Daniel Bartchouk for New Pathway – Ukrainian News.
If you find yourself in Ukraine this summer, or better yet—if you are considering a trip to Europe—let me tell you why visiting might be well worth your time.
Underrated for its natural beauty and historical monuments, Ukraine boasts a rich past of exciting medieval castles, lush greens of the Carpathian mountains, and unique cultural hubs like Kyiv and Odesa.
Here are 6 places well worth a visit:
This city in Western Ukraine boasts a historical grandeur in its unique preservation of the culture and architectural past, and a renowned hub for affordable authentic Ukrainian food such as borsch and varenyky. In 2018 it won the Europe Prize by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for promoting the European idea. The lack of tourists (for now) and affordable cuisine make it a destination worth visiting to absorb as much Ukrainian culture as possible.
A city with a strong focus on cultural preservation, parts of the city are UNESCO-protected and worth the stroll just to step back in time alone. It homes the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet, an architectural jewel dating back to the late 1800s. Be sure to visit the Folk Architecture museum outside the city centre. You can walk around in a giant park with Hutsul, Boiko, and Lemko-style homes and churches, with exhibits inside. For a drink, stop by the Pravda craft brewery.
A residential castle-fortress located in the village of Pidhirtsi in Lviv Oblast, western Ukraine, eighty kilometers east of Lviv. A must-see during your visit to Lviv, one of the most important and attractive historical sites in Ukraine. The castle has not been fully renovated yet but hosts an interesting art collection.
Let’s journey to the Carpathian Mountains, full of pure nature and the many villages, resorts, and trails along their green valleys and clear rivers.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try mountain biking through the mountain paths or consider a hike to Hoverla Mountain, which is the highest point of Ukraine.
The Carpathians are full of natural wonders, such as the Synevir Lake or the Shypit and Probiy waterfalls. The rest I will leave up to you to find.
If one is looking to slow down, and get the experience of the inner culture of Ukraine, the villages of Synevirska Polyana and Lazeshchyna are traditional centres for visitors wishing to get off the beaten track, offering an unforgettable experience of exploring the forests, collecting mushrooms, drinking the water from a natural source and living in a tent or wooden house.
Here you can slow down, rest, and take in the experiences with relative ease. Yasinia is known for the stunning wooden Church of the Ascension – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Take the Lviv-Rakhiv train and gett off in Kvasy village. It has plenty of day hike options, lots of accommodation and a couple of restaurants with local beer and cuisine.
One of these is Verkhovyna, a charming town on the edge of nature that provides an insight into rural Ukrainian tradition and lifestyle.
Podilski Tovtry National Park
Ukraine is known for its historical medieval artifacts and sites, but you can’t see them all. Or you can. But if you only had time for a few on your trip, Kamianets-Podilskyi should be at the top of the list. The Podilski Tovtry National Park is a huge nature preserve home to historical monuments, and open air museum and preserved sites from the middle ages.
It goes without saying there are hundreds of other natural and historical sites, museums, hidden gems and undiscovered places that are worth visiting in Ukraine. Honourable mentions include the Khotyn Fortress, Yalta, Palanok Castle, Bakota, Myrhorod, and cities like Odesa, Kyiv, Poltava, Chernihiv, Chernivtsi and Vinnytsia, but they all deserve their own stories.
Go to all you can, if you can. Ukraine is a beautiful country, and one of its most beautiful attributes are the wonderful people. They are kind, generous and a pleasure to talk and drink with. Have a great trip!