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Attractions

St. Sophia’s Cathedral

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1980s, St. Sophia’s Cathedral (also called Saint Sophia Cathedral) is a favorite of visitors. With an elaborate Baroque exterior consisting of 13 golden domes, this cathedral stands out among the other historic buildings. Its beauty draws you into a jaw-dropping interior.

Inside, you’ll find the space filled with beautiful murals, ancient mosaics, and frescoes that are centuries old. Take a tour or sit through a service to get the full experience.

Eat Borscht

With the explosion of gastronomic tourism of late, many feel there’s no better way to dig deep into a new culture than through their food. Traditional Ukrainian borscht can be found in restaurants all over the country. Available either hot or cold, it’s a perfect example of the citizens stretching ingredients when times were tough, and if you’re lucky, the very best versions will inspire you to find a recipe to make once you’re back home

Visit a Sunflower Field

  Sunflower oil is one of Ukraine’s largest exports; as a matter of fact, the country is the 2nd largest producer of the oil in the world. Tourists will find enormous fields of the flowers all over the country. With shades ranging from buttercup to golden orange, these platter-size beauties thrive in the area’s soil and climate.

 

Mezhyhirya: Former Presidential Palace, Kiev

Mezhyhirya is situated on the banks of the beautiful Dnieper River and is the former residence of ex-president of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. There is no shortage of things to do here, and it may be the most interesting and over-the-top place you have ever visited.

 Chernobyl

Are you familiar with the term Dark Tourism? It refers to travel to places associated with death and tragic occurrences. The 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City, Alcatraz in San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Pompeii, and The Killing Fields of Cambodia are all popular examples. Visitors to Ukraine can add the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, ground zero for the disaster, to the list.

Take a Cooking Class and Eat Dumplings

Do a bit of research before your trip and find a restaurant that also offers cooking lessons of the famous Ukrainian dumplings, vareniki. They are available in many varieties, both sweet and savory, and foodies can find meat, potatoes, and cabbage, as well as sweet cherry and other local fruit

Kamenets Podolsky Castle

Located in Kamianets-Podilskyi, a short walk from the old town, Kamenets Podolsky Castle is a striking landmark. This fortress, which has been in existence since before the 14th century, is the perfect place in the canyon to take pictures and explore. It’s reminiscent of a fairy-tale castle.

Take a tour around the inside with all of its passageways and marvel at the manicured grounds. Even though this castle is centuries old, it has modern amenities like bathrooms and a café to make sure you enjoy your visit.

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