Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi is a city on the right bank of the Dniester estuary on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. It is in the Odesa Oblast and is an administrative centre of the district. It is also one of the larger port cities in Ukraine. The city was first settled by the Milesians (of the ancient Greek Empire) in the 6th century BCE, and subsequently fell under Roman, then Byzantine, and finally Moldavian rule. In 1484, it was the last of the Black Sea ports to fall to the Ottomans; under their rule it was known as Akkerman and was part of the Ottoman defensive system against both Poland-Lithuania and the Russian empire. During World War II it was under both Romanian and Soviet rule, then finally a Soviet state until the fall of the Soviet Union. Today, it is mostly known for its medieval citadel. To get here, you can catch a bus or train from Odesa. Buses run more frequently than trains and take just around the same amount of time.
Hostels in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi are found on the outskirts of the city centre, but there are very few of them. Instead of a hostel, you might consider a guesthouse or inexpensive hotel instead. Alternately, you can stay in Odesa and take a day trip into Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi. For the most part, hostels in eastern Europe are not the traditional backpacker hostel you may be used to. Do not expect spacious, spotless, or brand new accommodation.
Nearby attractions to the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi city centre include the fortress, which was built on the foundations of a Milesian fort in the first settlement of Tyras. The current fortress is believed to have been built in the late 13th century under the Moldavians and is considered one of the most important medieval fortifications in the world. Ancient burial mounds have also been unearthed nearby and excavations continue.
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