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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN UKRAINE
The talk and trend of the world is "Skip Paris, Visit Kyiv". One of Europe's richest cities in history, culture and heritage. Kyiv is the crown in the jewel of Eastern Europe. It was the centre of Kievan Rus – the Federation of East Slavic and Finnic people of Europe, and is considered the ancestor home of modern Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
It is home to charming churches with golden domes, eclectic architecture, trendy cafes and coffee shops, brilliant art scene, exhilarating culinary revolution, incredible nightlife and club scene as well as iconic squares, gardens, parks and museums.
Some of the must visit places include Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Rodina Mat (Motherland Monument), Khreshchatyk, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, Andriyivskyy Descent, National Opera House, Mystetskyi Arsenal Art Quarter and Pirogovo.
Chernobyl is the ultimate "Forbidden Zone & Adventure Destination" of the world. The catastrophic explosion at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 meant the residents of Chernobyl had to be evacuated and leaving a once thriving region to return to nature.
Over the years Chernobyl has become a ghost town, a paradise for wildlife and a living lesson of human failures. It is a "Postapocalyptic Type Of Scene" with schools, playgrounds, hospitals, factories and other architecture fully intact in a jungle of trees being roamed by wolves, bears, dears, boars, bisons, elks, horses and lynx.
This strange, haunted and frozen in time natural landscape has started to attract thousands of visitors, making Chernobyl a must visit destination of Ukraine and the world.
Lviv is the "Cultural Capital" of Ukraine, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed city and one of the hottest destinations to visit in Europe.
Lviv has a rich history and modern outlook where you can spend days, weeks and months without realising. Start your day with the unique Lviv coffee with must have Lvivski Plyatski, then set off for the old town to explore the wonderful architecture, markets, beautiful churches, museums and castles before heading to the lush parks. Lviv also offers visitors a great dining scene whether you need a brunch, a proper Ukrainian meal or a fusion of global cuisines.
The city has amazing local craft bears and a fantastic nightlife with outdoor events taking place in Rynok Square during the summer months.
4. Sofiyivsky Park in Uman
Sofiyivsky Park in Uman is the Taj Mahal of Europe, a symbol of love and one of the seven wonders of Ukraine.
The park was built by the Polish nobleman Stanisław Potocki for his Greek wife Sofia as a birthday gift in early 19th century. It was then gifted by the Russian Emperor Nikolai I to his wife Alexandra Feodorovna.
The park is designed in a way to illustrate the events of the ancient Greek epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. It has some of the rarest plants, flowers and trees of the world. The park is a scenic natural paradise with wonderful lakes, fountains, waterfalls, statues, grottoes and pavilions, ideal for a romantic and relaxing walk or weekend.
Chernivtsi is known as Little Vienna. It is one of the oldest towns in Ukraine, home to a 19th-century university building listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site and probably Europe's most beautiful hidden gem.
It has one of the most elegant architecture thanks to its Austro-Hungarian heritage, beautiful churches and stunning streets.
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Chernivtsi National University building (also known as Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans) designed by the Czech architect Joseph Hlavka and built in 1875 is a must-see. The Kobylyanska street is the beating heart of the city and ideal to explore shops, cafes, restaurants and take amazing pictures. Finally take a walk around the city to admire its wonderful churches, squares, galleries and parks.
6. Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian Mountains are "Nature's Paradise" on earth, blessed with a sea of mountains, lush forests, fast flowing rivers, incredible wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
Home to one of Ukraine's culturally rich people, the Hutsuls, Boykos and Lemkos, the Carpathian Mountains region is a dream destination for lodgers, skiers, hikers and explorers.
Ukraine's highest mountain peak Hoverla and its best known ski resort Bukovel are in the Carpathian Mountains. It is also one of Europe's last stronghold of wolves as well as home to 300 species of birds and rare wild animals such as brown bear, European lynx and European bison. It is a must visit destination to experience nature, wildlife and the unique lifestyle of the local people.
Odessa' is known as the "The Pearl of the Black Sea" . It is a city of many beautiful beaches, diverse cultures and splendid architecture.
Founded by Catherine the Great in 18th century, people from all over the world were invited for trade and commerce to Odessa, turning the city into a melting pot of cultures. Over 130 nationalities live in this magnificent city. The city's great architecture is highly influenced by the French and Italian designs, giving this city of beaches a Mediterranean feel with a Ukrainian heart.
Today Odessa is the beach and travel capital of Ukraine for summer. The first thing to do when in Odessa is to hit the beach and enjoy the local craft beers and drinks. Then walk through the beautiful streets (Deribasovska Street and Primorsky Boulevard) and eat in the trendy cafes and restaurants. Shop in the markets, admire the museums, climb the Potemkin Stairs and end the day with an enriching evening at the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Kharkiv is the second biggest city of Ukraine and its former capital. It is also the manufacturing and commercial hub of the nation. Home to some of the country's most glorious brutalist architecture, Soviet era monumentalism and magnificent metro stations, Kharkiv is without a doubt Ukraine's gem in the east.
With a growing tech savvy, globally connected and fashion conscious population of hip millennials, Kharkiv is experiencing an innovation, art, design, fashion and culinary revolution. The city has a great startup culture, music scene, street art and amazing new food places.
When in Kharkiv, you must visit the metro stations which are like amazing art galleries full of life, Taras Shevchenko Park, Constitution Square, the Derzhprom Complex, the Annunciation Cathedral, Freedom Square, Kharkiv Fine Arts Museum and Gorky Central Park.
9. Khortytsia National Reserve
Located in Zaporizhia region, Khortytsia is the largest island in river Dnipro. Its beautiful landscape and rich history has made it one of the seven wonders of Ukraine and a ‘must see’ destination.
Khortytsia has been inhabited by various tribes in the last five millennia but perhaps it is most famous for being the birthplace and fortress (the Sich) of Zaporizhian Cossacks for over 200 years. Cossacks are considered to be the most significant people in development of Ukrainian national identity. Therefore, Museum of the Zaporizhian Cossacks is a must visit to learn about their history and traditions, watch an equestrian performance at Cossack Horse theatre and try traditional Cossack costumes ideal for your Instagram dairies.
Khortytsia also offers amazing activities such as hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, swimming and sunbathing.
Vinnytsia is the most eco-friendliest city to live in Ukraine. It has a very European feel mainly due to its splendid 19th century architecture, lively streets and green spaces like parks, promenades, lakes and fountains.
Vinnytsia is perfect for a weekend break if you are looking for history, culture, great food and entertainment, all in one place. You will enjoy walking in the old town centre full of small courtyards where you are spoiled for choice by artisan bakeries, patisseries, coffee shops and cheese mongers. The region produces a quarter of all butter, a third of all milk and grows most of all sugar beets in Ukraine, and as such it’s a little Mecca for cheese, bread and beer lovers.
The city’s railway station, built in the form of a palace, is one of the oldest in Ukraine and listed as an architectural monument. Vinnytsia is home to Pirogov Estate Museum, commemorating famous surgeon Nikolay Pirogov (the first surgeon to use anaesthesia in 1847), Roshen Multimedia Fountain, which is the largest in Europe, the Gorky park with sports stadium and planetarium; the Retro Technology and Cars Museum with an impressive collection of vintage cars, motorbikes and bicycles; and the Werwolf, Adolf Hitler’s military headquarters where the Generalplan Ost was developed.