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Many travelers and even native Kyiv dwellers feel surprised when they hear that a large fortress is located in the very center of Ukrainian capital. However, it is true, and those who are interested can find this historical place, hidden in the labyrinth of Pechersk district streets. Kosoy Kaponir fortress, situated near Kyiv military hospital, impresses visitors with its significant size and spectacular views. Let us consider the history of this unique location.

There’s no shortage of zoos in Ukraine, with plenty of opportunities to hang out with the animal kingdom. But which ones are the best? Many of Ukrainian zoological parks still have a long way to go in order to reach European standards; some of the facilities have already started that process. «Destinations» offers some handy information on the best zoos in Ukraine.

From imposing medieval forts, to beautiful manor houses, the rugged Ukrainian landscape is awash with beautiful castles. Scattered across picturesque countryside and rocky hills, Ukrainian castles comprise a small but important part of the vast historical heritage of the country. Here are the most beautiful ones.

When a traveler has already visited all famous touristic sights of Ukrainian capital, he/she will probably feel desire to explore less-known or even secret spots of charming Kyiv. Experienced travelers say that it is the best way to feel soul and specific character of the city. Trust us: Kyiv has numerous locations to surprise and captivate you. Let`s take a look at some of them.

There is no need in keeping saying that Kyiv is a fascinating city. Walking around it always end up with whipping out a camera or a smart phone to capture yourself with beautiful architecture in the background. But in case your camera is full of pictures of common places, here is another “set of five” to be your next shooting sites.  

September is one of the best periods for travelling throughout Ukraine. The weather is still warm, but not too hot anymore; clear blue sky and millions of golden leaves make any beautiful location even more lovely. It is the right time to take a backpack, a photo camera and to go on a trip to some of the most amazing destinations in Ukraine.

Bulgakov`s house, which is also called “Turbiny`s House”, is one of the main sights of the famous Andriyivsky Descent in Kyiv. This is the only one museum in the world, dedicated to Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of the famous “The Master and Margarita” novel. The writer spent his young years in this house, living with his big family, and also worked there as a doctor. Let us consider some interesting facts about this house and the life of Mikhail Bulgakov.

Lutsk region takes tourism seriously. It provides visitors with the genuine Ukrainian experience: old castles, dreamy little towns, beautiful natural landmarks. The regional capital city Lutsk offers to explore its historic conservation area and castle. This small, slowly refurbishing enclave of cobbled streets is lined with architecture from centuries past, harking back to Lutsk's Lithuanian, Polish and Russian history.

Kyiv is a truly magnificent city, impressing its dwellers and guests with fascinating architecture, unique monuments and fountains, beautiful nature in numerous parks and many other attractions. There are famous touristic sights such as Khreschatyk street or Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, but Ukrainian capital is also full of less-known places of interest, which create special spirit and cozy atmosphere of the city. Check out some secret places of Kyiv that you undoubtedly would like to see.

It is believed that the best artisan chocolate in Ukraine comes from Lviv. Lviv Chocolate Workshop (locally known as «Lvivska Maysternya Shokolady» or Lviv handmade chocolate shop) is a brain-child of iFest holding that is also behind Lviv’s most famous gastro-destinations such as Kryyivka (WW2-themed Ukrainian Patriotic Restaurant), Lviv Coffee Mine (Lvivska Kopal’nya Kavy) and House of Legends (Dim Legend). The place offers great variety of handmade chocolate sweets and massive chocolate bars sold by kilo that make people wait in lines to get their hands on.

Aktove canyon is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Ukraine. It starts near Petropavlovka village and extends along twisting channel of Mertvovod River on the territory of Voznesensk region in Mykolayiv oblast. This natural phenomenon, which has no analogues in Europe, is similar to the famous North America canyons by its geological characteristics and landscapes. Aktove canyon impresses tourists with breathtaking views. At sunrises, the canyon rocks` color turns to peach pink, which can serve as an explanation of Aktove canyon`s second name – “The Devil`s Valley”.

Ternopil is one of the largest cities of Western Ukraine. This is a cozy, incredibly green city with a laid-back, relaxed and almost European feel. Ternopil region has a bright history and a plethora of interesting natural, historical and architectural sights, which makes it rather popular travel destination of Western Ukraine.

Richard the Lionheart`s Castle is a poetized name of building No 15 on the famous Andriyivsky Descent in Kyiv. This architectural monument of XIX century, designed according to British gothic style, is one of the most romantic, beautiful and mysterious buildings of Ukrainian capital. Richard the Lionheart`s Castle is steeped with many mystic stories and legends.

Lakes showcase some of water's most alluring qualities, from mesmerizing ripples and mirror-like reflections to crystalline clarity.  Ukraine has hundreds of them, from tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater expanses. However, some lakes simply stand out more than others.

The glorious religious architecture dominates the skyline of modern Lviv. Being a multicultural city with over 700-year history, Lviv boasts a great number of religious buildings which are considered the masterpieces of the architectural craft. Armenian Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is without any doubt one of the most interesting among all the sacral buildings in the city.

Lviv gets exceptionally busy in summer. The city  hosts numerous festivals and art events as well as offers an impressive variety of fun and exciting activities to try out during the season. However, in case you want to take a break from all the hustle that fills the downtown  and enjoy a short pleasant trip outside the city, «Destinations» gathered together the list of beautiful places around Lviv for the best weekend.

With its numerous green parks, beautiful fountains, fascinating sculptures and cozy streets, Kiev is a perfect place for loving couples. This amazing city offers plenty of romantic places for any taste. Let us find out where to go in order to find the best dating spots in Kiev.

August is the hottest summer month and also the peak of the summer vacations season in Ukraine. The list of travel options to choose from during this month seems almost endless. «Destinations» gathered together some of the most exciting travel destinations in Ukraine to visit in August.

In summertime, lots of people prefer calm relaxation on a beach in a chaise lounge with a cocktail. But there are also many lovers of active water amusements, who like beach sport games and enjoy riding on waterslides. Destinations rounds up some places with the best water activities in Kyiv.

Lviv is home to some of Ukraine’s most beautiful structures. Some are old, some are incredibly old and some are ultra modern. Lviv’s architecture is full of strange, weird, cool and wonderful buildings, which you can discover in our article.

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