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, boasting grand statues, a modern downtown neighbourhood, and a lot of lovely parks. Here are some of the main things you should do in Volgograd if you’re passing through.
Enjoy a cruise on the Volga
Probably the best way to spend the weekend in Volgograd is to do it on the 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.
Discover sandy beaches on the other side of the river, where many people choose to spend their weekends and holidays, watching the boats go by and holding big barbecues with their family and friends. It’s the perfect summer activity.
People in the Volgograd region had been trying to connect 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.
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 during the Battle of Stalingrad. The memorial complex was a long time in the making and opened in October 1967. Russians consider the hill to be one of the seven wonders of their country.
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 often go for strolls here, as it is truly a romantic area.
This small planetarium allows guests to view the night sky and learn about stars, planets and outer space. It’s a unique and informative experience. Guests will also find a small observatory with a telescope upstairs.
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 still standing to this day, including Pavlov’s house and the windmill.