It's a must for everybody who comes to Horlivka.Our college, Horlivka State Teacher Training Institute of Foreign Languages, is situated in Rodakov Street not far from this square, so it was our favorite hangout.In fact, due to a university reform of 2013, the college has merged with another one in Donetsk Region and is now called Donets Basin...more
The city is called after an outstanding Russian mining engineer Peter Gorlov (1839-1915). He was commissioned to the construction of Kursk-Kharkiv-Azov railway and designed many coalmines. The thankful residents of Horlivka erected a monument to Peter Gorlov in 1999.The engineer's name is written in Russian.Peter GorlovA short movie about the area...more
Since the city has a rich history, you can see lots of different old and new monuments in the city streets and squares.The monument to Nikita Izotov, a famous Soviet coalminer and a shockworker, is one of them.The monument was created by an artists' team: sculptor V.M.Kostin and architect M.K.Yakovlev and is now the biggest Soviet times legacy.It...more
This restaurant is located in the premises of the former Ukrainian restaurant.They did not even change the decor into the Georgian one.They offer a lot of dishes of the Ukrainian cuisine and nice (but expensive) Georgian wine. We ordered Saperavi dry red wine and it was superb!The restaurant occupies a cellar and it was fresh and pleasant to sit...more
There are a lot of other cafes and restaurants in Horlivka.I have visited some of them:Barselona Cafe in Lenin Street,Victoria Cafe in Komsomol Street,Druzhba Cafe in Komsomol Street (one of the oldest in the city),Al Capone Cafe in Dimitrov Boulevard Bavaria44 Victory Avenue+38 0624 55-23-56and numerous beer tents in different streets of the...more
The Promenade is one of the favorite places of many local people.It begins in Victory Avenue and runs along Dimitrov Boulevard to Revolution Square.There are several attractions along the Promenade, among them: - a park with stone figures, - a children's playground with two lion sculptures, - "Promenade" cafe - lots of benches to relax on.The...more
This is one of the downtown parks where you can sit safely and do some people watching.It's a nice and quiet place located a bit off the main street.There is a dormitory of the foreign languages college near this park, so you can meet a lot of English-speaking young people there.It is always a good idea to have a cab waiting for you, especially if...more
There are fifty-two bus routes about the city and its environs. The total number of buses operating on these routes every day is about four hundred.They are mosly Ukrainian buses manufactured in Lviv by LAZ.These are city bus routes FYI just in case.1 – Nikitovka Station – Knitted-goods factory2 – Grechnev Street – Construction Workers Block3 –...more
There are many buses to Horlivka from Donetsk and from many other regional centers, towns and cities of Donetsk and Luhansk region.Besides, buses to/from Odessa, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk pass Horlivka.Also, there are a lot of local buses that will take you to any town of Donetsk region.more
The city has three railway stations, which is not bad for the city of more than 300,000 residents.The central railway station is located not far from the Palace of Sports and is called Horlivka.I frequented this station when I left for my home city on weekends.Nikitovka is another large railway station located in the eastern part of the...more
Walking about the city, especially uptown, you will see lots of vendors outside the apartment houses or near the entrance to a store.A talk with the seller is an inalienable part of the process of buying goods from the street vendors who bring their vegetables and fruit from the nearby villages to earn some money to keep their families.So why trade...more
I used to frequent this store when a student.Also, I went to the grocer's located opposite the central department store. The crackers there seemed to taste better than those from a small store...Now there are a lot of new stores almost in every street. souvenirs, food and drink 100 UAH and upmore
I liked this monument, as it were.It is located inside the fountain opposite Rodina Hotel in Dimitrov Boulevard.I have never seen it operate, but saw the photographs where it looked very nice when the water was on. I think it only happens on big holidays such as Coalminer's Day, City Day and others.more
When I was a student, nobody paid any attention to whether a city had a flag or a coat-of-arms. I don't even even think they were adopted and used then.Nowadays every Ukrainian town and city has such symbols, and Horlivka is not an exception.St.George and a coalminer with an air hammer are shield-holders on its coat-of-arms.The city symbols - the...more
The City Day is celebrated on the last weekend of August.The events of the festival program take place mainly on the last Saturday of August.The program starts at the monument to Peter Gorlov where the gala meeting takes place at 9 a.m.By noon the festivities move to Victory Square. Here the residents and the guests of the city can listen to the...more
This is what you can read at the former beach of Korolenko Ponds.The ponds look quite neglected and the water has never been purified within the decades when these ponds were leisure spots of Horlivka.The ponds' bottom has never been cleaned.You can only rent a water cycle at the last pond and explore the pond on it, which is a bit too risky too...more
Be careful when walking along the sidewalks or crossing the streets.There are a lot of pot-holes where you can easily stumble and fall, especially in rainy weather or at night.Many sidewalks and roads look as though they have not been repaired for decades...Watch your step please or merely grab a cab and arrive home safely.more
The web site http://donhell.at.ua/ is very worried about the state of chemical pollution in Horlivka.They say the chemical factory has a lot of explosives (30 tons) and poisonous substances (2.5 tons) in its storehouses. A lot of chemical waste has accumulated in the factory area.Stirol corporation is the neighbor of the chemical factory.It has a...more
It's always tempting to take a bus, a trolley-bus or a tram and to travel around the city.
I must say they are all very slow and often crowded and stuffy.
You have to have a lot of patience and time to use them.
We, locals, don't mind it.
Unique Suggestions: Take a bus or a tram once, inhale a lot of dust inside and get off as soon as you can and then take a cab instead.
Fun Alternatives: Take a cab or a walk instead.
Luggage and bags:
A small carrybag for everyday use
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Tennis shoes for your long city walks.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: everything is available at the local market and at the stores.
Photo Equipment: any kind of film is here too
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: there are several ponds and you could bathe in one of them.
Miscellaneous: a torch would be a good idea if you plan to walk along the evening streets.
Walking from Barnsley restaurant to the bus stop in Victory Avenue I saw this nice place with a sculpture and benches.I called it Indian Corner because the sculpture reminded me of the Emblem of India, although the coat-of-arms of India contains four lions and this one only has three of them.more
The old city park is called Gorky Park, exactly like the big and famous park in Moscow.It is located far from all the main modern attractions of the city and is not frequented as much as the Promenade.I can understand that.The park is really far from all apartment houses. It is very large and looks like a forest. It was dedicated in 1932 and is the...more
This park is very special and strange at the same time.There are no benches here and it is only visited by "transit passengers" who head for the bus terminal and back.There is a hill with a tank memorial on its top.The tank is the famous Soviet T-34.The inscription below the tank reads,~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Unknown soldiers of the Soviet Army...more
Like in any city, there is a Palace of Sports here.
It ic located in the city park opposite the railway station.
I used to attend the swimming pool there three times a week just to keep fit and strong. It helped me indeed. I did not miss a single lecture due to my being ill. The present-day students miss a lot of lectures and not only because if their illness... Well, it was not customary to shirk your college in good old times...The city soccer team, Shakhtar Horlivka soccer club, plays in the Cup of the Coalmining Ministry of Ukraine and only loses matches, as of today…
Equipment: swimming pool, gyms, heavy athletic equipment
.......................................................................................................................During our Reunion on May 31, 2009 the Association of the College Graduates of Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages was founded. Now I am its member among hundreds of other former students.Here is the emblem...more
Vecherok is what they call a weekend newpaper.It stands out among other coty newspapers for it has 16 pages, among them 8 color pages.It is published two times a month.Here are the editorial office phone numbers:+38 06242 52 23 68+38 050 642 55 75 +38 050 620 29 29The editorial office is at 7/19 Pervomayskaya Street (central market area).E-mail:...more
Euro-2012 soccer championship in Horlivka too!Horlivka has been selected as one of the tourist cities for Euro-2012 soccer championship.Here is what reaction this decision caused among the locals..................................................................."WELCOME TO GORLIWOOD!...more