The memorial site for the Battle of Stalingrad. It's a hill just outside the city and it's probably the eeriest, most moving place I've ever seen. You follow the path up the hill through trees and statues, then through a pantheon with an eternal flame and the inscribed names of 7200 soldiers who died here (only a handful of the total number). At the top is the statue of Mother Russia, 72m tall with an 11m stone sword. It's the immense scale that is so stunning, plus the way it speaks to you about power as well as tragedy. We were all silent by the time we reached the top. I've seen no memorial on that scale anywhere else in Europe. The other thing that struck me is how special the memorial is to the city of Volgograd, because so much of the city was destroyed. Because the statue is so tall, you can see it from many points in the city - if you arrive by train from the east, you can't miss it.
3km north of the city centre
Take the tram to the Mamaev Kurgan stop or a taxi to Mamaev Kurgan
I think there are also guided tours available - the hotels in the centre of Volgograd will have information
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