Another Day in Volgograd: Suggested Attractions for a Prolonged Stay
The sights and sounds of the Stalingrad battle still echo sharply in the air. It is so laden with history, Volgograd, that looking left or right you see all these monuments beckoning you to discover their wonders. In our Volgograd day tour we covered the most important sights that every traveler should visit, but in truth, there are so many more that you can easily spend another day in exploration. If you have a spare day for exploring or want to experience more of WWII history, we suggest the following Volgograd attractions.
Please bear in mind that not all of these can be experienced in a day, so you should be picky. Also we are giving you some of the less known but equally fascinating Volgograd attractions. Enjoy your tour!
The Volgograd Elevator
It is often the case that during wartime some objects, uniforms for instance, become larger than life itself. There is a building some 4km off the city center that shows little outward splendor, but is indeed one such object.
The Volgograd Grain Elevator is a building constructed in 1940 as a landmark of industrial architecture of the day. But it turned out to have a different fate. Overlooking Volga, its strategic importance in the Stalingrad battle was so great that it featured in the German medals that were to be handed out after the city was taken. The building changed its commanders several times until the Soviets finally took it and turned the tide of war.
Monument to Paniche
Among many heroes of the Battle, MikhaelPanikha surely stands out. He is one of those to thank that Mamaev Kurgan was not taken by the Germans. In a fateful dash, with a Molotov cocktail in one hand, he threw himself on a German tank and blew it. This fit of courage and self-sacrifice repelled the Germans, at least for the time being.
Slightly off the beaten track, the city center hides the Monument to Panikha, a 6m tall figure of a man throwing himself resolutely into death.
Old Sarepta Museum-Reserve
The central square in Prague hosts a monument to Jan Hus, one of the first Protestant reformers. He lived some 100 years before Martin Luther and his ideas eventually spread to Russia, too.
Old Sarepta Volgograd is a unique architectural complex consisting of 26 buildings, 23 of which are monuments of Federal significance. Located 30 km from the Square of the Fallen Heroes, it is built by Herngutern – a religious fraternity who followed the preaching of the aforementioned Jan Hus. The complex has an enormous cultural significance as today it’s one of the largest tourist and research centers on the Volga.
It is an old place. Just walking its age-old stonewill take you back a few centuries. The complex also holds one of the most copious, if not the largest German libraries in Russia. The monument very much worth seeing is the Equilibrio – the gift from the sister city of Cologne. Some of Old Sarepta’s buildings escaped the bombs during Stalingrad battle and are therefore worth seeing in their own right.
The Lenin Monument
Some 10 minute ride from Old Sarepta, soaring at the height of 57 meters is Lenin, the historic Russian social revolutionary. Standing on a high pedestal this is the tallest statue of Lenin anywhere in Russia. What is today a cultural monument, the statue stands where once stood Stalin’s, now dismantled.
Rossoshki War Cemetery
Death is the great leveler, they say. Fascist, communist, Russian, German, Romanian, these labels mean very little in death. An hour drive from Volgograd we come to Rossoshky War Cemetery, where all parties rest alike. They all ‘whisper now’ together, as the text on the entrance reads.
The name Rossoshki derives from the two villages that went completely obliterated in the battle. They were turned into mass graves for all parties. Today, it is an official cemetery where, on agreement between Russia and Germany, some 50,000 bodies from Stalingrad battle were reburied. It is off the track a little, sure, but if you can include the Rossoshki in your Volgograd tour, by all means do it.
Visiting different places accounts for a more complete World War II tour experience. Our Volgograd day tour takes you to the most important attractions in the city, but having another day to spare, these sights and monuments need to be on your list.