The Volga River is the longest river in Europe. It begins on the Valdai Hills northwest of Moscow and discharges its waters into the Caspian Sea in south some 3 500 kilometers later. The river flows through central Russia and has important economic and cultural value for russians. It is regarded as the national river of Russia and is often called as the Mother Volga (Volga-Matushka).
Very many of the largest cities of Russia are located on the shore of the Volga river. These pictures are mainly from three cities: Kazan, Saratov and Volgograd. The latter is earlier known as Stalingrad and Tsaritsyn. 800 km river trip on M/s Alexander Nevsky from Kazan to Saratov and 300 km train travel from Saratov to Volgograd connect together these pictures from Volga cities.