Volgograd city, Russia

The capital city of Volgograd oblast.

Volgograd overview

Volgograd (former Tsaritsyn and Stalingrad) is a city in Russia, the capital of the Volgograd region located in the southeast of the European part of Russia, on the banks of the Volga River. Volgograd has the status of “Hero City” because of the Battle of Stalingrad that took place here during the Second World War.

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

The population of Volgograd is about 1,016,000 (2015), the area - 859 sq. km.

The phone codes - +7 844 2, +7 844 11, +7 844 96; the postal codes - 400000-400138.

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. At that time it was a small fortress called Tsaritsyn standing at the confluence of the Tsaritsa and the Volga rivers. The fortress was part of the Russian southern borders defense system. In the 19th century, it became a large river port and trade center.

In 1925, the city was renamed in honor of Stalin. Stalingrad became one of the centers of the Soviet heavy industry. During the the Second World War, the Battle of Stalingrad took place here. It was one of the turning points of the war, one of the biggest battles in history. The city was completely destroyed during the battle that lasted almost seven months. In 1945, it received the status of “Hero City”.

More Historical Facts…

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

There are various artifacts of the World War II in the Panorama museum located nearby. For example, the museum has Vasily Zaytsev’s sniper rifle. Vasily Zaytsev was a famous Soviet sniper. You can learn more about him, if you watch the movie “Enemy at the Gates”.

In 1961, Stalingrad was renamed again as part of Nikita Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization program. The city received the 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

Mike Evens
Volgograd
I would like to visit Volgograd

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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