Top Fascinating Places to Visit in Ukraine

From the abandoned radioactive city of Pripyat Chernobyl to the ancient castle in Kamenets Podolsky, Ukraine has a lot of history and unique adventures that await.

Ukraine is a country that has many different cultures, languages, and natural beauty. The most popular tourist destinations in Ukraine are Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv. But there’s more! From the rolling hills of Chernobyl to the ancient castle in Kamenets Podolsky, Ukraine has plenty of adventures waiting for you. If you’re looking for an adventure to remember then check out these fascinating places to visit in Ukraine!


It is the most popular tourist destination in Ukraine. This site is still a gloomy reminder of human errors, but visiting Chernobyl you can see how much it has been reclaimed by wildlife and forest over the years.

tour to Chernobyl

Visitors will be able to explore an abandoned city – Pripyat – that was once home to many people and now stands as a testament to Soviet environmental mistakes. A tour to Chernobyl is eye-opening and can be dangerous to health if you’re exposed to radioactivity in the area for too long. For this reason, you can only enter with an official tour to visit Chernobyl for a limited time.

Chernobyl Museum

The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26th, 1986; which was a tragedy not just for Ukraine but also the entire world since radiation from this event spread across borders affecting people in other countries too. Today, visitors can learn more about what happened at Chernobyl thanks to its history museum located in nearby Prypyat. In it, you’ll find information on how scientists tried to control the situation after the explosion – all while dealing with a lack of resources thanks to the Soviet Union.

Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle

This UNESCO Heritage Site was originally built by King Daniel of Galicia during the 14th century but thanks to its location on top of a hill surrounded by ravines on two sides, Kamianets-Podilsky castle has weathered centuries without succumbing to invaders; even though there were many wars fought nearby! Today tourists can walk through this medieval fortress or take part in outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking tours, etc. And because it’s located just an hour away from Lviv, this UNESCO Heritage Site makes for an ideal day trip.

Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love is in southern Ukraine, close to Klevlan’s capital city Vinnytsya. This tunnel spans nearly 18 kilometers through forested hillsides until it reaches All Saints’ Church on top of a hill overlooking the Dniester River Valley below. Sometimes referred to as “the world’s longest love tunnel” the Tunnel of Love is a popular destination for newlyweds.

Lake Yalta

This beautiful lake is located in Crimea (currently occupied by Russia) and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Lake Yalta has been captured multiple times as one of Ukraine’s most scenic places to visit thanks to its unspoiled nature, which makes it perfect for those who want an escape from busy life and tourists alike. Visitors can enjoy walking around this gem or renting boats to explore the area at their own pace – stopping whenever they wish! You might even be lucky enough to spot wildlife such as wild boars, deer, rabbits, foxes, peacocks, etc during your walk along the shores of Lake Yalta.

Lviv UNESCO Heritage Site

Lviv is one of Ukraine’s most popular cities for tourists because it has a rich history and culture. It was once the second city in size during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and today, Lviv is an important center of arts, music, education, local cuisine – not to mention tourism. The historical buildings here are what make this UNESCO Heritage Site special; such as Poland Square with its many monuments celebrating different events celebrated by Ukrainians throughout their history or St Nicholas Church which dates back more than 600 years.

Lviv UNESCO Heritage Site
Lviv UNESCO Heritage Site

Lviv National University

For travelers interested in learning more about Ukrainian history without having to sit through long lectures then Lviv National University is the perfect place to visit. This university has been around for centuries and today, it’s still one of Ukraine’s most prestigious establishments with an alumni list that includes many famous Ukrainians, such as composers Mykhailo Lysenko and Lesia Ukrainka or writers Nikolai Gogol and Ivan Franko.

Symphony of Colors Festival in Ivano-Frankivsk

This festival is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who loves to enjoy the outdoors and explore new places! The festival takes place every year from June 16th until July 14th when you can visit flower gardens – including those which are specially grown just for this event such as many colors tulips or roses with different shapes and sizes. Some concerts take place at various venues throughout Ivano-Frankivsk during the evening hours but if you’re looking for something more active there are plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking on the Dnister River or going on hikes through Kamianka Ternopil forest.

Pidhirtsi Fortress Ruins (near Lviv)

Built on top of an old hill about 25 kilometers from the city center, the Pidhirtsi fortress is one of those places that will leave you in awe. It’s thought to have been built around the 12th century and today, it still stands – albeit as ruins for visitors to explore.

Carpathian Mountains

This mountain range in Ukraine is the largest in Eastern Europe and spans about 1000 kilometers. The highest peak here is Mount Hoverla at over 2600 meters above sea level, with much of this rugged terrain covered by forests that provide a shelter for wildlife – as well as many outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike or go on other adventures such as kayaking or biking!

Carpathian Mountains
Carpathian Mountains

Mount Hoverla

Hoverla is the highest peak in Ukraine and one of its most popular mountains to visit. The summit can be reached by car or bus up a winding, spiraling road that leads up through beautiful pine forests before it reaches the mountaintop lookout point – called Sky View. From this spot, you’ll get an incredible view for miles around as well as some breathtaking views of nearby peaks such as Mount Stryzhavka which stands at more than 2300 meters above sea level! However, it will be way more memorable if you trek up the mountain on foot.


This city is located in southwestern Ukraine near the borders of Romania. It’s known as “the pearl on the Dniester” because it overlooks one of Europe’s most famous rivers and has medieval architecture with traditional-style buildings. There’s also plenty of natural beauty around Klevlan which makes this place great for exploring or just relaxing by the riverbank.

Klevlan Castle

This castle is one of Ukraine’s most impressive UNESCO Heritage Sites and dates back more than 700 years ago. It was built by King Lev Danylo in 1253 after he defeated his brother, Prince Roman Mstyslavych who had taken control over Klevlan during that period. Today this medieval fortress still stands tall – now serving as a museum where you can learn its history or take part in outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking tours, etc!

So look no further, while the likes of Ireland and Turkey has some really magnificent and old castles, Kelvlan Castle is worth a visit.

Your Turn

As you can see, Ukraine is a country that has it all. From the beautiful mountains to the bustling cities, Ukraine offers so much for visitors who love outdoor activities and want to experience culture at its best. There are many different places you can visit in this fascinating country—from Chernobyl to Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle or Lviv’s UNESCO Heritage Site. If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure, head on over!

Lydia Krol

Lydia Krol

Lydia Krol enjoys going on road trips and campervan escapades with her equally adventurous husband, Cez Krol. From New Zealand to USA to Canada, Lydia is well versed with campervaning and has a wealth of tips and hacks on how to make the best of your life on the road, no matter the season.

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