Volgograd Travel Guide

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Volgograd Things to Do

  • Mamayev Kurgan

    Visiting the WWII memorial complex is a must in Volgograd. The complex is called To the Heroes of the Stalingrad Battle and it is well-known all over FSU countries as Mamayev Kurgan. It attracts lots of Russian and foreign visitors. As Hedrick Smith wrote in his book "The Russians" in 1976, it's "the towering World War II monument, a 160-foot...

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  • The Panorama and Mill

    Beside the Stalingrad museum in Volgograd is a red brick building full of bullet holes. This is the only (to my knowledge) remaining building from the former Stalingrad. Yakov Fedotovich Pavlov is credited with holding this building against the Nazis for an amazing length of time, and against all odds. He is one of the most famous heroes of the...

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  • Memory of the War

    Visiting the WWII memorial complex is a must in Volgograd.The complex is called To the Heroes of the Stalingrad Battle and it is well-known all over FSU countries as Mamayev Kurgan. It attracts lots of Russian and foreign visitors. As Hedrick Smith wrote in his book "The Russians" in 1976, it's "the towering World War II monument, a 160-foot tall...

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  • Pavlov's house

    Beside the Stalingrad museum in Volgograd is a red brick building full of bullet holes. This is the only (to my knowledge) remaining building from the former Stalingrad. Yakov Fedotovich Pavlov is credited with holding this building against the Nazis for an amazing length of time, and against all odds. He is one of the most famous heroes of the...

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  • Panaroma Museum

    The museum is located next to the steam mill, a building which is kept intact after the war. Ironically the mill was built by two german brothers before the war whose names were Gergartd. The museum has a big panaroma drawn where you may see the illustrations from a a day in Satlingard war. Also weapons, bombs, photos from that era can be seen. Be...

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  • Mamaev Kurgan

    Mamaev kurgan is the highest point of the city and very fierce fights happened for this hill during the Battle of Stalingrad. It is actually a Tatar burial site. Kurgan (todays Turkish: Korugan) means; a sheltered place. For its strategic importance dozens of times the hill changed hands. The hill is now an open air museum, and my guide told me 35...

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  • Singing Walls

    To be prepared to the atmosphere of the Hall of Glory, everyone must pass "Singing Walls". Voices of war, songs of that years, sound of explosions and news summary from radio information center SovInformBuro.You can listen a short sount-file (300kB) at my external page: Singing Walls.

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  • Pamorama of the Stalingrad Battle

    The greatest battle panorama - 360' all-round panorama of the Stalingrad Battle.Difficult to describe. One must see it.360' panorama you can see scroll at my external page: Stalingrad Battle Panorama (Image size is about 500kB)

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  • Old steam mill

    After Stalingrad siege, that lasted almost half a year, all the town lasted in ruines. There were not a single building left. One building was preserved in this ruined state as a memorial - the old steam mill. It was build in XIX c by two german brothers businessmen. And was ruined in 1942 also by germans.On the background you can see rounded...

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Volgograd Restaurants

  • Late Night Sushi, Coffee, and Wifi

    Located in the central district, right off the Avenue of Houses near the Volga River. This little spot is a combination full service coffee café and Sushi restaurant. Though a sushi lover, I don’t do sushi in Volgograd now. But I do coffee in Russia and Kofe Nero is a delicious spot to get a cup. The service is good and the wireless internet access...

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  • Great Coffee - Free WiFi

    This little upscale coffee café is a bit hard to find. Look for the wooden cut out of a maiden with a tray of coffee. That is the place to go for great coffee, drinks, good food, great desserts, non-smoking area and really friendly service. We stop here often for the free, wide open wireless internet access as well as nearby electrical plugs for...

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  • Very good business lunch

    The restaurant is located in the same building as Volgograd Hotel. Its room was probably used as a theater because it has stage and very high ceiling; in general the place has good spirit of 19th century.Business lunch cost about $8 per person, it included 8 options of salads, two soups varieties, 4 side dishes and 4 meat varieties, green or black...

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  • If you are craving an acceptable...

    A decent pizza joint in the middle of Volgograd. Who woulda thought. While, I wouldn't say it was great, or up to Chicago standards, it was certainly better than the Sparro available in Moscow. AND they have some pretty good beers available, including Pilsner Urquel!

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  • Great dinner...er, is that breakfast??

    This place has a HORRID breakfast buffet. I would not even pack the unfinished morsels to take home for my puppy. However, at night they must change management or cooks as the dinner was fantastic, if not rather expensive (assuming that is you can tolerate the dinner entertainment...) I actually got a pretty good steak here with a spicey sauce,...

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  • Good German food in the heart of Russia

    The name is Russian for "barrel". The food here is quite good and, if you have been traveling around Russia for awhile and have found that alot of the food tastes pretty much the same nomatter what restaurant you go to, you will this place a nice change. Everything I tried here was good. I especially like the cheese soup and the pork knuckle.

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Volgograd Nightlife

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    by heplion Written Sep 11, 2002

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    I didn't actually attend a performance my first trip here as the theatre was closed for the season, however, I will be returning soon and hope to see one then....

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Volgograd Transportation

  • By Air

    I flew to Volgograd from Moscow via Volga Airlines. You can also take the train, which is a fun ride. The photo here is one example of what my friend Geoff used to call the 'MiG on a Stick' (here, it's on the banks of the Volga River). There's one of these at the entrance to almost every airport in the former Soviet Union. See how many you find!

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  • bus from Gumrak volgograd

    Hithere is a van bus from Gumrak airport to the city, it is inexpensive and has a touch of the real Russia about it.I visited last year just for one day (silly really) and am going back in two weeks for victory day parades May 9th. I do not really know about currency exchange but I will bring visa as reserve.Mamayev kurgen is a great sight and is...

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  • from the Volgograd airport to the center

    Buses runs frequently between the airport and the center. It takes 40 minutes to travel one way. The fare is 10 RUB (as of May 2010).The bus stop at the center is several minutes walk away from Hotel Volgograd and Intourist Hotel. Marshrutka (share taxi) also runs on the same route.

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Volgograd Local Customs

  • Veterans of the WWII

    7..9 May are the days of traditional meeting of veterans in Volgograd. Not only veterans of Stalingrad battle, but all veterans of the Great Patriotic War. You can see such groups in many places in the town. 60 years passed and few of them are alive today. Many of them are 80 and more years old. But after all those years Victory Day is the greatest...

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  • More of parade.

    "Oh, the grand old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men, he marched them up to the top of the hill, and he marched them down again. "From top level of Inturist hotel parade looks sometimes like toy soldiers.On a photo you can see some troops are in uniform of 1940-s.

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  • Celebration of the Victory Day

    9th of May is a special day for Vogrograd. Victory day is the most bright and lovely holliday here. This time we were there on May 7th and have seen the "dress rehearsal" of the victory parage. It was great, though I was waked up with its sounds at 6:30 a.m. Parade was just infromt of hotels Inturist and Volgograd.

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Volgograd Warnings and Dangers

  • Easy to get lost

    Before the trip we were adviced not to ask the directions from passers- by,because it's always wrong!We decieded to check & got lost!But it was good we had a map!So always take a map with you & follow it!

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  • The hydro-electric dam

    If you are driving and you are crossing the hydro-electric dam (between Volgograd and Volzhskii) DO NOT stop your car under any circumstances, do not take pictures. Even if there is a traffic jam (entirely possible) do not get out of your car on the bridge. See those militsioners with sidearms? They're not just for decoration. Russia is on high...

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Volgograd Tourist Traps

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    by GoldKitten Written Mar 14, 2006

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    This information first and foremost concerns those men whose major goal in a trip to Russia is to find a "young faithful Russian wife" at a "considerably low cost". I want to assure you that Russia is no longer a despirate place to live in. Ladies in this country (especially between 25-35 y.o.) have much better living conditions and chances to be happy in their own country in comparison to what they had 5-7 years ago, when applying to a marriage agency was the only way to escape from poverty and former husband-drunkard. But now they learnt one more improtant thing: to live in a free fast-developing Russia can be a real pleasure if you have money (the first fruits of Capitalistic life :-) ). And living in any country can be a nightmare if you have no money. For a very long time Russian ladies had a strong belief that any country is a Paradise except Russia and any man is a "Prince Charming" if he is not Russian. But this belief has been killed during the last couple of years by Russian government which created and broadcasted several TV programs and published a lot of articles on the topic of "What a cheap, miserable and dangerous life Russian ladies have abroad with their foreignhus bands". So, dear Gentlemen, if you are planning a trip this summer to meet your possible Russian wife, be sure to prepare to your dates absolutely in the same way as if you were dating any American or European woman. Do not think that your potential wife's heart will be conquered just after she sees your American (British, French etc.) citizenship in your passport. Russian brides are not a cheap option now. And if you do not want to be fooled around by Her in order to get several free dinners at a restaurants at your expence (something is better then nothing) or to be disapointed (if you do not spend money to impress Her when you are wooing Her - what a cheap life She'll get when you get married?) - just take the date preparations seriously.

    Unique Suggestions: If you really want to take you chance to conquer your Russian Princess' heart this season, please, take to your consideration the following facts:
    1) Marriage agencies are loosing their popularity among Russian women now-a-days. Try to use free dating sites for acquaintance with Her.
    2) Model-like smashing-looking Russian ladies (on the photos) is 90% a scam from the marriage agencies' part or a scam from Her part (if this is Her real photo).
    3) Do not be "economic" at your first date. A beautiful bunch of flowers followed by a nice, expensive restaurant dinner - is what 90% of normal Russian men will do now at the first date to impress the lady. She is sure to expect not less from a foreigner if not more.
    4) Be smart. Do not get trapped into "I have a big problem" situation. (F. eg. She will meet you again but She is very sick and needs $5000 for hospital treatment )
    5) Be careful. Do not boast that you are a millionair, moreover if you really are.
    6) Get acquainted with her family the sooner the better. By watching the relationship in her family (parents, sisters, brothers) you'll get the complete pictures of what background she got and what views on life she has. If she finds a lot of reasons why you can not meet her parents - this is the fist signal that something is wrong . (Russian people always introduce the One with whom they are in Love to their parents if the feelings are sinsere.)
    7) And, anyway, remember one thing: Russia has changed in the Capitalist direction. And the rules of the game here are becoming the same as you would have if you travelled to America or Europe.... if not more strickt.

    Fun Alternatives: What Alternative can be found?

    If you are sincerely looking for your Second Half at any expense and just want to find the Love - struggle for it and consider your Russian Bride to be just a woman of the Universe. Forget that Russia was a "marketplace" for cheap beautiful and faithful single ladies long ago. In this country everything has the price and everybody knows His/Her value. To say briefly - welcome to Capitalist Russia!

    I hope that this tip canbe of any help. I personally worked as theExecutive Manager in a marriage agency and had a bunch of deceived expectations from Gentlemen's part inmy memory because of the incorrect understanding of the recent changes in Russian life.

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Volgograd Off The Beaten Path

  • "Motherland" vs "Liberty"

    Atre, thank you for an interesting question in comments. It pushes me to a small investigation.Statue of Motherland is nearly the same as Liberty, as you can see in figures:Height with basement : Liberty is 93 m; Motherland is 89 m. But figure of woman is a little bit bigger: Liberty is 46,5 m with a torch, Motherland - 52 m w/o a sword.Weight:...

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  • "ILYICH"

    At the south end of the city (city lasts over 50 km along river side), where Volga-Don Channel System starts there is another great monument of Volgograd. It is less known for tourists though it is worth to see. Only thoses who have a river cruise Volgograd - Astrakhan' or Volgograd - Rostov-on-Don could see it in all its greatness. This is Giant...

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  • The Volga Embankment

    The city is also known for its Gorky Theater, the beautiful Volga embankments and parks. It is pleasant to stroll in the parks along the embankments. http://www.odnoklassniki.ru/profile/346395808357

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  • Battle of Stallingrad

    To military history lovers. Places to visit in Volgograd - Kalach ( meeting of the armies memorial) - Mamaev Kurgan (recommend to visit when it is dark as well) - Stalingrad Panorama - Tractor factory museum (clearance required) - Monuments along Volga river embankment (Gasitel, etc) - Ludnikov's island - Volga boat ride - Paulus museum in...

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  • The Promenade

    The city is also known for its Gorky Theater, the beautiful Volga embankments and parks. It is pleasant to stroll in the parks along the embankments.http://www.odnoklassniki.ru/profile/346395808357

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