This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Volgograd. To help you make friends with Volgograd before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) is the administrative center of the Volgograd Region, with a population of slightly over one million people. It is also a Hero City -- a Soviet honorary title awarded for outstanding heroism during World War II -- as the Battle of Stalingrad took place here. Volgograd was first built as a fortress under the name Tsaritsyn and it was a garrison city for centuries due to its strategic location. In the mid-twenties, the city was renamed to Stalingrad. Under that name, it played a major role in World War II.
It was under siege for almost two years before the German Sixth Army surrendered in the early forties, which was a turning point in the war. Many historians consider the Battle of Stalingrad one of the bloodiest in human history. Although the city was never captured, it was almost completely destroyed due to the heavy bombing.
Today, Volgograd has several museums; not surprisingly, the most famous among them is the Volgograd State Panoramic Museum of Stalingrad Battle. It has a panorama with hundreds of unique exhibits, the ruins of the Mill Gerhart, exhibition of military equipment in the open air, and the panoramic "The defeat of German forces at Stalingrad." You can also visit the Volgograd Regional Museum, the Planetarium, the Volgograd Musical Theater, and the Volgograd Drama Theatre (named after Maxim Gorky). And of course, the city is full of war monuments such as the Mamaev Kurgan, the Mill Gerhart, the Ludnikov Island, and the Pavlov House.
There are not so many hostels in Volgograd, despite being big city with rich history that attracts many tourists interested in World War II history. However, Volgograd hostels offer good conditions at moderate prices. Most Volgograd hostels are situated near Park Pobedy and Chekistov Square, so they are not very far from the center and are easily accessible by public transportation. The winter can be very cold as temperatures often go down to minus twenty degrees Celsius.
Written by local enthusiast for Volgograd hostelsGeorge Traveller