Volgograd (Russia)

Twinned since 1988 Wolgograd Logo
Population: 1,016,000 (2008)
Area: 218 sq. miles
Website: www.volgadmin.ru

Volgograd lies 1,075 km (668 miles) south-east of Moscow on the right bank of the Volga, about 400 km (250 miles) north of the mouth of the river into the Caspian Sea. The city stretches for more than 100 km (60 miles) along the bank of the Volga and is up to 10 km (6 miles) wide.

The chequered history of the city is reflected particularly in its various names. Until 1925 it was called Tsaritsyn and after that Stalingrad until 1961. Here from August 1942 until February 1943 one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Second World War took place, a battle that marked a turning point in the course of the war.

Volgograd (Russia)

Today Volgograd is an up-and-coming metropolis and an important industrial centre in southern Russia. Important industries are metallurgy, engineering and motor vehicle construction and the chemical and oil industries. In addition, north of the city there is a large hydroelectric plant. The new bridge currently being built across the Volga will – after completion (est. 2105) – be one of the longest in Europe with a length of 7.1 km (4.4 miles) and a width of 32 metres (105 ft. – 6 lanes).

The cultural life of the city is varied. The museum that is probably most interesting is the Panorama Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad. The Monument to the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad on the Mamayev Kurgan is gigantic. The massive statue of Mother Russia is world-famous and with a height of 52 metres (179 ft.) it is the largest free-standing statue in the world.

The active collaboration between Chemnitz and Volgograd embraces almost all areas of social life. Particularly close are contacts in sport, culture and between departments of the city administrations. In 2008 the Technical University of Chemnitz and Volgograd State University signed a cooperation agreement. Both cities make intense efforts to offer the twinning as a support for contacts between businesses.
 

 

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