Over the course of the last hundred years, Volgograd has often been a prominent figure on the Russian and global stage. Many events have left their mark on the city in monuments, places and traditions. Over the last century the city has changed its name three times: at the beginning of the twentieth century it was called Tsaritsyn and it was a backwater place on the banks of the Volga River. Then it became Stalingrad - the fortress that played a pivotal role in World War II, and later was renamed Volgograd, having become in the process a sunny and hospitable city whose residents love fishing, football, boat rides and beaches.
Volgograd 2018 | Trek by the River: Ust-Medveditsky Nature ParkThe picturesque Don and Medveditsa rivers that flow nearby are also great for raftingThe picturesque Don and Medveditsa rivers that flow nearby are also great for rafting
Trek by the River: Ust-Medveditsky Nature Park
The picturesque Don and Medveditsa rivers that flow nearby are also great for rafting. If you choose to raft down one of these rivers, you can start your trip closer to Volgograd, near the town of Serafimovich, in Ust-Medveditsky Nature Park. As you head down the river, you will see Scandinavian boulders – granite blocks left over from the glacial period. The natural wonders include unusual white water lilies which are listed in the Russian Red Data Book of Endangered Plants and Species, as well as hares, wolves, foxes, roe deer, elks, muskrats and lots of birds living in their natural habitat. Ust-Medveditsky Nature Park also offers other types of recreation, including off-road safaris and fishing trips, bike rides and scientific and educational tours.