5 Brilliant Cities to Visit
If You Want to Explore Ukraine More

Ukraine is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination for tourists from all over the world. Ancient history, a variety of architectural styles, beautiful nature, cozy and tourist-friendly cities, rich cuisine and, of course, hospitable people, make the country extremely attractive for tourism. September with its great weather conditions and beautiful autumn views is a magnificent time of year to explore this beautiful country to the fullest extent. Below we provide an overview of popular travel destinations and essential tourist cities in Ukraine you will enjoy after sightseeing in Kiev.


Lviv is a city in the Western part of Ukraine founded in the 13th century and named in honor of Leo, the eldest son of Rus’ King Daniel of Galicia. There are more than four thousand lion sculptures in Lviv and therefore the city is also called the city of Lions. Each lion sculpture has its own history and symbolism.

In the Middle Ages, Lviv was the capital of Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia and a famous trading center. During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, the city was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After the Dissolution treaties in 1919-1920, it became a capital of the West Ukrainian People’s Republic. Lviv’s rich history is reflected in the rich architecture and authentic spirit of the city.

Lviv is a truly European city with winding cozy streets and a lot of places to visit. Get acquainted with the most interesting places in Lviv:

  • Vysokyi Zamok (High Castle) is a popular place to observe the sunset, see ruins of the old castle, walk in old shady High Castle Park or just take pictures with the view of all the city. In ancient times there was the Prince Castle here situated on the highest hill of Lviv (about 400 meters above sea level).

  • Lviv town hall (19th century) where town administration is located. There is a great sightseeing platform on the top of the town hall where all tourists can see Lviv in full panoramic view.

  • Rynok Square (13th century) is the central square of the city and has been the main hub for public and cultural commercial life since ancient times.

  • Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet (19th century) was built in Renaissance and Baroque architecture style. You can see various ballet and opera shows there for the incredibly low price (ticket costs up to 12 US Dollars). Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet is the host venue for the recently revived Vienna Balls.

  • The set of religious monuments: The Dominican church, St. George’s Cathedral (8th century), The Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth, The Jesuit Church (17th century) dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul.

  • Lychakiv Cemetery is a State History and Culture Museum-Preserve. Many outstanding Ukrainian and Polish personalities are buried here.

  • Due to numerous changes in regulations and borders in the Western part of Ukraine, local Ukrainian cuisine was flavored by classic Viennese, Polish and Hungarian (spices) cooking traditions. One of the most outstanding dishes is Banosh, prepared with corn flour and sour cream seasoned with bacon, mushrooms and farmer’s white cheese. It is worth trying local Borsch, Deruny, Kruchenyky, Golubtsi, Nalysnyky and many other Ukrainian dishes. There are many local breweries where you can try famous local beer. You will be pleasantly impressed by the great variety of choice and low prices in Lviv restaurants.

    Lviv is the city of coffee. Numerous coffee shops and cafes offer this delicious beverage with hand-made chocolates and local sweets.

    The touristic infrastructure is well-organized here: there are many hotels, cafes, restaurants, and free WI-Fi zones in the city center. Frequent festivals and cultural events, ancient architecture and unique atmosphere attract numerous Ukrainian and foreign tourists to Lviv every year.


    Odessa is known as a city of humor and is in the list of top Ukrainian travel destinations. Located on the Black Sea coast, it combines dynamic city life, seaside resort, international business and trade point.

    Odessa was founded in the fifth–third centuries BC as a large Greek settlement called Odyssos. In the middle of the nineteenth century, Odessa became a free port. Now it is a modern city and also a huge transportation hub on the northwest coast of the Black Sea with its own seaport.

    Odessa is the city of Humor and Jokes. April 1st, April Fool’s Day is traditionally a day-off for citizens of Odessa. It is accompanied by carnivals that gather thousands of tourists here year after year. The humor of Odessa is famous all over Ukraine and probably most Ukrainian humorists come from Odessa! Many comedy shows are organized in the city throughout the year, the most famous of them is the Quartal 95.

    Here are Odessa’s top 5 attractions:

  • Potemkin Stairs, a great stone staircase with 192 stairs arranged in ten flights, represents the formal entrance into the city from the seashore. On the top of Potemkin Stairs resides Boulevard Primorsky, a wonderful walking area which leads to Odessa city center.
  • Deribasivska Street, Odessa’s main street, is a beautiful pedestrian walkway with unique architecture, many cafes and restaurants. Here, you can find famous twelfth chair monument dedicated to the satirical novel “The Twelve Chairs” written by Ilf and Petrov.
  • Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater (1887) a pearl of the city built in neo-baroque style.

  • Privoz, one of the most famous bazaars in Ukraine, is a real attraction for tourists! You can buy and sell absolutely everything here, bargaining will make you feel Odessa’s splendor to the full extent!
  • Arcadia is one of the most famous beaches and club complexes in Odessa. During the day you can enjoy the sun on one of the best private beaches and in the evening it turns to boisterous disco clubs and restaurants. Located just near the sea, Arcadia organizes great shows and concerts every day during the summer.
  • Note:
    Odessa City Day (its 223rd anniversary) will be celebrated on September 2 so you will have an amazing chance to participate in numerous events and celebrations traditionally organized here this month.


    Kharkiv is a big city in the north-east of Ukraine and lies in a large valley of 4 rivers – the Kharkiv, the Lopan, the Udy, and the Nemyshlya. The city has a large number of green parks with flowers, and old oak trees. Kharkiv’s streets and squares are spacious and green.
    Kharkiv is also called the city of students because of its numerous universities. Lots of festivals and cultural events are organized in Kharkiv throughout the year.

    Among the most popular attractions in Kharkiv:

  • Park of Maxim Gorky is a great place for entertainment that offers lots of attractions. It is mostly known by its huge ferris wheel and aerial ropeway where you can enjoy truly amazing city view. According to TripAdvisor, a tourist website, the park was recognized as one of the best entertainment parks in all of Europe (16th place in TripAdvisor rating).

  • Freedom Square, the city’s central square, is the biggest and the widest square in Europe!

  • Old neighborhoods with charming buildings, cathedrals with bell towers, modern fountains and a small copy of Eiffel Tower are really great places to visit in Kharkiv.

  • The Annunciation Cathedral, built on October 2, 1888 by the Orthodox Church in the Neo-Byzantine style, features a distinctive 80-meter-tall bell tower designed by local architect Mikhail Lovtsov.
  • Dnipro

    Dnipro city (Formerly known as “Dnipropetrovsk” until May 19, 2016) is the fourth largest city in Ukraine with approximately one million residents. It began on the banks of the Dnipro River and as a result got such name. During the Russian Empire, the city was known as Ekaterinoslav and it was the Empire’s 3rd capital city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Being one of the industrial centers of Soviet Ukraine, Dnipro was one of the key centers of the nuclear, arms and space industries for the Soviet Union. Because of its strong military industry, Dnipro was a closed city until the 1990’s.

    At present, Dnipro is a major business and political center of Ukraine. It is a native city for many of the country’s important figures, such as Leonid Kuchma, Pavlo Lazarenko and Yuliya Tymoshenko whose careers started in Dnipro.

    Old classical buildings, picturesque parks, and lots of high tech buildings represent the city nowadays. Top things to see and visit in Dnipro include:

  • Dnipro Pier is the longest in Europe with a total length of over 23 km. There is a unique atmosphere created by modern architecture, unusual sculptures, green lawns, fountains and the picturesque Dnipro River.

  • Akademik Yavornytsky Boulevard, the main downtown street, stretches from east to west through the city center.

  • The Soborna Square or central square, where you can see the majestic cathedral founded by the order of Catherine the Great in 1787, the Museum of History, Diorama “Battle for the Dnipro River (World War II),” and also the nice park where you can enjoy nature and tranquility.

  • If you go down the hill to the Dnipro River, you will arrive at the largest garden-park complex called Taras Shevchenko Park (which is on the right bank of the river) and across pedestrian bridge – to the mysterious and romantic Monastyrsky Island.

  • Menorah Cultural and Business Center is the world’s largest Jewish complex that consists of seven towers symbolizing the Temple’s Menorah. Today, cultural and business events are frequently conducted here that makes it one of the main attractions of the city.

  • Note:
    Dnipro traditionally celebrates the City Day during the second weekend of September and this year its 241st birthday falls on September 10.


    Chernihiv is an ancient city in northern Ukraine, where it’s also the administrative center of the Chernihiv Oblast with population around 300,000 people. The history of Chernihiv starts in the VII-IX century from Eastern-Slavic tribes’ settlement. At the time of the Kievan Rus, Chernihiv was the second city of importance and wealth.

    At present, Chernihiv’s architectural monuments reflect two the most outstanding historical periods in the city: the Kievan Rus period and the Cossack Hetmanate (late 17th and early 18th centuries). Top 5 landmarks of the city are the following:

  • Detinets of Chernihiv, which is the oldest part of the city – a hill on the high bank of the Desna River where the king’s castle and defensive fortifications were located.

  • The set of religious places: Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral (the oldest church in the city dated 1030), Yelets-Dormition Monastery (XI century), Pyatnytska Church (the end of XII century), Cathrine Church (VIII century).

  • Chernihiv’s Collegium (founded in 1700 and located in the premises of the former Borys and Hlib Monastery; restored to its original style in 1952-54).

  • Black Grave (kurgan) – according to a legend, this is a burial place of Chernihiv’s founder – Prince Chorny. In 1872-1973 many artifacts from the 10th century were found here during excavations and in 1873 a memorial obelisk was erected on the hill.

  • House of Lyzohub (17th Century). The building was used as the chancellery of Chernihiv Cossack regiment.

    The city will surprise you with its unique atmosphere and how far your hryvnia will go here. One of the city’s evening attractions worth visiting is the Fountain with Lights and Music show, located in the city center.

  • Note:
    Chernigiv will celebrate its 1110 birthday on September 21 and invites everyone to join in the celebration.