Volgograd city, Russia

The capital city of Volgograd oblast.

Volgograd overview

Volgograd (former Tsaritsyn and Stalingrad) is the capital and administrative center of Volgograd region of Russia. The city is located in the southeastern part of European Russia on the Volga River. Volgograd has the status of “Hero City” of Russia because of Battle of Stalingrad happened here during the Second World War.

Volgograd has the population of 1,019,000 (2012), land area - 859 sq. km.

The phone code is +7 844 2; postal codes - 400000-400138.

Several matches of FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in Volgograd.

Volgograd city flag

Volgograd city flag

Volgograd city coat of arms

Volgograd city coat of arms

Volgograd city map, Russia

Volgograd city map of Russia

Volgograd history

Volgograd was founded in 1589. That time it was a small fortress called Tsaritsyn standing at the Tsaritsa and the Volga rivers confluence. The fortress was a part of Russian southern borders defense system and later (in the 19th century) became large river port and trade center. During the Russian Civil War, Tsaritsyn was the place of heavy fights.

After the Civil War, in 1925, the city was renamed after Soviet leader Stalin. The city received name Stalingrad and soon became one of the centers of Soviet heavy industry. Stalingrad became the place where Battle of Stalingrad happened during the the World War II.

It was one of the turning points of the World War II and the largest battle in mankind history. The city was totally destroyed during the battle that lasted for about seven months. It received the title “Hero City” in 1945.

The Battle of Stalingrad is commemorated by large memorial complex dominated by Mother Russia monument. The monument is erected on Mamayev Kurgan - the hill of numerous fights during the battle.

There are various artifacts of the World War II in Panorama museum located nearby. For example the museum has Vasily Zaytsev sniper rifle. Vasily Zaytsev is famous Russian sniper. You have the opportunity to know more about him with the help of Hollywood movie “Enemy at the gate”.

In 1961, Stalingrad was renamed again as part of Nikita Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization program. The city received name Volgograd meaning “City on the Volga River”.

Volgograd views

Volgograd city street

Volgograd city street

Author: Victor Belousov

Volgograd street

Volgograd street

Author: Victor Belousov

Volgograd city view

Volgograd city view

Author: Igor Kurylko


Volgograd economics

Nowadays, Volgograd plays an important role as industrial center of Russia. Main industries of the city are aluminum, steel and chemical production, oil refining, shipbuilding, machinery and vehicles manufacturing. Also it should be mentioned that Volgograd Hydroelectric Plant is situated near the northern part of the city.

It is a large transport junction connecting city with Caucasus, Donbas region of Ukraine, Moscow and Siberia regions of Russia. Volgograd is located at Volga-Don Canal eastern end.

The longest European route (E40) (from Calais of France to Ridder of Kazakhstan) goes through Volgograd.

Volgograd city of Russia photos

Volgograd sceneries

Volgograd scenery

Volgograd scenery

Author: Victor Belousov

Volgograd city scenery

Volgograd city scenery

Author: Victor Belousov

Volgograd architecture

Volgograd architecture

Author: Igor Kurylko


Volgograd places

Volgograd railway station

Volgograd railway station

Author: Dmitriy Tkachenko

Volgograd planetarium

Volgograd planetarium

Author: Sean Fitzgerel

Volgograd city tank

Volgograd city tank

Author: Igor Borozdin


Volgograd monuments

Volgograd Motherland monument

Volgograd Motherland monument

Author: Maxim Popov

Volgograd monument

Volgograd monument

Author: Ermolayev Sergey

Stalingrad battle remains

Stalingrad battle remains

Author: Phil Johnson


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The questions of our visitors

Robert asks: How safe is it to visit Volgograd as I was told some place in Russia are unsafe.
Expert's answer:
It is safe enough to visit the city. Crime rate in Volgograd is below Russian average. In any case our usual advice is not to walk alone in the evening/night time especially if you are not in the central part of the city, don't carry a lot of cash (better use Visa/Mastercard), try to avoid conflicts with locals especially in night clubs/bars, etc.
Dolores Skinner asks: How close geographically is Volgograd to Moscow? Also, what is the weather like year round? I would like to correspond with anyone interested in learning about home life here.
Expert's answer:
The distance between Moscow and Volgograd is about 960 km, the climate of Volgograd city area is temperate continental, the average temperature of January is -7,3C, March -1,4C, May +15,9C, July +22,8C, October +7,2C.

The comments of our visitors

Carol
Volgograd
The city is beautiful and so clean. The buildings are very unique. My son is studying in Volgograd. I wanted to see what it was like. I am so glad I did. Very impressive.

Alexander
just browsing
Looks a lovely place

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