- Location: In east-central Europe with the Black Sea in the south, Romania in the southwest, Hungary, and Slovakia in the west, Poland in the west and northwest, and Belarus in the north
- Capital City: Kyiv
- Language/s: Ukrainian
- Currency: Hryvnia
- Time Zone: EET (UTC + 2), EEST (UTC + 3)
- ISD Code: 380
- Best Time to Visit: April to August
- International Airports: Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa
Ukraine meaning ‘borderland’ is on the threshold of ever-expanding aspirations. The new generation fresh from the success of the Orange Revolution of 2004-2005 is more expressive, more liberal and more aware. This fledgling nation is gradually but positively maturing to establish itself as a dominant country in the political, cultural, and economic map of Europe.
Ukraine in Europe with its capital city Kyiv has a strong Slavic influence which is reflected by its establishments and festivals. Fabulous Crimea with its craggy landscapes would remind you of the Cossacks, who dwelled in Khortytsya Island in Dnipro River. St. Sophia’s Cathedral with its Byzantine mosaic and the Caves Monastery (locally termed Kievo Pecherska Lavra are the proud possessions of this small country.
The Turks had a tremendous influence in shaping Ukraine’s art and architecture. Crimea is one such location wherein you would discover Turkish architectural patterns. The golden domes of Orthodox Churches in Ukraine stand out proudly as representations of medieval Turkish architecture. Kamyanets-Podilsky is a breathtaking spectacle of an 11th-century town built on a rocky island with almost vertical rock faces. Sofiyivka Park in Uman with its waterfalls, lakes, fountains, pavilions, and more than 500 tree species is an incomparable landscape garden.
The beauty of Ukraine goes much beyond its structural monuments. The Carpathian Mountains offers idyllic hiking trails, while Kara-Dag Nature Reserve takes you through a volcanic landscape.
When to Visit Ukraine
From the end of April to the beginning of June the chestnut trees are in full bloom and the Orthodox Easter rituals are fascinating. The summer months till August are great for outdoor activities, with the Black Sea Coast and Crimea being the centers of attraction. The winters are the best spent in the skiing resorts of the Carpathian Mountains.
Traveling to Ukraine
By air, you could reach Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv or the airports in Lviv or Odesa. Road transportation is well established with Moldova, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. There are regular bus services from Lviv in Ukraine to Brest in Belarus, to Chisinau in Moldova, and from Uzhorod in Ukraine to Kosice in Slovakia. Ukraine might also be reached by sea from Russia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
Train services from Ukraine to other European countries are well developed. Kyiv — Bratislava, Kyiv — Moscow, Chernivsti — Sofia, and Kyiv — Warsaw are among the most traveled train routes plying in Ukraine.