Ukraine is one of those countries that got the world known for all the wrong reasons. Despite the country’s reputation, Ukraine has a lot to offer to its visitors. The country is rich with historical heritage, breathtaking castles, amazing landscapes and more. We list you down seven exotic places in Ukraine that will spark your wanderlust.
Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
Primitively a village, the museum allows visitors to understand about the architecture of Ukrainian villages, peasant lives and folk art of the Ukrainians.Wander the grounds and view the wooden homes, windmills and learn more about the social aspects of the traditional Ukrainian village life. In the summer season, you can relax listening to the Ukrainian folk music and also enjoy the performance by the street performers.
Kamenet’s Podolsky Castle
If you’re a history lover, the Kamenet’s Podolsky Castle is definitely the place to go. You will be amazed by the architecture of the castle which also portrays the influence of different cultures. You can find few exhibitions that explain about the castle’s past and antique items there. For the best views of the castle, come in the morning when the sun is on your side. You will be amazed by its beauty and the scenery around it. Taking pictures of this beautiful castle is recommended.
At first glance, you may think that the castle was from a movie related to Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. However, it does not belong to any fairytale kingdom nor an empire.In fact, it was formerly owned by a physician of the Russian Tsar and was then handover to a Baron, Von Stiengel. Previously, the first structure was a small house and changed to its current look in 1910.
Swallow’s Nest is not technically a castle as its structure was entirely for beautifying it rather than a protective purpose.However, there’s no doubt that this would be a perfect place to spend time together especially for newlywed couples or with the special someone.
Chersonesus is one of the tourist’s attractions of Sevastopol, Ukraine. You can spend all day walking and exploring the streets of the ancient city.The city founded by the Greek colonists which are over a thousand years ago.You can spend all day here viewing the exhibition and learn more about the city. In there, you can see all the antiques that were properly kept such as ancient texts, collections of coins, ancient ceramics, architectural fragments and others.We would recommend you to add Chersonesus in your itinerary when visiting Ukraine as its history and atmosphere will leave you in awe.
Hikers and backpackers will find Ukraine to be a fantastic place for travelling. You can explore the majestic Carpathian Mountains in the west that stretches for thousands of kilometres. With spectacular summits like Hoverla and Homyak, you can venture into the mountains for days, weeks or even months.In winter these are amazing places to go skiing and snowboarding.
Khotyn Fortress is the place to go after visiting Podolsky Castle. Although the fortress is not as developed as the Kamenet’s Podolsky Castle, the magnificent fortress is still a perfect place to dive into history.
The fortress has survived numerous wars back in the past. Over the years, the fort has undergone several changes and upgrades due to different ownership.It was until Stefan III the Great who reconstruct the fort to make it look like its current state.
Today, Khotyn fortress does not only serve as a tourist attraction but also used for numerous movies. Exhibition of ancient weapons and different historical documents are available in the fortress. It will be a waste if you do not spend time taking pictures of this magnificent fortress.
Similar to the Khotyn fortress, this fortress will make you feel the spirit of mediaeval times.Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi was the name of the fort but rename to Akkerman by the Ottomans Empire which means ‘White Fortress’.
Walk along the old defence walls, explore the underground church and learn about the history of the fortress.End of the day you will find yourself in in a fairy tale-like place with ancient buildings, narrow streets and structure.
In conclusion, Ukraine is a relatively new travel destination and was often overlooked by mainstream travellers. However, the country has many fantastic historical sites and extraordinary nature parks that are worth for you to visit the country.So, start planning your trip to Ukraine to enjoy what the city can offer!