Beautiful Places To Visit In Ukraine
When it comes to traveling to Europe, Ukraine is never always on the top of the list of many adventure seekers or backpackers. But being the second-largest country in Europe after Russia, Ukraine has plenty of great places and astounding sites to visit and watch. Traveling across this vast country is refreshing, with many natural landscapes dotted all over the region, including expansive meadows, dense forests, and deep lakes. Moreover, it is in Ukraine that the geographic center of continental Europe is located, a point that is exhibited with a marker.
Now that I have piqued your interest in Ukraine, let me share with you the top 10 best places to visit in this Eastern European country.
Located along the Dnieper River, Kyiv is the capital and largest city in Ukraine. It is the first place you will likely land if you are a visitor and packed with numerous exciting sites and photo-ops that can take you weeks to see them all.
The first place I recommend you visit in the city is St. Cyril’s Monastery. Here you can meditate of pray and prepare yourself mentally and physically for the excursions that await you. The church itself is as old as time, having been constructed back in the 12th century. There is something about this monastery that is mortifying and inspirational, so I will just let you go and find it by yourself.
If to learn the history of the country is what has taken you there, then consider visiting the National Chernobyl Museum. Here you will get to learn about the worst nuclear accident in the history of mankind, which while the immediate outcomes were not catastrophic, it slowly turned the entire city of Pripyat radio-active heaven that no human being can survive there. Also, the aftermath of the explosion and the radioactive deposits still cause cancer to people to this day.
This vibrant city is located in the northeastern region of Ukraine. Kharkiv is a former capital and has a lot of great places, most of which will remind you of the communist era. The city is also home to numerous fine restaurants and cool cafés and bars. I would recommend checking out the Starik Hem bar, which serves inexpensive menus and remarkable drinks inside a Hemingway inspired setting.
The city also has numerous parks where you can city, relax, and enjoy a picnic. Botanical Garden, situated in Lenine Avenue, is one of the most popular parks in Kharkiv.
You know the city is up to something when it is called Little Paris. That is the nickname of Lviv, a city in the western region of the country. Ukraine has something for everyone. For instance, if you are a historian buff, Kyiv and Kharkiv are your go-to places, but if you are an art aficionado, Lviv is the city to visit, which is why it was nicknamed Little Paris.
The city also offers great places to taste the Ukrainian coffee, especially in the downtown area where coffee shops are lined along tiled streets, a magnificent site that earned a place on the list of UNESCO world heritage.
For beach lovers, the southern city is the place to be. Located on the coastline of the Black Sea, this Odesa is considered the heartbeat of the Ukrainian tourism industry. Besides, it is one of the most populous resort cities in Eastern Europe and the main sea transport hub in the country and region.
The city is quite bustling and will give you that touristy vibe.
Odessa also has expansive sandy beaches, which are most enjoyable in August, which is when the weather is warm and sunny with turquoise water and a cool summer breeze. Check out Odessa Opera and Ballet hall at the Odessa National Academic Theater.
Another resort town you must visit in Ukraine, Yalta is strategically positioned within the Crimean Peninsula and enclosed by some natural vistas. The city is a gem for those after clear, beautiful beaches and warm weather.
Yalta is also famous for its impressive soviet architecture, especially the White Dacha, where visitors can learn a few things about Anton Chekhov, the iconic Russian writer.
While you are there, don’t forget to visit Lenin Boardwalk for more incredible sights.
Nicknamed the Little Vienna, this western Ukraine city should also be on your travel list. Chernivtsi is known for its Austro-Hungarian architecture, thus the nickname.
One of the most recognized buildings that are also hard to miss, is the Chernivtsi University, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Try some delicious coffee at Chashka.
Visit a Sunflower Field
If there is one thing that should never miss on your Ukraine travel list, it is a visit to a sunflower field. Ukraine is the second-largest exporter of sunflower oil in the world, and as such, you should expect somewhere beyond the Eastern European architecture that dominates the cities, there are vast fields of sunflower plantations.
Visitors to Ukraine usually find sunflower fields to take photos. Luckily, the fields are spread across this immense country, most of them ranging from golden orange to buttercup in color.
Visit an outdoor market
The best way to fully immerse into a foreign culture is by visiting its local market and to sample the handicraft products and other locally produced goods. Ukrainians are known for their skillful crafts, and by visiting one of the local outdoor markets, you will get to experience some of the country’s culture. For instance, you can try one of the traditionally sewed blouses known as vyshyvanka or hand towels, which are common household items across Ukraine.
The main reason you want you to want to visit Klevan is to ride through the famous Tunnel of Love. It doesn’t matter if you are with your partner or solo, this three-kilometer stretch of reserved railway track is a must experience. Technically, it is not a tunnel, but the canopy of vegetation over the track is what creates the illusion of a tunnel.
It is a breathtaking sight and one of the most picturesque places in Ukraine.
Locally known as the city of museums, Pereiaslav-Khmelnystki is located just a short distance from the capital Kyiv. There are more than twenty museums and galleries in the city, including the Museum of Bread, which is exactly what it sounds – about baking breads! There are also The Rushnyk Museum and The Museum of Ukrainian National Dress if you want to learn about traditional Ukrainian dresses.
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