It can be with absolute certainty that those travelling to Ukraine will be richly rewarded if they visit the following places on your next trip to the country.
45 miles from the Polish border, Lviv is rightly called Ukraine's cultural capital and a popular city break. The UNESCO-listed Old Town at the centre of the city is famous for magnificent Gothic and Renaissance monuments and churches, fascinating museums and relaxed atmosphere.Though Lviv is the seventh largest city in Ukraine, it is cut above many when it comes to historical, architectural and cultural attractions.Lviv is famous for its restaurants offering lip-smacking dishes, and great nightlife. Lviv Rynok Square, Korniakt Palace, Armenian Cathedral, the Mannerist Boim Chapel are some of the many sights of Interest in the city which was founded in 1256. You can find some beautiful castles on the outskirts of city.
Profusion of rich Austro-Hungarian architectural grandeurs has earned Chernivtsi the sobriquet of ‘Little Vienna’. Apart from being home to the wonderful UNESCO-listed building of its namesake university, Chernivtsi is known for romantic walks. Lovers of Art Nouveau architecture will be startled by the elegant interiors and beautiful frescoes of the Chernivtsi Museum of Art.
The capital of Ukraine, Kiev is a compelling destination to get all your big city life under one skyline. Apart from the capital’s throbbing nightlife, there are enough cultural attractions to detain you for days. However, your lasting impression of the city would be the golden domes that dominate the city’s skyline.
A major highlight of a trip to Kiev is Pechersk Lavra, also known as Monastery of Caves. It is an extensive complex of more than 100 churches and museums founded by monks in 1051. Spread over an area of 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River the UNESCO-listed Pechersk Lavra sits over several catacombs housing the remains of sainted monks and consists of several Byzantine-inspired golden domed churches and cathedrals as well as hermit dwellings built by Christian monks from the 11th century.
St. Sophia Cathedral is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Kiev. Taking a boat trip along the Dnieper River, Europe's third-longest river, is an excellent way to marvel at the wonderful scenic views of Kyiv.
Abounding in history, Odessa is one of Ukraine's largest seaports. Oval-shaped Opera Theater and Pushkin Museum are amongst other several cultural treasures in Odessa’s possession, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
For the lovers of sea and sun, the coastal town of Odessa offers kilometers of Black Sea coastline. Arkadia beach is the most famous of the beaches in the city.
Kamianets-Podilskyi is one of the undisputed highlights of Ukraine. Known for its namesake castle, it is one of the oldest cities in the country and naturally enough rich in history.
Built by Polish noble Stanisław Potocki for his wife, Sofiyivka Park today attracts half-a-million annual visitors. The park is a wonderland of enchanting waterfalls, beautiful lakes, fountains and meticulously manicured gardens.