Ukraine was often referred to as the ‘bread basket of the world’. Post independence and separation from the Soviet Union the country has started a new era of development and progress. Ukraine has also become a popular tourist destination in Eastern Europe. If you plan to visit it here is my recommendation of top 10 things to do in Ukraine.
Things To Do In Ukraine
Retreat To Carpathian Mountains
Although these mountains are not the highest in Europe but they are a splendid mix of forests, lakes, rivers and Alpine meadows. Some of the key resort towns in the region are Dragobrat, Bukovel, Kosiv, Slavsko, Tysovets, Dolyan and Polyana. Carpathians are a treat for adventure travelers offering activities like hiking, rafting, cave exploring, cycling and riding.
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I’d like to call Kyiv as the city of water having 448 water bodies within its boundaries and most of these are navigable. They are widely used for recreation and pleasure activities.
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Post independence there has been a spur in luxury hotels, modern nightclubs and world class restaurants. Some of the key landmarks in the city include the Mariyinsky Palace, St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
Re-Visit History At Livadia Palace
The Livadia Palace was once a summer retreat for the Russian tsar and is a true example of Neo-Renaissance architecture style. The palace was the famous setting for the Yalta Conference in 1945 where post World War II division of Europe was decided by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.
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Explore The Nuclear Catastrophe At Chernobyl
One of the biggest nuclear disasters happened in the year 1986 at Chernobyl. The tour takes you through the abandoned city of Prypiat which is just a few miles from the disaster site. The entire city was abandoned overnight and one realizes what conditions the people of this city had to face at that time while touring.
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Hit The beaches In Crimea
Millions of Ukrainians flock to the beaches in Crimea as it enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has many luxury resorts along the Black Sea coastline. Yalta, Feodosia, Sevastopol, Sudak, Balaklava, Yevpatoriya and Alushta are some of the famous resort towns in the region.
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Kamyanets-Podilsky is one of the oldest cities in the country. The city has over 200 monuments which showcase the cultural, architectural and historical heritage of the region.
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Mesmerizing Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum
Mystetskyi Arsenal is a must visit location if you are in Ukraine. It is moving towards becoming the largest exhibition space and museum. The museum showcases the artistic, cultural and historical aspects of the country.
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Visit The Historical Lviv City
The city is a true example of post 13th century European architectural styles including classic, baroque and renaissance styles. Some of the must visit monuments of Lviv include Chrich of the Transfiguration, St. George’s Cathedral, Church of Assumption, Chappel of the Boim family, Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater, Palace of Potocki, Dominican Church and Kryvka Church.
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Naval History Tour Of Sevastopol
Sevastopol is a naval fortress with over 200 years of history and having coastal batteries, underground shelters and command headquarters. The tour lets you explore an amazing underground submarine base.
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Wine Tasting In Yalta
The region around Yalta is famous for its vineyards and world class wines, especially the famous Sparkling WinB. There are a lot of wine tasting tours organized and the best place for wine tasting is the Wine Tasting Hall in Yalta.
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