Top 3 best travelling destinations of Ukraine
Lviv (in Ukrainian: Львів) is one of the most picturesque and enchanting cities not only in Ukraine, but also in the whole Europe. Being an indisputable capital of Ukrainian culture and national identity, Lviv has always played a major role in the development of democracy and struggle for Ukraine’s independence. This is the city with a long history, which you can observe in its streets, architecture, scenery and a great deal of wonderful attractions: The Lviv Opera House, The Palace of Counts Potockis, The Chapel of the Boim family, The Dominican Church, The Bernardine Monastery, Lviv City Hall, Pharmacy Museum, Museum of Brewing – there are multiple possibilities for your pastime!
Lviv is also famous for its coffee shops and pastry shops: after trying out outstanding chocolate from the Lviv Chocolate Factory and having a cup of delicious coffee at Lviv manufacture your soul will be overfilled with joy and pleasure. And don’t forget to observe the breathtaking sceneries of the whole city from the viewing platform of The High Castle Park! Travelling to Lviv has always been a great experience for foreign tourists, because there are lots of tourist signs and signposts to the main sightseeing objects, which will help you find your way around the city. That means that you can never bother about getting lost and simply enjoy yourself!
The City of Odessa (in Ukrainian: Одеса) is often referred to as “The Pearl of the Black Sea”. Odessa is located on the Black Sea coast, which means that it is the perfect summer spot to relax on the sandy beaches and experience the atmosphere of this tireless and captivating city. A visit to Odessa is sure to be unlike a visit to any other city.
Odessa is known throughout the world for its art and culture and has the second most beautiful and prominent opera house in the world. Magnificent Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is once echoed with concerts conducted by Peter Tchaikovsky and ballets featuring Anna Pavlova. Exquisite inside decor in the style of Viennese baroque blended with elements of the Italian Renaissance and French rococo will make you breathless and rapturous.
There are other numerous city attractions, which are worth seeing, such as The Potemkin Stairs, City Hall, Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy cathedral, Svyato-Pantelemonovskiy cathedral, Museum of Modern Art, The Sculpture Garden, The Observation wheel and even a monument to to Steve Jobs! And don’t forget to take a photo in front of the most remarkable and unusual building in Odessa – The Flat House (a.k.a. One Wall House). Odessa is grand and shabby, modern and decadent, energetic and confusing, but it’s always real. No wonder why Odessa has always been adored by artists, sculptors, writers and poets. It seems like inspiration dwells in every nook and cranny of the city!
Kyiv (in Ukrainian: Київ) is the capital city of Ukraine, its largest economical, political, educational and cultural center. It is the city of ancient history with modern lifestyle, which is why Kiev can offer endless opportunities for tourism.
Majestic silhouettes of temples, magnificent outlines of modern buildings, green parks and avenues, elegant buildings of different ages and architectural styles create unforgettable atmosphere of Kyiv. Like every ancient European city, there many major attractions and museums, which are worth seeing: The National Museum of History of Great Patriotic War 1941-45, Kyiv in a Miniature, The State Museum of Aviation of Ukraine, National Art Museum of Ukraine – the list goes on and on. There is no way you will get bored in Kiev!
Other great places to visit are the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (an orthodox monastery which was founded in 1051), the Museum of Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko (it holds the biggest collection of works of foreign art in Ukraine since 1919) and The PinchukArtCentre (the exhibition focuses on a newly produced works of the new generation of artists). Contracts Square is also worth seeing – you can enjoy the view over the river Dnipro, stroll around the old charming streets and even make acquaintances with hospitable Kiev dwellers. You will fall in love with Kyiv – the city with a magical atmosphere and European charm. Traveling to this city may be one of the most pleasurable experiences in your life!