Located in Easter Europe, Ukraine is the largest country in the European continent. It has a land area of 603,628 square kilometres. Ukraine shares a land border with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. It also shares a maritime border with the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. While not the most popular tourist destination in Europe like London or Paris, Ukraine is still considered a popular destination welcoming over 20 million visitors every year.
Ukraine’s size and diversity attracts many travellers to their fair country. Visitors can find themselves bustling through the party scene of Odessa or hiking around the picturesque Carpathians. Travellers will definitely not lack of places to go, sights to see or activities to do while in Ukraine. Here are just a few of the top tourist spots in Ukraine to add to the itinerary and should not be missed:
Kiev – Also known as Kylv, Kiev is the largest city and capital city of Ukraine. It is the educational, cultural and industrial centre of Eastern Europe. Ukraine is home to several ancient and historical churches, breath-taking sceneries and numerous cultural landmarks – including at least 40 museums. Kiev has an abundance of theatres including the Kiev Opera House, Kiev Academic Puppet Theatre, Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre and the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama. The city’s religious landmarks include the Saint Sophia Cathedral and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra or the Monastery of the Caves.
Ploshcha Rynok – Situated at the heart of Lviv City, the Ploshcha Rynok is an old central square. In 1998, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ploshcha Rynok is actually rectangular in shape surrounded by tenement houses ranging across several architectural styles from Renaissance to Modernism to Gothic. Visit the four fountains located at each corner of the square. They were built to represent the four deities of Greek mythology: Adonis, Amphitrite, Diana and Neptune.
Carpathian Biosphere Reserve – A protected area, the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve was declared as a nature reserve in 1968 and in 1992, it was established as part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO. The protected reserve is home to virgin forests that serve as a home to many of the country’s rare flora and fauna.
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve – Situated at the end of 2,860 kilometre long river, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is made up of islands, lakes and channels. It is said to be the largest wetland and reed bed in all of Europe. The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is shared by Ukraine with neighbouring country, Romania. Visitors from the Ukraine area can enjoy low-cost boat tours that go through the delta’s waterway. If lucky, visitors can see around 90 species of fish and over 300 bird species in the area.
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