Destination: Ukraine

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WHY VISIT UKRAINE

Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, is a must-stop for any visitor: the guardian of rich history, dotted by invasions and marked by Orthodox traditions, the religious heritage it houses a very important and exciting, especially churches. But Kiev is a city where the Dnieper flows, surrounded by many parks where there are even beaches in summer, which is dotted with many shops and restaurants, particularly on the main artery, the Khreshchiatik street. Another avenue where wander on foot, Volodimirska the street leading from the St. Sophia Cathedral at the Golden Gate, then to the opera and Shevchenko Park.

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Lviv, located just to the east, is undoubtedly the most beautiful city of the country, often touted as the Florence of Central Europe, it has a remarkable historic center, where the styles mix, and you’ll discover architectures from baroque to the Gothic, from the Renaissance to Rococo. Many sites to visit, such as the Assumption Church, Armenian Cathedral, Boim Chapel, the Bernardine Church.

Odessa, built in the 18th century on the banks of the Black Sea, also houses beautiful buildings, which is not surprising if one knows that Catherine II, who was at the origin of the city, wanted to make a second St. Petersburg. Very sunny, it also offers nice beaches, nice shopping streets and famous sights such as the famous Potemkin stairs, instead of Catherine II, the opera, the Archaeological Museum, City Hall.

Another very beautiful area not to be missed, the Carpathian: mountain range that is reminiscent of the Vosges, it is particularly suitable for hiking, but can also discover the ancient traditions of the country through a preserved folklore. There are also several ski resorts.

WHAT TO SEE IN UKRAINE

Top destinations in Ukraine are:

  • Lviv
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Kharkiv
  • Sevastopol
  • Yalta
  • Donetsk
  • Yevpatoria
  • Uman
  • Kamianets-Podilskyi
  • Mukachevo
  • Zaporizhia

WHEN TO GO TO UKRAINE

Weather in Ukraine

The best period to visit Ukraine is from May to September.

The country experiences a temperate continental climate, with significant differences between winter and summer temperatures. Between April and October, the warm season provides pleasant temperatures, with peaks at 30 ° C in July and August, then comes winter, which lasts from November to March, and causes severe cold and snowstorms. Crimea has, however, milder winters.

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Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Ukraine

January

New Year Tree Show. Each winter, the Ukraine Palace hosts traditional New Year Tree shows, which are Christmas concerts for kids. Games, costume competitions, singing, and dancing also happen before the main concert.

March

Taras Shevchenko Day. (Mar. 9) This public holiday honors the birthday of the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko with events around Kyiv.

April

Velykden (Easter). Easter is the biggest Christian holiday in Ukraine, whose population is mainly Christian Orthodox. Massive celebrations are held around the country.

May

Kyiv Days. (last week of May) Held annually during the last weekend of May in the capital Kyiv, events include music concerts, art performances, and fireworks, as well as many other fun festivities.

Kyiv International Advertising Festival. The top advertising firms from around the world come to the capital to exchange ideas, show off new designs, and make business.

August

Koktebel International Jazz Festival. This jazz festival brings a number of world-class musicians from around the world to perform a series of concerts at venues around the city.

Trance Festival. Each year, the youthful and energetic descend on Kazantip to indulge in Ukraine’s biggest dance party.

Genoese a helmet. This international festival of knightly fencing is held each year in the town of Sudak. It’s an interesting glimpse at a martial art of the past.

September

Odessa Jazz Carnival. Another in Ukraine’s jazz calendar brings a collection of great jazz musicians to the city of Odessa for a series of concerts.

October

Molodist International Film Festival. This annual event takes place in Kyiv and brings film directors from around the world to premiere their latest works over the course of one week.

December

Saint Nicolas Day. Traditionally, Ukrainians exchange gifts on 19 December, which is the day that honors the popular Saint Nicolas, who lived in the 4th century in Turkey.

Christmas. For Ukrainians, Christmas is the most important family holiday of the year. It is celebrated solemnly, but also merrily, according to the traditions that have been passed down over the generations.

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH UKRAINE

by plane, the main airports are:

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON UKRAINE

health tips & vaccination: vaccination against tuberculosis is also recommended.

local currency: Ukrainian hryvnia

local time zone: GMT+2 (+3)

electricity: type C and type F (220 V – 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN UKRAINE

typical food in Ukraine

  • borshch, traditional soup, made out of beetroot and up to 20 other ingredients;
  • varenyky, traditional dumplings with different stuffings from mashed potatoes with mushrooms and fried onions, pickled cabbage, minced meat, and even cherries;
  • banosh wiht brynza, tasty additions of brynza – local salty sheep cheese, wild white mushrooms (preferably hand-picked from the nearest forest!) and shkvarky (scrunchy bits of pork fat);
  • uzvar, a traditional refreshing drink consisting of a compote, made out of dried fruits.

souvenirs from Ukraine

  • Lliv painted eggs
  • Woven belts
  • Embroidered tunics
  • Amber necklaces
  • Carved wooden objects
  • Naive paintings
  • Pottery
  • Woolen blankets

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Здравствуйте (Zdravstvuyte)

Goodbye: До побачення (Do pobachennya)

How are you?: Як поживаєте? (Yak pozhyvayete?)

Thank you: Спасибі (Spasibi)

What is your name?: Як вас звати? (Yak vas zvaty?)

How much is it? Скільки це коштує? (Skilʹky tse koshtuye?)

Sorry: Вибачте (Vybachte)

 

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