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Kharkiv City: What to Do and Where to Go

 Kharkiv, Ukraine, is a city of large squares, amusement parks and incredibly beautiful cathedrals. Here we offer you alternative ways to spend time in Kharkiv. So what to do and where to go?

To walk

You can walk through downtown, from Lopan Quay to Derzhprom ( State Industry Building or the Palace of Industry).

Lopan Quay – located next to the river Lopan. In 2010, after reconstruction, it has become one of the favourite places of rest of Kharkiv citizens. There is also a new suspension bridge, as well as the recently opened boathouse “Arrow”. For 25 hryvnia per person, you can ride for an hour on the rivers Kharkiv and Lopan.

Derzhprom. At the time of its completion, it was the largest “skyscraper” in the USSR and the second in Europe. 7 of the 12 original elevators still function without being replaced since 1928.

You can walk in one of the most beautiful streets – Darvina Street, famous for a huge number of monuments. The street is quite short, only about 700 meters in length. But it is full of nice buildings.

To jump with a parachute


Airfield “Korotych” – sports airfield, located near Kharkiv. The airfield is designed to accommodate and perform general aviation flights, to launch and testing of model aircraft, as well as performing parachute jumps.

There is an open-air museum on the airfield with 4 legendary Soviet aircraft MiG-21, MiG-23 fighter-bombers, MiG-27 and Su-17, and 2 helicopters, installed on the museum area by the University of the Air Force.

To meet with friends “at the thermometer”

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For 40 years citizens of Kharkiv meeting each other and date” at the thermometer” – on the corner of the house, where Sumska street begins – the main street in the city. It is no coincidence that all year round flowers are selling here.

The “Termometer” construction of 17 meters in length includes the coat of arms of Kharkiv, 2 meters in diameter clock with an electronic second hand, which is adjusted from the satellite. First “Termometer” in Kharkiv was installed in 1975.

To spend a day in the historic manor

Manor Sharovka situated in Kharkiv region about 60 km from the city. This beautiful manor consists of Sharovsky park, the palace itself, a nursery for breeding pheasants, stables, greenhouses, orangery, house of a gardener and several outbuildings. Sharovka manor got its final shape when the manor was acquired by a wealthy sugar producer Leopold König at the beginning of XX century. Sharovsky Palace- white stone manor house in the neo-Gothic style, it is located on a hill and is the centre of the complex.

The park is the work of well- known landscape architect Georg Kufaldt, the creator of Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. For spectacular prospects in the park he used the height difference up to 32 m. About a hundred species of rare ornamental plants were planted in the park​​.

During the Soviet times’ sanatorium for tuberculosis patients was established in the complex, but after it was closed in 2008, restoration work carried out in small volumes.

To ride the cable car

Kharkiv Cable Car is walking and transport system linking the street Sumska near Gorky Park with Pavlovo Pole neighbourhoods near Sarzhin Yar. Its length is about 1.5 kilometres, and the highest point is about 30 meters. The journey takes around 20 minutes, and all this fun costs only 20 hryvnias.

To look at the fountain near the railway station

04102011960One of the biggest in Ukraine, this station was built in 1896. Musical fountain at the railway station square stats to work after sunset, taking attention of citizens and guests of the city.

P.S. The image of Kharkiv railway station used in Call of Duty Offensive.

To go to synagogue

b198fbc5872yaThe Kharkiv Choral Synagogue is the largest in the country, in CIS and second in Europe after Budapest Synagogue.

To go shopping

Stitched Panorama“Barabashovo” is a real city within a city. This market is in the top 15 largest in the world. Its area – more than 75 hectares. The market has 16 parking spaces for more than 5000 cars and buses, medical centre, police station, banks, pharmacies, cafes, 2 hypermarkets, fire brigade and his own newspaper. Without any exaggeration, here you can buy everything.

Barabashovo – cosmopolitan shopping centre, which has the number of working people from the Far East, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. So you can try some Vietnamese street food like spring rolls here.

To go to Ecopark

phkonk2013june_1.jpg.pagespeed.ce.xarm7YgamLEcopark is an area for a family holiday with entertainment and the zoo. You can have the opportunity not only to watch the animals but to communicate with some of them in the area of the contact zoo.

Iuliia Tore

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