Volgograd was the site of one of World War II’s most epic battles, the Battle of Stalingrad. View an enduring symbol of the conflict at the imposing Mamayev Kurgan memorial, a hilltop monument that is the tallest statue in Europe. You can delve further into this fascinating history at the impressive Rossoshka Cemetery and the riverside Panorama Museum, admiring a stunning artwork depicting the Battle of Stalingrad along with artefacts including a famous sniper’s rifle.
Historic sights aside, enjoy a stroll along the pretty waterfront or take a tranquil cruise along the Volga River, admiring ever-changing scenery and, if you time it right, a spectacular sunset. Venture further afield to Eltonsky National Park, where breathtaking natural wonders include Europe’s largest salt lake, Elton, and rejuvenating mineral springs.
Whether you’re looking for a stylish fine-dining restaurant or casual café, Volgograd’s ever-evolving culinary scene offers something for every occasion. Velvet adds a gourmet twist to local Russian classics, while Na Allee serves hearty Georgian dishes with homemade wine. For international cuisine, try Paulaner’s delicious German fare or Rimini’s Italian favourites.
Accommodation in Volgograd ranges from quaint B&Bs to elegant hotels. A popular high-end option is the baroque-style Intourist Hotel, a charming heritage property with air-conditioned rooms and a refined restaurant, while the opulent Hotel Volgograd occupies a grand Tsaritsyn building and boasts lavishly decorated rooms.