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Kharkiv city: what to do and where to go

The first capital of Soviet Ukraine and one of the country’s biggest cities, Kharkiv owes much of its charm to its location on the banks of two rivers Kharkiv and Lopan and constructivist design.

Whether you’re looking for places to visit in Kharkiv for a single day, or multiple things to do in several days, you’ll have plenty of choices in this elegant city. 

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 favorite places of the recreation of Kharkiv citizens. There is also a new suspension bridge, as well as the recently opened boathouses. For less than 200 hryvnias per person, you can ride for an hour on the rivers Kharkiv and Lopan.

KharkivDerzhprom. 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.

kharkivYou can walk in one of the most beautiful streets – Darvina Street, famous for its 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 perform 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”

For 40 years citizens of Kharkiv met 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, which is adjusted from the satellite. The first “Termometer” in Kharkiv was installed in 1975.

To spend a day in a historical manor

Manor Sharovka is located in the 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, a house of 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 the XX century. Sharovsky Palace- a white stone manor house in the neo-Gothic style, it is located on a hill and is the center 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​.

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

To ride the cable car in Kharkiv

Kharkiv Cable Car is a transport system linking the street Sumska near Gorky Park with Pavlovo Pole neighborhoods near Sarzhin Yar. Its length is about 1.5 kilometers, 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

fountain near railway stationOne of the biggest in Ukraine, this station was built in 1896. Musical fountain at the railway station square starts 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 Ecopark

feldman ecopark

Ecopark is an area for a family holiday with entertainment and a 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.

To go to synagogue


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

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