Volgograd Travel Guide, Russia
Volgograd is quite an old city, even by Russian standards, and while it cannot exactly be called the cradle of Russian civilization, it has played a major role in the history of Russia. Founded as Tsaritsyn and renamed as Stalingrad, World War II made a hero out of the city. There are several monuments commemorating the battle of Stalingrad, lots of museums and, on a lighter note, countless cafes, restaurants and clubs in the city. Volgograd has a multicultural atmosphere and it is a pleasant spot for a few days of holidaymaking. This Volgograd Travel Guide will help you plan your trip to this fascinating city.
Volgograd Travel Guide - Transport
Volgograd International Airport receives flights from a variety of European cities, and more than a few Russian locations such as Samara, Moscow or St. Petersburg. There are weekly flights to and from Baku, Yerevan, Antalya and Aktau. Another cheap way to reach Volgograd is by train as the city is located at the junction of several important railway lines. You can easily find a train in the direction of Ukraine, Siberia and the Caucasus Mountains.
Volgograd is located on the E40 route, which starts from Calais and crosses Europe, reaching Kazakhstan. Taking the bus to Volgograd is another option, but keep in mind that the journey might take quite a few hours (20 hours to Moscow, for example). Once you have arrived in Volgograd, there is little chance that you get lost in the city. The city centre is basically one very long street, with most of the tourist attractions littered along it. You can take the tramway to get from one end of the city centre to another if you don’t like going on foot.
Volgograd Travel Guide - Accommodation
There are several good places to stay in Volgograd not far from the city centre. Intourist Hotel is near the so-called “alley of the heroes”, and it is a good spot if you’re planning on doing a lot of sight-seeing. Don’t expect extreme luxury, but the rooms are quite comfortable and very clean. Best Eastern Hotel is rather expensive, and the facilities are very satisfying. The views from the rooms are great, and the hotel is located very close to the Volga River, so make sure to go for a stroll in the evening. Another similar hotel, Best Western Yuzhnaya Hotel, offers the same level of service, but it also offers a very varied and delicious breakfast buffet.
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