Now many people are talking about Ukraine, but mainly for political reasons. But today we want to show this country from other side, as a place which is interesting to visit, and where you can get an unforgettable and thrilling experience. Below you will find 15 most gorgeous sights of Ukraine to visit, it is impossible to remain indifferent to this wonderful state.
1. Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytsky region
Now no one knows exactly how old this city-fortress is. It is also called the city of seven crops – that is the amount of nationalities lived here at different times; they made a significant contribution to its history. The famous medieval castle and towers, the tallest unsupported bridge in the world, a lot of monuments of ancient architecture – all of this you will find here. And in this city annually a variety of events are held, including the festival of street art “Republic”, and Festival of Ballooning.
2. Park Sofiyivka, Uman, Cherkasy region
This park has primarily an interesting and romantic story. It was founded in 1796 by the then owner of the town of Uman, and 6 years later, in 1802, the tycoon gave it to his beloved, and named it in her honor.
Now it is a masterpiece of the world-class landscape art; a sample of landscape composition of water, land, architectural structures and sculptures. Rocks, waterfalls, many pavilions – here you can walk all day, taking pictures, and if you’re tired, then you may have a picnic in a beautiful location. In honor of this park an entire small planet even named!
3. Fountain Roshen, city Vinnytsia
On the Southern Bug River, in Vinnitsa, the largest floating fountain in Ukraine and one of the largest fountains in Europe is situated. Fountain Roshen soars up to the music of powerful water jets, accompanied by light and laser effects, and a video projection on a giant screen. Project of the Vinnitsa fountain is very rare because of its fountains, the system uses water straight from the river, while other systems are mounted fountain pools to purify water. The hallmark of the fountain in Vinnitsa is the ability to load the design under the ice during the winter. This technology is called “wintering technology.”
In the warm season, in the evening on the waterfront Roshen light music and water show are broadcasted, and this program includes the best of classic and modern music! Therefore, floating fountain «Roshen» became one of the symbols of Vinnitsa, and has brought in a tourist guides.
4. Cape Tarkhankut, Crimea
In the far west of the Crimean peninsula there is an incredibly picturesque and romantic place – Tarkhankut Peninsula. It is a paradise for diving enthusiasts. In this part of the Crimea you may find the cleanest waters of the Black Sea. The sea is so clear that the bottom can be seen at a depth of tens of meters, and the underwater world is so rich and beautiful that hundreds of divers come here every day. Anyone can rent snorkeling equipment on site and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the seabed.
The most popular destination for scuba diving at Cape Tarkhankut is a so-called Avenue of the leaders. It is located in the tract Great Atlesh a few hundred meters from the shore at a depth of 13 meters. Currently it includes more than 60 exhibits, among them – the Eiffel Tower, New York’s twin towers, dinosaur and many other incarnations of fantasy of underwater divers.
5. Mount Hoverla, Ukrainian Carpathians
Hoverla is the highest mountain and the highest point on the territory of Ukraine, its height is 2061 meters. The mountain is located on the ridge of Montenegro in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of the Transcarpathian and Ivano-Frankivsk region, 17 kilometers from the border with Romania.
Gore has the correct similar to the cone shape basically it is covered with alpine meadows and shrubs, in some places there are rock slides. Near the foot of the hill one of the sources of the Prut River is and not far from it – picturesque waterfalls, the total height of approximately 80 meters.
To the delight of tourists, the top of Hoverla is very convenient for climbers because it is a small flat area, and the beauty of her species with the opening at 360 degrees around the words is impossible to convey.
6. Historical and Cultural Complex “Zaporozhye”, the island Khortytsya, Kherson region
In the Zaporozhye region, on the island of Khortytsya, there is a unique historical and cultural complex, which recreates the image of the capital of the Cossack era and atmosphere of the Cossacks. It brings together the most exciting elements of the architecture, culture and daily life of the Zaporozhye Cossacks.
Around the complex there were built defensive fortifications consisting of herpes Sich, high shaft, deep ditch and fence in the form of a wooden palisade. Cossack gun carts can be found on the territory of the complex, and other household items and life of the Cossacks. A visit to “Zaporozhye Sich” allows you to touch the glorious past of Ukraine, it is an unforgettable experience thanks to the unique atmosphere and the historical spirit of the Cossacks. Besides, on the territory of historical and cultural complex regularly hosts festivals equestrian theater, where you can witness the tricks riding, archery and crossbow, and really dive into the history of Ukraine.
7. The city of Pripyat, Kiev region
Perhaps the saddest and at the same time one of the most mysterious places of pilgrimage for tourists is Pripyat. Located three kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the “dead city” has for many years attracted both scholars and lovers of thrills and non-trivial tourism. According to Forbes magazine the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is named as the most exotic place for tourism on the planet.
City represents a grim picture – empty apartment buildings, schools and kindergartens, hospitals, stadiums, shops, amusement park, Movie Theater and cultural center. Pripyat is a monument to the tragedy, the symbol of the ghostly presence of a man and his “power” should be the life and struggle for it.
Now Pripyat is mainly for tourists, also every anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant people come to commemorate the victims and the participants of liquidation of failure consequences and former residents.
8. National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine, Kyiv city
The National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine is the biggest Skansen (open air museum) in Europe and the most complete ethnographic collection of the Ukrainian state. The total area of the museum is over 131 hectares.
It harmoniously blended into the landscape. Picturesque landscapes reproduce and complement the historical environment in different regions of Ukraine. Here you can see and understand the whole of Ukraine, what it was hundred years ago. The museum is located on the southern outskirts of Kiev, among the green of an ancient oaks of the Holosiivski forest.
9. Market Square, the city of Lviv
In the most western region of Ukraine, which borders Poland, the administrative center is a wonderful city Lviv. For centuries it was a part of several empires of Europe, which allowed it to accumulate just an amazing stock of historical monuments reflecting the culture of a state owned Galicia. Many buildings in the city have already been entered in the list of UNESCO as a cultural heritage to future generations.
Lviv is the cultural capital of Ukraine. Travelers love everything here, starting with the bridge, cozy streets with beautiful houses, ending with residents and waiters in at least the legendary and original Café.
The largest cluster of attractions are concentrated in the region of Lviv Market Square is the heart of the ancient city that existed almost since the founding of the city. Town Hall which is in the center of the square is the symbol of the city. On the ground floor there is Lviv Tourist Information Centre facility supplying tourists’ references, maps and guidebooks. There is always a lot of tourists, especially in the days of numerous festivals and holidays.
10. Chernivtsi National University
The ensemble of the former residence of the Orthodox metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia is the main architectural sights of Chernivtsi. The building is built on public donations for the project of the Czech architect Josef Hlávka. Residence was built for eighteen years, from 1864 till 1882nd years Buildings impress by its amazing wealth of design, combining Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, Oriental, modavskie, folk Bukovina and others Motives.
Closed-type monastery complex consists of three separate, but united by a common idea cabinets. Buildings form a spacious courtyard, separated from the street by a fence with a monumental gate. Now the complex housed the main building of the Chernivtsi National University named after Fedkovych.
11. Biosphere Reserve Askania Nova, Kherson region
Askania Nova is one of the most famous national parks in Europe, located in Ukraine. The reserve area is 33 thousand hectares. The local ecosystem is untouched for millions of years. It is the only such portion of the steppe, not only in Ukraine but also in the whole of Europe, because once dug out steppe has not recovered ever.
At the reserve zoo was created, which collected animals and birds from around the world. Zebras, South American camels, Indian and African antelope, deer, llamas, Shetland ponies, the Przewalski horse, American bison, kaffir buffalo, antelopes and many other animals live in the vastness of Askania Nova. All of them are not only the representatives of the different continents and different climate zones. Nevertheless, they were able to perfectly adapt to the Ukrainian steppe. The animals live almost in free conditions and delight the eye with their serenity, some can feed directly from the source.
12. Tunnel of love, city of Klevan, Rivne region
Tunnel of love in the Rivne region is rightly called the most romantic place in Ukraine. The town Klevan suddenly got Ukrainian and world popularity thanks to the amazing section of the railway, surrounded by trees. It is a green tunnel in the form of the ideal proportions of the arch created by thickets of trees and shrubs that are intertwined with each other.
His ideal forms shall train tunnel, which runs regularly to the local plant, breaking off the path of growing branches. This train is often the hero of photographers and tourists who shoot this tunnel when they ride on the locomotive though such beauty which is really amazing sight, and it is impossible to resist not to photograph.
In recent years, the tunnel became a place of pilgrimage of the tourists and couples in love, the magic of its beauty attracts romantics and honeymooners. There is a belief that when lovers make a wish, and if love is real, then it will come true.
13. Odessa catacombs
Odessa catacombs are a wonderful world of old underground workings of XIX and early XX centuries which are located near Odessa and its suburbs. This is a grand system of underground quarries, partly linked to a large-scale and amazing maze.
Legendary fame and worldwide fame of Catacombs acquired through an absolutely fantastic proportions – the total length of the workings is estimated at 2,500 kilometers, leaving far behind the catacombs of world cities like Paris (500 km) and Rome (300 km).
Navigate the maze of Odessa catacombs without a solid experience of underground research is very difficult. That is why when you go on a trip to Odessa catacombs, you should be there only under the guidance of experienced underground researchers. Besides experienced guide can not only provide the necessary security of the underground journey, but also a lot of little-known facts by telling underground stories, and due to the participants’ desire he can share the basic skills of underground orientation.
14. Salt Mines city Soledar, Donetsk region
Salt mines Soledar is the oldest enterprise of salt production in Ukraine. Over a century of exploitation of rock salt is reflected in the existing system at the moment of underground corridors and chambers. Operating field are sheltered under the city Soledar, located on nine levels and reaches a depth of 350 meters. Underground Soledar is 300 km. of corridors and around 3,000 cameras.
During a visit visitors have the opportunity to visit the charming maze of underground salt kingdom, see salt sculptures made by folk craftsmen, salt football field, learn a lot about the miraculous properties of salt, shot to fame in white gold, and get acquainted with the history of salt production and technology used at the present stage.
A unique concert hall organizes concerts, New Year’s performances, art exhibitions, conferences, sporting events, etc. Staying in the mine is extremely useful for people with diseases of the upper respiratory tract and allergies.
15. Chersonese, the city of Sevastopol, Crimea
Historical and archaeological reserve Chersonesos is known far beyond Ukraine. Excavations revealed to the world a city that for centuries was a major political, economic and cultural center of the Northern Black Sea. Hersonissos Greek colonists founded more than two thousand years ago in the south-western tip of Crimea. Now its ruins are one of the attractions of Sevastopol.
Today the National Reserve “Chersonese” is not only a popular tourist site, but also the largest scientific and methodological framework of archeologists, historians, museum, other scientists. The staff of the reserve consists of enthusiastic science, dedicated people.
Tourists can get acquainted with the territory of the ancient city: walk along its main street, wander through the once stark quarters and squares, and explore the ruins of the ancient theater, white marble columns of medieval temples, majestic fortifications – walls and towers.
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