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Rzhev is located on the Volga and is the uppermost city on the river and so here Europe’s largest river doesn’t look so mighty! The city is also a City of Military Glory due primarily to the Battle of Rzhev of the Second World War where the city found itself at the centre of a series of bloody operations which became known as the Rzhev Meat-Grinder. Although the city does have railway links with Moscow, the times are inconvenient. Therefore it is best to visit by bus from Tver. A trip here can also be combined with a visit to Staritsa, Ostashkov or Volokolamsk.

Basic facts
Name in Russian Ржев
Status City-municipality and centre of the Rzhev District of the Tver Region
Location On the River Volga
Distance 120km south-west of Tver, 230km north-west of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 60,039 people (2016)
First Mentioned 1216
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory
City Day Last Saturday in June
Official Website