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.