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Kolyba Museum

Kolyba Museum

Village Dilove, 12 km from Rakhiv. The Kolyba Museum is near Museum of ecology and Carpathian biosphere reserve, where the Geographic Center of Europe is. Continue reading


Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve
Askania-Nova, which covers 33,307.6 hectares, is a biosphere reserve located in the fescue-and-feather grass steppe, the only area of its kind in Europe. The reserve was established by Falz-Fein, who used over 1,665 hectares of his grassland for this purpose in 1889. This date marks the founding of the first nature preserve in the Russian Empire. Tsar Nicholas II called Askania “a picture from the Bible.” Continue reading

On the Shatsk lakes

Gull above the Lake

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Ukrainian souvenirs

Souvenirs made from Juniper tree

Souvenirs made from Juniper tree

A lot of souvenirs are made of Juniper wood that grows in Crimea. Continue reading

Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians

Autumn in Carpathians

Carpathian mountains

The Carpathian chain is usually divided into three major parts: the Western Carpathians (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary), the Eastern Carpathians (South-Eastern Poland, Eastern Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania) and the Southern Carpathians (Romania, Serbia). Continue reading

Shatsk lakes

Svityaz Lake

Svityaz Lake

Ukraine has a great diversity of natural landscapes and wildlife. For this reason areas of Ukraine have been declared protected areas, nature reserves and National parks. National Parks in Ukraine are vital for preserving large natural areas and provide the country with great opportunities to develop ecotourism.

Briefly about the Shatsk Lakes:

1. Country: Ukraine

2. Name: Shatsk Lakes

3. Geographical coordinates: 51`31’N 23`50’E

4. Area: (in hectares) 32, 850 ha, incl. 6, 628 ha of water, 1, 977 ha of marshes (mires) and peatlands, 4, 492 ha of meadows, 13, 935 ha of forests. This site is territory of the Shatskyi National Nature Park.

5. Overview: Wetland site Shatsk Lakes is the part of unique system (which consists from 22 lakes) with marshes (mires), peatlands, meadows and forests.

6. General location: Shatsk Lakes is situated on the territory of Shatskyi administrative district of Volynska Oblast (administrative region of Ukraine), 160 km north-west from Lutsk city (administrative centre of Volynska Oblast), on the border with Belarus.

7. Local residents: More than 12 000 people live in the biosphere’s transition area where they are engaged in agriculture, tourism and other public services. Many of them belong to different cultures, nationalities and religions. In addition to this variety, more than 100 000 tourists visit the reserve each year. While the business opportunities created by tourism contribute to a significant portion of the local economy, local communities have made earnest efforts to ensure that any economic development does not negatively affect the park.

8. What to do: Beach- and sun-bathing; boating, yachting and catamaran walking; biking, hiking; wild bird watching (8,000 -12,000 birds on migration, 27 Red Book species); rural (green) tourism etc.

9. Jurisdiction: local Radas of the Deputies. Functional jurisdiction: on protected area of the Shatskyi National Nature Park – of the State Committee of Forestry, on other areas – regional administrative authorities of different sectors: State Committee of Forestry (forest use and hunting), Ministry of Agricultural Industry Complexes of Ukraine (farming), State Committee of Fishery (fishing), State Committee of Water Resources (water using) etc. Continue reading

Crimea – The Kara-Dag Reserve

Sea trip around Kara-dag

Sea trip around Kara-dag

The Kara-dag reserve on the coast of Crimea, between the village of Kurortnoye and the resort of Koktebel, is one of those places where, whatever your religion, you can feel the hand of the Creator at work. Continue reading

Kurgan culture in Ukraine

View from the top of a kurgan

View from the top of a kurgan

There are no man in Ukraine, which would at least once did not see the ancient kurgans. Ukraine can be called a country of kurgans on the right. In addition, it is the richest in Europe for these attractions. Nowadays, because of anthropogenic, catastrophic decreases, Ukraine still has no less than 50 thousand kurgans. Of course, most kurgans that can be often seen are far from being the biggest. Average kurgans` height is 1 – 3 meters. Rarely found kurgans up to 8 – 10 meters. Continue reading

Pyrohiv – outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine


Outdoor Museum

Pyrohiv is located in the southern outskirts of the Kiev city. It is now home to an outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine. Founded in 1969, the museum contains over 300 pieces of folk architecture brought here from all parts of Ukraine and carefully reassembled. Continue reading

Hoverla mountain

The highest mountain in Ukraine

Hoverla mountain

Hoverla mountain (2061 m) is the highest mountain in Ukraine and part of the Carpathian Mountains.Its coordinates are 48°10?12?N 24°34?12?E.

The mountain is located in the Eastern region. The slopes are covered with beech and spruce forests, above which there is a belt of sub-alpine meadows (called in Ukrainian Polonyna).

At the East there is the main spring of the Prut River. Continue reading

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