Prospekt Lenina – the main street of central Volgograd which runs from the Tractor Factory in the north to the Astrokhansky Bridge in the south. You can get to most destinations directly from any point on Prospekt Lenina.
Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) – Home of the giant statue “The Motherland Calls” sometimes called Mat Rodinu. It is the tallest statue of a female in the world – taller than the Statue of Liberty, and the predominant icon of Volgograd. It was built as a memorial to those who died in the Battle of Stalingrad and stands atop a memorial complex which includes a continually guarded Eternal Flame, with the names of thousands of fallen soldiers listed on the walls. Celebrated sniper Vasily Zaytsev (“Enemy at the Gates“) is buried here. Bus, marshrutka get off at Mamayev Kurgan
Panorama Museum – museum retelling the story of the Battle of Stalingrad, the biggest tank battle in history, using contemporary artefacts, documents, audio and photographs. Outside the museum are a collection of large guns and military vehicles, as well as other monuments.
Alley of Heroes – a wide boulevard connecting the War Memorial and Eternal Flame with the Embankment. Includes a tree that survived the Battle of Stalingrad and is therefore the Oldest Tree in Volgograd. Flanked by many restaurants, it is where most of Volgograd comes for an evening out. Bus, marshrutka get off at Alley of Heroes (Allay Geroy)
Lenin Square – Obligatory statue of Lenin in front of a war memorial. Tram, bus, marshrutka get off at Lenin Square (Ploshit Lenina)
Pavlov’s House – The building where a small detachment led by Sergeant Pavlov controlled a strategically important location, holding out for months without being captured or killed. The original building collapsed but the rubble was used to build a monument outside the building now on the same spot Tram, bus, marshrutka get off at Lenin Square (Ploshit Lenina)
Flour Mill – A building that survived the Battle of Stalingrad, located right beside the Panorama Museum. A recreation of the Barmaley statue (children dancing around a crocodile) sits in front of it, and beside it a war memorial reaches high into the sky. Tram, bus, marshrutka get off at Lenin Square (Ploshit Lenina)
Grain Elevator – Another building that survived the Battle of Stalingrad, this was fiercely fought over because of its strategic importance. Bus, marshrutka get off at Pamyatnik Severmortsam
Volgograd Arena – Now completed football stadium, will host three World Cup 2018 finals matches and will later be the home of Rotor Volgograd Bus, marshrutka get off at Mamayev Kurgan
Tractor Factory – Famous factory that used to produce tractors for use across the Soviet Union, later repurposed to build tanks for World War 2. Now mostly office buildings, the forecourt has an example of a T-34 tank from the Battle of Stalingrad, and a statue of Felix Dzherzhinsky.
Old Sarepta – location for a community of Volga Germans who survived into the 20th century but were removed following the Revolution. They were famed for their mustard production. Their old village is now a museum. This is in the Krasnoarmeiskiy district to the far south of the city, only accessible by marshrutka.
Astrakhansky Bridge – 19th century bridge across the valley of what used to be the Tsaritsa River before it was channelled underground. Destroyed in the Battle of Stalingrad and later rebuilt, it connects the central district to the south of the city. The north end of the bridge marks the location where the city of Tsaritsyn, later to become Volgograd, was founded. Tram get off at Pionerskaya (pyonir-sky-a)
Embankment – Promenade and events area beside the river, also embarkation point for river ferries and cruises. Bus, marshrutka get off at Alley of Heroes (Allay Geroy)
Volzhsky Aquapark – Recognisable from the large blue pyramid that houses it. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and water slides, also a sauna, a snack bar and a hotel. Contact the Volzhsky Cultural Outreach Liaison Officer.
Volzhsky Beach – Beach on the Akhtuba River, a tributary of the Volga. Costs 20 roubles. Contact the Volzhsky Cultural Outreach Liaison Officer.
Komsomoll Aquarium – There are many shopping malls across the city – Voroshilovskiy Torgoviy, Park House, Olympia, Pyramida and Diamante; but Komsomoll is the biggest and is regarded as the best. It has its own aquarium with a selection of marine and other animals including catfish, snakes and crocodiles. You will need to get a marshrutka that goes direct, it is not on any tram routes or most bus routes.
Baku Friendship Park – a gift from the government of Azerbaijan, this is regarded as the best park in Volgograd.
Lenin Square, Volzhsky – features a large statue of Lenin, fountains, an art gallery, military vehicles, a fair and a Christian church. Take marshrutka 160, 260 or 123 from Volgograd.
Central Children’s Park – features a fairground with a big wheel and other rides. Tram get off at Pionerskaya (pyonir-sky-a)
Chekist Park – monument to the revolutionary security services, featuring a Chekist holding a sword atop a column. Bus, marshrutka get off at Chekist Square (Ploshit Chekistof)
GK7 Sotok (Blue Sail Buildings) – Beautiful iconic buildings housing a private company engaged in public housing and communal services. Bus, marshrutka get off at Chekist Square (Ploshit Chekistof)
Rossiya – Moi Istoria (Russia Is My History) – New museum in the Tsaritsa basin with two main exhibitions; Imperial Russia and Soviet Russia.
Art Museum – A museum with some art. Bus, marshrutka get off at Port Saida street.
Pamyat (Memory) Museum – A museum with some artefacts. Located on Mira Street. Bus, marshrutka get off at Alley of Heroes (Allay Geroy)
Volzhsky Museum of Local History – Contact the Volzhsky Cultural Outreach Liaison Officer.
Volzhsky Museum of Fairy Tales– Contact the Volzhsky Cultural Outreach Liaison Officer.
Central Station – Grand architectural building, with another recreation of the Barmaley Fountain outside it. Tram, bus, marshrutka get off at Komsomolskaya.
Planetarium – A gift from the East German government to the people of Volgograd. Located on Gagarina street (the north end of Mira Street)
Experimental Theatre – on the junction of Mira Street and ul. Volodarskogo
Cossack Theatre – One of the few pre-war buildings that still survives, this is still a functioning theatre. Located on ul. Raboche-Krestyanskaya.
Youth Theatre – There are actually two youth theatres, one located on Pr. Lenina near Alley of Heroes, the other in Voroshilovskiy with its own tram stop.
Rodina Theatre – located on ul. Alexander Nevskiy with its own tram stop.
Concert Hall – on the Embankment
Volga-Don Canal – south of the city and marked by a giant arch, this connects two of the great rivers of Russia and makes it possible to transport goods by water between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.