Weekend trips in Central Ukraine

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We con­tin­ue the series of arti­cles for fans of short trips and tell you about the most inter­est­ing places in Cen­tral Ukraine

How do you spend your week­ends? Home or away? Behind a book, com­put­er or TV? Accord­ing to sta­tis­tics, 76% of us spend the week­end in our “nest” and get even more tired over the week­end than dur­ing the work week. Sad sta­tis­tic, isn’t it? We pro­pose to change the con­cept of your vaca­tion and make a short week­end trip, it is called a week­end trip. New impres­sions, emo­tions, change of scenery, small dis­cov­er­ies and small adven­tures — all this awaits you on the week­end, all this is called active rest.

From our point of view, we described the most inter­est­ing week­end trips in West­ern Ukraine in the first arti­cle of the series: Week­end Routes in West­ern Ukraine. This arti­cle is devot­ed to inter­est­ing places in Cen­tral Ukraine.

Week­end trip in Cen­tral Ukraine

If West­ern Ukraine is known for its cas­tles, pic­turesque towns and the Carpathi­an Moun­tains, then Cen­tral Ukraine is famous, first of all, for the beau­ties of nature and mag­nif­i­cent parks. And as a sig­nif­i­cant addi­tion — the event­ful his­to­ry of cities, mem­os of the Cos­sacks, pri­mor­dial­ly Ukrain­ian cul­ture and tra­di­tions, known to us from the works of Gogol and Shevchenko.

We inten­tion­al­ly will not describe in detail the itin­er­aries of week­end trips, leav­ing the choice to your imag­i­na­tion. And just recall what won­der­ful places in Ukraine you can vis­it in a short week­end. And the received emo­tions are more than enough to not only com­pen­sate for the “lying” home rest, but also to restore strength for the next work­ing week.

A trip to the den­dro­log­i­cal park “Sofiyiv­ka”

Sofiyiv­ka is the largest arbore­tum in Europe. Built by Poland’s rich­est tycoon, Count Potoc­ki, for his beloved Sophia Witt, it amazes with its beau­ty, size, won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of lakes, bridges, pavil­ions and sculp­tures. If you are in the park for the first time, then order a guide, because lit­er­al­ly every place in the park is asso­ci­at­ed with many myths and leg­ends. The park is very large, the tour will take at least half a day, and all cafes and restau­rants are locat­ed out­side of it. There­fore, it is worth tak­ing food with you to have a bite to eat right on the spot, admir­ing the sur­round­ing beau­ties. At any time of the year, and even in sum­mer, take some­thing warm with you, because the park has many grot­toes, as well as a boat trip along the under­ground riv­er Acheron. We will not describe all the won­ders and most beau­ti­ful places of Sofiyiv­ka — after all, it is much bet­ter to see and feel it all your­self. The park is open to vis­i­tors from May 1 to Novem­ber 15 from 9.00 to 18.00 and is very easy — just oppo­site the bus sta­tion.

A trip to the park “Alexan­dria”

Anoth­er beau­ti­ful arbore­tum is locat­ed not far from Kyiv — in Bila Tserk­va. Unlike Sofiyiv­ka, tourists come here much less fre­quent­ly, so it is in Alexan­dria that you can feel the spe­cial atmos­phere of warmth, tran­quil­i­ty and soli­tude with nature. The park and manor were built by the Pol­ish mag­nates Bran­ic­ki in the 18th cen­tu­ry on a grand scale. Diverse archi­tec­ture, many well-groomed alleys with bench­es, lakes with bridges and gaze­bos, grace­ful fig­urines — all this sets you in a peace­ful mood, gives you a chance to escape from the bus­tle of the city and almost phys­i­cal­ly feel har­mo­ny with nature. Walk­ing, you will def­i­nite­ly see the “Chi­nese bridge”, “Ruins”, which have nev­er been a palace, “Roton­da” and the famous “Echo” colon­nade. A word spo­ken qui­et­ly at the begin­ning of the 34-meter colon­nade will be heard at its oth­er end. As in Sofiyiv­ka, for a full walk in the park, you should stock up on food in advance. And if you wish to stay for the night, there is a suf­fi­cient num­ber of hotels and inns for every taste in Belaya Tserkov. The only thing left is to see every­thing with your own eyes.

Trip to Cherni­hiv

Chernigov is prac­ti­cal­ly the same age as Kyiv, the city is known pri­mar­i­ly for its ancient his­to­ry and Ortho­dox church­es. A quar­ter of all sur­viv­ing archi­tec­tur­al mon­u­ments of Ukraine of the 9th-12th cen­turies is locat­ed in Cherni­hiv. Week­end trip to Cherni­hiv should start with the park. Kot­si­u­bin­sky and Chernigov ram­parts. Here once was the admin­is­tra­tive and cul­tur­al cen­ter of the city — Detinets, there­fore, most of the his­tor­i­cal build­ings of Chernigov are con­cen­trat­ed around Val. You should def­i­nite­ly vis­it the Spa­so-Pre­o­brazhen­sky Cathe­dral, built in the 11th cen­tu­ry — one of the old­est tem­ples of Kievan Rus. And the sym­bol of Chernigov is the Borisogleb­sky Cathe­dral with the Church of St. John the Evan­ge­list. Anoth­er attrac­tion of Val is 12 can­nons donat­ed to the city by Peter I and remind­ing us that Cherni­hiv was once a fortress. Oppo­site the Val is the Cather­ine’s Church, from which along the Alley of Heroes and through Red Square you will get to the Pyat­nit­skaya Church and the Yelets Monastery. After vis­it­ing the grave of M. Kot­syu­bin­sky and his wife, go to the Antho­ny caves (the entrance to them is open from 9:00 to 16:30 sev­en days a week) and com­plete the city tour at the Trin­i­ty-Ilyin­sky Monastery on the Boldin Hills. One day for such a trip, of course, is not enough, so it is bet­ter to stretch your acquain­tance with the ancient and beau­ti­ful Chernigov at least for a week­end. There are no prob­lems with hotels where you can spend the night and cozy cafes to refresh your­self in Cherni­hiv.

Trip to Zaporozhye

Per­haps some­one will say that we are wrong or too super­fi­cial. But you should go to Zaporozhye only for two rea­sons. The first rea­son is the island of Khortyt­sya. A beau­ti­ful island in the mid­dle of the Dnieper, the cen­ter of the Cos­sacks and a sym­bol of Ukrain­ian state­hood — since ancient times it has been not only a strate­gi­cal­ly impor­tant defen­sive point, but also the spir­i­tu­al cen­ter of all Ukrain­ian Cos­sacks and the peo­ples liv­ing near­by. Even in the cen­ter of mod­ern indus­tri­al Zaporozhye, the island has man­aged to pre­serve its orig­i­nal­i­ty and unique­ness. Now the folk­lore and ethno­graph­ic eques­tri­an the­ater “Zaporozhye Cos­sacks” is locat­ed on the island, var­i­ous fes­ti­vals are held, and the “Zapor­izhzhya gull” raised from the bot­tom of the Dnieper is exhib­it­ed in the restora­tion pavil­ion. The sec­ond rea­son to make a week­end trip to Zaporozhye is Dne­prog­es. With all the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of this grandiose project (flood­ing of vast flat areas, dis­rup­tion of the eco­log­i­cal bal­ance and nat­ur­al land­scape, ris­ing ground­wa­ter lev­els and sil­ta­tion of the bot­tom), one can­not but admire this cre­ation of human hands. The dam is espe­cial­ly beau­ti­ful at night, so arm your­self with a cam­era and come to the banks of the Dnieper. You will not regret!

A trip to Polta­va, Myrhorod and the Sorochyn fair

This week­end trip should cer­tain­ly be planned for the end of August — it is at this time that the famous Sorochin­skaya Fair takes place. At the time of the fairs, it was nei­ther the largest nor the most famous. So every­thing would have remained if not for her great coun­try­man Niko­lai Gogol. And even despite the fact that today the major­i­ty of vis­i­tors to the fair are tourists who go to see and par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and the­atri­cal per­for­mances, the Sorochin­skaya Fair remains live­ly, col­or­ful and lib­er­at­ed. That year after year attracts new vis­i­tors not only from the near­est vil­lages, but also from all over Ukraine and oth­er coun­tries. Before vis­it­ing the Sorochin­skaya fair, we advise you to take a short walk around Polta­va and Mir­gorod, these are beau­ti­ful col­or­ful cities that have some­thing to pay atten­tion to. The week­end route can be laid from Round Square in the cen­ter of Polta­va to Cathe­dral Square with the Assump­tion Cathe­dral and the Kotl­yarevsky estate near­by. And, of course, leave some time for Mir­gorod. The his­to­ry of this famous resort began with the deci­sion of the local author­i­ties on a new 600-meter well: “The water is smelly and unfit for drink­ing inside”, after which the well was closed. And when they re-dis­cov­ered and ana­lyzed the water in Pet­ro­grad, it turned out that the water is not infe­ri­or in its prop­er­ties to the waters of the most famous Euro­pean resorts. There­fore, it will be use­ful to return to the famous Mir­gorod resort for a longer rest and treat­ment.

Author: Seli­v­anov Vladimir

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