I am thinking of taking a short trip into Russia to visit the city that was formerly known as Stalingrad and is now called Volgograd. Has anyone visited that city recently who can answer a few questions.
I am interested mainly in the sites related to the Battle of Stalingrad. How many days would be sufficient to see all of these sights?
Should I be part of a tour group or hire a guide or can I do this by myself?
Is Volgograd safe to visit as a solo tourist? I don't patronize bars and shady enterprises so that eliminates much of the risk, but what is the likelihood of being a random victim of a mugging or a pickpocket crime?
Thanks for your help.