“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories”Ray Bradbury
Cities full of life, ancient castles, stunning countryside, a variety of landscapes, and the friendly attitude of people make Ukraine a special place, regardless of economic and political problems.
The lack of mass tourism gives Ukraine a special charm and authenticity often missing in other countries.
But which cities are the best for the first acquaintance with Ukraine? We made a list oftop Ukrainian cities.
Kyiv is one of the most famous city in Eastern Europe. Also, Kyiv is the cultural and spiritual capital of the country. More than 2 million foreign tourists and more than 3 million domestic tourists visited Kyiv last year.
Due to the hilly territory, the city is very picturesque and has more than 20 viewpoints. Keep in mind that Kyiv is quite large, and the tour might take 10 kilometers.
How much time do you need to spend in Kyiv to explore this city? You need a minimum of two days, but three days will be better.
As a tourist: visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and St. Sophia Cathedral. Also, take a walk along Andrew’s Descent — one of the oldest streets and visit an impressive House with chimeras.
As an expat: visit a performance at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral to listen to the pipe organ.
This city is the cultural capital of Ukraine. Here you can find the most impressive architecture of the country. More than 1.2 million people visited Lviv in the first half of 2019.
Lviv is a cozy and welcoming city, offering a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and vibrant nightlife. Regardless of the season, the city is popular among tourists. People like to come there from time to time to feel the atmosphere of this city.
As a tourist: explore a majestic UNESCO-protected Old Town. It is famous for its beautiful narrow streets, magnificent churches, fascinating museums, and a unique atmosphere.
As an expat: try to catch an opportunity to attend an annual ball (dance party) at the House of Scientists.
It is a colorful city on the seaside. Odessa hosted more than 3.2 million tourist in 2018.
There is a special atmosphere, special people and a special attitude to everything. You need to feel this city. Come here to visit the legendary opera house and numerous beaches.
If you want to get to know incredible stories about local courtyards, find a guide on our website. This way, you will surely fall in love with the city.
As a tourist: you should bargain at Privoz, and count all the Potemkin steps.
As an expat: rent a bike and ride it on the healthy track, 7 km road near the seaside.
INSIGHT: Odessa is a Ukrainian capital of humor. At the beginning of April, Odessa hosts a festival of humor.
This city is the first capital of Ukraine. Also, Kharkiv is the student capital of Ukraine. The first thing that will amaze you in Kharkiv is a beautiful train station. In 2018, more than 6 million tourists visited Kharkiv.
As a tourist: take a walk along Sumska Street, from the restored Constitution Square to the Maxim Gorky park. This park considered one of the most beautiful in Ukraine.
As an expat: check modernistic art objects such as murals on the walls of high-rise buildings and art galleries.
“Ukrainian Paris” – this is the way how Ukrainians call Chernivtsi. Chernivtsi is perfect for romantic walks and spending time at charming European-style cafes.
Did you know that this city in 2012 recognized as the most comfortable city for living in Ukraine?
As a tourist: visit a stunning building of the University of Chernivtsi. ⠀
As an expat: don’t miss the opportunity to see Cherry blossom in the spring at Philharmonic Square and near Central Park.
This city is a cultural center of western Ukraine, one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
As a tourist: Take a walk in the old town, and you will find many attractive sights, street cafes, and bookstores. Also, visit Town Hall — a symbol of the city.
As an expat: visit the City Lake with the Island of Love, which has the shape of a heart.
There are a lot of bewitching small cities in Ukraine visiting which you can discover Ukrainian culture! Let us know in the comments below if you want to get to know more information about them!
PS: Ukraine is a huge country with different types of cities: urban, modern, industrial, historical. Everybody can find the type of city to fall in love with.