Formerly known as Stalingrad, the Victory Museum celebrates the victory over the Nazis, and the whole city is a monument to the year-long battle that took place there. Tours to the battlefields are also available. The town stands at the confluence of the Don and Volga rivers. Fishing tours and boat trips taking in both rivers are possible. Visits to the outlying Cossack and Volga-German villages provide a glimpse of the region’s history.
Yekaterinburg is the birthplace of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. The city is historically important as the last resting place of the Romanov royal family, murdered during the Bolshevik revolution.