Enor­mous in size and diverse in cul­ture and land­scape, Ukraine offers its guests many inter­est­ing sights. Most­ly unknown to the world, the coun­try’s main des­ti­na­tions include a num­ber of inter­est­ing cities, an impres­sive cul­tur­al her­itage and, of course, top-notch nature reserves.

To start, head to the amaz­ing city of Lviv, which is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site and is a live­ly place, a real cen­ter of learn­ing and cul­ture in the coun­try. Its cob­ble­stone streets are lined with mon­u­ments dat­ing back to medieval times but untouched by the rav­ages of wars that have so dras­ti­cal­ly changed some oth­er cities in Ukraine. Even the exten­sive Sovi­et plan­ning that has shaped many oth­er places in east­ern Europe has left only a min­i­mal mark on the strik­ing com­bi­na­tions of build­ing styles.

Major attrac­tions include Rynok Square and sev­er­al beau­ti­ful church­es. For an even deep­er cul­tur­al expe­ri­ence, try the exquis­ite col­lec­tion of the Lviv Nation­al Art Gallery. Also vis­it the High Cas­tle Park, which you can read more about on the pages of Life­Globe.


Most for­eign tourists begin their acquain­tance with the coun­try from Kyiv. The gold­en roofs of the UNESCO World Her­itage Sites — St. Sophia Cathe­dral and the Pech­er­sk Lavra will not leave any­one indif­fer­ent. Stroll along Andreevsky Descent, Kyiv’s Mont­martre, where you’ll find a bustling mix of artists and sou­venir ven­dors. Fol­low in the foot­steps of the Apos­tle Andrew, who, accord­ing to leg­end, climbed the steep stairs of this bohemi­an quar­ter two thou­sand years ago, where at the top is a church bear­ing his name. Don’t miss the excel­lent Pirogov Folk Archi­tec­ture Muse­um. Kyiv is one of the best places to vis­it the busy mar­kets of Ukraine.

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In terms of nat­ur­al attrac­tions, the beau­ti­ful Carpathi­ans are one of the best places the coun­try has to offer. These are beau­ti­ful panora­mas of forest­ed hills, lush val­leys and snowy peaks with ample oppor­tu­ni­ties for hik­ing, cycling and win­ter sports. The rather lit­tle explored Danube Delta Bios­phere Reserve is anoth­er great choice for nature lovers and bird watch­ers.