Here are some abandoned places that we discovered in Ukraine
This place is utterly amazing! We had no idea this is what we were looking for until we came over and hill and were stopped in our tracks but how beautiful it was! Built by the dreams and financing of 1 man, Ivan Suslov, this park is a one of a kind creating in Ukraine. The main fountain used to stand in Kyiv on Maidan Square until it was removed in the mid 90’s and put in storage waiting for Ivan to install it again.
BUKI CHURCH / LANDSHAFTNY PARK IN BUKY
If you dont know who Shevchenko is then this place is not that impressive for anything other than its view. If your a fan of his or you are Ukrainian then this is a must see sight!Here you will find the burial sight of the great Ukrainian author Taras Schevchenko. This memorial complex was opened in 1939 to honor the 125th birthday of Schevchenko. During WWII a labour camp was established here by the Germans. After the war it was renovated and returned to its status as a national park/memorial.Built on top of a tall hill. You will find a beautiful overview of the Dnepr along with statues of Schevchenko and multiple buildings talking about his life and life in Ukraine in general.
SCHEVCHENKO NATIONAL PARK/ TARASOVA GORA
A rather boring park. Its more just a forest for walking in.
It has a long history dating back at least until the 1500’s. There have been a few different palaces or manors built in the park or nearby through out history but all of them have met their demise while the park continues on.
We drove here just to see what was there and we were astounded! The views of the Dnepr are amazing! The road, once inside the park, was good but very narrow. There are also a few off road tracts through the area so be careful what you pick.
This place has a rich history dating back to the 1500’s and before. Rumor has it the Cossaks used this space to hide their valuable goods! In the late 1990’s it was turned into the first private national park. There were some Cossak graves that were destroyed to build a hunting cabin, more like a mansion, equipped with a swimming pool and a heliport. After a huge public outrage it was then turned into a Public National Park in the mid 2000’s.
TRAKHTEMYRIV NATIONAL PARK
We enjoyed this place immensely. The virgin steppe was quiet beautiful along with the tour we took of the zoo and the botanical park they have also. It is recommended to stop and spend the half a day needed for the tour. We were told if you come in spring or autumn there is a tour by truck through the large holding pens they have for the animals. Founded in 1874 by Friedrich Eduardovich Faltz-Fein around the former German colony of Askania Nova. In 1919 the park was taken from the family by the Red Army as the Soviet Union came to be. In 1921 it was turned into the State Steppe Reserve of the Ukrainian SSR. Its goal being to preserve the virgin steppe and to try to breed animals.
This place was a huge disappointment. If you are looking for a resort/hotel then this is a place for you. If you are looking for interesting sights and to learn something then this is not the place. We arrived and everything was closed in a huge fence. Not worth the trip in our opinion.
Once you get there you have beautiful views. Just be warned the last 4 km to get to the sight are on dirt roads through pastures. If it has rained in the last 4 days the road will be mud and very slippery.
This reserve is visited by over 15,000 people per year! Inside you can see over 20 different species of fauna that are on the list of endangered species in Ukraine. Along with countless rock formations some look like a frog, a bear, a grieving widow. Its worth the visit to check out this amazing park and see what your imagination can find in the rock formations!
If you love perfectly paved roads through forrest's and along the shore of the Kyiv Sea with amazing views then check out this totally free park and relax!!! Ukraine's ousted President Victor Yankovytch had a huge section of land closed off and all the roads inside of it paved so he would have a nice place to go hunting. You can no go and explore this little natural paradise and relax on the Kyiv Sea for a picnic
YANKOVYTCH'S HUNTING GROUNDS
Monty likes to call Hortisya the Mecca of Ukraine. For it is here that every Ukrainian comes to get a glimpse of life in Cossack times.
The island itself is part of the museum for long long ago there was a Cossack fortress here so there are Cossack sights everywhere on the island. If you want to walk around to the different sights scattered across the island good luck…. There is one central sign that points the direction of things but once you start down the trails there are no more signs and there are dozens of trail criss crossing on the island.
The main attraction, the Sich Fortress, is interesting but if you don’t read Ukrainian it is not nearly so good. There are a few buildings inside the fortress that depict Cossack life and also a very nice wooden church.
We found this national park by complete accident as we were searching for the caves of Skelki. We enjoyed the views so much we decided to camp there and then to camp there a second time. There are a few trails to get down to the water level but be careful as all of them are steep and in rough shape. There is one that used to be paved and is the best to use. If you follow our routes you will go right to it, its on the eastern side of the town of Skelki.
VELIKY LUG NATIONAL PARK
Podilski Tovtri is actually a HUGE National Park and this is just a small piece of it but it is breath taking.We visited this place not knowing what exactly was going to be there. What we found was a small cupola where you could go to say a prayer. The exciting part was the spectacular views! We spent 2 hours walking around on top of the cliffs here taking in the scenery.
We didn’t know it but at the bottom of the cliffs there should be a few caves that at one time were used as a monastery. We did not visit them as we didn’t know about their existence when we were there but they are supposed to be amazing
The views here of the Dneister are beautiful!
Originally there was a cave monastery here. At some point in history the cliffs fell and most of the cave monastery was lost. Now there is a couple small canves which you can still go and see an idol there and say a prayer if you like. There are also some hiking trails that will take you around the bend in the river here if you like to hike.
Again the views are amazing the cave monastery was a bit of a let down though. On the south side of the Dneister there is a point of land that juts into the river at 48.585291, 26.999710 If you drive around a bridge to cross the river to the south side you can drive out to this point and camp it has even more amazing views!
A very beautiful National Park that we thoroughly enjoyed. The road to get here was new and amazing! They have built very nice picnic areas along the road also. One of the largest groupings of lakes in Europe Shatsky has over 30 lakes that cover 70 sq.km. It is the location of the deepest lake in Ukraine, Svitiaz that is 58 meters deep. It didn’t become a national park until 1983 but since then has been recognized as one of the most important bio reserves in Europe. Dozens of rare birds and animals either call Shatsky home or use it in their migration patterns as a place to rest.
SHATSKY NATIONAL PARK