The capital is the biggest and one of the oldest
cities across the territory
of Ukraine. Founded in
the 5th century BC, city of Prince
Kyi became the center of emerging Eastern Slavic
state. Kyiv was the center of Kievan Rus and bloomed in the period from 10th
to the 13th century that nurtured the religious and cultural
traditions of the modern Eastern European states. Since then the city has
witnessed numerous battles, attacks and revolutions, which influenced the
outlooks of the locals and built up a new modern Kyiv with ancient traditions
preserved in the heart of the city.
Many of significant historical events are perpetuated
in the monuments and architecture. For
instance the II World War Memorial Complex, and many more are easy to spot out
in the downtown.
Kyiv is a very diverse city, thus there are a range of
thematic touristic options, such a “Literary Kyiv” or “Religious Kyiv”,
“Artistic Kyiv” and so on. Though it is also pleasing to stroll in the streets
of city center and enjoy architecture masterpieces: churches, cathedrals,
theatres, parks, monuments, governmental institutions, universities. Certainly,
take a walk from Pechersk to Podil, where you can feel the atmosphere of 18th
and 19th centuries.
If walking is not the preferred option, Kyiv offers
its guests a wide range of public transportation options: subway, buses and
mini-buses (popular as marshrutkas),
trolleybus and trams. Thus it is easy to get around and even if you happened to
be lost, Kyiv inhabitants are very friendly and ready to help out.
Leisure in Kyiv is offered at any sort of taste and
budget. Sports fans are welcome to enjoy games at the biggest stadium of the
country – Olympiiskyi, recentry built for the EURO 2012. Artistic personalities
should take a look at PinchukArtCenter and numerous museums of Kyiv as well as
visit theatre plays, opera or ballet. All those keen on nightlife
will be happy to explore plenty of bars, pubs and dancing clubs.
Among the Ukrainians Lviv is named the “Cultural Capital of Ukraine”. The
city charms with its ancient architecture and mysterious atmosphere.
Lviv was officially founded by King Daniel of Galicia in the
honor of his son, Lev, in the beginning of 13th century and became
the capital of Halych-Volyn Principality. In the Middle Ages, it became an
important trade center and thus was frequently conquered and belonged to a
different states throughout its history. Lviv was a part of Poland, Austria-Hungairan Empire, later on
Western-Ukrainian People’s Republic and USSR
and only after that the city joined the modern-day state of Ukraine.
During its existence Lviv withstood bad times, wars,
battles and occupation but it managed to preserve the 18th and 19th
century architecture, neatly complimented by the famous thematic cafes today.
The historical center of the city is listed on the UNESCO’s world heritage list
as it hosts the biggest amount of historical monuments in Ukraine.
The city is densely populated but apart from
Ukrainian, the over 700 000 population is made up of the Germans, Poles,
Jews and Russians. Due to its demographics and geographic position, Polish is
well spoken by many locals in Lviv. Not only geography cultivates the
intellectual development of Lviv cizitines, the universities tradition here
originates back in the 17th century with the establishment of the
first higher education institution in Ukraine – Ivan Franko National
University of Lviv. And today the city develops further in its academic and
This area is motherland for many significant cultural
figures such as the first head of Ukrainian independent state in 1917 Mykhailo
Hrushevskyi ,opera singer Solomiya Krusheknytska, actor Bogdan Stupka, theatre
producer Roman Viktuk, singer Svyatosla Vakarchuk (Okean Elzy band) and many more artists, revolutions, diplomats and
is the second largest city in Ukraine, former formal capital and cultural capital of the Soviet Ukraine, founded in the end of the 17th century. Kharkiv is a very dynamic city with important branches of industry, such as aviation and military equipment, many leading research institutions. Though the city is quite young, it has some architectural monuments that could be of interest. These include Pokrova cathedral, the oldest of the surviving building, which was built in 1689, and represents a typical Ukrainian church style. Second biggest square in Europe is located in Kharkiv, which has the length of 670 meters and width of 96 meters. The famous Ukrainian Law Academy of Yaroslav Mudryy is located in Kharkiv. Another important architectural building is the Uspenskyy Cathedral, which was built in the Russian Baroque style. To honor the victory of Russian forces over the French army, a new bell tower with a golden dome was erected. It still remains the tallest building in Khrakiv and has a height of 89.5 meters. Each hour from the tower bell people can hear the sound of the chimes. The hall of the cathedral has the organ installed, which hosts the concerts of the organ and chamber music. Kharkiv is a young but beautiful city and could be of interest to any traveler.
is a resort city located in the south of Crimean peninsula, a tourist attraction that has its origins from 12th century, located in the area of other Ancient Greek remnants. It has been attracting tourists from many countries during the summer holidays. The Greater Yalta combines several smaller resort towns that offer great summer vocational opportunities, beaches and mountain recreation. There is the longest mountain trolley-bus line in Europe, which connects Yalta with Simferopol (85 kilometers), above which located are the lands of the wineries, among which the most known is “Massandra.” The most known street of Yalta is the Lenin’s shore drive, which nowadays is the most important street of the city with many cafes, restaurants, and shops. Within the area of the Greater Yalta there are several castles, among which “Swallow‘s nest” draws a lot of attention, as it is a very beautiful made of white stone castle located at the seashore. Though Yalta is not that big, it offers great opportunities for business in recreational sphere and great vocational deals at the seaside and in the mountainous area.
is a city that is considered a capital of the south of Ukraine. It is a big seaport and Seagate to Ukraine. It was founded in the end of the 18th century and bears the architectural influence of the east in its buildings as well as Mediterranean style influenced by French and Italian styles. It is famous for its Potemkin Stairs, which lead from the seaport up to the ensemble of buildings of Classicism style with the statue of Duc de Richelieu. This ensemble changes into the Primorskiy Boulevard – a favorite place with tourists and city inhabitants as it is full of architectural ensembles and is considered one of the most beautiful in Odessa. Another favorite place is Deribasivska street, which was named after the first city mayor. The Greek square adjoins the street and is closed for traffic, which makes them a favorite place for pedestrians and hosts many restaurants, clubs, cafes and other attractions. There is also the City Gardens, which is a usual place for meeting of the artists. Odessa seaport also features the ultra-modern style hotel, which is located right on the pier and for some seems a perfect fit whereas for others a building out of place. In addition to all this, Odessa has many popular entertainment districts, among which the most famous is Arcadia. This district is full of hotels, sanatoria, disco clubs and cafes, which are open 24/7 during the summer time, and of course there are beaches, which attract tourists in the summer. Odessa is a city to conduct business and have a pleasant sea city vacation.
is a city with great significance to the history of Volyn' principality, which after union with the principality of Galychyna became the successor to a state and glory of Kyivska Rus. Lutsk is a small city with interesting history, founded in 11th century. It was an ancient Lithuanian King Lubart's castle, in which royal family resided at the same time. Also of interest can be St. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral and Dimitry's church, which is one of the oldest monuments of the Christianity. There is also neo-gothic Lutheran church and synagoge. Lutsk is a city of historical and religious trends that interwined in a small place, as here you can see religious buildings of orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism and Judaism next to each other.