – you’ll be on the water for no more than 10 minutes.

Visit the Planetarium

This small planetarium allows guests to view the night sky while telling them what they are seeing. It’s a unique and informative experience. Guests will also find a small observatory with a telescope upstairs.

Volgograd Planetarium, ul. Gagarina, 14, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast’, Russia, +7 844 224-18-72

Enjoy the Volgograd State Panoramic Museum

No trip to Volgograd would be complete without a visit to the State Panoramic Museum, which features a beautiful panorama depicting the Battle of Stalingrad. In this artwork, painted by many different artists, you will see many places in Volgograd that are standing to this day, including Pavlov’s house and the windmill. It’s a beautiful work of art that you don’t want to miss.

State Panoramic Museum, ul. Sovetskaya, 47, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast’, Russia, +7 844 255-00-83

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Have a BBQ on the shores of the Volga River

Discover sandy beaches on the other side of the river, where a significant number of people choose to spend their weekends and holidays. Everything is allowed over here. You can even have a BBQ with family and friends.

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Go to the Volga–Don Navigation Canal

People in the Volgograd region had been dreaming about connecting the Volga and Don Rivers for quite some time, but unfortunately, all of the attempts failed – until 1952 when this dream finally became a reality. The length of the canal is 101 kilometres (62.7 miles), and it connects five seas: the Black Sea, Azov Sea, Caspian Sea, Baltic Sea and the White Sea.