Home to one of the world’s widest squares, Kharkiv’s city center is lined with Soviet monumentalism and unique sculptures. Spend your time in Kharkiv marveling at ornate churches, exploring leafy parks with picturesque fountains and flying high above the city on a cable railway.
Things to do in Kharkiv
A visit to Kharkiv isn’t complete without visiting Freedom Square, the sixth largest square in Europe. Head to the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure to enjoy a 55-meter-tall Ferris wheel and thrilling roller coaster.
Explore some of the city’s religious landmarks, such as the three-domed Pokrovsky Cathedral and its 17th-century Ukrainian Baroque architecture. Afterward, step inside the Byzantine-style Annunciation Cathedral to see impressive frescoes.
Looking for a romantic evening? Visit the UNESCO-listed Mirror Stream fountain to watch its light show at night or admire 2,400 exotic plants in the Botanical Gardens in the National University of Kharkov. Kiss your partner under the Lover’s Monument, which locals believe will ensure you, everlasting love.
For a unique view of Kharkiv, hop aboard the city’s cable railway to soar over Gorky Park and the Botanical Gardens for 1.4 kilometers. Snap a photograph at Cascade Fountain, where water rushes along a set of stairs. The top rewards you with panoramic views of Kharkiv and Taras Shevchenko Park.
Getting around Kharkiv
Fly into Kharkov International Airport, located 12 kilometers away, or travel by train from nearby cities, such as Kyiv, Donetsk and Lviv. The city’s well-connected metro system is the most convenient way to get around.