Top 10 Things to do in Kharkiv, Ukraine

July 17, 2017 Madelene Haan

Also commonly spelled Kharkov, Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second-largest city, and with about a million and a half people, and a main cultural, educational and industrial city for the country. Founded in the 17th century, the city is in Ukraine’s northeast (not far from the Russian border) and served briefly as its capital in the early 20th century, after it became a Soviet republic. Kharkiv’s top attractions include its zoo, its history museum, Freedom (Svoboda) Square and the Holy Shroud Cathedral.
Restaurants in Kharkiv

1. Annunciation Cathedral

Karla Marksa pl. 1, Kharkiv 61052, Ukraine
Excellent
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5 based on 156 reviews

Annunciation Cathedral

Reviewed By OlenaKyivCity - Kiev, Ukraine

Those who are familiar with the method of electing the place for the construction of temples, this temple will be interesting. Located in a valley, occasionally submergible river Kharkiv, one that survived the fire, lost cross ... And a lot of different stories))

2. Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

Sumska vul. 81, Kharkiv 61002, Ukraine +380 57 725 2779
Excellent
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5 based on 832 reviews

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

Central Park of Culture and Rest in Kharkov - the best theme park in Ukraine, one of the best in Europe. This is confirmed by a number of awards and positive feedback from our visitors, including Tripadvisor users. The park consists of several thematic zones, each decorated in its own style. In the park there are attractions for all ages - from children to the extreme.

Reviewed By 15MW - Redding, Connecticut

I was there in December so it was a little cool and there were not many people around. However, I can imagine that the place is very popular in warm weather. Lots of rides for the kids, open spaces, nice lake with lots of ducks, snack/drink stalls etc etc. The great thing though, was that despite the cool weather and time of year, most of the attractions were still open. I went on the giant Ferris wheel which gave great views of the city (and only cost the equivalent of US1.50).

3. Kharkov Dolphinarium

Sumskaya 35, Kharkiv, Ukraine 700-94-00
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Kharkov Dolphinarium

Reviewed By Ron T - Whitby, Canada

I did the scuba diving with dolphins. I had never done scuba diving before but the instructor was able to explain to me everything I needed to know. It was an amazing experience! I brought my GoPro camera and the diving instructor recorded for me. The dolphins and belugas seemed happy and were quite curious - it was amazing to both touch them and swim with them. To make arrangements for diving, you need someone who speaks Ukrainian or Russian to call. The cashier did not speak much English but when I used the word "diving" (which is the same in both languages),she was able to process my payment and convey that I simply needed to go up the stairs after the current show ended. From there, I was led to the diving instructor who looked after all the details.

4. Mirror Stream Fountain

in the Victory Garden, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Excellent
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4.5 based on 299 reviews

Mirror Stream Fountain

Reviewed By Valdis A - Kremenchuk, Ukraine

Should visit the Fountain in a day and evening time - totally different view and feelings. Located on the central Street in front of Opera Theatre. Nice Park around and so clean and green. Lovely place to relax.

5. Shevchenko Park

Sumskaya St., 35, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Excellent
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Shevchenko Park

Reviewed By Nuri K - Istanbul, Turkey

It was closed by barriers for a long time. After about 7 months, I have visited Kharkiv again. They opened the park area. Half is full completed and really looking like a brilliant diamond of Kharkiv. I believe that, when they totally finish all restoration plans, it is going to be a very good park for relaxation.

6. Metallist Stadium

Plekhanivska vul. 65, Kharkiv 61001, Ukraine +380 57 727 1925
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5 based on 76 reviews

Metallist Stadium

Reviewed By MrElectroNick - Kharkiv, Ukraine

I don't really know what to say here. If you like football, if you like shouting and a bit buzzy crowd - this place worth visiting :-)

7. Freedom Square

Kharkiv, Ukraine +380 96 800 2992
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4 based on 213 reviews

Freedom Square

Reviewed By Keith M

The square is advertised as the largest central square in Europe and it definitely is that based on what I have experienced. As opposed to being an open area to display military might, etc. it is actually more of a combination of that and park with tree lined paths. I nice area for a leisurely walk thru central Kharkov.

8. Botanical Gardens

Lenine Avenue, Kharkiv, Ukraine +380 57 343 2666
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By yelenaza - Atlanta

We decided to visit this park (metro Botanicheskiy Sad/ Botanical Garden) based on other reviews. To our surprise we didn't find this place as traditional Botanical Garden. Most locals (unless they live in this area) does not know about existence of Botanical Garden in Karkov and does not consider this park as a Botanical Garden. I also don't understand why other reviewers mentioned tickets. The entrance is free, and it's mostly a local park where at the summer time people of all ages were spending their evening. What is really highlights this park is a natural cold water spring, where people were filling canisters with drinking water. It also has a small pool in the form of cross right across the Wooden Church on the hill (at the time of out visit it was under renovation). I guess that pool used for church baptisms, but at other time during the summer people just using it to cool off. Hiking trails were looking deserted (and kind of scary), so we didn't dare to hike there. In my opinion, unless you are in the area, it does not worth a special visit. But if you want to experience local (not touristy) life - go for it!

Sumska vul. 72, Kharkiv 61002, Ukraine +380 57 759 9824
Excellent
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5 based on 56 reviews

Avec Fine Arts Gallery

Reviewed By Laxiaozi08200912 - Beijing, China

Can't remember too much about this gallery that's located in the northeast region of Kharkiv, but I certainly did enjoy critiquing the multifarious art works and paintings in the gallery. My favourite one is the painting by the beach in which depict a giant jar of tea, and oil pipe like towers...can't really figure out what that is though...eh. Visited in OCTOBER 2013.

10. Strilka Square

Banny Lane, Kharkiv 63101, Ukraine
Excellent
65%
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Strilka Square

Reviewed By Olga V

this bridge illuminated at night time is situated at river and connect city center with circus. It's nice,quiet place,a little aside of city center,in few meters from main street,but very peaceful. At summer it's very nice to stay there,under trees,by the river. you can rent a boat to feed ducks from water,it cost about 1-2 dollars I think. At the other side of square there is a nice pizza place if you are hungry. I like this place because you can stay on grass,lay down and watch sky. No stress,no hurry. Square has few toilets,so nobody pee in public. It's clean and nice there. I recommend this place for all visitors of Kharkov!

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