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Volgograd

(4.4/5 based on 3,400+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites, museums
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country. Known as Stalingrad during the Soviet era, the metropolis sprawls over 80 km (50 mi) long, housing over a million people. Founded in the 16th century in order to defend the country's volatile southern border, it soon became a key trading and transportation center. Today, Volgograd plays an important role as a major railway junction, its economy boosted by thriving shipbuilding and oil refining industries. Explore the city by using its light rail system, or take a boat tour along the Volga. Plan how to spend your time in Volgograd and other destinations in Russia using our Russia travel itinerary planner.
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The historical, cultural, and industrial center of southern Russia, Volgograd receives a good share of both tourists and business travelers. The mighty Volga River is the centerpiece of the city, so it's no wonder the biggest hotels are poised near its scenic banks. Here you can find both modern and historical, lavish and economical accommodations. The city also offers a couple of hostels for an even more budget-friendly lodging. If you're looking for self-catering accommodation, there is a large selection of apartments, from basic to luxurious.
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