Volgograd has nearly been rebuilt from scratch after the war, which means large parts of the town are shaped by Soviet architecture from the 1950s and 1960s. Nevertheless, the city’s history is ubiquitous. There is the Mamayev Kurgan, the hill on which the Battle of Stalingrad took place and the Panorama Museum, which houses a panoramic painting of the event, but fallen warriors are commemorated at many other corners of the city. Volgograd is also home to the largest Lenin statue in Russia and the Motherland Calls statue, which is one of the world’s highest and most complex of its kind.
Trips to the surrounding rural area offer a relaxing holiday and there are options to go hiking and fishing and to do boat or canoe trips. The city also has plenty of parks, shopping districts, art museums and even a planetarium for tourists to enjoy.
The Mamayev Kurgan (tumulus of Mamai) is a raised area overlooking the city of Volgograd, that is dominated by a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. Known as being one of the most severe battles of World War II, the battle commemorates the Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern Front. The largest free-standing statue in the world, ‘The Motherland Calls’ pierces the skyline.
Volgograd Panorama Museum
Volgograd’s Panorama Museum is a must-see for lovers of military history. The complex was built in 1942 by the 13th Guards Rifle Division and the museum has a permanent exhibition of military equipment. The territory of the complex also incorporates the 'Historical Reserve' (ruins of the mill named after Grudinina) which is a historical monument of federal significance.
Located near the Western bank of the Volga River near the city’s bustling cultural quarter, the Volgograd Planetarium has established itself as one of the best places to visit in Volgograd for families. The planetarium reveals the secrets of the solar system through a variety of exhibits and education programmes suited to both children and adults. In favourable conditions, you can visit the Astronomical Observatory to see various objects of the night sky up close.