Ukraine’s beautiful castles and fortresses have witnessed dramatic historical events, many of which have attained a shroud of mystery and legend over the centuries. Located in some of the country’s most picturesque landscapes, their charm is highlighted by the rich colors of autumn. The Kyiv Post offers a guide to some of Ukraine’s best castles and fortresses.
Synevyr is arguably Ukraine's best-known lake, featured in songs and poetry and often called the most beautiful one. Located in the far west of Ukraine at the height of 989 meters above sea level, Synevyr is the largest lake in the area of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.
Fancy some summer romance in Lviv? Green mountains in the Carpathians? History in Chernivtsi? The cosmopolitan patina of Odesa? City surroundings in Kharkiv? Black Sea beaches in southern Kherson and Odesa oblasts, in Skadovsk, Koblevo, Zatoka, Lebedyovka or even further south?
There are penty of high-quality spa hotels offering luxurious rooms and upscale services just a two-hour drive from Kyiv. Premium recreation centers offer amenities such as wooden cottages, saunas, tennis courts and swimming pools. The Kyiv Post makes its pick of some of the best.
Lotte Leming Rognsas from Norway became a huge fan of Kyiv when she came
to Ukraine in 2013 for a year of volunteer work. Now she wants to come
back to Ukraine to revisit Lviv and the Carpathian Mountains, and plans
to do so this summer despite Russia's war in the eastern Donbas. Rognsas
is one of a few foreign tourists who are not scared off by the
Thanks to the Labor and Victory Day holidays next month, many will get to enjoy two long holiday weekends. These are great chances to discover more of the country. The Kyiv Post points the way to some of Ukraine's faraway and nearby treasures. Most require a car. To rent one, visit www.sixt.com, www.avis.com.ua, or www.atlaschoice.com.
A video shot in Ukraine of a wild fox skillfully making a sandwich went viral online.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Back in the mid-1990s, I didn’t have a TV or internet access, and newspapers were largely preoccupied with the political and economic chaos in Ukraine. Therefore, I grew up oblivious of the war in the Balkans.
Sri Lanka, known as Ceylon during British imperial rule from 1815 to 1948, is an evergreen island in the Indian Ocean. Famed for tea and elephants, some people go there to relax on its paradise beaches, but for others it is a perfect destination for adventures.
Most people I know do not believe that the Black Sea shore can be crystal clear. And they have reasons. Popular sea resorts are overcrowded and, therefore, quite dirty. But there are still some perfectly clean secluded places. And Katranka is one of them.
With Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin-backed war in
Ukraine’s southeast, many of Ukraine’s prized Black and Azov sea resorts
are now in enemy hands or have closed indefinitely.
But a team of travelers from Kyiv is challenging the notion that all is lost. To prove their point, they trekked around Ukraine to find lesser-known resorts and attractions not under Russian control or in war zones.
Our trip to Vyzhniy Bereziv, a small western Ukrainian village in the Carpathians, started in a shuttle bus full of locals and their newly purchased piglets and chickens. It was Saturday, a market day in the nearest town Kolomyia.
CHISINAU, Moldova – In Chisinau, it must be impossible to keep a secret.
Everybody seem to know everyone in this small city of some 720,000 people - although the population numbers are never right in Moldova, where up to 25 percent of people permanently work and live abroad.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin-backed war in eastern Ukraine are changing travel plans.
The EuroMaidan Revolution left Ukraine with one new and extremely popular tourist attraction. Thousands of Ukrainians and foreigners come every week to the unremarkable village of Novi Petrivtsi north of Kyiv. Here stands Mezhyhirya, a hilariously luxurious mansion and 140-hectare estate that belonged to former President Viktor Yanukovych.
In response to a number of myths about western Ukrainians, shared by Russian-backed separatists in the east and fueled by Kremlin propaganda, the Lviv-based Ukrainian Catholic University has started an exchange program.