Volgograd’s central embankment is a center of attraction for tourists and locals. The go-to location for official ceremonies, family strolls and outings alike, it consists of two terraces, with a grand staircase and fountains, summer cafes and amusement rides. Concerts and festivals are often held here.
The 40-meter wide Central staircase that connects the upper and the lower terraces is one of the main attractions of the embankment. A hundred steps divided into eight paces are surrounded by a neat blanket-like lawn on the sides, covering the entire sloping hill. There’s an art-themed bronze fountain at the top of the staircase.
The total length of the embankment is 3.5 km and there are a number of interesting sites to visit, let’s introduce you to some of them.
The WWII armed fire boat monument in southern part of the embankment is the original boat that was lifted from the bottom of the Volga, with over 3500 shell and bullet holes.
The river boat station is both a functioning boat terminal and an entertainment center, with a 1025-seat concert hall that boasts a unique Rieger-Kloss pipe organ, nightclubs, restaurants and even a fitness center.
A church of St. John the Baptist was erected in 2000, where the first city stone church once stood in the 16th century on the Volgograd embankment.
In 2012, a two-meter monument to St. Peter and Fevronia the patron saints of love, family and loyalty, was added to the list of the points of interest on the embankment. Another new addition is Kazak Glory, a monument to the Kazaks purged during the Stalin times, which was inaugurated in 2010.
Other nearby attractions include the Volgograd Musical Theater, the old water tower, a copy of a pre-revolutionary rotunda at the juncture of the lower and upper terrace, the panoramic museum of the Battle of Stalingrad. There are also a number of monuments to Marshal Chuikov, heroic sailors of the Volga military fleet and the military pilot Viktor Holzunov, which is understandable considering the city’s heroic military past.