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Kharkov (Ukraine: Kharkiv) is the nation’s second largest city with 1.5 million inhabitants (2007), located in northeastern Ukraine .The city is the administrative center of the province of Kharkiv Oblast, as well as the country’s most important industrial and cultural center. Furthermore, the city is a major transportation hub.
Kharkov was founded in 1654 and is situated at the confluence of Kharkiv, Lopan and Udy meet. The city is rich in architectural landmarks and has several interesting museums in the fields of history, art, nature and literature.
The Old City is the tourist attraction of St. Basil – the cathedral from 1689, which is the oldest steinbygingen in Kharkov. There is also the church Ozeryanskaya from 1896 in the area.
Another major tourist attraction in the city is 750 meters long Svobody Square (Freedom) Square with Lenin Monument and industry houses.
Otherwise, the town offers good shopping and nice cafes and restaurants. Kharkov also Zoo and Planetarium – are attractions for the whole family.
The city’s airport – Kharkiv Osnova International Airport – located 14 miles southeast of downtown.