Volgograd

Volgograd has appeared under different guises throughout the history. From a foreign military stronghold Sary Su on the lands of the Nogai Horde to the rebellious Cossack settlement, to Tsaritsyn, an industrial centre of the Volga Region to Stalingrad, the field of the bloodiest battle in history, the city has played a major role in the history of Russia.

Over the centuries Volgograd had been developing just like many other Russian cities in the Volga Region. Founded as a fortress at the confluence of the Volga and Tsaritsa rivers, it was meant to protect Russia's vulnerable southern borders. In the 19th century, Tsaritsyn became an important commercial centre with a busy port on the Volga River. After the revolution, when St Petersburg was renamed Leningrad, Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad, and that played a crucial role in the city's history. When the war broke out in 1941, the city named after Joseph Stalin became one of the major targets for Hitler who understood its symbolic importance. The arduous battle which lasted for six months resulted in nearly 2 million casualties on both sides. The Battle of Stalingrad is also considered a turning point in World War II which stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union. ​

The city obliterated by the battle rose from the rubble of war as Volgograd, a new city with wide avenues, shady boulevards stretched along the Volga River, grand squares and splendid neoclassical buildings. Today, the ruined flour mill in the city centre stands as the only tangible reminder of what the city looked like right after the war.

POPULATION1 015 586

DISTANCE FROM MOSCOW970 km

FOUNDED IN1589

UTC+3

See

Mamaev Kurgan

The Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum

Paulus Headquarters

Old Sarepta

Eat & Drink

Babetta Coffee

Brownie Chocolate Store

Compania

Voronka

So So Coffee

Sleep

Scotch Hostel

Intourist Hotel

Volgograd Hotel

Yuzhny Aparthotel

Get There
By Air:
Regular flights to Volgograd from Moscow, St Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Simferopol and Istanbul. The flight from Moscow takes around 1h30min.
The airport is located 15km from the centre of Volgograd, and can be reached by taxi (300-400₽, 20min) or by bus 6 from the Volgograd railway station (30min).
By Train:
There're 2-3 trains a day departing from Moscow to Volgograd (at least 18h). The premium service train Volgograd departs from Moscow at 2pm and arrives to Volgograd at 8am the next day. Buy tickets at the official RZD website.
Get Around

Volgograd a stretched along the Volga River for many kilometres although the main sites are located in the centre relatively close to each other. The best local transport is the underground tram. There's only one line stretched from Mamaev Kurgan to the western part of the city. To get to Sarepta by public transport you can either catch a commuter train from the main railway station or a bus. Use Yandex.Taxi or Gett apps to call a cab.