Do you love to travel but never have enough time? In this article we offer the most interesting weekend itineraries
The modern rhythm of life leaves a person very little time for rest. For a short weekend, it is very difficult for us to fully restore strength, as well as get new emotions and impressions. But without them, neither an active life, nor fruitful work, much less creative activity is possible. It has long been proven that outdoor activities, a change of scenery or a short trip, let’s say a weekend trip, are extremely useful and even necessary in order to be in good shape.
That is why we offer you a selection of the most interesting routes to historical and cultural sights and simply beautiful places in Ukraine, which are worth spending a weekend there. All weekend routes are logically divided into several parts. This article is devoted to the most interesting places in Western Ukraine.
Weekend routes in Western Ukraine
A turbulent historical past, a permanent border status, a very diverse national composition and repeated changes in state power — all this greatly affected the architecture of Western Ukraine, the life and character of people. Through the most interesting places in Western Ukraine, we offer you to lay your weekend itinerary.
Weekend routes. Lviv and the castles of the Golden Horseshoe
Going to Lviv for the weekend is not a new idea at all. This is what many people do on holidays, New Year or Christmas. Therefore, we will not describe in detail all the interesting places and sights, castles and restaurants, the special atmosphere of this ancient city, but we will focus on such sights as the castles of the Golden Horseshoe of Lviv. These include Zolochevsky, Olesko and Podgoritsky castles, which are surprisingly well preserved and can really be called castles in the truest sense of the word. There are not so many castles in Ukraine in comparison with the nearest neighboring countries (only about a hundred), and those that are well preserved are even fewer. Therefore, these castles are worth your attention. Zolochiv is a small town, while Podgortsy and Olesko are villages with a population of several thousand people. Therefore, the best option would be to stop in Lviv itself, and get to the castles by train or taxi. Electric trains run from Lviv to Zolochiv, and a fixed-route taxi runs from Lviv and Zolochiv to Podgortsy. And 6 km from Olesko is the station of suburban electric trains “Ozhidov-Olesko”, from which you can return to Lviv.
Weekend routes. Kamyanets-Podilsky — Khotyn
Trying to explore Kamenetz-Podolsky and Khotyn in 2 days, you doom yourself in advance only to a cursory acquaintance with these amazing places. In terms of the number of architectural monuments, Kamenetz-Podolsky occupies an honorable 3rd place in Ukraine, second only to Kyiv and Lvov. Mixing of peoples and religions, numerous wars were amazingly reflected in the architecture of Kamyanets-Podilskyi. Here you can see a Turkish minaret with a statue of the Madonna. You can walk around the Old Fortress and the Old Town for more than one day, but the Khotyn Fortress is still waiting for us. It is really grandiose and, looking at it, it is hard to imagine that now is not the 13th or 14th, but the 21st century and all the battles near its walls have long been behind. Having examined the Khotyn fortress — hurry up — it is better to spend the night back in Kamianets-Podilskyi. Here, unlike the small Khotyn, there is a good selection of hotels and cozy restaurants where you can eat deliciously.
Weekend routes. Uzhgorod – Mukachevo
Everyone who has ever visited Transcarpathia probably had a strong feeling that these places are not Ukraine at all. The mixture of peoples, cultures and languages, architectural styles makes Transcarpathia a special place. It is no doubt worth starting the weekend sightseeing route from the Uzhgorod castle-fortress, which was built in the 12th century, and later was repeatedly completed and reconstructed. In addition to the castle in Uzhgorod, you can visit the Holy Cross Cathedral nearby, the Goryanskaya rotunda in the suburbs, stroll through the picturesque streets and parks and go to Mukachevo the next day. Already at the entrances to the city, you will not be able to miss the castle “Palanok” — the main attraction of Mukachevo. The area of the castle is more than 14,000 m and, in addition to powerful walls, towers and terraces, there is something to see here. But do not stop at the castle inspection — be sure to walk through the center of Mukachevo. Here you will find the Mukachevo Monastery, the Catholic Church and the Palace of the Counts of Shenborn, or, as the residents of the city call it, the “White House”.
Weekend routes. Chernivtsi
Even 100 years ago, Chernivtsi, located halfway between Kyiv and Bucharest, Krakow and Odessa, was called the “secret capital of Europe.” Indeed, this seemingly provincial town has its own charm and special charm, an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility, unhurriedness and regularity. Exploring the city on your own is very easy — you just need to get to the center. You can start your weekend itinerary from the former Residence of the Bukovinian Metropolitans, and now Chernivtsi University. Yuri Fedkovich. Of course, there is also the City Hall in Chernivtsi, and many churches and cathedrals. And be sure to look at the Opera House (today it is the Music and Drama Theatre), which was built by famous Viennese architects, and the famous “House-ship” — “Shiva”.
Weekend routes. Mlynky Cave
The Ternopil region is very popular among speleologists, but the Mlynky cave was discovered relatively recently — in 1960, near the village of Zalesye, Chortkovsky district. Before the trip, it is better to call the local speleologists from the tourist club “Crystal” (tel. (03552) 2–17-10) and agree on the conditions of the excursion. The cave is very beautiful and quite popular — both beginners and professionals will find their routes here. Positive emotions and unforgettable impressions are guaranteed even for those who have never thought about caves and speleology. Underground at any time of the year, the temperature is constantly kept at +11 C, so do not forget to bring warm clothes with you.
Author: Selivanov Vladimir
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