Travel Guide Europe Ukraine Kharkov



Kharkov is one of the most important scientific and industrial centers of eastern Ukraine. The city does not belong to the world famous tourist attractions, but there is a lot to see here too. No one Ukrainian city excepting only Kiev possesses so many historical, cultural and art landmarks. Kharkov’s museums display hundreds of thousands historical documental materials. Some of the documents are unique, of national importance.



Sights and Activities

Kharkov is a city of glorious traditions, city of extraordinary destiny, proud of its historical past.

Historical heritage of Kharkov includes many monuments of different epochs. The city is especially rich in architectural monuments of the XIX-XX centuries. Some structures of the earlier period have preserved though. One of them is the Assumption Cathedral (1771-1777) built in the Russian Baroque style. It is the highest building in Kharkov (89,5 meters). Chiming clock rings melodious on the bell tower every hour. There is an organ in the hall. Concerts of the famous artists on tour and Kharkov’s performers of organ and chamber music take place here.

The Protection Cathedral (1689) is the oldest building which has preserved in the city. It is a typical Ukrainian three-cupola church. There are some elements of Russian architecture in the external decoration of the building – that is an evidence of connection between Russian and Ukrainian cultures. The building was heavily damaged during the World War II. At the beginning of the 90-th the restoration of the cathedral began. At present it is a functioning orthodox church, a property of Kharkov’s church eparchy.

Kharkov’s Freedom Square is the main square of the city, the largest square in Ukraine and one of the largest in Europe. Festivals, concerts, fairs, demonstrations, meetings and other common events take place here.

The period from 1917 to 1933 when Kharkov was the capital of Ukraine left an important imprint on the view and mentality of the city. Students of local lore know and can tell lots of amazing stories about it.





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Keep Connected


Internet develops quickly in Ukraine, and therefore, today it is no problem to get access to the world wide web - both wired and wireless. There are more access points in big cities, nevertheless there are also some in small settlements. The majority of Ukrainian hostels and hotels of different level have Wi-Fi points, which allow visitors to use high-speed Internet. Most Ukrainian restaurants and many cafes are equipped with internet access points, there are also Wi-Fi zones in terminals of the international airports. You may also access Internet from your cell phone, if your device supports GPRS or one of the 3G standards. All cellular carriers in Ukraine offer access to the mobile internet. Moreover, it's usually no problem to find Internet-cafe in Ukrainian cities. "Ukrtelecom" company offers Internet access as well. Its offices are easy to find in any town of Ukraine. The cost of one hour of Internet access usually doesn't exceed €1-2.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The international phone code for Ukraine is 380. The general emergency phone number is 112 and there are special ones for fire -(101), police (102), ambulance (103) and even gas leaks (104).

Although cell phones are becoming more and more popular, a lot of people still use phonecards and this might be a good and cheaper option for travellers as well. If you are here for any length of time it is worth investing in a local sim-card for your mobile. No major international mobile operators exist in Ukraine (yet) so if you have Vodaphone or T-mobile (etc) your phone may not work here. Kyivstar and MTS are the biggest Ukrainian operators.


Ukraine Poshta is the national postal service of Ukraine (website is rather slow and not always working). Unfortunately, the postal service in Ukraine is unreliable or at least inefficient and slow. Most packages get stolen or searched for things that can be sold. Post offices exist in all cities and towns and postcards can be sent quite safely, but the service may be slow. Like many other businesses, post offices are open from around 9:00am to 6:00pm with a lunchbreak between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, though opening times may vary. Smaller ones in rural towns keep shorter hours, while the largest ones in Kiev are usually open very late, during weekends or even 24 hours! If you want to send a letter or postcard and buy stamps, just queue up at the line where you see envelops and cards. Be prepared to wait a while, also regarding the time it takes to send a postcard to Europe (a week) or the USA (two weeks), let alone places further afield. Always send letters by airmail (avia in Ukrainian). For faster (but more expensive) sendings of parcels, try companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 49.991885
  • Longitude: 36.257100

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