Here are some abandoned places that we discovered in Ukraine
Built in 1837 with the opening timed for the visit of Tsar Nicholas II. This has become the main attraction in the town of Vosnessensk. Surrounding the rotunda are 3 terraces. It is the central part of the park in the town. Its nothing amazingly spectacular but if in the area its an interesting place to visit.
A monument to the heroes of Holodny Yar. A place of great history for Ukrainians. For it was here that there was fierce fighting with the incoming Soviet Soldiers in the early years of the Soviet Union. Before that this was a place that many famous Cossaks spent time through out history.
This is pretty cool for a day trip! Add it to some of the bunkers that are in the area and you can really enjoy a day here!It is debated who built these walls and when but the are some of the largest earth work wall built in Europe. They vary in size from but the largest are 12 meters high and 20 meters wide! They were build to protect settlers in the Kyiv region from the steppe nomads to the south that is known for sure. Anything more is just a guess. They are called Serpants wall due to the myth that the hero Nikita Kozhemyako harnessed a giant snake and then drowned him in the black sea and where the snakes body lay became the boundaries of Kyiv from the Black Sea.
We included these just because they are so much fun! There are these statues in the water along the road that leads to the castle here. There are different ones from a greek god being pulled by sea horses to a mosquito plus many others. Just a fun little place to check out if your going to the castle.
This was a pretty interesting place. Located in the middle of a field it does have a sign explaining a little about the site and also a primitive toilet for anyone to use while they are there. There are arguments again of how old this place is. Some say it is more than 5,000 years old. Nobody knows exactly why it was built and what purpose it served. Some say it was a fortress of some kind but more likely it was built to be used as a calendar
Set up by the local mine operators this is a pretty cool little outdoor museum. They restored old pieces of equipment from the local mines in the area and you can walk around and climb on them and take photos. The information for each piece of equipment is in English and Ukrainian so everyone can enjoy
MINING EQUIPMENT MUSEUM
We are not sure exactly what is going on in Ukraine. This claims to be the center of Ukraine yet we found another point further south that also claims to be the center. From the research we can find it looks like many years ago a mistake was made and they corrected that mistake with this point.
Anyways nothing spectacular a nice stone monument claiming to be the center of Ukraine
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER OF UKRAINE, SHPOLA
This is a very nice burial mound dating back hundreds of years. It is the burial sight of Ivan Shirko. He was a legendary general and leader of Cossacks. Leading more than 50 battle and never loosing a battle! He helped in the fight against the Poles and he never pledge allegiance to the Russian Empire. He originally was buried in another village, that is now under a reservoir, and moved to this location in 1967 It is kind of set in the middle of nowhere but the view from the top of the mound is outstanding! There is also a small praying temple in front of the mound.
Yet another center or Ukraine Monument. This was was a little older than the other center of Ukraine point. From what we understand this was made years ago and just recently someone looked at the map and realized it was wrong. So they made the new on yet the old one continues on caliming to be the center!
CENTER OF UKRAINE PART 2
Created about 300 BC it is thought to be the tomb of the great Scythian king Ateius. First opened in 1891 inside they found a stone tomb that was designed in the Greek Style. Since then it has been opened many times most recently in the 1980’s. Many golden artifacts were found in these excavations which now rest mostly in the Hermitage Museum. This was also one of the first burial mounds to be reconstructed after it had been opened.
THE LARGEST KURGAN (BURIAL MOUND) IN UKRAINE
Only the greatest statue in Ukraine!
In English it just doesn’t translate very well but it is a statue to the glory of tomatoes… The statue is just a a giant tomato with the words in Glory to Tomatoes written in Cyrillic. If you want a good laugh then visit otherwise its not much to see really.
SLAVA POMIDOR (GLORY TO TOMATOES)
This village is famous for its hot tubs. Not just any hot tube though it’s a giant steel tub filled with a layer of rocks and also some natural herbs. Its heated by a fire underneath the steel tub to about 37C degrees. Ideally you get in the tub for about 15 minutes and get good and hot. Then go and jump in the river that’s nearby to cool off. While we were there we use the Perlina Lumshor. There are tons of options but this was one of the nicest we saw, and cheapest! The place was clean the water hot and the river cool! We would recommend them for sure! Perlina Lumshor
Lumshory village, str.Lugova 24
We found this place by accident. We were driving and saw in the distance a huge mountain which was strange as we were in a plains or steppe area. So we went to check it out and found this mine. It was quite beautiful but not much there other than the mine. We wanted to camp there but due to the working mine we were unable to find a suitable spot where we felt safe and out of the way.
WORKING MINE (ZAVALE)
This train bridge dates back to 1896! It is still standing today due to its great masonary construction. Built to look similar to an aqueduct there are 9 arches in the span of the bridge. The bridge is actually curved also. The views from the train as you pass over this section are said to be breath taking. The views from below the bridge were just ok. If you love engineering and architecture then its worth checking out.
TRAIN BRIDGE 1896
They are rather new to the wine industry but already things are going good for them! We stopped in for a tour and degustation and we were not disappointed. A typical tour is rather short just to go see where the wine ferments and then its off to the tasting! With 10 different wines to be tried nobody will leave disappointed.Founded in 1995 Chizay is doing well now. Their vineyards are in a traditional area for wine country. For many years this was where wine was produced until the Soviets cut the vineyards down in the 80’s. Chizay came in and with plants from Austria started the vineyards again and started producing wine. 050-432-05-25 (for detailed information and order of excursion, wine tour)
One of the most famous views in Ukraine yet the exact location of it is rather difficult to find. Use the GPS coordinates we have given you and you will find the exact spot no problem! The view is spectacular looking over the town of Zalishchiki. Bring a wide-angle lens if you have one for your camera and try to catch the river is it bends almost 360 degrees around Zalishchiki!
OBSERVATION POINT (ZALISHCHIKI)
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011 Chernivtsi University. The building is very beautiful but from what we understood you couldn’t go inside on a tour and you had to pay money just to walk around the courtyard, about 20 grieven. Be prepared for crowds. The building is still functioning as a University plus the tourists makes it a very popular spot. Built from 1864-1882 it was designed by a Czech Architect. Originally built as a residence for the local clergy members it now houses the Universities Faculties for Modern Languages. The building was heavily looted and damaged in WWII. It started its first restoration in the 1950’s. In 2004 major restorations were undertaken to return it to its former glory and to attain the UNESCO status it now holds today. Very beautiful University and beautiful city it should be on any list to visit Ukraine.
CHERNIVTSI UNIVERSITY (UNESCO SITE)
A bear rehabilitation center…. Many of these bears came from circuses and had a life of being badly treated….
It cost 20 grieven to enter but it was worth it! The bears are kept in a large area that is fenced so people cant get to them and they to people. The bears were mulling around doing bear stuff and in general enjoying life. A very interesting place! Best if you speak Ukrainian and you can read the board they have with information on each bear they have in the refuge.
There is some controversy here…. At least 4 other countries all claim to have the center of Europe located there.
This placemark was made during the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1887. They erected a pillar here to commemorate it. Now there is a Soviet Pillar here and multiple signs giving you information on Ukraine. You can also find many shops selling souvenirs here and a restaurant and hotel also! There isn’t much to see here but if you want to say you were in the center of Europe here is your chance!
CENTER OF EUROPE
One of Monty’s favorite places in Ukraine! The last 4 km of road to get here was rather rough but doable in any vehicle. There was mines in the area working in the late 18 early 19th century. They were abandoned and the place was forgotten. Then in 1977 there was an earthquake in Romania and after that this mud cone developed and it has been there ever since.
The volcano has oil, gas and water that erupts out of it at different intensities. There are actually a couple places where mud and things are bubbling up from the ground but only one place with a cone like a volcano.
A narrow-gauge train that goes through Rivne oblast. It has become a little bit of a tourist attraction but honestly there is not much to see on the train. The scenery goes through the forest and there is nothing to see in the villages it stops in. Built in 1895 this is an old train line that is still in operation. On the ride, which lasts 4 hours, you will pass over the last remaining wooden train bridge in Ukraine. If you want to get on the train you must be at Antonovka early in the morning as the train leaves at 6:20. Expect to return to Antonovka around 4:30-5:00 in the evening.
NARROW GAUGE TRAIN
One of the most famous sites in Ukraine yet nobody seems to know where it is…. There are pictures of this natural tunnel floating around the internet constantly always with the caption “somewhere in Ukraine”. We have given you the GPS coordinates so there is no excuse anymore to not check it out! Be sure to come at different times of the year as the vegetation changes throughout the seasons and you always get a slightly different view.
TUNNEL OF LOVE
A 220 year old apple tree!!!???? Yes in Ukraine there is a unique oddity in Sumy Oblast an Apple tree that has survived over 2 centuries. Nobody knows exactly how this happened or why but its interesting. The original apple tree was planted 220 years ago and as it aged its branches sagged so low and lay on the ground. They eventually developed roots of their own and so on and so on. The apples it produces are called “lozovka” locally and are medium sized and sweet. It is said it was planted by a prince and when he died the tree mourned his death and its branches dropped to the ground and kept growing. The prince is buried underneath the apple tree. Scientist have studied thie tree and tried to recreate it but they have never been able to.
A nice little arboretum to stop and walk through if you have time.
Founded in 1834. There was a study done in 1886 that confirmed over 600 different species of plants. Many brought in from all over Europe. Unfortunately shortly after that the park was let to decay and in 1948 less than 300 different species of plants were still living. In 1951 it was again decided to bring it back to its former glory. Now you can find over 400 different species of plants here including some from North America.
The pride of the city, and for good reason. It is here that virtually all the railway lines in Ukraine cross. Being built in 1889 it is an architectural wonder of Ukraine. It stood virtually unaltered until 1997 when renovation works were begun. After a stop in renovation it was finally finished in 2010. Leaving you with an amazing train station that is worth getting off the train to wonder around just to gawk at the old building.
KOZYATIN RAIL STATION
First mentioned in 1152 this town was the home to many Russian Princes. There is not much left of the city now just a tower with potions of a fresco in it. To get to it you will walk through the local gardens of the people who live nearby. There is a very nice overlook though that would be the perfect spot to camp.
The first privately owned brewery in Ukraine, need we say more! You cant miss this place as you drive along the highway you will see a giant beer on the side of the road marking the spot.
There is a nice restaurant and you can order up a glass of their brew there. Nearby there is a hotel so you don’t drink and drive. The prices for everything are reasonable.