For the first time in the arena! Three Kharkov circuses

Attention! Attention! “For the first time in the arena!”  We have no doubt that everyone at least once in their life was in a circus, laughed at the tricks of clowns, admired magicians. But not everyone can boast that he was in the arena, walked on it and imagined himself to be a great magician, a world-famous strongman, an undaunted trainer or a light acrobat.

It's time to come true dreams!

Did you know that:

- Circus performances in Kharkiv began to be given in 1864;

- the first stationary circus - Ciniselli - was wooden with stove air heating;

- officially the birthday of the Kharkov circus is 1883 year;

- the arena was built on Torgovaya Square, where the Central Department Store is now located, and it was also wooden;

- in 1905, the first stone stationary arena appeared - the Grikke circus theater, the current Old Circus;

- In 1910, a circus artist of Greek origin Gerasim Mussouri opened another circus;

- Does the square where the new circus is located bears the name of the famous trainer Irina Bugrimova?

In the excursion program: transport service with a comfortable bus, sightseeing, Grikke circus, Mussuri circus, New circus, acquaintance with the cultural life of Kharkov in the early XIX - XX centuries.


Kharkov - Kharkov circuses

Duration of the tour

4 hours


We offer for an additional fee:

- lunch at the cafe (from 100 UAH per person);

- dry ration (from 60 UAH per person);

- lunchboxes (from 90 UAH per person);

- kulesh (from 60 UAH per person).



Type of tour


Excursion program

Our route begins from the place where in the distant XVIII century the western gate of the city met the imperial "train". 

Then we will go to one of the oldest circuses - the Grikke circus - 1 from 8 circus “centenarians” in the world. The building was built by a very wealthy industrialist, a German by birth Heinrich Grikke. City legend says that it was a gift from his lover, a former circus artist - a rider who dreamed of having her own circus. The hall was designed in such a way that it was possible to give theatrical performances and circus performances. The arena was covered with special shields, armchairs were placed, and the circus turned into a theater. All programs went without a microphone, as the room has very good acoustics.
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After a tour of the unique building, we will go to the once-largest theater in the world, the Circus Mussoorie. It accommodated about 5 of thousands of spectators, while the Old Circus - only one and a half thousand. Under Soviet rule, in 1926, a musical comedy theater was opened here.

On the way, we will look at the place where the cultural life of the city — the legendary Tivoli Park — concentrated at the turn of the century.

Then we will walk along the main street of pre-revolutionary Kharkov - Yekaterinoslavskaya Street (now Poltava Shlyah) –the street of theaters, expensive hotels and the first stationary cinema in the Russian Empire. We learn how people lived at that time, what were they interested in. We will see houses where city celebrities, merchants, consuls, fashion photographers once lived.

We will complete our walk into the past with modern views of the city and the new circus in the “Arrow” square.
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The cost per person in UAH.

"Number of paid places + free"50 + 444 + 4, 44 + 1040 + 8, 40 + 1436 + 12, 36 + 1830 + 4, 30 + 825 + 4, 25 + 1315+2, 16+2, 17+3, 20+4
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transport service by luxury buses (Meresdes, Neoplan, Wolksvagen, Scania, MAN, Setra, etc.), escorting the group by guide, excursion service, medical insurance and accident.


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