You should start your acquaintance with the Volgograd region in its capital. First, go to Mamayev Kurgan and see the monument "The Motherland Calls.” At 85 metres high, it is one of the highest statues in the world. Not everyone knows that the monument is a part of the triptych, with the other two statues located in Magnitogorsk and Berlin.
The city is only one to five kilometres wide but it stretches for 60 kilometres along the Volga River.
The city loves its monuments and they really make it look better. There are monuments to the trams, the Russian Cossacks, motorists, horseshoes and lovers. This sculpture is dedicated to the first conductor in the county.
Many tourists like the Volgograd high-speed trams that make up the city’s subway, using two-carriage trams instead of the usual underground train cars. There are six stations operating in the city at the moment.
The Gerhardt Steam Mill was built in the early 20th century but was destroyed during the Battle of Stalingrad. It was decided not to rebuild the mill after the war and tours of the site have been available to visitors since the 1980s.
Pavlov's House, where a group of Soviet soldiers held the line during the Battle of Stalingrad, is in front of the mill.
Uryupinsk is known as the capital of the Russian province. The town stands on the Khopyor River 340 kilometres northwest of Volgograd. It's necessary to admit that there aren't many sights here for tourists, except probably for the monument to the Uryupinsk goat, which saved its owners from hunger in the 1990s. In addition, you can go to the local history museum and pharmacy museum.
Residents like to spend time near the Volga River, where they enjoy picnics, swim or simply walk along the embankment.
The Volga-Don Canal was built in the middle of the 20th century. Almost one million people worked on its construction, which led to the canal opening in record time, with less than four years passing from the beginning of its construction to the opening of the first two gateways.
Seraphimovich is a small town standing along the Don River, the second main river in the region. The town’s Kazan Cathedral and Ust-Medveditsky Spaso-Preobrazhensky Convent are both worth a visit. This is one of the few Russian convents with an underground church. Mother Superior Arsenia started digging caves here in the late 19th century. She intended to build a temple but never got a chance.
Elton is Europe's largest mineral lake. The first health resort opened here in 1910. The resort in Elton was founded in 1945 and is still operating today. Treatments with mud and lake water are recommended for a wide range of diseases, especially for digestive and nervous systems.
The Volzhskaya HPP dam is almost 45 metres high and 725 metres long.
Rivers and lakes are the most interesting sites for tourists in the Volgograd region. Everyone tends to go to the embankments in the evening and people get out of town during the weekends. Experts say that the Volgograd region is excellent for fishing.
If the weather is good, get out of town. The boundless steppes of the Volgograd region are a perfect place for solitary walks. In the spring, you can admire the wild poppies in bloom.
The Volgograd region is called the gateway to Southern Russia. Hundreds of years ago, the Silk Road passed through here with its caravans, merchants and pilgrims. During the Second World War, Volgograd, then known as Stalingrad, was almost entirely destroyed but managed not to lose its history, hospitality and cordiality. As part of its Discovering Russia series, Lenta.ru shows off the Volgograd region’s attractions.