A True Local’s Guide to Volgograd, Russia
I’m honored to present this exhaustive look into a place which holds not only a famous and tumultuous name in history, but also an amazing mix of historical and modern-day culture–a place you might know as Stalingrad. Through the power of the internet, I reached out to Andrey, a young Russian man who took the time to compile a thorough overview of Volgograd–the Stalingrad of today. After spending much time translating and compiling, he provided me with the following information for our benefit:
- Personal Introduction about Volgograd
- Interesting Facts about Volgograd
- The Story or History of Volgograd
- The Layout of Volgograd
- What to See in Volgograd
- The Museums, Art, & Culture of Volgograd
- Historical Locations in Volgograd
- Transportation in Volgograd
- Where & What to Eat in Volgograd
- Where to Stay in Volgograd
- The Climate of Volgograd
- Crime in Volgograd
Now brew up a nice pot of tea or coffee and settle in.
Volgograd, Russia: A Guide Through the Eyes of a Native
My name is Andrey–I’m 24 years old and I’ve lived in Volgograd for all my life.
This city, almost razed to the ground for several times, astonishes by the fact of its existence. The city runs along the river Volga, beyond which the endless steppe with the scorching sun begins. It is a city where you can see the ruins of the once gigantic and thriving factories, thatno one needs after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is a city where you can find both depressive gray buildings and green parks with fountains and beautiful avenues. Having lived here for so many years, I want it to be better, but sometimes it seems that it is impossible bring any change. So this is what it looks like, and it’s the best state of the city in a long time.
10 Interesting facts about Volgograd
1. The battle of Stalingrad became one of the most positive and bloody events in the history of mankind – it lasted exactly 200 days, and about three million people died on the battlefield, taking into account the losses of both sides.
2. The damage to Stalingrad from the hostilities was truly horrific: more than 90% of residential buildings were destroyed, only 32 thousand inhabitants out of pre-war populationof 450,000 survived. There were so many corpses of people and horses on the streets of Stalingrad that six months were spent on their burial. Numerous mines and unexploded shells are still being found in the city.
3. Sarpinsky Island, the part of Volgograd, is one of the largest river islands in Europe.
4. Since 1984, the only underground tram in Russia has been operating in Volgograd. According to the Forbes magazine, the Volgograd’s high-speed tram ranks fourth in the list of the twelve most interesting tram routes in the world.
5. Volgograd Hydroelectric Power Station – the largest hydroelectric station in Europe.
6. Volgograd River Station is the largest in Europe. The length of the station building is 296 meters.
7. The longest Russian street is in Volgograd – Second Longitudinal. Its length exceeds 50 km.
8. The Paleolithic site called “Dry Mosque” is located on the northern outskirts of the city and is the most ancient Paleolithic site of a reasonable person (100 thousand years ago)in Europe.
9. A 57 meter long monument to Lenin is in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest monument in the world dedicated to a person who actually existed.
10. In the Volgograd region there is also a salt lake Elton – the largest mineral lake in Europe (one of the most mineralized ones in the world). There are numerous sanatoriums around the lake, where diseases of the respiratory and digestive organs, diseases of the eyes and skin, as well as disorders of the circulatory system, nervous and musculoskeletal systems are treated with curative mud and water . This place is so popular that despite a decent distance from Volgograd (about 5-6 hours drive), buses and minibuses go there twice a day.
The Story or History of Volgograd
The first mentions of the city, stretching along the Volga’s right bank for about 70 km, refer to 1589, when the Russian state faced an urgent need to protect the new transport route – the Volga River. Then the city of Tsaritsyn was founded, a few centuries later renamed Stalingrad, and then finally Volgograd.
The fortress was located at the crossroads of many trade routes and became one of the strongholds for the expeditions that followed them. However, while providing security to others, Tsaritsyn himself was repeatedly attacked and passed from hand to hand.
It all began in 1615.
At first Tsaritsyn was occupied by the Volga Cossacks, who swore allegiance to False Dmitry I, then a detachment of Stepan Razin “lodged” in the fortress, and there were a lot of raids of the Crimean Tatars and Don Cossack attacks in the history of the city. The last in this series of conquerors were the rebellious troops of Yemelyan Pugachev – in 1774 they twice unsuccessfully besieged the city.
As you understand, it is rather difficult to develop the peaceful aspects of life in conditions of constant combat readiness, that is why for almost 200 years of its history Tsaritsyn practically did not change – transformation of the city took place only at the beginning of the XIX century.
During that period, the first industrial enterprises appeared here, trade came to a new level, a transport network started to improve – a railway was built, towing and passenger steamers began to run along the Volga. The urban infrastructure was also changing – hospitals and dispensaries, educational and religious institutions, scientific and cultural centers were emerging in Tsaritsyn.
In 1808, the first school was opened in Tsaritsyn and the first professional doctors appeared. In 1812, a mustard factory was inaugurated, and in 1820, by the orders of Tsar Alexander I, a new development plan for Tsaritsyn was approved. In the middle of the 19th century, in Sarepta, for the first time the fields were planted with potatoes, previously considered a harmful, “damn apple.”
However, the twentieth century began with a large fire that raged for several days. And again the city had to be rebuilt ….
After the October Revolution of 1917, during which fierce battles were fought in the city, Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad in the honor of Stalin in 1925.
Up to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, active industrial and social construction continued in the city: the tractor and hardware factories were put into operation, the construction of a power plant began, and the Stalingrad Tractor building Institute was found. By the end of 1925, Stalingrad became the largest industrial center of the Volga region.
The events that took place from July 1942 to February 1943, in the literal sense, determined the fate of the world. It was here that one of the most important battles in the history of the Second World War and the largest battle in the history of mankind took place:
The Battle of Stalingrad
200 days of deadly fights for every street and every house almost completely destroyed and deserted the city. Forty-thousand dead among the civilian population, 1 million dead Soviet soldiers – the price that had to be paid by our country for the victory, which determined the further outcome of the whole war.
On the eve of the post-war redistribution of Europe, Stalingrad was repeatedly visited by foreign diplomats who indicated that it was hardly possible to rebuild the city. “What’s dead is dead. I don’t know of anyone rising from the dead,”–said the US ambassador to the Soviet Union, Joseph Davis, when he saw the Stalingrad ruins.
However, as early as February 2, 1943, when the Battle of Stalingrad had been fully completed, the restoration of the destroyed city began.
In 1961, the hero-city was renamed Volgograd. Literally, Volgograd means “town on the Volga”. In the city, almost completely restored after the war, a large-scale construction of industrial, residential and social facilities continued. The history of the development of Volgograd, incredibly saturated with both joyful and tragic events, did not stop for a minute.
The Layout of Volgograd: A Unique Part of Russia
Modern Volgograd is one of the most unusual cities in Russia. According to the general plan of 1945, he retains the historically established linear planning system, and the coastal part is now freed from industrial buildings, warehouses, etc., that cut off residential areas from the river. In the north-east outskirts of the city there’s the Volga Hydroelectric Power Station, in the south-west – the Volga-Don navigable canal, which’s made Volgograd a port of five seas.
Our wonderful city stretches for 90 km along the bank of the Volga and covers an area of 56.5 thousand hectares. This territory is divided into 8 administrative districts: Traktorozavodsky, Krasnooktyabrsky, Central, Dzerzhinsky, Voroshilovsky, Soviet, Kirov, and Krasnoarmeysky, and several working settlements.
Volgograd has a significant industrial and cultural potential, twenty higher educational institutions, a planetarium with unique equipment, and dozens of libraries.
The heroic past and historical monuments of Volgograd annually attract thousands of travelers from around the world. But the key role in its life is played by industry, that is now represented by more than 150 enterprises of metallurgical, chemical, engineering and woodworking sectors, as well as electric and heat power engineering.
What to See in Volgograd
Due to the fact that the Second World War and the Battle of Stalingrad in particular, which left a deep scar in the history of Volgograd, the bulk of all the sightseeing areas are directly connected to the war.
When it comes to Volgograd, the very first thing that comes to mind is Mamayev Kurgan.
This is a very special hill in the Central region of Volgograd with a turbulent and violent history. During the Battle of Stalingrad, fierce battles of the Soviet troops against the fascist invaders took place here.
During the 200-day standoff, tens of thousands of people died, 35,000 of them were buried on Mamayev Kurgan. On military maps, this point was designated as “height 102.0”. During World War II, the hill repeatedly passed from the Soviets to Germany and vice versa.
From the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial to its summit there are 200 steps (according to the number of days during which the Battle of Stalingrad lasted). All steps are made of granite, the height of each is 15 cm, the width – 35 m.
Today, Mamayev Krugan is one of the most historically significant places in Russia, combining many places and attractions.
The introductory composition to this site is “Memory of Generations”, which is located on the Entrance Square.
This multi-figured high relief was installed in 1967 according to the design of a sculptor, People’s Artist of the USSR, Ye.V. Vuchetich. The large-scale composition (17 m long, 3 m wide and 8 m high) consists of sculptures of people of different generations who, in mournful silence, with flowers, wreaths and lowered banners, move along a half-ruined stone wall to pay the last honors to the heroic defenders of Stalingrad.
An alley of pyramidal poplars leads deep into the memorial. Under the alley of pyramidal poplars are two tunnels with railway lines.
The Square of “Those who stood to death” is located at the end of the poplar alley, birches and spruces are planted in its corners, and lawns are made. Most of the area is occupied by a round pool, in the center of which stands a 16.5-meter cliff with a figure of a soldier-defender of Stalingrad rising from the stone with a grenade and machine guns in his hands.
According to the sculptor Vuchetich, the look of the soldier resembles the commander of the 62nd Army, Marshal V.I. Chuikov, the main military consultant of the memorial.
Between the Square of “Those who stood to death” and the Square of Heroes there are Wall ruins. Each element of the Mamayev Kurgan monument is made in the same style, all parts are united by a common idea, but each memorial has its own manner of performance. Wall ruins are a separate episode from the life of Stalingrad during the Great Patriotic War. Being here, you feel all the horror of those times.
The Wall ruins made in the form of a high relief are figures of soldiers, tanks and guns, carved in stone. There are inscriptions along the entire length of these ruins: “There is no land for us across the Volga!”, “Not one step back!”, “We swear!”, “We will not go back!”
Loudspeakers are built into the ruins of the walls, they reproduce machine-gun and fighter plane sounds, wartime songs and the famous voice of the announcer Levitan transmitting news reports from the battlefields.
A staircase framed by ruin walls leads to Heroes Square. In the center of the Square, there’s a rectangular pool with an area of 2287.6 m², symbolizing the Volga.
On the left side is a wall made in the form of an unfolded banner with the inscription: “The iron wind hit their faces, and they all went forward, and again the feeling of superstitious fear engulfed the enemy: «Where they human beings who attacked, were they mortal?” To the right of the pool there are six meter long sculptural compositions that form a line of soldiers.
In the center of the Hall of Military Glory is the Eternal Flame on Mamayev Kurgan. This is a 5-meter long sculpture of the hand, made of white marble. The hand squeezes the burning torch which is eternally lit, and there are words inscribed on it: “Glory, glory, glory”.
Directly above the Eternal Flame, on the ceiling of the Hall of Military Glory, there is a mosaic golden wreath interlaced with a red-green ribbon of the medal “For the Defense of Stalingrad”. Around the Eternal Flame, there’s Robert Schumann’s mourning melody “Dreams” performed by the Yurlov State Academic Choir.
Here, soldiers of the 46th separate rifle company of the Volgograd garrison’s Guard of Honor are serving and the guard is changed hourly.
Square of Sorrow
On its territory there is a sculpture “Grief of the Mother” – a collective image of Soviet women who lost their loved ones in the war.
The main monument of the Mamaev Kurgan memorial in Volgograd – “The Motherland calls!”
This reinforced concrete sculpture, a woman with a sword in her hand, is the compositional center of the ensemble. The height of the statue with the sword is 85 m. The 33-meter long sword is made of fluorinated steel and weighs 14 tons. The sculpture is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
NOTICE! From February 2019, the main sculpture of Russia will be closed for restoration, which will last until May 9, 2019. During this period, visiting this monument will be impossible.
Pavlov’s house is one of the main attractions of modern Volgograd, a symbol of the stamina, courage and heroism of the Soviet people, manifested in the days of the Battle of Stalingrad.
Built in the 1930s, before the war, Pavlov’s house was an ordinary four-storey residential building, although it was located in the center of Stalingrad and had been intended for senior party workers during construction.
Its historical value lies in the fact that it, an ordinary residential building, became a frontier not conquered by the fascists. Its defense by a group of Soviet soldiers lasted 58 days, and the house never fell into the hands of the enemy! There’s no accurate data on the number of defenders of the home-fortress. It is estimated that there were from 24 to 31 people.
The heroic defense of Pavlov’s house lasted 58 long days and nights. During this time, the defenders lost only 3 people. The death toll on the German side, according to Marshal Chuikov, exceeded the losses sustained by the enemy during the attack on Paris.
Funny fact – even the locals often confuse Pavlov’s House with the neighboring building – the Gergardt Mill, which is also a historical building.
Alley of Heroes
Another place in Volgograd, inextricably connected with the Battle of Stalingrad, is the Alley of Heroes. This street appeared after the war, during the period of total restoration. All along the alley you can see the names of the defenders of Stalingrad carved in granite.
Gorgeous pedestrian area with lots of cafes and restaurants.All sights within walking distance. For those who are new to the city – the alley is salvation.
It starts from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and goes to the promenade. Wide boulevard, it’s a very interesting route to walk, seeing several attractions at once – an old poplar, that survived the Great Battle, the fountain “Art”, a monument to the Fallen fighters, and much more.
What Museums, Art, & Culture does Volgograd offer?
The Battle of Stalingrad Museum-Panorama
The Battle of Stalingrad Museum-Panoramais a world-famous museumthat contains evidence of one of the bloodiest events of the war between the USSR and fascist Germany – the Battle of Stalingrad.
This museum was opened on January 3, 1937. In those years, it was called“The Museum of Tsaritsyn Defense named after Comrade Stalin” …
When in November 1942 the city leaders decided that all evidence of the historical battle should have been collected and preservedin one place, the choice fell on the Tsaritsyn Museum of Defense.
In the ground floor there are administrative premises, halls with exhibits dedicated to the battle, and storage. On the upper level of the museum there is an impressive circular panorama in the form of a rotunda. Next to the museum building is a dilapidated mill, which has its own history, and on the square in front of the museum – an exhibition of combat vehicles.
Panorama “The defeat of the Nazi troops at Stalingrad”
Panorama is the most interesting part of the complex for visitors. The size of art canvases – 2000 square meters. The canvas is made of flax andweights approximately a ton. The canvases were being painted from the summer of 1980 to the spring of 1982by eminent artists M. I. Samsonov, N. Ya. But, V. K. Dmitrievsky, P. I. Zhigimont, P. T. Maltsev, G. I. Marchenko, F. P. Usypenko.
The plot of the panorama is the day of January 26, 1943. The day when two armies, Soviet and German, met on the slope of Mamayev Kurgan in a fierce battle. The detailed picture of the surroundings serves as a background for the depiction of the great feats accomplished by the legendary defenders of Stalingrad.
The Volgograd Planetarium
The Volgograd Planetarium was a gift from the workers of the German Democratic Republic to Soviet people made on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Stalin’s birth. German workers wished that the star house to be built in the city of world glory. It is worth noting that the building is located at the end of Peace Street, like a temple, and, symbolically, this streetis one of the first streets restored after the devastating Battle of Stalingrad.
The star hall is equippedwith seats for 450 spectators, a dome-shaped screen and a large “Planetarium” apparatus, made in the GDR. The device hosts 99 projectors, which allow you to see simultaneously more than 6 thousand stars and planets.
Museum Reserve “Old Sarepta”
The Museum-Preserve “Old Sarepta” is a unique architectural ensemble that includes 26 buildings, 23 of which are monuments of federal significance of the XVIII – XIX centuries. It is the largest preserved architectural complex built by Hernguters.
On the territory of Old Sarepta, you can visit the Sarepta Church – the Lutheran Church of 1772, the oldest surviving Protestant church in Russia and the oldest stone building of Volgograd.
Historical Park “Russia – My Story”
“Russia is my story” – this is a multimedia exhibition complex, unique for Volgograd that presents the thousand-year history of Russia from ancient times to our days.
What’s unique about this plac eis that the history of the Fatherland is given here panoramic, by using modern technologies – touch tables and screens, roomy cinemas, light boxes, collages, projectors and tablets. Visual solutions of multimedia expositions are in many respects innovative. They are created by using the techniques of video infographics, animation, 3D modeling and digital reconstructions.
Volgograd Arena is a football stadium in Volgograd, Russia. The stadium is one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It also hosts FC Rotor Volgograd. It has a capacity of 45,568 spectators.
The stadium was built on site of the demolished Central Stadium, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex, near the Volga River.
The previous stadium was built in 1958, on the site of a former oil depot. This area was undeveloped, occupied by randomly distributed low-value buildings, warehouses, barracks and ravines. During construction of the stadium, 300 unexploded bombs were discovered and removed from the site.
Kazan Cathedral is one of the few old temples of Volgograd, preserved to this day, despite all the upheavals of the 20th century. In addition, it is the most ancient and beautiful temple in the city.
There is a special atmosphere of calm and joy inside the cathedral. Nearby there’s a charming park with a lawn, green trees, benches and beautiful lighting.
Central embankment of Volgograd
The central embankment of Volgograd is named after the 62nd Army, that defended the northern part of the city during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Work on upgrading the embankment began in 1930. After the war, one of the main attractions of Volgograd was restored, the central staircase with an eight-column propylaeum has become its symbol.
During the water discharge from the Volga Hydroelectric Power Plant (end of April – beginning of May) the level in the river rises significantly and the lower terrace of the central embankment is flooded. Submerged docks, flower beds and attractions look unusual.
Now, it is one of the best parks nearby Volga, with a huge number of cafes and restaurants, walking places, a concert hall and a river port with cruise ships. The central embankment has become not only a place for the most important events and town festivals, but also a popular holiday destination for Volgograd residents and city guests.
Introduction to Volgograd begins with the central embankment for many tourists and vacationers.
Transportation in Volgograd
The unusual form of Volgograd determines the structure of its road network. The fact is that the city was built along the coast of the river. The process took more than a decade, during which separate settlements with their infrastructure and industrial enterprises were created. As a result, we got a big city with a length of almost sixty kilometers. However, its width varies from one kilometer to five.
First of all, there is a unique type of transport that has parallel in our country –“metrotram”. These are the lines of a high-speed tram that passes underground in a certain part of its route. The Volgograd tram system today includes thirteen operating routes and three lines. The fare is 25 rubles.
Secondly, all city districts are connected by a city train line – a very convenient form of transport, if you need to get from one end of the city to the other- the distance that is almost 100 km.
And, thirdly, the minibuses familiar to us all, perhaps, only in Volgograd fully justify their name “route taxi”. Such buses can be caught anywhere – not only at the bus stop, and the driver will stop at the place where you ask.
About the Roadsigns in Volgograd
Here, there is a bit of a challenge – most Volgograd residents do not speak English, and many road signs are written in Russian only. I would recommend you to use the service that was developed for the guests of the World Cup -2018. It indicates almost all routes of Volgograd urban transport.
My Thoughts on Public Transportation Options
The bulk of public transport are buses, trolley buses and “route taxis” – minibuses with their own routes. The fare in buses and trolley buses is 20 rubles, in fixed-route taxis – depending on the route, from 15 to 50 rubles. Payment is made directly in the cabin of the transport, no special cards are needed for this, cash is enough.
If, however, you desire to do, you can pick up a travel card which can be used on the high-speed and regular trams, as well as the trolleybuses and regular buses. There are quite a number of outlets in all areas of Volgograd that sell the cards, and they can also be recharged wherever they are sold.
The initial card connection fee is 100 rubles and you’ll need to put at least an additional 50 rubles on the card at the time of purchase in order to use it. After that, just charge as necessary.
It is recommended to rent a car if you want to visit most of the beaches that are located outside the city limits, as well as many interesting sights, such as caves and century-old oaks.
Of course, there are no such traffic jams as in Moscow, but the number of cars is still large and it is not always possible to find a convenient parking place. This is a common Russian misfortune, lack of parking spaces – our courtyards are literally cluttered with cars.
Guaranteed parking spaces are available near all shopping centers and stations. In the city you can find well-known rental companies, such as Car Booking and Avis, as well as local “Auto Max” and “Elite Auto”
As for the Volgograd intercity and international transport, there are no fundamental differences.
There are two bus stations in the city, from where regular buses run to the capital, the cities of the Volga region, as well as to the nearby southern cities. The railway communication is carried out with help of the main railway station Volgograd-1, from where only long-distance trains depart. Volgograd International Airport is located in Gumrak village.
In addition, an important role in the long-distance traffic is played by the Volgograd river transport. By the waterways you can reach not only the southern or northern borders of our country, but even get to Europe.
Where & What to Eat in Volgograd
It’s a family restaurant chain where you can enjoy traditional Italian cuisine. A restaurant menu offers 16 types of pizza, 19 types of pasta, hot, cold, meat dishes.
The average cost of lunch is 800-1000 rubles per person (13-16 $).
It’s located in a place where two centuries ago stood an old merchant’s house on Knyagiginskaya Street. The restaurant building was restored in 2007 according to archival documents and drawings of the city of Tsaritsyn. In the restaurant you can taste dishes of classic Russian cuisine (dumplings, borscht, fish soup, buckwheat, baked potatoes), as well as get aesthetic pleasure. The average cost of lunch is 500-700 rubles per person (8-11 $).
It’s a shop and restaurant of homemade food, available to everyone during busiest time of the lunch hour, in the morning or in the evening. It offers hassle-free and quick customer service. Here you can taste soups, salads, hot meat and fish dishes, as well as desserts.
The average cost of lunch is 500-700 rubles per person (8-11 $).
This is a nice little cafe and cupcake chain in Volgograd.
The project “Cappuccino” is a place where European cuisine peacefully coexists with the delightful Japanese food and traditional Russian dishes. The place offers affordable prices, professional service, warm environment with interior designed to trifles.
Here you can taste many types of cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream and pastries, jam and fruit puree and other desserts.
The average cost of food:
A slice of cake – 65 rubles (1 $).
Pie – 40 rubles (0,60 $).
Cookies – 40 rubles (0,60 $).
Where to Stay in Volgograd
Hotel Volgograd, located in the historical, cultural and business center of the city, has been known for its hospitality traditions since 1890. After a renovation in 2015, the hotel offers elegant, modern, comfortable rooms of various classes and price categories, a warm welcome and impeccable, inviting service.
It’s located in the center of Volgograd, about 5 minutes’ walk from Komsomolskaya Metro Station.Various cafes and restaurants are located within a 5-minute walk. The Battle for Stalingrad Museum is 0.9 miles away. The Mamayev Kurgan Memorial is 5 metro stops away
Room rate per day – from 3800 rubles (58 $).
Hampton by Hilton Volgograd Profsoyuznaya
It’s is a modern four-star business class hotel that can receive foreign guests, delegations of any level, as well as just tourists. The building has eight floors and about 160 rooms. The Hampton by Hilton Volgograd hotel is in the mid price ranges. It provides all major types of high quality hotel services at a reasonable price.
It is located next to a large shopping center, restaurants, entertainment complex. Nearby there are convenient transportation routes, stops and the famous high-speed underground tram. The distance from the airport is only 20 km, so you can get there in just half an hour. A ten-minute walk takes you to the city center where you can see the various sights.
Room rate per day – from 3 750 rubles (57 $).
It is located in the central part of the city, close to cultural places such as the Square of Fallen Fighters, where the city’s solemn events take place, and the Alley of Heroes, where the Eternal Fire, a symbol of memory and respect for the defenders of the red Tsaritsyn and Stalingrad, always burns.
Within a radius of hundreds meters there’s the New Experimental Theater, the Tsaritsyn Memorial and Historical Museum of Defense and the Museum “Memory”, located in the basement of the Central Department Store- the place where the headquarters of the German Field Marshal Pauls was captured.
Room rate per night– from 3 040 rubles (46 $).
It’s located on the right bank of the Volga, on the outskirts of Volgograd. The hotel offers 86 modern rooms ranging from economy to premium class with an amazing view of the legendary Volga River.
Room rate per day– 4000 rubles (61 $).
The Climate of Volgograd
The climate of Volgograd is moderately continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Volgograd is one of the hottest summer cities in Russia.
Around May 8, the temperature passes over 15 ° C, and a favorable early summer begins. In June, July and August, the summer is characterized by hot sunny weather, with an average daily air temperature of 19–24 ° C. The average July temperature is 23.6 ° C.
Winter, as a rule, comes at the end of November, when the average daily temperature regularly drops below zero. Winter is characterized by unstable weather,a heavy frost is frequently followed by thawing. Precipitation usually falls in the form of snow or sleet. The average January temperature is −8.3 ° C, February – −7.6 ° C. The temperature in January rarely falls below -30 ° C.
There is no long autumn and spring periods in Volgograd, winter evolves rather sharply into summer and back.
A few words about crime in Volgograd
In Russia there is a special category of people whom we call “gopnik”. So we call representatives of the “underworld”, the underclass, who commit street harassment and robberies.
About ten years ago they were even considered a special subculture (although they don’t know a word such as “subculture”), with their own style of dress and behavior. Now the image of the subculture has disappeared, but the gopniks have not gone away. So, if you see suspicious groups of people not wearing sportswear in some areas of Volgograd, this does not mean that they are not gopniks.
I will tell you one thing: the more provincial the city is – the more gopniks are in its streets. That’s because Volgograd is kind of between a village and a large modern city.
At one time, pictures with a “gop-rating” of Russian cities were spread on the Internet. An unknown author has designated the level of the gopnization of each districtwith the figures of young people squatting.
This rating is considered funny, butI would not recommend you to visit Krasnoarmeysky, Soviet and especially Kirovsky districts of the city. In other districts it is only necessary to observe basic rules of safety.
In summary, I’d like to point out that the Central and adjacent areas are not only the most beautiful parts of the city, but contain almost all the sights of Volgograd.
I hope that this is helpful for you, and I wish that you will have a nice and pleasant trip to Volgograd 🙂