There is a common perception that the Greeks are lazy, the Italians are loud, and the Germans are restrained and prudent. But if you mix all these characteristics and add a whole big spoon of hospitality and love for spectacular celebrations, you will get a true Ukrainian. Despite the historical division of Ukraine between different states, numerous wars and genocides, our people have retained their authenticity and culture, that will amaze you if you spend at least one day in a community of real Ukrainians. So, let’s start scratching Ukraine on your travel map.
Have you ever pondered the location of the centre of Europe? Ukrainian town of Rakhiv, situated among the Carpathian Mountains, is officially considered the geographical centre of Europe. This fact does not seem weird because Ukraine itself is the largest all-European country.
Kyiv is the capital city of Ukraine. An ancient city opens an exciting encyclopedia of gorgeous architectural monuments, incredible parks with charming views of the great Dnieper River to tourists. This is a place in which powerful energy of the megapolis merges with the cultural and historical national identity.
If you go slightly lower to the south, you will get to Odessa - the pearl of Ukraine on the Black Sea coast, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine with heroical history. It is the largest seaport in the country and the capital of humor. Residents of the city will impress you with their unceasing fun stories. Relatively quiet city in winter becomes an extremely vibrant and dynamic centre with many modern nightclubs and parties under the open sky during warm seasons.
In the northeast of the country, there is the city of Kharkiv, that was the capital of Ukraine during the period of the Soviet Union. It is the second largest city in Ukraine. It is a huge scientific and industrial centre. It maintained a strict monumental architecture and greatness of the Soviet Union period.
The most attractive tourist destinations are situated in the western part of Ukraine, with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites to offer. The magnificent mountains of the Carpathians with a huge number of ancient castles and fortresses stretch here. Finally, the cultural capital of Ukraine - the city of Lviv, is also situated in this region. Lviv is the city of legends, the city of eternal festivals, the city with a smell of coffee and a taste of chocolate, the city where you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of an endless holiday.
By reading this article, you have already started to scratch Ukraine on your travel map of incredible impressions and emotions. Ukraine is amazing for people with different interests. If you are a food lover, then Ukrainian borscht, lard, banosh, hundreds of kinds of tasty alcoholic beverages and craft beers will not leave you indifferent. If you are an adrenaline seeker, you need to get to the Ukrainian mountains, climb the highest peak of Hoverla and try skiing or snowboarding in the modern and picturesque ski resort Bukovel. And if you would like to discover the secrets of ancient castles, learn about the history of religion, find the hidden gems of world culture and nature, start planning your vacation in Ukraine. Ukraine is open to the world, and Ukrainians are always waiting for you and will do their best to make you fall in love with their country.
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