Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine

Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine

Ukraine is the largest country in Eastern Europe.  Ukraine is well-known for its colorful buildings, golden-domed cathedrals, rugged mountain-scapes, wild forests, Black-Sea coastline, folk traditions and vibrant culture.  Ukraine is a young and developing nation, though not very famous in Tourism world it is a worth visiting country for natural beauty, marvelous architectures, and splendid cities. 

Let’s go and Visit Top Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine with Perfect Itinerary

  • LVIV – Cultural Capital of Ukraine

Lviv lies in Western Ukraine at about 70km from the border of Poland.  Lviv also lies close to borders of Austria, Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary.  This small European styled walkable city – LVIV is also known as PARIS OF EUROPE.  Earlier Lviv was a part of Poland and in 1939, it became a part of Ukraine.  In Lviv, you can find Polish architectures with the influence of Soviet style.  Lviv is also the city of restaurants and cafes. If you are on diet then don’t go for Lviv as Lviv is heaven for foodies and have many uniquely themed cafes.  Lviv is also famous for its coffee and chocolate manufacturing units. 

  • TUNNEL OF LOVE at KLEVAN TOWN

It is a natural wonder in Klevan town, which is approximately 350 km from Kiev and 200 km from Lviv.  This fairytale place is one of the most romantic destinations not in Europe but also in Europe.  The old, mysterious, Industrial Railway line covered with interwoven bushes and trees will really surprise you with its unique beauty.  Though this stretch is 6 km long it creates an optical illusion that Tunnel of Love is an endless or Infinite stretch.  In earlier times, during the war, this track was strategically used to transfer goods and arms from one place to another through train hiding under the bushes.  But now due to its charming and dreamy appearance, this is famous for Love among couples. Now couples take romantic vows under this natural tunnel. TIP – Apply Mosquito repellant before entering bushes as there are a lot of bees, flies, and mosquitoes. 

Interesting Places to visit in Ukraine
Tunnel of Love at Klevan
  • Take a trip to the BLACK SEA BEACH AT ODESSA

ODESSA is favorite Party Destination of Ukraine with countless beach Shacks, bars, and clubs.  Odessa also has a beautiful historical center inspired by Greek and Turkish architectures.  This Port city on the Black Sea is a popular summer beach town with the beautiful dark blackish blue sea, ballet and Opera theaters, parks, and historical monuments. 

  • KIEV – CAPITAL OF UKRAINE

Kiev is also the greenest capital of Europe with numerous colorful cathedrals with Golden domes.  Get soak into marvelous architectures which have undergone several renovations.  Kiev is the city which was destroyed many times and rebuilt thereafter.  Click this link to read full guide on Best Things to Do in Kiev City Tour.

  • CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN TOUR –

Green Pearl of Ukraine with emerald lakes, rugged mountain lines, dense & wild forests, meadows, gushing waterfalls and rough rivers.  Enjoy the misty Carpathian for pure mountain air and in winters you can go skiing as there are many ski resorts.  In summers, go for forest and mountain hikes along the borders of Romania, Slovakia, and Poland.  Lviv is a closet city as it lies on the foothills of Carpathians.  You can either stay in Lviv and go for a day trip to these mountains or can stay or camp in small towns in the Carpathians. 

While taking a trip to above mentioned six places there are some in between Most Recommended things to do in Ukraine.

  • Take a wonderful PHOTOSHOOT in SUNFLOWER FIELD – Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of Sunflowers in the world.  There are many wide-spread sunflower fields with full blooms across the whole country either towards South-East or North-West regions of Ukraine. Take a small stop while going through road trip anywhere in between and can shoot most likable Instagrammable shots.  TIP-

    Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine
    I want to go …… Sun Flower Field
  • Go for a ROAD-TRIP ALONG THE CURVED ROADS – Drive or Rent a Taxi and go for a road trip to different cities with beautiful countryside views on your sides. You will pass through lush green forests, tall trees or agricultural fields. Enjoy your drive through nature in Ukraine.
Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine
Road Drive through Ukraine across Sunflower fields
  • Camp beside Lake – There are many unknown and hidden gems in Carpathian mountain range. These gems are emerald lakes with full of peace, serenity, and Camp beside them or hike to those lakes and spend some time there. 
Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine
Synevyr Lake
  • HIKE THROUGH DENSE FOREST – Hike through dense forest or natural sanctuaries while plucking your favorite forest berries in between on Carpathian Mountain ranges. There are many natural sanctuaries scattered all over this region.  Also, there are a lot of berry patches on this mountain region.  Pluck your best berries.  Berry patches are wide-spread in Ukraine. 
Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine
Forest Trails
Interesting Places to Visit in Ukraine
Plucking Berries during Forest Trails
  • Take a tour to STRATEGIC MISSILE FORCE MUSEUM – Take a unique tour to this Missile Museum which was active in Cold war, Soviet era. It houses nuclear weapons, underground bunkers, passages, and  Located at 300 km from Kiev on the way to Odessa, you can get the true onsite experience of going inside the missile launchers, tunnels with proper guided tours.  These missiles are not functional in present times but this actual site is open for visitors for tours. 
  • CASTLE TOURS – There are many castles in small towns, countrysides, and villages near Kiev, Lviv, and When you will drive through Kiev to Lviv, you will pass along few of them where you can have a small stopover for climbing up high to get picturesque views of nearby villages.
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Pidhirtsi Castle

These all things, I covered in 12 to 13 days.

I recommend this Itinerary which I made to cover all these Top Places to visit in Ukraine

Day 1 – Reach Kiev and enjoy Evening or Nightlife of Kiev  (Overnight in Kiev)

Day 2- Kiev City Tour (Overnight in Kiev)

Day 3. Drive to Tunnel of Love, Castles and reach Lviv (Overnight in Lviv)

Day 4 – Lviv City Tour (Overnight in Lviv)

Day 5 – Carpathian Mountain day Tour (Early start and reach late back to the hotel for overnight stay in Lviv)

Day 6 – Drive to nearby countrysides of Lviv, small towns like Ivano Francisco, Sunflower field area. (Overnight in Lviv)

Day 7 – Drive to Kiev while passing through castles in between.  (Overnight in Kiev)

Day 8 – Kiev City Tour Part 2. Kiev is a big city with many places to see so Kiev city tour can be divided into 3 parts. (Overnight in Kiev)

Day 9 – Early start to Odessa (475 km drive) in between stopping at Missile Museum  (Overnight in Odessa)

Day 10 – Odessa City Tour. Leave to Kiev on the same day at late afternoon. (Overnight in Kiev)

Day 11 – Last part of Kiev City Tour with Nightlife on the same evening (Overnight in Kiev)

Day 12 – Shopping, casual walking, and back to home

There are many Day and Night Trains available for commuting between two cities. Also, you can go through internal flights through low-cost Internal Airlines.  I used road transport as I like road trips because to halt in between small towns, castles, and cities. 

TIPS FOR UKRAINE –

    • The currency of Ukraine is Ukrainian Hryvnia, also known as UAH.
    • Check closing days of monuments, museums, and cathedral before planning your visit.
    • People do not understand ENGLISH much so there can be Language problem but you can rid of by using Google Translator. Always keep your Google Translator ready.  Google Translator or any Translator App on your mobile is a must in Kyiv.
    • There are different Visa formalities for Ukraine. Check on their website for more information. Indians now can visit Ukraine through Visa on Arrivals with small half an hour formality of stamping at Airport of Kiev.  Check this official website for Visa information. 
    • Spring and Summers (April to September) are the best times to visit Ukraine
    • Ukraine is well known for vibrant Nightlife. Nightlife lovers will enjoy in Ukraine.
    • Ukraine offers various cuisines and you will not find any problem regards eating out. Kiev even has a beautiful street food culture.  Vegetarians can find many options in Italian, Georgian, Indian and Grilled Section of Ukrainian Cuisines.
    • Ukraine is safe and only you have to take general precautions.
    • Ukraine is not very expensive. Shopping is good and affordable.
    • For transportation in towns or cities of Ukraine, you can use Uber, Metro and walk. Walking along Historic town is best. Uber is also quite efficient here.  For inter cities you can take a flight, rail routes or taxis. Taking taxis from one city to another is not very expensive in Ukraine.


 

Visit Ukraine’s official travel site for more information and planning your trip.

Very shortly, I will be publishing Lviv City and Odessa City tour in detail with full guide of art, culture, Gastronomy tours in Ukraine. 

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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54 Comments

  1. The itinerary is really a great help. The tunnel of love is something totally out of the world. That should be a must visit one for everyone. I really liked the style of architecture of the buildings. It is a great place indeed.

  2. Ukraine has such stunning landscapes! The tunnel of love and sunflower fields look especially beautiful. Is there a particular time of year you recommend visiting?

  3. Ukraine looks like an amazing country to visit. I love Ukrainian food, so I would need to take advantage of those beautiful hikes so I could enjoy all thee food. And I always see that love tunnel on Instagram, but didn’t know where it was located until now.

  4. Ever since I made friends with a girl from Ukraine, I have wanted to visit this offbeat destination. There is so much to see and do here. It’s a pity that not many people go here. Or maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. I would love to explore the castles and natural places in Ukraine.

  5. I’m Dying to visit Ukraine!! Odessa Looks and sounds gorgeous!! Will definitely visit in spring or summer per your suggestion. Do you think early fall is pretty?

    1. Yes early fall can be pretty because Ukraine has wonderful greenery which will turn orange n yellow beauties in Fall.

  6. Tunnel of Love is surely the highlight, as it’s something I had never heard of. Hiking through dense forest and plucking berries in between surely sounds mystical for a berry lover like me. Another thing that interests me is camp beside emerald lakes. Overall a great post with lovely pictures.

  7. Ukraine comes across as a real indulgence for the senses. So many places to see and experience. I was particularly riveted by the pictures of the Klevan town and the surreal Railway Line. It definitely is the stuff of dreams. Odessa is another place that I instanttly connected, as it reminded me of the thriller The Odessa File by Frederick Forsythe.

  8. Thanks for sharing this. We have been interested in the Ukraine for a while, but had no idea where to start. Your itinerary is a great starting point and your review and recommendations are inspiring. Hopefully we can follow in these footsteps one day.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

  9. Wow, I would absolutely love to go for a stroll in the Tunnel of Love and those scenic sunflower fields. I had no idea Ukraine had so much natural beauty!

    1. I too love historical buildings and want to know history behind those castles on top on hills. They have very unique past

  10. Wow – I didn’t know Ukraine can be so scenic! Ukraine has never really been on my bucket list, up until recently when i’m seeing more and more of travelers visiting this country.

    I’ve also seen quite a few pics of the love tunnel! I’m so jealous you went! I can also imagine what that would look like in fall colors!

    1. I too imagined the same way like you that what would Tunnel of Love look like in Fall .. Amazing shades of orange and yellow.

  11. I love a travel itinerary! That tunnel of love and the missile museum are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. But I’d love to see both of them. What a beautiful country!

  12. Have never thought of visiting Kiev before but after reading your post surely makes me want to put this on my list. It has so much to do on the city. The colourful building add a spark of like to the city. The city has good variety of transport as you have mentioned and is a god place to try some local cuisine. Always nice to hear it not very expensive as well. Yes for people who want to party I have heard it’s got great nightlife. Thanks for sharing a very informative post as always. Amar singh.

  13. I would dearly love to visit the Ukraine again. I have visited Odessa and Lviv (was Lvov then) but was 17, it was many many decades ago and I’d like to go back now I am better informed to appreciate the sights, the culture, the history…

  14. This guide is great, I didn’t realise how little I knew about Ukraine. I would love to hike in the Carpathian Mountains and explore the castle. So that’s another country on my bucket list.

  15. I loved reading this as I’d really like to see Ukraine one day! Lviv sounds like my kind of place as I love culture, and I’m a foodie too! The sunflower field is gorgeous as are the Carpathian Mountains! I hope you visit soon, and hopefully when there’s sunshine!

  16. I didn’t realize that the Carpathians wound through Ukraine as well. That’s so awesome! I’m going to be in Romania later this year and I’ve been thinking about country-hopping. I’ll have to consider Ukraine! Lviv sounds like a great place to immerse in the culture!

  17. Ukraine is a great country to visit. I am in awe if the colorful architectures in the capital city. The road and sunflower fields just took my heart. Its one of the offbeat choice and I am definitely going to put it on my list. Great to know about VOA for Indian though. Great itinerary and its helpful.

  18. Yukti you’ve been to Ukraine, that is so cool! I really want to visit Kiev sometimes but this post is a good guide for all other places to see in Ukraine apart from the capital. The Carpathian Mountains look really amazing, I’d love to go for a nice hike there. The sunflower fields and the lovely lakes – camping on the lakeside has to be on my list. Also, Tunnel of Love looks amazing, I’ve seen pictures of it on Instagram and I know it has to be on my list of things to see in Ukraine, looks amazing!

    1. Thanks Medha! You should plan for this beautiful Ukraine tour and I hope you would surely take lots of Instagrammable photos

  19. Ukraine is beautiful with all those big architectural buildings, the natural beauty and the parks. I so loved the Tunnel of Love – I guess I have seen it in some movie but didn’t know it actually exists in Ukraine. I wish I can time travel back to those days when train ride was still available. I also loved the colorful buildings in Kiev. Am adding this to my travel list.

  20. Ukraine hadn’t been on the radar until recently. Your guide definitely makes us want to move it up the list – stunning architecture and still can visit a beach with the Black Sea

  21. Whoa! That tunnel of love is just breathtaking and unbelievable!!! Whoa! Just super stunning….
    Indians get visa on arrival?? That’s a super good news. I’m gonna plan Ukraine next!

  22. Tunnel of love looks so amazing! I have read about it before and always want to visit! Also, I would love to take some pics at sunflower fields too. All the places on your list are great and I hope to visit Ukraine one day.

  23. I’ve been hearing a lot of nice things about Ukraine lately, it’s getting me quite curious about visiting. One thing I understand one shouldn’t miss is going to the opera while in Kiev

  24. What a useful overview of the Ukraine. For a long time, we’ve been thinking of moving to Lviv — we don’t want to stay there during the winter, but one summer would be great. But there’s so much more in the Ukraine that I hadn’t even though of like the Tunnel of Love and the Carparthian mountains. This compels me to visit even more.

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