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A hotel in Kharkiv is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Kharkiv hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Kharkiv are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Kharkiv hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Kharkiv hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Kharkiv have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Kharkiv
An upscale full service hotel facility in Kharkiv that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Kharkiv hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Kharkiv hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Kharkiv
Boutique hotels of Kharkiv are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Kharkiv boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Kharkiv may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Kharkiv
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Kharkiv travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Kharkiv focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Kharkiv
Small to medium-sized Kharkiv hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Kharkiv traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Kharkiv hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Kharkiv
A bed and breakfast in Kharkiv is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Kharkiv bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Kharkiv B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Kharkiv
Kharkiv hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Kharkiv hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Kharkiv
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Kharkiv hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Kharkiv lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Kharkiv
Kharkiv timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Kharkiv often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Kharkiv on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Kharkiv
A Kharkiv motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Kharkiv for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Kharkiv motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For other uses, see Kharkiv (disambiguation) and Kharkov (disambiguation).
Kharkiv/Kharkov
Харків/Харьков
City
Counterclockwise: Assumption Cathedral (big image), Kharkiv city council, National University of Kharkiv, Taras Shevchenko monument, Kharkiv Railway station, Derzhprom
Counterclockwise: Assumption Cathedral (big image), Kharkiv city council, National University of Kharkiv, Taras Shevchenko monument, Kharkiv Railway station, Derzhprom
Flag of Kharkiv/KharkovХарків/Харьков
Flag
Coat of arms of Kharkiv/KharkovХарків/Харьков
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The First Capital, Smart City
Map of Ukraine with Kharkiv highlighted
Map of Ukraine with Kharkiv highlighted
Coordinates:  / 50.00444; 36.23139  / 50.00444; 36.23139
Country Ukraine
Oblast Kharkiv Oblast
Municipality Kharkiv City Municipality
Founded 1654
Government
• Mayor Hennadiy Kernes
• MPs: Oleksandr Feldman
Anatoliy Denisenko
Volodymyr Mysyk
Vitaliy Khomutynnik
Dmytro Svyatash
Oleksandr Kirsch (PF)
Valery Pisarenko
Area
• City 350 km (140 sq mi)
Elevation 152 m (499 ft)
Population (2014)
• City 1,430,885 Decrease
• Density 4,500/km (12,000/sq mi)
• Metro 1,732,400
Demonym(s) Kharkivite
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 61001-61499
Licence plate ХА, 21 (old)
Sister cities Belgorod, Bologna, Cincinnati, Kaunas, Lille, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Nuremberg, Poznań, St. Petersburg, Tianjin, Jinan, Kutaisi, Varna, Rishon LeZion, Brno, Daugavpils
Website http://www.city.kharkov.ua/en/
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Kharkiv (Ukrainian: Харків, pronounced [ˈxɑrkiu̯],) or Kharkov (Russian: Харьков) is the second-largest city in Ukraine. In the northeast of the country, it is the largest city of the Slobozhanshchyna historical region. The city has a population of about 1.5 million people. Kharkiv is the administrative centre of Kharkiv Oblast and of the surrounding Kharkiv district.

The city was founded in 1654 and after a humble beginning as a small fortress grew to be a major centre of Ukrainian industry, trade and culture in the Russian Empire.

Kharkiv was the first capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, from December 1919 to January 1934, after which the capital relocated to Kiev.

Presently, Kharkiv is a major cultural, scientific, educational, transport and industrial centre of Ukraine, with 60 scientific institutes, 30 higher education universities and institutions, 6 museums, 7 theatres and 80 libraries.

Its industry specializes primarily in machinery and in electronics. There are hundreds of industrial companies in the city, including the Morozov Design Bureau and the Malyshev Tank Factory (leaders in world tank production from the 1930s to the 1980s); Khartron (aerospace and nuclear power plants automation electronics); the Turboatom (turbines for the hydro-, thermal- and nuclear-power plants), and Antonov (the multipurpose aircraft manufacturing plant).

Kharkiv: Name

Some sources indicate that the city may have been named after the Hunnic name for 'swan': kharka. Other sources offer that the city was named after its near-legendary founder, Kharko (a diminutive form of the name Chariton, Ukrainian: Харитон, or Zechariah, Ukrainian: Захарій).

Kharkiv: History

See also: Timeline of Kharkiv
19th-century view of Kharkiv, with the Assumption Cathedral belltower dominating the skyline.
Sumska Street is the main thoroughfare of Kharkiv

Archeological evidence discovered in the area of present-day Kharkiv indicates that a population has existed in that area since the second millennium BC. Cultural artifacts date back to the Bronze Age, as well as those of later Scythian and Sarmatian settlers. There is also evidence that the Chernyakhov culture flourished in the area from the second to the sixth centuries.

Kharkiv: Establishment

The city was founded by re-settlers who were running away from the war that engulfed Right-bank Ukraine in 1654 (see Khmelnytsky Uprising). The years before the region was a sparsely populated part of the Cossack Hetmanate. The group of people came onto the banks of Lopan and Kharkiv rivers where an abandoned settlement stood. According to archive documents, the leader of the re-settlers was otaman Ivan Kryvoshlyk.

At first the settlement was self-governed under the jurisdiction of a voivode from Chuhuiv that is 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the east. The first appointed voivode from Moscow was Voyin Selifontov in 1656 who started to build a local ostrog (fort). At that time the population of Kharkiv was just over 1000, half of whom were local cossacks, while Selifontov brought along a Moscow garrison of another 70 servicemen. The first Kharkiv voivode was replaced in two years after constantly complaining that locals refused to cooperate in building the fort. Kharkiv also became the centre of the local Sloboda cossack regiment as the area surrounding the Belgorod fortress was being heavily militarized. With the resettlement of the area by Ukrainians it came to be known as Sloboda Ukraine, most of which was included under the jurisdiction of the Razryad Prikaz (Military Appointment) headed by a district official from Belgorod. By 1657 the Kharkiv settlement had a fortress with underground passageways.

In 1658 Ivan Ofrosimov was appointed as the new voivode, who worked on forcing locals to kiss the cross to show loyalty to the Moscow tsar. The locals led by their otaman Ivan Kryvoshlyk refused. However, with the election of the new otaman Tymish Lavrynov the community (hromada) sent a request to the tsar to establish a local Assumption market, signed by deans of Kharkiv churches (the Assumption Cathedral and parish churches of Annunciation and Trinity). Relationships with the neighboring Chuhuiv sometimes were non-friendly and often their arguments were pacified by force. With the appointment of the third voivode Vasiliy Sukhotin was completely finished the construction of the city fort.

Meanwhile, Kharkiv had become the centre of Sloboda Ukraine.

Kharkiv: Kharkiv Fortress

View of Holy Assumption Orthodox Cathedral in Kharkiv
Intercession Cathedral with bell tower and Ozeryanskaya church (right) built in Kharkiv in 1689
View of modern pedestrian bridge over Kharkiv River in Kharkiv

The Kharkiv Fortress was erected around the Assumption Cathedral and its castle was at University Hill. It was between today's streets: vulytsia Kvitky-Osnovianenko, Constitution Square, Rose Luxemburg Square, Proletarian Square, and Cathedral Descent. The fortress had 10 towers: Chuhuivska Tower, Moskovska Tower, Vestovska Tower, Tainytska Tower, Lopanska Corner Tower, Kharkivska Corner Tower and others. The tallest was Vestovska, some 16 metres (52 ft) tall, while the shortest one was Tainytska which had a secret well 35 metres (115 ft) deep. The fortress had the Lopanski Gates.

In 1689 the fortress was expanded and included the Saint-Pokrov Cathedral and Monastery which was baptized and became the center of local eparchy. Coincidentally in the same year in the vicinity of Kharkiv in Kolomak, Ivan Mazepa was announced the Hetman of Ukraine. Next to the Saint-Pokrov Cathedral was located the Kharkiv Collegiate that was transferred from Belgorod to Kharkiv in 1726.

Kharkiv: In the Russian Empire

In the course of the administrative reform carried out in 1708 by Peter the Great, the area was included into Kiev Governorate. Kharkiv is specifically mentioned as one of the towns making a part of the governorate. In 1727, Belgorod Governorate was split off, and Kharkiv moved to Belgoro Governorate. It was the center of a separate administrative unit, Kharkiv Sloboda Cossack regiment. The regiment at some point was detached from Belgorod Governorate, then attached to it again, until in 1765, Sloboda Ukraine Governorate was established with the seat in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv University was established in 1805 in the Palace of Governorate-General. Alexander Mikolajewicz Mickiewicz, brother of Adam Mickiewicz was a professor of law in the university, another celebrity Goethe searched for instructors for the school. In 1906 Ivan Franko received a doctorate in Russian linguistics here.

The streets were first cobbled in the city centre in 1830. In 1844 the 90 metres (300 ft) tall Alexander Bell Tower was built next to the first Assumption Cathedral, which on November 16, 1924 was transformed into a radio tower. A system of running water was established in 1870. The Cathedral Descent at one time carried the name of another local trader Vasyl Ivanovych Pashchenko-Tryapkin as Pashchenko Descent. Pashchenko even leased a space to the city council (duma) and was the owner of the city "Old Passage", the city's biggest trade center. After his death in 1894 Pashchenko donated all his possessions to the city.

Kharkiv became a major industrial centre and with it a centre of Ukrainian culture. In 1812, the first Ukrainian newspaper was published there. One of the first Prosvitas in Eastern Ukraine was also established in Kharkiv. A powerful nationally aware political movement was also established there and the concept of an Independent Ukraine was first declared there by the lawyer Mykola Mikhnovsky in 1900.

Soon after the Crimean War, in 1860-61 number of hromada societies sprung up across the Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv. Among the most prominent hromada members in Kharkiv was Oleksandr Potebnia, a native of Sloboda Ukraine. Beside the old hromada, in Kharkiv also existed several student hromadas members of which were future political leaders of Ukraine such as Borys Martos, Dmytro Antonovych and many others. One of the University of Kharkiv graduates Oleksandr Kovalenko was one of initiators of the mutiny on Russian battleship Potemkin being the only officer who supported the in-rank sailors.

Kharkiv: Soviet period

View of renovated Derzhprom building
Memorial to the thousands of Ukrainian intellectuals murdered by the NKVD in 1937–38

When the Tsentralna Rada announced the establishment of the Ukrainian People's Republic in November 1917 it envisioned the Sloboda Ukraine Governorate to be part of it. In December 1917 Kharkiv became the first city in Ukraine occupied by the Soviet troops of Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko. The Bolsheviks in the Tsentralna Rada moved to Kharkiv shortly after to make it their stronghold and formed their own Rada on 13 December 1917. By February 1918 Bolshevik forces had captured much of Ukraine. In February 1918 Kharkiv became the capital of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic; but this entity was disbanded six weeks later. In April 1918 the German army occupied Kharkiv. And according to the February 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk between the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Central Powers it became part of the Ukrainian People's Republic. Early January 1919 Bolshevik forces captured Kharkiv. Mid-June 1919 Anton Denikin's White movement Volunteer Army captured the city. In December 1919 the Bolshevik Red Army recaptured Kharkiv.

Prior to the formation of the Soviet Union, Bolsheviks established Kharkiv as the capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (from 1919 to 1934) in opposition to the Ukrainian People's Republic with its capital of Kiev.

Monument to the persecuted kobzars in Kharkiv

According to linguist George Shevelov, in the early 1920s the share of secondary schools teaching in the Ukrainian language was lower than the share of the Kharkiv Oblasts ethnic Ukrainian population, even though the Soviet Union had ordered that all schools in the Ukrainian SSR should be Ukrainian speaking (as part of its Ukrainization policy).

As the country's capital, it underwent intense expansion with the construction of buildings to house the newly established Ukrainian Soviet government and administration. Derzhprom was the second tallest building in Europe and the tallest in the Soviet Union at the time with a height of 63 metres (207 ft). In the 1920s, a 150 metres (490 ft) wooden radio tower was built on top of the building. During the interwar period the city saw the spread of architectural constructivism. One of the best representatives of it was the already mentioned Derzhprom, the Building of the Red Army, the Ukrainian Polytechnic Institute of Distance Learning (UZPI), the City Council building, with its massive asymmetric tower, the central department store that was opened on the 15th Anniversary of the October Revolution. The same year on November 7, 1932 the building of Noblemen Assembly was transformed into the building of All-Ukrainian Central Executive Committee.

In 1928, the SVU (Union for the Freedom of Ukraine) process was initiated and court sessions were staged in the Kharkiv Opera (now the Philharmonia) building. Hundreds of Ukrainian intellectuals were arrested and deported.

In the early 1930s, the Holodomor famine drove many people off the land into the cities, and to Kharkiv in particular, in search of food. Many people died and were secretly buried in mass graves in the cemeteries surrounding the city.

Memorial to the thousands of Polish officers executed by the NKVD in Kharkiv as part of the Katyn massacre

In 1934 hundreds of Ukrainian writers, intellectuals and cultural workers were arrested and executed in the attempt to eradicate all vestiges of Ukrainian nationalism in Art. The purges continued into 1938. Blind Ukrainian street musicians were also gathered in Kharkiv and murdered by the NKVD. In January 1934 the capital of the Ukrainian SSR was moved from Kharkiv to Kiev.

During April and May 1940 about 3,900 Polish prisoners of Starobelsk camp were executed in the Kharkiv NKVD building, later secretly buried on the grounds of an NKVD pansionat in Pyatykhatky forest (part of the Katyn massacre) on the outskirts of Kharkiv. The site also contains the numerous bodies of Ukrainian cultural workers who were arrested and shot in the 1937–38 Stalinist purges.

Kharkiv: German occupation

Memorial to 23 August 1943, the end of German occupation during World War II

During World War II, Kharkiv was the site of several military engagements (see below). The city was captured and recaptured by Nazi Germany on 24 October 1941; there was a disastrous Red Army offensive that failed to capture the city in May 1942; the city was successfully retaken by the Soviets on 16 February 1943, captured for a second time by the Germans on 15 March 1943 and then finally liberated on 23 August 1943. Seventy percent of the city was destroyed and tens of thousands of the inhabitants were killed. Kharkiv, the third largest city in the Soviet Union, was the most populous city in the Soviet Union captured by the Germans, since in the years preceding World War II, Kiev was by population the smaller of the two.

The significant Jewish population of Kharkiv (Kharkiv's Jewish community prided itself with the second largest synagogue in Europe) suffered greatly during the war. Between December 1941 and January 1942, an estimated 30,000 people (slightly more than half Jewish) were killed and buried in a mass grave by the Germans in a ravine outside of town named Drobitsky Yar.

During World War II, four battles took place for control of the city:

  • First Battle of Kharkov
  • Second Battle of Kharkov
  • Third Battle of Kharkov
  • Fourth Battle of Kharkov (see also Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev)

Before the occupation, Kharkiv's tank industries were evacuated to the Urals with all their equipment, and became the heart of Red Army's tank programs (particularly, producing the T-34 tank earlier designed in Kharkiv). These enterprises returned to Kharkiv after the war, and continue to produce tanks.

Of the population of 700,000 that Kharkiv had before the start of World War II, 120,000 became Ost-Arbeiter (slave worker) in Germany, 30,000 were executed and 80,000 starved to death during the war.

Kharkiv: Post-World War II

In the post-World War II period many of the destroyed homes and factories were rebuilt. From the constructivism the city was planned to be rebuilt in the style of Stalinist Classicism.

Gas lines were installed for heating in government and later private homes. An airport was built in 1954. Following the war Kharkiv was the third largest scientific-industrial centre in the former USSR (after Moscow and Leningrad).

Kharkiv: In independent Ukraine

Mirror Stream fountain

By its territorial expansion on September 6, 2012 the city increased its area from about 310 to 350 square kilometres (120 to 140 sq mi).

A well-known landmark of Kharkiv is the Freedom Square (Ploshcha Svobody formerly known as Dzerzhinsky Square), which is the sixth largest city square in Europe, and the 12th largest square in the world.

There is an underground rapid-transit system (metro) with about 38.1 km (24 mi) of track and 29 stations. The new "Victory" underground station (no. 30) was opened in Kharkiv on 19 August 2016. All the underground stations have very special distinctive architectures.

Kharkiv was a host city for the UEFA Euro 2012, and hosted three group soccer matches at the reconstructed Metalist Stadium.

A large number of the Orthodox cathedrals were built in Kharkiv in the 1990s and 2000s.For example, the Peace Bringing Wives Orthodox cathedral, the St. Vladimir Orthodox cathedral, St. Tamara Orthodox cathedral, etc.

In 2007, the Vietnamese minority in Kharkiv built the largest Buddhist temple in Europe on a 1 hectare plot with a monument to Ho Chi Minh.

The Gor'ky park was fully renovated in Kharkiv in the 2000s, having a big number of modern attractions, a lake with lilies and the sport facilities to play tennis, football, beach volleyball, and basketball.

The Feldman park was created in Kharkiv in recent years, containing a big collection of animals, horses, etc.

Kharkiv: Geography

Kharkiv and vicinities, LandSat-5 satellite image, near natural colors, 2011-06-18

Kharkiv is located at the banks of the Kharkiv, Lopan, and Udy rivers, where they flow into the Seversky Donets watershed in the North-Eastern region of Ukraine.

Historically, Kharkiv lies in the Sloboda Ukraine region (Slobozhanshchyna also known as Slobidshchyna) in Ukraine, in which it is considered as a main city.

The approximate dimensions of City of Kharkiv are: from the North to the South - 24,3кm; from the West to the East - 25,2кm.

Based on Kharkiv's topography, the city can be conditionally divided on the four lower districts and the four higher districts.

The highest point over the sea level in Pyatikhatky in Kharkiv is 202m, the lowest point over the sea level in Novoselivka in Kharkiv is 94m.

Kharkiv lies in the large valley of rivers of Kharkiv, Lopan', Udy, and Nemyshlya. This valley lies from the North West to the South East between the Mid Russian highland and Donetsk lowland. All the rivers interconnect in Kharkiv and flow into the river of Northern Donets. A special system of the concrete and metal dams was designed and built by engineers to regulate the water level in the rivers in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv has a large number of the green city parks with the long history of more than 100 years with very old oak trees and many flowers.

Kharkiv: Climate

Kharkiv's climate is humid continental (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with cold and snowy winters as well as the dry and hot summers.

Kharkiv has rather sunny warm summers which, however, are relatively mild compared to temperatures in South European regions, due to the region's lower elevation, proximity to the Black Sea, and the city's latitude. In other words, Kharkiv experiences the warm summers, interrupted by only occasional, brief intervals of stormy rain conditions.

Kharkiv has relatively long and cold winters.

The average rainfall totals 513 mm (20 in) per year, with the most in June and July.

Climate data for Kharkiv, Ukraine (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.0
(51.8)
14.6
(58.3)
21.8
(71.2)
30.5
(86.9)
34.5
(94.1)
36.8
(98.2)
37.6
(99.7)
39.8
(103.6)
33.7
(92.7)
29.3
(84.7)
20.3
(68.5)
13.4
(56.1)
39.8
(103.6)
Average high °C (°F) −2.2
(28)
−1.6
(29.1)
4.3
(39.7)
14.0
(57.2)
20.8
(69.4)
24.3
(75.7)
26.4
(79.5)
25.7
(78.3)
19.4
(66.9)
12.0
(53.6)
3.6
(38.5)
−1.1
(30)
12.1
(53.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.6
(23.7)
−4.5
(23.9)
0.7
(33.3)
9.2
(48.6)
15.6
(60.1)
19.3
(66.7)
21.3
(70.3)
20.3
(68.5)
14.4
(57.9)
7.9
(46.2)
0.9
(33.6)
−3.5
(25.7)
8.1
(46.6)
Average low °C (°F) −7.0
(19.4)
−7.3
(18.9)
−2.4
(27.7)
4.6
(40.3)
10.3
(50.5)
14.2
(57.6)
16.2
(61.2)
14.9
(58.8)
9.8
(49.6)
4.3
(39.7)
−1.5
(29.3)
−5.9
(21.4)
4.2
(39.6)
Record low °C (°F) −35.6
(−32.1)
−29.8
(−21.6)
−32.2
(−26)
−11.4
(11.5)
−1.9
(28.6)
2.2
(36)
5.7
(42.3)
2.2
(36)
−2.9
(26.8)
−9.1
(15.6)
−20.9
(−5.6)
−30.8
(−23.4)
−35.6
(−32.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 36
(1.42)
33
(1.3)
33
(1.3)
34
(1.34)
50
(1.97)
61
(2.4)
61
(2.4)
43
(1.69)
45
(1.77)
45
(1.77)
40
(1.57)
36
(1.42)
517
(20.35)
Average rainy days 10 8 10 13 14 15 13 10 12 13 13 12 143
Average snowy days 19 18 12 2 0.1 0 0 0 0.03 2 9 18 80
Average relative humidity (%) 86 83 77 66 61 65 65 63 70 78 86 87 74
Mean monthly sunshine hours 51 65 108 162 238 263 273 247 185 124 47 31 1,794
Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net
Source #2: NOAA (sun only 1961–1990)

Kharkiv: Cityscape

Panoramic view of central district in Kharkiv, showing the Northern building of V. N. Karazin National University, Kharkiv Palace hotel building, and Kharkiv hotel buildings.
Panoramic view of central district in Kharkiv, showing the Derzhprom building, multiple apartment buildings, and Northern building of V. N. Karazin National University

Kharkiv: Governance

The Mayor of Kharkiv and the City Council govern all the business and administrative affairs in the City of Kharkiv.

The Mayor of Kharkiv has the executive powers; the City Council has the administrative powers as far as the government issues is concerned.

The Mayor of Kharkiv is elected by the direct public election in Kharkiv every four years.

The City Council is composed of elected representatives, who approve or reject the initiatives on the budget allocation, tasks priorities and other issues in Kharkiv. The representatives to the City Council are elected every four years.

The mayor and city council hold their regular meetings in the City Hall in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Politics

Main article: 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine § Kharkiv Oblast

The 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine affected Kharkiv but to a lesser extent than in neighbouring Donbass, where tensions would lead to armed conflict. On 2 March 2014, a Russian "tourist" from Moscow replaced the Ukrainian flag with a Russian flag on the Kharkiv regional state administration building. Five days later, pro-Russian protestors occupied the building and unilaterally declared independence from Ukraine as the "Kharkov People's Republic". The next day, the building was retaken by Ukrainian special forces. Doubts arose about the local origin of the protestors after they initially stormed an opera and ballet theatre believing it was the city hall. On 13 April, some pro-Russian protesters again made it inside the Kharkiv regional state administration building. Later on 13 April the building returned permanently to full Ukrainian control. Violent clashes resulted in the severe beating of at least 50 pro-Ukrainian protesters in attacks by pro-Russian protesters.

Kharkiv returned to relative calm by 30 April. Relatively peaceful demonstrations continued to be held, with "pro-Russian" rallies gradually diminishing and "pro-Ukrainian unity" demonstrations growing in numbers. On 28 September, activists dismantled Ukraine's largest monument to Lenin at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the central square. Polls conducted from September to December 2014 found little support in Kharkiv for joining Russia.

From early November until mid-December, Kharkiv was struck by seven non-lethal bomb blasts. Targets of these attacks included a rock pub known for raising money for Ukrainian forces, a hospital for Ukrainian forces, a military recruiting centre, and a National Guard base. According to SBU investigator Vasyliy Vovk, Russian covert forces were behind the attacks, and had intended to destabilize the otherwise calm city of Kharkiv.

On 8 January 2015 five men wearing balaclavas broke into an office of (the volunteer group aiding refugees from Donbass) Station Kharkiv. Simultaneously with physical threats the men demanded to hear the political position of Station Kharkiv. After being given an answer the men apologized and left.

On Sunday 22 February 2015, there was a terrorist bomb attack on a march to commemorate people who died in the Euromaidan protests in 2014. The bomb killed two, and wounded nine. The authorities have launched an anti-terrorist operation. The terrorists claim that it was a false flag attack. Kharkiv experienced more non-lethal small bombings since 22 February 2015 targeting army fuel tanks, an unoccupied passenger train and a Ukrainian flag in the city centre.

On 23 September 2015, 200 people in balaclavas and camouflage picketed the house of former governor Mykhailo Dobkin, and then went to Kharkiv town hall, where they tried to force their way through the police cordon. At least one tear gas grenade was used. The rioters asked the mayor, Hennadiy Kernes, to come out.

Kharkiv: Administrative divisions

While Kharkiv is the administrative centre of the Kharkiv Oblast (province), the city affairs are managed by the Kharkiv Municipality. Kharkiv is a city of oblast subordinance.

Administrative divisions of Kharkiv

The territory of Kharkiv is divided into 9 administrative raions (districts), till February 2016 they were named for people, places, events, and organizations associated with early years of the Soviet Union but many were renamed in February 2016 to comply with decommunization laws. Also, owing to this law, over 200 streets have been renamed in Kharkiv since 20 November 2015.

The raions are named:

  1. Kholodnohirskyi (Ukrainian: Холодногірський район, Cold Mountain; namesake: the historic name of the neighbourhood) (formerly Leninskyi; namesake: Vladimir Lenin)
  2. Shevchenkivskyi (Ukrainian: Шевченківський район); namesake: Taras Shevchenko (formerly Dzerzhynskyi; namesake Felix Dzerzhinsky)
  3. Kyivskyi (Ukrainian: Київський район); namesake: Kyiv
  4. Moskovskyi (Ukrainian: Московський район); namesake: Moscow
  5. Nemyshlianskyi (Ukrainian: Немишлянський район);
  6. Industrialnyi (Ukrainian: Індустріальний район) (formerly Ordzhonikidzevskyi; namesake: Sergo Ordzhonikidze)
  7. Slobidskyi (Ukrainian: Слобідський район);
  8. Osnovianskyi (Ukrainian: Основ'янський район);
  9. Novobavarskyi (Ukrainian: Новобаварський район)

Kharkiv: Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop.
1660 1,000
1788 10,742
1850 41,861
1861 50,301
1901 198,273
1916 352,300
1917 382,000
1920 285,000
1926 417,000
1939 833,000
1941 902,312
1941 1,400,000
1941 456,639
1943 170,000
1959 930,000
1962 1,000,000
1976 1,384,000
1982 1,500,000
1989 1,593,970
1999 1,510,200
2001 1,470,900

According to the 1989 Soviet Union Census, the population of the city was 1,593,970. In 1991, the population decreased to 1,510,200, including 1,494,200 permanent city residents. Kharkiv is the second-largest city in Ukraine after the capital, Kiev. The first independent all-Ukrainian population census was conducted in December 2001, and the next all-Ukrainian population census is decreed to be conduced in 2020. As of 2001, the population of the Kharkiv region is as follows: 78.5% living in urban areas, and 21.5% living in rural areas.

Kharkiv: Ethnicity

Ethnic group 1897 1926 1939 1959 1989 2001
Ukrainians 25.9% 38.6% 48.5% 48.4% 50.4% 52.8%
Russians 63.2% 37.2% 32.9% 40.4% 43.6% 43.2%
Jews 5.7% 19.5% 15.6% 8.7% 3.0% 0.7%

Kharkiv: Gender

As of 2001, Kharkiv population consists of about 46.0% men and 54.0% women.

Kharkiv: Notes

  • 1660 year – approximated estimation
  • 1788 year – without the account of children
  • 1920 year – times of the Russian Civil War
  • 1941 year – estimation on May 1, right before German-Soviet War
  • 1941 year – next estimation in September varies between 1,400,000 and 1,450,000
  • 1941 year – another estimation in December during the occupation without the account of children
  • 1943 year – August 23, liberation of the city; estimation varied 170,000 and 220,000
  • 1976 year – estimation on June 1
  • 1982 year – estimation in March

Kharkiv: Religion

The St. Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral is one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world, which was built in Kharkiv on October 2, 1888.

Kharkiv is an important religious center in Eastern Ukraine.

There are many old and new cathedrals, associated with various churches in Kharkiv.

The St. Assumption Orthodox Cathedral was built in Kharkiv in the 1680s and re-built in 1820s-1830s.

The St. Pokrovsky Orthodox Monastery Cathedral was created in Kharkiv in 1689-1729.

The St. Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral is one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world. It was completed in Kharkiv on October 2, 1888.

The St. Trinity Orthodox Cathedral was built in Kharkiv in 1758-1764 and re-built in 1857-1861.

The St. Valentine Orthodox Cathedral was built in Kharkiv in the 2010s.

The St. Tamara Orthodox Cathedral was built in Kharkiv in 2012.

The St. Peace Bringing Wives Orthodox Cathedral was built in green park near Mirror Stream fountain in August, 2015.

The Roman Catholic St. Mary Cathedral was built in Kharkiv in 1887-1892.

There is the old Kharkiv Choral Synagogue, which was fully renovated in Kharkiv in 1991-2016. The Jewish population is around 8000 people in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Economy

The 2016-2020 economic development strategy: "Kharkiv Success Strategy", is created in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: International Economic Forum

The International Economic Forum: Innovations. Investments. Kharkiv Innitiatives! is being conducted in Kharkiv every year.

In 2015, the International Economic Forum: Innovations. Investments. Kharkiv Innitiatives! was attended by the diplomatic corps representatives from 17 world countries, working in Ukraine together with top-management of trans-national corporations and investment funds; plus Ukrainian People’s Deputies; plus Ukrainian Central government officials, who determine the national economic development strategy; plus local government managers, who perform practical steps in implementing that strategy; plus managers of technical assistance to Ukraine; plus business and NGO’s representatives; plus media people.

The key topics of the plenary sessions and panel discussions of the International Economic Forum: Innovations. Investments. Kharkiv Innitiatives! are the implementation of Strategy for Sustainable Development “Ukraine – 2020”, the results achieved and plan of further actions to reform the local government and territorial organization of power in Ukraine, export promotion and attraction of investments in Ukraine, new opportunities for public-private partnerships, practical steps to create “electronic government”, issues of energy conservation and development of oil and gas industry in the Kharkiv Region, creating an effective system of production and processing of agricultural products, investment projects that will receive funding from the State Fund for Regional Development, development of international integration, preparation for privatization of state enterprises.

Kharkiv: International Industrial Exhibitions

The international industrial exhibitions are usually conducted at the Radmir Expohall exhibition center in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Industrial corporations

During the Soviet era, Kharkiv was the capital of industrial production in Ukraine and the third largestcentre of industry and commerce in the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the largely defence-systems-oriented industrial production of the city decreased significantly. In the early 2000s, the industry started to recover and adapt to market economy needs. Now there are more than 380 industrial enterprises concentrated in the city, which have a total number of 150,000 employees. The enterprises form machine-building, electro-technology, instrument-making, and energy conglomerates.

State-owned industrial giants, such as Turboatom and Elektrotyazhmash occupy 17% of the heavy power equipment construction (e.g., turbines) market worldwide. Multipurpose aircraft are produced by the Antonov aircraft manufacturing plant. The Malyshev factory produces not only armoured fighting vehicles, but also harvesters. Khartron is the leading designer of space and commercial control systems in Ukraine and the former CIS.

Kharkiv: IT industry

The IT industry is represented by a few hundred small IT start ups, which form a cluster of IT companies in Kharkiv

Kharkiv: Finance industry

Kharkiv is also the headquarters of one of the largest Ukrainian banks, UkrSibbank, which has been part of the BNP Paribas group since December 2005.

Kharkiv: Trade industry

There are many large modern shopping malls in Kharkiv.

There is a large number of markets:

  • Barabashovo market is the largest market in Ukraine and one of the largest markets in Europe.
  • Blagoveshinskiy market.
  • Konniy "horse" market.
  • Sumskoi market
  • Raiskiy book market.

Kharkiv: Science and education

Main building of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Northern building of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Il'ya I. Mechnikov, Lev D. Landau, Simon A. Kuznets Nobel Laureates Monuments at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

Kharkiv: Higher education

The Vasyl N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is the most prestigious reputable classic university, which was founded due to the efforts by Vasily Karazin in Kharkiv in 1804-1805. On 29 January [O.S. 17 January] 1805, the Decree on the Opening of the Imperial University in Kharkiv came into force.

The city has 13 national universities and numerous professional, technical and private higher education institutions, offering its students a wide range of disciplines. Kharkiv National University (12,000 students), National Technical University "KhPI" (20,000 students), Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics (12,000 students), Kharkiv National Aerospace University "KhAI", Kharkiv National University of Pharmacy, Kharkiv National Medical University are the leading universities in Ukraine.

About 9,000 foreign students from 96 countries study in the city. More than 17,000 faculty and research staff are employed in the institutions of higher education in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Scientific research

The city has a high concentration of research institutions, which are independent or loosely connected with the universities. Among them are three national science centres: Kharkіv Institute of Physics and Technology,Institute of Meteorology, Institute for Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine and 20 national research institutions of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, such as the B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine, State Scientific Institution "Institute for Single Crystals", Usikov Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (IRE),Institute of Radio Astronomy (IRA), and others. A total number of 26,000 scientists are working in research and development.

A number of world-renowned scientific schools appeared in Kharkiv, such as the theoretical physics school and the mathematical school.

There is the Kharkiv Scientists House in the city, which was built by A. N. Beketov, architect in Kharkiv in 1900. All the scientists like to meet and discuss various scientific topics at the Kharkiv Scientists House in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Public libraries

In addition to the libraries affiliated with the various universities and research institutions, the Kharkiv State Scientific V. Korolenko-library is a major research library.

Kharkiv: Secondary schools

Kharkiv has 212 (secondary education) schools, including 10 lyceums and 20 gymnasiums.

Kharkiv: Education centers

There is the educational "Landau Center", which is named after Prof. L.D. Landau, Nobel laureate in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Culture

Kharkiv is one of the main cultural centres in Ukraine. It is home of 20 museums, over 10 theaters and a number of picture galleries. Large music and cinema festivals are hosted in Kharkiv almost every year.

Kharkiv: Theaters

The Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after N. V. Lysenko is a biggest theater in Kharkiv.

The Kharkiv State Academic Drama Theater named after T. G. Shevchenko is popular among Ukrainian speaking people

The Kharkiv Academic Russian Drama Theater named after A.S. Pushkin was recently renovated, and it is quite popular among the locals.

Kharkiv: Literature

In the 1930s Kharkiv was referred to as a Literary Klondike. It was the centre for the work of literary luminaries such as: Les Kurbas, Mykola Kulish, Mykola Khvylovy, Mykola Zerov, Valerian Pidmohylny, Pavlo Filipovych, Marko Voronny, Oleksa Slisarenko. Over 100 of these writers were repressed during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. This tragic event in Ukrainian history is called the "Executed Renaissance" (Rozstrilene vidrodzhennia). Today a literary museum located on Frunze Street marks their work and achievements.

Today, Kharkiv is often referred to as the "capital city" of Ukrainian Science fiction and Fantasy. It is the home to a number of popular writers, such as H. L. Oldie, Alexander Zorich, Andrey Dashkov, Yuri Nikitin and Andrey Valentinov; most of them write in Russian and are popular in both Russia and Ukraine. Annual science fiction convention "Star Bridge" (Звёздный мост) is held in Kharkiv since 1999.

Kharkiv: Music

There is the Kharkiv Philharmonic Society in the city.

There is the Organ Music Hall in the city. The Organ Music Hall is situated at the Assumption Cathedral presently. The Rieger–Kloss organ was installed in the building of the Organ Music Hall back in 1986. The new Organ Music Hall will be opened at the extensively renovated building of Kharkiv Philharmonic Society in Kharkiv in November, 2016.

There is the Kharkiv Conservatory is in the city.

The Kharkiv National University of Arts named after I.P. Kotlyarevsky is situated in the city.

Kharkiv sponsors the prestigious Hnat Khotkevych International Music Competition of Performers of Ukrainian Folk Instruments, which takes place every three years. Since 1997 four tri-annual competitions have taken place. The 2010 competition was cancelled by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture two days before its opening.

The music festival: "Kharkiv - City of Kind Hopes" is conducted in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Movies festival

The "Kharkiv Lilacs" international movie festival is very popular among the movie stars, makers, producers in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and North America.

The festival is usually conducted in May every year.

There is a special alley with the metal hand prints by the popular movies actors at Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Visual arts

Kharkiv was/is a home for many famous painters Ilya Repin, Zinaida Serebryakova, Henryk Siemiradzki, Vasyl Yermilov, etc. There are many modern arts galleries in the city. For example: the Yermilov Centre, Lilacs Gallery, the Kharkiv Art Museum, the Kharkiv Municipal Gallery,the AC Gallery, Palladium Gallery,fthe Semiradsky Gallery, AVEK Gallery, and Arts of Slobozhanshyna Gallery.

Kharkiv: Museums

There is the Kharkiv History Museum named after M. F. Sumtsov in the city.

The Natural History Museum at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University was founded in Kharkiv on April 2, 1807. The museum is visited by 40000 visitors every year.

The V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University History Museum was established in Kharkiv in 1972.

The V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University Archeology Museum was founded in Kharkiv on March 20, 1998.

The National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute" Museum was created in Kharkiv on December 29, 1972.

The National Aerospace University "Kharkiv Aviation Institute" Museum was founded on May 29, 1992.

The "National University of Pharmacy" Museum was founded in Kharkiv on September 15, 2010.

There are around 147 museums in the Kharkiv's region.

Kharkiv: Landmarks

National holiday's fireworks on Freedom Square

Of the many attractions of the Kharkiv city are the: Dormition Cathedral, Annunciation Cathedral, Derzhprom building, Freedom Square, Taras Shevchenko Monument, Mirror Stream, Historical Museum, Choral Synagogue, T. Shevchenko Gardens, Zoo, Children's narrow-gauge railroad, World War I Tank Mk V, Memorial Complex, and many more.

After the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea the monument to Petro Konashevych-Sahaidachny in Sevastopol was removed and handed over to Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Media

There is a large number of the air/internet TV channels, AM/FM/PM/internet radio-stations, and paper/internet newspapers in Kharkiv. Some of them are listed below.

Kharkiv: Newspapers

Kharkiv newspapers:

  • "Vremya"
  • "Vecherniy Kharkiv"
  • "Segodnya"
  • "Vesti"
  • "Khar'kovskie Izvestiya"

Kharkiv: Magazines

Kharkiv magazines:

  • Guberniya

Kharkiv: TV stations

Kharkiv television network:

  • "Pershyi" channel
  • "Ukraine" channel
  • "Inter" channel
  • "Oblastne Telebachennya" channel

Kharkiv: Radio stations

Kharkiv radio stations:

  • "Promin'"
  • "Ukrains'ke Radio"
  • "Radio Kharkiv"
  • "Kharkiv Oblastne Radio"
  • "Russkoe Radio Ukraina"
  • "Shanson" <r
  • "Retro FM"

Kharkiv: Online news in English

Kharkiv news in English:

  • The Kharkiv Times
  • Kharkiv Observer

Kharkiv: Sport

Bicycles racing competition in Kharkiv at Bicycle Day on July 9, 2016
Kharkiv EURO 2012 host city emblem

Kharkiv: Kharkiv International Marathon

The Kharkiv International Marathon is considered as a prime international sportive event, attracting many thousands of professional sportsmen, young people, students, professors, locals and tourists to travel to Kharkiv and to participate in the international event.

Kharkiv: Football (soccer)

The most popular sport is football. The city has several football clubs playing in the Ukrainian National competitions. The most successful is FC Dynamo Kharkiv that won eight national titles back in 1920s-1930s.

  • Metalist Kharkiv, which plays at the Metalist Stadium
  • FC Kharkiv, which plays at the Dynamo Stadium
  • FC Helios, which plays at the Helios Arena
  • FC Arsenal Kharkiv, which plays at the Arsenal-Spartak Stadium (participates in regional competitions)

There is also a female football club WFC Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv, which represented Ukraine in the European competitions and constantly is the main contender for the national title.

Metalist Stadium hosted three group matches at UEFA Euro 2012.

Kharkiv: Other sports

Kharkiv also has an Ice Hockey club, HC Vityaz Kharkiv who compete in the Ukrainian Vyscha Liga.

Avangard Budy is a bandy club from Kharkiv, which won the Ukrainian championship in 2013.

There is a men's volleyball team Lokomotiv Kharkiv which performs in Ukraine and in the European competitions.

RC Olimp' is the city's rugby union club. They provide many players for the national team.

Tennis is a very popular sport in Kharkiv. There are many professional tennis courts in the city. Elina Svitolina is a tennis player from Kharkiv.

There is a golf club in Kharkiv.

Horseriding as a sport is very popular among the locals. There are large stable and the horse riding facilities at Feldman Ecopark in Kharkiv.

There is a growing interest to the cycling among the locals. There is a large bicycles producing plant in Kharkiv. Presently, the modern bicycle highway is under the construction at "Leso park" district in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Ukraine

Kharkiv is twinned with:

  • Russia Belgorod, Russia (2001)
  • Italy Bologna, Italy (1966)
  • Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic (2005)
  • Montenegro Cetinje, Montenegro (2011)
  • United States Cincinnati, United States (1989)
  • Latvia Daugavpils, Latvia (2006)
  • Turkey Gaziantep, Turkey (2011)
  • China Jinan, China (2004)
  • Lithuania Kaunas, Lithuania (2001)
  • Georgia (country) Kutaisi, Georgia (2005)
  • France Lille, France (1978)
  • Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia (2012)
  • Russia Moscow, Russia (2001)
  • Russia Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (2001)
  • Germany Nuremberg, Germany (1990)
  • Poland Poznań, Poland (1998)
  • Israel Rishon LeZion, Israel (2008)
  • Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia (2003)
  • China Tianjin, China (1993)
  • Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria (1995)
  • Poland Warsaw, Poland (2011)
  • Iraq Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan (2015)

Kharkiv: Nobel and Fields prize winners

  • Lev Landau – (originally from Baku) a head of the department of theoretical physics at the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, a head of the department of experimental physics and a lecturer at the department of theoretical physics at the Kharkiv State University, a head of the department of theoretical physics at the at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute 1932-37, Nobel Prize for Physics 1962
  • Simon Kuznets (economics)
  • Ilya Mechnikov (medicine)
  • Vladimir Drinfeld (mathematics)

Kharkiv: Notable people

The following people have been born or have lived in Kharkiv:

Kharkiv: Transport

Pushkinska station of Kharkiv Metro
Kharkiv Railway Station Main Entrance, August 2011
Historical building of Kharkiv Airport

The city of Kharkiv is one of the largest transportation centers in Ukraine, which is connected to numerous cities of the world by air, rail and road traffic. The city has many transportation methods, including: public transport, taxis, railways, and air traffic. There are about 250 thousand cars in the city.

Kharkiv: Local transport

Being an important transportation centre of Ukraine, many different means of transportation are available in Kharkiv. Kharkiv's Metro is the city's rapid transit system operating since 1975. It includes three different lines with 30 stations in total. The Kharkiv buses carry about 12 million passengers annually. Trolleybuses, trams (which celebrated its 100 years of service in 2006), and marshrutkas (private minibuses) are also important means of transportation in the city.

Kharkiv: Railways

The first railway connection of Kharkiv was opened in 1869. The first train to arrive in Kharkiv came from the north on 22 May 1869, and on 6 June 1869, traffic was opened on the Kursk–Kharkiv–Azov line. Kharkiv's passenger railway station was reconstructed and expanded in 1901, to be later destroyed in the Second World War. A new Kharkiv railway station was built in 1952.

Kharkiv is connected with all main cities in Ukraine and abroad by regular railway trains. Regional trains known as elektrichkas connect Kharkiv with nearby towns and villages.

Kharkiv: Air travel

Kharkiv is served by Kharkiv International Airport has been granted international status. Charter flights are also available. The former largest carrier of the Kharkiv Airport - Aeromost-Kharkiv - is not serving any regular destinations as of 2007. The Kharkiv North Airport is a factory airfield and was a major production facility for Antonov aircraft company.

Kharkiv: Recreation

Kharkiv contains numerous beautiful parks and gardens such as the Gor'ky park, Shevchenko park, Hydro park, Strelka park, Feldman ecopark, etc.

Kharkiv: Gor'ky park

The Gor'ky park is very popular place for recreation activities among the visitors and local people.

Gor'ky park in Kharkiv
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.
Gor'ky park in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Shevchenko park

The Shevchenko park is situated in close proximity to the V.N. Karazin National University. It is also a very attractive place for recreation activities among the students, professors, locals and foreigners.

Shevchenko park in Kharkiv
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.
Shevchenko park in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Ecopark

The Ecopark is situated at circle highway around Kharkiv. It attracts the kids, parents, students, professors, locals and foreigners to make the recreation activities .

Ecopark in Kharkiv
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.
Ecopark in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv: Footnotes

  1. Kharkiv was a capital of the Soviet Ukraine for some 15 years in 1919-1934.

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