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Volgograd

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Volgograd (Russian: Волгогра́д vuhl-gah-GRAHD) used to be called Stalingrad. It lies along the west bank of the Volga River in Southern Russia. It was the scene of one of the most important and bloodiest battles of the Second World War.

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Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -4.5 -4.3 2.6 15.4 22.7 26.9 29.3 27.9 21.6 12.2 4.0 -1.9
Nightly lows (°C) -10.7 -10.7 -4.5 5.1 12.0 16.1 18.4 17.1 11.6 4.0 -1.3 -7
Precipitation (mm) 37 29 26 25 37 37 36 37 26 24 43 46

Average of Volgograd

Climate[edit]

Volgograd has a humid continental climate with moderate rainfall throughout the year measuring 406mm (15 inches on average). The city has large seasonal variations, due to its very strong continentality. Winters are cold (though above average for Russian standards) and the average February temperature is -6.6°C (20.1°F) while highs usually remain below freezing and lows hover around -10°C (13°F). There is nothing to protect the city from the freezing winds originating in the interior of Siberia and temperatures may fall down to -20°C (-4°F). Snow is a common sight during these months, but westerly winds are able to raise temperatures above freezing allowing rain to fall on average 6 days in January. The lowest recorded temperature is -33°C (-27°F). Summers on the other hand range from pleasantly warm to hot on some days. The average July temperature is 23.7°C (74.7°F). The city does enjoy some protection from the Caucasus Mountains which prevent heat waves from Iran to emerge in the Russian Plains, but heat waves originating in Africa do occasionally arrive here and cause daytime temperatures to rise above 35°C (95°F). The highest recorded temperature is 42.7°C (108.9°F). Inarguably, the best part of the year to visit Volgograd is May and September when it's not cold nor hot and rainfall is scarce.

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By Plane[edit]

Serving the city is Volgograd International Airport (Международный Аэропорт Волгоград) (IATA: VOG) [10] which despite its name mostly has domestic routes, Moscow and Saint Petersburg being the two major destinations. International connections are available to Munich and Yerevan and operated by RusLine [11]. There are marshrutkas and busses leaving from Komsomoslkaya Street every 5 to 10 minutes. One way fare to the airport (or from the airport) is 17Rubs (0,33USD). Just check for Line 6, both bus and marshrutka. They are not very friendly with regards of luggage, they'll mostly ask you to pay a 2nd ticket for your bags. Trip takes about 25 minutes. Since the Fifa World Cup 2018 a new train line is operating between the airport and Volgograd city, including Volgograd 1 railway station. Trains depart about every 30 to 60 minutes, cost RUB 40 for one way and take about 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought from the conductors inside the train.

By Train[edit]

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Volgograd is a major railway junction with good connections from Moscow (20 h), Saint Petersburg (34 h) and most other large cities in western Russia, tickets cost between 3-5000 RUB for a second class sleeper. In the other direction, trains come all the way from Irkutsk (92 h) in Siberia. International connections are limited but several central asian cities such as Bishkek (77 h), Baku (30 h) Dushanbe (72 h), Tashkent (60 h) as well as the two major cities in Kazakstan, Almaty (68 h) and Astana (52 h) have departures atlest once a week. Directs routes from European countries is scarce, the usual route involves a change of trains in Moscow however there is a few trains from Brest (45 h) via Minsk (40 h), Kiev (29 h) and from Sofia (61 h) via Bucharest (49 h) and Chisinau (36 h) that does not require a change. These trains usually departs 3-4 times a week.

By Car[edit]

European route E40, the longest European route connecting Calais, France with Ridder, Kazakhstan, passes through Volgograd.

By Boat[edit]

The city stands at the east end of the Volga-Don Canal, opened in 1952 to link the two great rivers of Southern Russia. River cruises down the Volga operate during the summer months (early May to late September). Dozens of boats operated by different companies run from Moscow to Astrakhan passing by Volgograd. One way or return cruises may be reserved to/from practically any city along the Volga. Turflot [12] and Infoflot [13] offer tours. Prices starts a RUR 8,000 without meals and RUR 15,000 with meals.

Get around[edit]

Volgograd's public transport system includes a light rail service known as the Volgograd Metrotram. Tickets for the Metrotram can be bought from the conductors inside the tram.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mamayev Kurgan, Imeni V.i. Lenina, пр. имени В.И. Ленина (Can be easily reached by taking the Metrotram in northbound direction), [1]. The site of one of the twentieth century's most important battles: Battle of Stalingrad. This huge memorial is located on top of a large hill overlooking Volgograd and the Volga River. The name derives from the hill's supposed status as the grave of Mamai, a famous Tatar Khan and general (kurgan is a Tatar word meaning burial mound). It's highly recommended to go visit the Hall of Military Glory as well, which is located just next to the statue. The names of about 7,200 of the defenders of Stalingrad are engraved on the walls of this gargantuan hall which measures 42 metres in diameter. An honour guard is provided by soldiers from 9:00 to 19:00 or 20:00, with an hourly changing of the guard ceremony. Entry is for free.  edit
  • The Panorama museum, UImeni Marshala V.i. Chuykova, 47, ул. имени Маршала В.И. Чуйкова, 47 (Next to the riverside promenade, just by the historical ruins of Mel'nitsa Gergardta and opposite Pavlov's house), +7 (8442) 550-083, [2]. Opening hours from 10-17. The Panorama museum, which is located alongside the Volga river, contains artifacts from World War II. These include a panoramic painting of the battlefield from the location of the monument "Mamayev Kurgan." Here a rifle of the famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev, can also be found. RUB 250 entrance fee.  edit
  • Memory / Pamyat War museum, Pavshih Bortsov sq.,2, площадь Павших Борцов, 2 (Located next to Pavshih Bortsov square, at a small side street. Basement entrance is next to a Souvenir shop), +4 (8442) 386-067, [3]. Opening hours from 10-18. The second museum in Volgograd about the Battle of Stalingrad. While smaller than the famous Panorama museum, it offers interesting remnants and information about the battle, such as uniforms, smaller vehicles, equipment and even a 360° multimedia panorama video about the battle of Stalingrad. RUB 200 including the entrance and the 360° panorama show.  edit
  • Rossoshka Memorial Cemetery, Rossoshka, с. Россошки (About a 15 minutes drive north-west from Volgograd International Airport and about a 30 minutes drive from Volgograd. Can be reached by taxi or car.), [4]. Reconciliation war cemetery near the village of Rossoshka, about 35km northwest of Volgograd. Already used during the war, nowadays over 60,000 German, 20,000 Soviet and over 2,000 Romanian soldiers are buried here. The Soviet burial site is on the left side of the road, while the German-Romanian one (which was built and is maintained by German post-war foundations) is on the right. Stark reminder of the tragedy of war and how peoples' lives were thrown away. At the end of the Soviet burial site is a small museum which is maintained by local battlefield diggers, where various excavated remnants of the battles are being displayed. Entry to Cemetery is for free, entrance ticket to small museum is RUB 50.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bar Druzya (Друзья), Ulitsa Komsomol'skaya, 4, +7-8(844) 259-99-59, [5]. Friendly, modern, & relaxed bar. Feels like a lounge during the week but is very lively during the weekends. Has a separate dining room for upscale European gastro-pub style food.  edit
  • Hungry
  • Arca
  • Grand Cafe
  • Grand Pizza
  • Volgograd
  • Mario
  • McDonalds
  • Labamba
  • Shury-Mury
  • Vizantia
  • Steak House
  • Ole
  • Chinar
  • Velvet
  • Yakitoria
  • SV
  • Pyramid
  • Blindazh
  • Bellagio
  • Deja Vu
  • Sakura

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  • Bar Druzya (Друзья), Ulitsa Komsomol'skaya, 4, +7-8(844) 259-99-59, [6]. Friendly, modern, & relaxed bar. Feels like a lounge during the week but is very lively during the weekends. Also has an upscale gastro-pub style kitchen. Often has live music and DJ's. Excellent craft beer selection and probably the best cocktails in the city.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Intourist, ul. Mira 14, 30-23-01, 30-23-02 (, fax: 38-60-00).  edit
  • Volgograd, ul. Mira 12, 40-80-30, 40-80-31, 40-80-20 (, fax: 40-80-33), [7].  edit
  • Yuzhnaya, ul. Raboche-Krestyanskaya 18, 97-50-57, 97-55-46, 97-54-40 (, fax: 97-54-00).  edit
  • Kristina, bul. 30 Let Pobedy, 39a, 31-60-37 (, fax: 31-60-37), [8].  edit
  • Tourist, ul. Chuikova, 73, 23-12-43, 23-97-00 (, fax: 23-98-94).  edit
  • Hotel Bank, ul. Kommunisticheskaya, 40, 74-21-74 (, fax: 96-53-37).  edit
  • Oktyabrskaya, ul. Kommunisticheskaya, 3, 33-18-41, 33-18-36 (fax: 33-18-41).  edit
  • Hotel Ring, Krasnoznamenskaya Ulitsa, 25B, Краснознаменская ул., 25б (Next to the children's park and about a 10 minutes walk from city center), +7 (8442) 923-232 (), [9]. Neat and affordable 4 star hotel not far from Volgograd 1 train station and the city center. Nice staff, clean rooms and includes wi-fi. Single rooms from RUB 2000.  edit

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