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Hutsul Alps (also known as Marmarosy) is a mountain range located on the territory of Romania and Ukraine (in the southern part of the Rakhiv district of the Zakarpattia region). Ukrainian part of the mountains is called Rakhovsky mountains.

Marmarosy is the most diverse and picturesque mountains in the Ukrainian Carpathians thanks to high altitude (over 1,900 meters), diverse geological structure, deep valleys (up to 1,500 meters). The Ukrainian-Romanian border passes through them. Photos by: Alexander Kotenko.

Autumn in Hutsul Alps, the Carpathians, Ukraine, photo 1

let’s go hiking in the mountains

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Huklyvyi village, founded by immigrants from Galicia in 1588, is located in the southeastern part of Volovets district of the Zakarpattia region.

The main sight of the village is an old wooden church – Church of the Holy Spirit, built in the 18th century. The church is a masterpiece of wooden architecture of Verhovina (the mountainous area within the Ukrainian Carpathians).

Holy Spirit Church, Huklyvyi, Zakarpattia region, Ukraine, photo 1

go on a tour of the church

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Golden Autumn in Alexandria Dendrological Park

Alexandria is the State Dendrological Park of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, located in city of Bila Tserkva in the Kyiv region, about 80 km from Kyiv. One of the largest parks in Eastern Europe, it is a monument of landscape art, founded in the late 18th century.

The park is an example of landscape park composition, which is based on plants, architectural structures, sculptures, water surface of the Ros River and ponds. Photos by: Roman Naumov.

Golden Autumn in Alexandria Dendrological Park, Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful autumn views


Uzhhorod Castle is the historic heart of the city of Uzhgorod, the capital of the Zakarpattia region. The castle, originally built by the Drugeth family in the Middle Ages and rebuilt several times, is a mixture of architectural styles and materials of the 13th-18th centuries.

Since 1947, the castle is used as a museum of local lore. This monument is one of the most visited tourist sites of Uzhgorod and Ukraine. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Uzhgorod Castle from above, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the castle

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The center of Ivano-Frankivsk is rich in various, differently decorated, cafes and restaurants. Some are decorated in the traditional rustic style, some even in the military or nationalistic style.

Usually, they have a lot of antiques, which makes them similar to restaurants in other cities in Eastern Europe. Let’s go to a restaurant called “Svitlytsya Muliarova” located at Chornovola Street, 5. Photos by: deletant.

The restaurant is decorated in the style of the late 19th – early 20th century. You are met by a wooden hanging rack at the entrance.

Svitlytsya Muliarova restaurant, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, photo 1

a very cozy place

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Stryi is a small provincial town with a population of about 60 thousand people located in the Lviv region. The exact date of the town foundation is not known. It was first mentioned in 1385.

Today, Stryi is a major railway hub of western Ukraine, and, at the same time, it is a cozy and quiet town. Let’s go through the center of Stryi – the most picturesque part of the town. Photos by: Igor Golovach.

Stryi town, Lviv region, Ukraine, photo 1

explore the town of Stryi


Pidhirtsi Castle, sponsored by the Polish Hetman Stanislaw Koniecpolski and built by Wilhelm Beauplan in 1635-1640, is a well-preserved Renaissance palace surrounded by fortifications. It is located in the east of the Lviv region, in the village of Pidhirtsi.

The castle has a square shape. From the east, south, and west it is surrounded by a deep moat and ramparts. The park, laid out around the castle, belongs to the monuments of landscape art of national importance. Pidhirtsi Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: alexdoomer2009.

Pidhirtsi Castle, Lviv region, Ukraine, photo 1

take a walk around the castle

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Lviv – the view from above

Let’s take a look at the central part of Lviv, known as the “capital” of Western Ukraine, from a bird’s eye view.

The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lviv has the largest number of monuments of architecture in Ukraine. It is one of the most attractive cities for tourists in the country. Photos by: Oleg Stelmakh.

Rynok Square.

Lviv - the view from above, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the city


An elegant hunting castle-palace of the Counts Schonborn is located 10 km north-east of Mukachevo, in the Zakarpattia region.

In 1728, the Austrian Archbishop L.F. Schonborn received the vast land near Mukachevo as a gift from Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. The new owners chose a picturesque Beregvar tract for hunting and built a wooden hunting lodge. In 1890-1895, E.F. Schonborn built a beautiful stone castle-palace in its place.

Schonborn Castle-Palace, Mukachevo, Zakarpattia, Ukraine, photo 1

explore the castle-palace

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Neo-Gothic Church of St. Clare, located on the shore of a small pond in Horodkivka (Zhytomyr region), can easily be mistaken for a tiny medieval castle.

This architecture is unusual for Central Ukraine – close intertwining of Romanesque and Gothic styles with a combination of natural stone with a red brick.

St. Clare Church, Horodkivka, Zhytomyr region, Ukraine, photo 1

beautiful church


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