Where to spend a weekend in Ukraine: 4 original ideas
Autumn is an ideal time for both outdoor enthusiasts and those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature in peace. To make your weekend as interesting as possible, you should think about and plan everything in advance. So, if you are looking for a destination for a short trip to Ukraine, we recommend that you take a closer look at our selection.
St. Sophia Park (Uman)
In the fall, this place turns into a bright palette of yellow and red colors. Therefore, a tour of these locations is definitely worth your attention, especially if you love nature and architecture.
The Sofiyivka Dendrological Park was founded by Count Potocki as a birthday present for his wife Sofia.
By the way, on the territory you can see an oak tree that is about 400 years old. According to folk legend, it was under this tree that the legendary Ukrainian leaders Maksym Zalizniak and Ivan Honta used to meet with the Cossacks.
We recommend walking along the alleys where Taras Shevchenko, Volodymyr Sosiura, and Ivan Kotliarevskyi used to walk. Don't forget to take a photo near the Snake Fountain or the statues of Euripides, Venus, Cupid, or Paris.
Not far from the village of Aktove in Mykolaiv region, there is a real miracle that is part of the Buzkyi Gard Nature Park. This canyon, at the bottom of which the Mertvovid River flows, is one of the seven natural wonders of Ukraine and is considered one of the oldest European landmasses.
For fans of history and esotericism, the valley is of particular interest, as this place was a kind of sacred center of Scythia, where rituals were held in ancient times and gods were honored.
The river got such a gloomy name for a reason. According to one of the legends, during the Tatar attack, the locals cooked poison and poured it into the reservoir. The invaders drank the water and all died. According to another version, a terrible battle between the Zaporizhzhia Cossacks and the Turks took place here, after which so many bodies lay on the banks that the waves were not even visible.
In September, while it's still warm, you can pitch a tent here and spend the night in the lap of nature. Don't forget to take a photo against the backdrop of unique rocks that are similar in geological and landscape characteristics to the Grand Canyon in the United States.
However, do not forget that Mykolaiv region is currently under constant enemy fire. So be as cautious as possible and do not ignore air raid warnings.
A unique city that still retains the spirit of the Middle Ages. Here, ancient military engineers used the natural landscape to create a fortification system that has no analogues in Europe.
Although Kamianets-Podilskyi is not a regional center, it ranks third after Kyiv and Lviv in terms of the number of ancient and cultural monuments.
Undoubtedly, the city's main business card is the fortress built on the steep banks of the Smotrych River. For centuries, the structure has been impregnable. One of the legends says that when the Turkish army approached Kamianets-Podilskyi and Khan Osman saw these mighty walls, he was surprised at their strength. Then the commander asked who built this miracle. He was answered: "Allah". Then Osman exclaimed, "May Allah take it," and retreated.
Be sure to visit the Old City, which can be reached by crossing the Castle Bridge. Walk through the Armenian Market, the narrow streets, and admire the unique architectural monuments: the oldest town hall in Ukraine and the Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. By the way, this is the only Christian church in our country that includes a characteristic element of Muslim architecture - a minaret topped with a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.
If you love hiking, be sure to visit this mysterious and legendary place that will inevitably leave an imprint on your heart.
Hidden deep in the woods, the stone giants were a refuge for the ancient tribes that inhabited the Carpathian region, they withstood the Mongol-Tatar invasion and served as a fortress for the local population for centuries.
This natural wonder is located in the Bubnyshche tract, Ivano-Frankivsk region. It can be reached from the city of Yaremche. The rock and cave complex rises to a height of 668 meters above sea level and is a massive outcrop of sandstones that were formed at the bottom of the ancient ocean more than 70 million years ago.
In different periods, it was both a sanctuary and a stronghold of the Opryshkiv movement. According to legend, the leader of the rebels, Dovbush, was endowed with magical powers that were renewed among these rocks. Other legends say that the treasure hidden by Oleksa should be found in these rocks. But it is not known for certain whether the fighters for justice were really hiding in this area.
Another attraction for travelers is the 20-centimeter-wide Devil's Gorge. According to legend, those who can pass through it will forget all their sins.
If you want to catch your breath after an active vacation, there is a kolyba nearby where you can enjoy traditional Hutsul cuisine.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you what to see in Odesa in the fall.