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[Travel to Europe] Ukraine: Kharkov

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Kharkov is Ukraine’s second largest city. Due to its location on the Russian border, it is also one of the cities that has suffered damage since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. With a population of about 1.45 million, it is also the second most populated mega-city after the capital, Kyiv. It is also known that it was the center city of Ukrainian industry and the third industrial city in the Soviet Union after Moscow and Leningrad. It is an economically developed city with many attractions.

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place

Kharkiv is a city located in the eastern part of Ukraine.

history

Kharkov was founded by the Cossacks in the 17th century and became a strategic point in the Russian Empire. In the 19th century, it became one of Russia’s leading industrial cities, and the town is developing rapidly. During World War II, the area was the scene of fierce battles between Germany and the Soviet Union. Kharkov has since become part of Ukraine. In 2004, a celebration was held to celebrate the town’s 350th anniversary.

climate

Kharkiv has a humid continental climate, with very pleasant summers and relatively mild winters. Temperatures range from -7°C to 26°C throughout the year.

language

The native language of Ukraine is Ukrainian, but many people also speak Russian. Many people speak Russian, especially in large metropolitan areas like Kyiv.

security

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Kharkov is in a perilous situation. But without the invasion, it’s not such a dangerous town. Be careful of pickpockets and pickpockets when sightseeing.

industry

Kharkov has been one of the largest industrial cities since Soviet times. The munitions industry is especially thriving, and the manufacture of weapons and aircraft is very popular.

Race

Ukraine is a multi-ethnic country, the main ethnic group is Ukrainian. Others are Russians, Tatars, Bulgarians, Jews and Romanians.

religion

Ukraine is predominantly Christian, but most people are non-religious.

currency

Hryvnia is used in Ukraine.

Sightseeing Spot 1 : Mirror Stream fountain

The Mirror Stream Fountain is a UNESCO-listed tourist attraction. It is loved by citizens as one of the symbols of Kharkov. It is also famous as a spot for newlyweds to take wedding photos.

Sightseeing Spot 2 : Freedom Square

Freedom Square is the second largest square in Europe and the ninth largest square in the world. It serves as the main square and is very accessible with two subway stations under the square.

Sightseeing Spot 3 : Lovers Fountain

A statue of a lover in a fountain. This statue made by a young artist is very popular with the public. The area around this statue is also known as a place where lovers often gather.

Sightseeing Spot 4 : Kharkov Synagogue

Synagogues are used for various purposes such as club activities, cinemas and sports complexes. It also hosts important city events.

Sightseeing Spot 5 : Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

Gorky’s park has become a place for events and civic communication. The park is planted with trees on both sides of the smoky road that runs through the center on an area of about 40,000 square kilometers.

Sightseeing Spot 6 : Shevchenko Park

It is a park in the center of Kharkiv. There are also restaurants, a zoo, shops, a tennis center and events. If you are a local resident, you can say that it is a park that you definitely know.

Sightseeing Spot 7 : Kharkiv State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Kharkov Ballet Theater is the first theater in Ukraine. The opera is performed in his Ukrainian, Russian, French and Italian languages and attracts tourists from different countries to see the opera.

Sightseeing Spot 8 : Kharkov Dolphinarium

The aquarium regularly holds dolphin shows. Aquariums also promote knowledge about marine mammals and publicize conservation efforts.

Hotel

Kharkiv is a very large city and has a lot of accommodation options. Accommodation reservations can be made from the link below.

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