Top Ten Best Cities to Visit in Ukriane
# 1 - Kiev
Capital and largest city in Ukraine
Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro. Kiev was classified as a Beta global city as of 2004.
Kiev is full of attractions including Botanical Gardens, Architecture, and Monuments, and Historical Museums
# 2 - Lviv
Once Polish hub is now Cultural Center for Ukraine! Lviv is absolutely beautiful, in architecture, and nature! Below are a list of some of Lviv's attractions:
The Old Town is an ancient historical part of the city. It is made up of a few different key features:
- Market Square (Ploshcha Rynok) - it is a massive 18,300 square meters of culture, excitement, and shopping. Located on this square is Lviv City Hall the historical center of the city
- The Black House (Chorna Kamyanytsia)
- The Armenian Cathedral
- Orthodox Cathedral
- Korniakt Palace
- The Latin Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mouthful I know but when you see it your mouth will be wide open in awe, due to its beautiful marble columns, gold statues, and exquisite paintings)
- St. George's Cathedral of the Greek-Catholic Church
- Dominican Church of Corpus Christi
- Chapel of the Boim Family
- Lviv High Castle (Vysokyi Zamok), located on the hill and stands as an overlook to the historical city center below
- Union of Lublin Mound
- Lychakivskiy Cemetery - burial location of the well known people of the area.
- Svobody Prospekt (Freedom Prospect) The center street of Lviv
- Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
- Potocki Palace
# 3 - Odessa
Odessa is one of the most well know Port Cities of the former USSR. It is know best know for its resorts and the Odessa Catacombs - a gigantic labyrinth of underground tunnels!
# 4 - Kamyanets-Podilski
Kamyanets-Podilski is most famous for its many architectural attractions including cathedrals (including the cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul) and fortress fortifications. It is also well know for its ancient castle, the city hall building.
# 5 - Yalta
This beautiful mountain covered sea side city, with Castles and rolling green hills is a prime location to visit the many attractions in and around its borders. Some of those attractions include:
- Yalta's Sea Promenade
- The Armenian Church constructed by V. Surenyants
- The Cable Car in Yalta taking visitors across Yalta
- Alexander Nevshky Cathedral
- The Gothic style Castle that was the former main building of the Ministry of Defence hotel
- Yalta's Aquarium, housing small dolphins
- Palace of Bukhara Emir
- Yalta's Zoo
- Park-museum Polyana Skazok (Glade of Fairytales)
- Nikitsky Botanical Garden
- Livadia Place
- Organ hall in Livadiya
- Ai-Petri Mountain
- Swallow's Nest Castle
# 6 - Sevastopol
This Popular Sea Port City was named the main hub of the Ukrainian Navy by Queen Elizabeth of Russia, and still is today!
Some of its great attractions besides its beaches include:
- Hersonesk a National Archeological Reserve
- The Panorama Museum which gives a full view of the city below
- The Admirals Burial Vault
- The Sunken Ships Monument
- The Black Sea Fleet and Museum
- The Diorama Museum (Gives history of World War II events)
And many other statues, and tours take flight from here to the surrounding castles, caves, mountains, and underground cities!
# 7 - Poltava
Know for its European style city of beauty, Poltava is also well known for the history within its walls. From stories of Peter the Great to Cossack to the Battle of Poltava, it remains a gem of preserved history.
# 8 - Zaporozhye
This grand industrial city holds the longest center street in all of Europe. It is also well know as the Fortress Capital of the Cossacks. On the island Hortytsia within the city limits stands a massive rebuilt fortress where you can still see how the Cossacks of old trained, fought, and lived.
# 9 - Donetsk
The Industrial Center of Ukraine, home of the Shakhtor (winners of the UEFA CUP in 2006), and arguably the cultural center of Eastern Ukraine is loaded with Cathedrals, History, and Industrial Factories.
This may not sound like your cup of tea but, aside from the sites, the night life and excitement of the city truly is!
It's a melting pot of the surrounding countries cultures, and full of the best and cheapest food and Ukrainian souvenirs!
# 10 - Chernobol
The city best known for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster is now a surreal city of desolation. Although visitors are few and far between, its an incredible but brief view into the lives and story of those who lived there. The nearby city of Prypiat (a Ghost town) where the majority of the workers from the Power Plant lived has become a popular tourist attraction.
Want to see what it would be like if NYC was abandoned visit Prypiat!
The residents of Chernobyl today live in houses marked with signs stating that the "Owner of this house lives here".