Donetsk Travel Guide

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Donetsk Things to Do

  • A Stroll in Glory Park

    You will reach this park after you pass Ussachov Park that was dedicated for the 50th anniversary of Donetsk that was celebrated in 2005.Glory Park is between Ussachov Park and the town stadium.You can see several munoments here:- Motherland statue;- Fallen soldiers memorial;- Chernobyl memorial.There are a lot of benches where you can sit and...

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  • Visiting the Park

    The park is called Ussachov ParkIt was called after Yuriy Ussachov, a Russian cosmonaut, Hero of Russia, who is an honorary citizen of Donetsk.You will reach the park after you walk past Shakhtior leisure center.The park has a lot of benches, a Ferris wheel, a nice fountain and several sculptures.

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  • Enjoy the Aqua Park!

    Who could have thought that this town had such a splendid aqua park!The aqua park is called Aquarius (Vodoley in Russian).It is located downtown, has several water slides, or "water hills" (this is how we call them):four sliding hills for grownups and three – for kids. There are three swimming pools: for little kids, one with 0.9 m depth and one...

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Donetsk Restaurants

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    by hunterV Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    I enjoyed visiting and having a beer or two at several town cafes:
    - Edem Cafe at 44 Gorky Street where you can sit at the terrace outside and enjoy your meal/drink. They have splendid draft beer: Nevskoye ("The Neva Beer") from St.Petersburg;

    - Khutorok Cafe ("Little Farmstead") in Gorky Street near the central market;

    - Voskhod restaurant in the hotel building at 19a Lenin Street.

    Favorite Dish: local dried fish from the Sea of Azov

    Edem cafe Welcome to Edem! A beer or two at Edem is no problem Khutorok Cafe near the market Khutorok Cafe near the market
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Donetsk Nightlife

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    by hunterV Written Jul 12, 2009

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    The hotel restaurant is the place where the young people gather on weekends soon after 10 p.m. to dance and to relax.
    The parties often last untill 3 a.m. on weekends.
    I could feel it myself: my room was just above the restaurant and it was weekend...

    Dress Code: casual but neat

    Hotel in Lenin Street Hotel restaurant at night Hotel restaurant at night I am at the bar Evening walk in Lenin Street
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Donetsk Transportation

  • Via Krasnodon

    I found that the best way to get to Donetsk was via Krasnodon.Buses to/from Donetsk leave several times a day.The distance is about 20 miles.The border and customs control takes some time too.

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  • Hiring a Cab

    There are several taxi services in Donetsk.My friend Igor has a taxi service called Vassilich.Here are some useful phone numbers to hire a cab from your hotel/apartment during your stay there:Leader8 (86368) 2 05 058 928 156 60 61Real8 (86368) 2 000 28 928 136 000 2Voyage8 (86368) 2 000 38 (86368) 2 30 408 928 227 30 40Donetsk Taxi8 (86368)...

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  • Luhansk-Kamensk

    You can get to Donetsk from Luhansk by bus to Kamensk (about three hours) or via Krasnodon and then take the Russian bus to Donetsk (about two hours).On your way back to Ukraine you can also hire a cab from the bus station in Donetsk. The cab fare is $20 to Krasnodon, the nearest Ukrainian city to the border.The waiting time at the border can be up...

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Donetsk Shopping

  • Beer Ceremony

    You can buy what we call live beer at some local shops.The beer is brewed in Rostov region.The same shop will seal the plastic beer for you and also will sell fresh dried fish from the Sea of Azov. It is mostly bream. As the shop assistant told us the bream used to live in the Sea of Azov five days ago.Lots of men do not carry the sealed plastic...

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  • Big Variety

    There are surprisingly many florist's in this town.I liked this one located at the crossing of Lenin Street and Gorky Street downtown.They sell not only imported flowers, but also self-grown ones.I found florists to be the friendliest shop-assistants in Donetsk. imported and self-grown flowers 200 RUR - 500 RUR

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  • Gorky Street Shopping

    This store is the biggest downtown store in Donetsk.There are a lot of departments and services.This is where I ordered some prints from my DVD for my local friends. clothes, photo equipment, electronics, etc. 100 RUR and up

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Donetsk Local Customs

  • Famous Fellow Countryman

    The town park is called after Yuri Ussachov, a famous Russian cosmonaut.Yuri Ussachov was born in Donetsk on October 9, 1957 into the family of a coalmining electrician.On the whole he spent a year and a half in space. He kept a diary during all his flights and then published a book “Three Lives in Space”.He made four space flights:1 – from January...

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  • A Big Celebration

    Coalminer’s Day and Town Day coincide in this town.They are celebrated on the last Sunday in August in the town park.The holiday program includes a lot of competitions and shows.This is when you can see hundreds of people in the streets.

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  • Honoring the Coalminers' Labor

    Although all the coalmines are closed now, they operated at their full capacity for decades.A lot of things are connected with coalminers' labor in the city.Like in many other coalminers' towns, there are monuments to coalminers.The town leisure center is called Shakhtior ("Coalminer").There is Coalminers' Memorial in Lenin Street nar the leisure...

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Donetsk Warnings and Dangers

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    by hunterV Updated Sep 23, 2009

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    Be careful when you get under the rain.
    During the rain streets, especially on the outskirts, turn into rivers.
    Do not even try to cross those river streets for who knows how deep the pot-holes are.
    Simply wait until the rain stops and the rivers are gone.

    Rain in the Third Microdistrict was a catastrophe Alleys of Donetsk, Rostov region Lenin Street Lenin Street Alleys of Donetsk, Rostov region
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Donetsk Tourist Traps

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    by hunterV Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    It's always a temptation when at a bar to reply to another who wants to talk to you.
    Well, as a matter of fact, it is not customary to make friends at any bar.
    You do not even have to provide any answer to any other customer who is suddenly addressing you from a nearby table.
    I made sure of it myself more than once: any reply to a tipsy stranger in a bar can only lead to a serious aggravation.
    I found myself in a very unfavorable situation in Donetsk when another customer addressing me turned out to hate the Ukrainian President for his bad attitude to Russia... So he started warning me that I was to be robbed in Donetsk for it is "the thieves' town"...
    I decided just to keep mum, finished my beer and left...

    Unique Suggestions: Just nod and smile, that's all.
    Please no talks to strangers in a bar.
    Do not invite him or them over to your table!
    What they really want is to pick up a fight.
    You do not have to make sure if it yourself.
    Take my word for it!

    Fun Alternatives: Come to a bar with your local friends and not alone.
    Leave the bar as soon as a talkative customer becomes a nuisance.

    At the leisure center At Aquarius Park
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Donetsk What to Pack

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    by hunterV Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: a small carry bag for your walks downtown.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: an umbrella is a must for the rains are sudden and long here.
    Please be careful about wearing shorts in summer here.
    You will see that practically nobody wears them, hence you will be recognized as a foreigner at once.
    Therefore jeans would be a good idea in any weather including a hot one.
    People do not wear a T-shirt under a short-sleeve shirt here.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: available at local stores and at the market.

    Photo Equipment: available in big amounts

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: good walking shoes

    Miscellaneous: a torch would be a good idea.

    Walking along Lenin Street Walking along Lenin Street
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Donetsk Off The Beaten Path

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    by hunterV Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    You can any bus from the main street to this place.
    There is a beer tent and a large aquapark here.
    The aquapark is called Aquarius.
    Walk along Gavritskov Boulevard there.
    Be careful when walking along its streets alone. Better to arrive there with your local friends or with a guide.

    Gavritskov Boulevard, Third Microdistrict Gavritskov Boulevard, Third Microdistrict Third Microdistrict Third Microdistrict Near Aquarius park
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Donetsk Sports & Outdoors

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    by hunterV Written Jul 12, 2009

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    You can watch different soccer matches/training matches here including ladies' soccer.
    They have a vero good ladies' soccer team that is a champion of the area.
    You can reach the stadium if you walk all way through the town park and Glory Park.
    You will recognize the entrance by the gates.

    Equipment: soccer field, running lanes

    At the entrance to the stadium Town stadium Stadium area
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Donetsk Favorites

  • Coat-of-arms

    Golden key is the symbol of cognition and discovery. For a town it is a symbol of its independence and self-government.The key furrow is made in the form of a Russian letter “D”, the first letter of the town’s name.The silver stripe and the blue field of the coat-of-arms symbolize the River Seversky Donets whose name the town bears.Two crossed...

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  • Welcome to Donetsk!

    Donetsk is a town of regional subordination of Rostov region.It is located near the River Seversky Donets about 100 milesd away from the regional center – the city of Rostov.The town incorporates thirteen coalmining settlements and has the total area of about 110 square kilometers.About 50 thousand inhabitants live in Donetsk now.The nearest...

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