Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine after Kiev. Kharkiv is not exactly what you would call a tourist paradise, but it is has an important place in history as the place where nuclear fission and the human immune system were discovered. It gets a lot of business travelers who visit the Malyshev Tank Factory and other large companies. As for sightseeing, every tour begins at Svobody, or Freedom, Square – one of the 10 biggest squares in Europe. You will have to get a car for rent in Kharkiv if you want to explore this large city and its surroundings.
Must-visit attractions in Kharkiv include the Shevchenko Monument and the Glory Memorial in the Forest park. The monument was built to commemorate the epic Soviet fight against Hitler's Nazi forces, which executed tens of thousands of people here. Take a ride on the children's railway that connects Forest Park with Gorky Park. Book your car rental in Kharkiv right now and plan to visit the Upensky and Pokriv cathedrals. The Kharkiv Police Museum has counterfeit notes from all over the world and other masterpieces and weapons made by "artists" with a criminal bent. If you are a football (soccer) fan, then a visit to the Metalist Stadium on Plekhanivska Street will be nothing less than a pilgrimage.
This is the sixth largest square in Europe. The biggest landmark on the square is the Derzhprom building, which was the first Soviet skyscraper. The Shevchenko Gardens date back to 1804. The Kharkiv National University building is also on the square, and so is the eight-floor building of the Hotel Kharkiv.
Apart from the aforementioned Hotel Kharkiv, Svobody Square also has the luxury Kharkiv Palace Hotel. The City Club Hotel on Gagarina Street is a more affordable choice. Business travelers may prefer the VIVA Hotel, also on Gagarina Street For a more laid back and relaxed stay, the Superior Golf and Spa Resort is a good choice about 15 minutes from the city center.
Kharkiv is just a short hop from the Russian border, but Moscow is still a good 10 hours away. It does make for a nice road trip, though. Stop along the way at Russian towns such as Belgorod, Livny, and Tula. Get a car for hire in Kharkiv and you can explore a big slice of Ukraine with a six hour drive to the capital Kiev. From Kiev, you can easily hop across the border into Belarus to cities like Mazyr. You may also plan for a trip to other Ukrainian cities like Donetsk,on the way to the Sea of Azov or across the border into Russia to Volvograd. Short drives or day trips from Kharkiv to Poltova and perhaps further ahead to Kremenchug are quite possible.
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