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Simferopol a beautiful city with spacious parks and gardens, ideal as a central point for the Crimea. Plenty of busses to all towns on the Crimea cheap and very frequent.
Kiev is great, but has nothing in common with Prague. It is very interesting, cheap, and safe, but I would not really call it beautiful except for the Orthodox churches. Those make it an Orthodox Rome and the monastery is superb. The city itself reminded me more of Moscow but smaller. English usually does not help -- …
Balaclava, a small resort in Crimea, is famous for its sights and beaches. Balaclava was part of several empires -– the Byzantine, the Ottoman and the Russian, and also part of the Venetian and Genoese kingdoms. There is a beautiful Genoese fortress and a nuclear submarine base that was closed less than twenty years …
Simferopol is a nice city with some interesting sights (the Theater and the Crimean Parliament building), but its location makes it great! It is less than seventy kilometers from Bakhchisaray, Alushta, Alupka, Yalta, Sevastopol, Balaclava, Eupatoria, and Sudak and is a great base for a tour to these cities, especially …
Built as a small, industrial coal mine and steel base in the middle of the nineeenth century, Donetsk is the main industrial city in Ukraine now. This means Donetsk is not a very popular touristic destination, but visitors have the chance to see the “real” Ukraine (other big Ukrainian cities -- Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv …
Kharkiv is less than eighty kilometers from the Russian border, so there is a noticeable Russian influence, as it was a major city in the former United Soviet Socialist Republic. Now, Kharkiv is a leading education center in Ukraine, with more than fifty universities. Kharkiv’s population is about one and a half …
Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is a city confused. The local language is called surzhyk and is a mix of Russian and Ukrainian that full-blooded Russians don’t consider Russian and Ukrainians don’t consider Ukrainian. Very few people here use the country’s language of Ukrainian. Kiev is a large city, and what makes it …
Odessa is a large, multicultural city and an amazing party place in the summer. Be aware that the city is a major port and after that, an attractive tourist destination. Visit the port, one of the largest in the Black Sea region; the Archaeological Museum in Odessa; the Potemkin Stairs (yes, from Sergei Eisenstein’s …
Chernivtsi is underrated due to its proximity to Lviv, but the city is great. As Chernivtsi is close to Romania and Poland, it was historically involved with both of them. It used to have one of the largest Jewish communities in the region just less than a century ago but now, there are almost no Jews. Chernivtsi can …
Kamianets-Podilskyi has been called the Carcassonne of Ukraine, and although this may be a slight misnomer and exaggeration, this charming, sleepy, little town perched on the hills above the banks of the Smotrych River is well worth a visit. Backpackers will probably want to stay in the newer part of town, as it is …
Alushta is a small resort in Crimea, but it is a nice place to stop and visit for a few days. Do not expect too much from the beach in Alushta -– it's overcrowded and not very big. There are several sights in Alushta -– the Alustan fortress from Byzantine times, the medieval fortification Funa, the All Crimean Saints’ …
Lviv is the first large city on the Ukraine-Poland border coming from Krakow. It is a very nice place to stop for a few days. Its city centre is very small, not unlike Krakow, so everything you want to do and see is easy to walk to. When you are booking your hostel in Lviv, we estimate there are a couple days worth of …
Sevastopol is a very interesting city to visit, full of World War II monuments (the Totleben Monument, the Black Sea Fleet Museum, the Sunken Ships Monument), as it was a stage for some of the fiercest battles in that war. People here are proud of Sevastopol’s WWII experience. Its location makes it very important and …
Uzhhorod is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. The White Croats founded their first feudal fortress in the area of Uzhgorod in the early ninth century. Due to its location, Uzhhorod was often changing its country affiliation and was burned and destroyed several times. It was part of Hungary and burned by the Mongols …
Yalta is one of the most famous places in Crimea. The whole town looks very Soviet and is an interesting place for Western tourists to visit for a few days' stay. Yalta's prices for food, nightlife, bars, and everything else are expensive, much higher than any of the surrounding resorts; the beach is small, overcrowded …