Tourism in Ukraine
Most Visited Cities in Ukraine

Ukraine used to attract more than 20 million foreign citizens every year (23 million in 2012). But since 2014 this has lowered to about 10 million. Visitors primarily come from Eastern Europe, but also from Western Europe as well as Turkey and Israel.[1]

Ukraine is a destination on the crossroads between central and eastern Europe, between north and south. It borders Russia and is not far from Turkey. It has mountain ranges – the Carpathian Mountains suitable for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. The coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers. Ukraine has vineyards where they produce native wines, ruins of ancient castles, historical parks, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches as well as a few mosques and synagogues. Kyiv, the country's capital city has many unique structures such as Saint Sophia Cathedral and broad boulevards. There are other cities well known to tourists, such as the harbour town Odesa and the old city of Lviv in the west. Most of Western Ukraine, which used to be within the borders of the Republic of Poland before World War II, is a popular destination for Poles. Crimea, a little "continent" of its own, had been a popular vacation destination for tourists for swimming or sun tanning on the Black Sea with its warm climate, rugged mountains, plateaus and ancient ruins, though the tourist trade has been severely affected by Russia's occupation and annexation of the territory in 2014.[2] Cities there include: Sevastopol and Yalta – location of the peace conference at the end of World War II. Visitors can also take cruise tours by ship on the Dnieper River from Kyiv to the Black Sea coastline. Ukrainian cuisine has a long history and offers a wide variety of original dishes.

The country's tourism industry is generally considered to be underdeveloped, but it does provide crucial support for Ukraine's economy. Ukraine does have certain advantages, including much lower costs than other European destinations, as well as visa-free access for most people from Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America. Since 2005 citizens of European Union and EFTA, United States, Canada, Japan and South Korea no longer require a visa to visit Ukraine for tourism purposes.[3] Also, no visa has been required for citizens of Russia, and other CIS countries (except Turkmenistan).

Top 10 countries whose residents provided the most visits to Ukraine (2016)[4]
Country Number
Moldova 4.3 million
Belarus 1.8 million
Russia 1.5 million
Hungary 1.3 million
Poland 1.2 million
Romania 0.8 million
Slovakia 0.4 million
Israel 0.2 million
Turkey 0.2 million
Germany 0.2 million

Popular tourist city destinations

Central Ukraine

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv.

Main cities

The Bernardine church and monastery in Lviv.
The Bernardine church and monastery in Lviv.

Western Ukraine

Waterfall Zhenets in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Sharivka Manor, Bohodukhiv Raion Kharkiv Oblast
Sharivka Manor, Bohodukhiv Raion Kharkiv Oblast
Livadia Palace in Yalta (Crimean Southern Coast)
Livadia Palace in Yalta (Crimean Southern Coast)

Eastern Ukraine

Southern Ukraine

Landscapes

Seven Wonders of Ukraine

Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle, 2008
Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle, 2008

The Seven Wonders of Ukraine are the seven historical and cultural monuments of Ukraine, which were chosen in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine contest held in July 2007.

Seven natural wonders of Ukraine

Tourism in Ukraine
Tourism in Ukraine

Winners of all Ukraine competition Seven natural wonders of Ukraine:

Recognized World Heritage sites

Main article: List of World Heritage Sites in Ukraine

Medical tourism

Lately many modern dental clinics with high quality dentistry equipment and high quality materials have been established in Ukraine. They provide patients with high quality dentistry services for prices much cheaper in comparison with Western and Russian clinics. Many tourists from United States, European Union and Russia arrive for dental services, providing a sort of dental tourism.

Other popular sorts of medical tourism in Ukraine are soas[check spelling], eye and plastic surgery, and mud baths.

Truskavets and Myrhorod are well known for their mineral springs.

Religious tourism

Uman is a pilgrimage site for Breslov Hasidic Jews, especially on Rosh Hashana kibbutz.

Events

Festival culture

Thousands of tourists visit the festival of medieval culture "Silver Tatosh" in the castle of Saint-Miklos, Chynadiyovo, Zakarpattia Oblast
Thousands of tourists visit the festival of medieval culture "Silver Tatosh" in the castle of Saint-Miklos, Chynadiyovo, Zakarpattia Oblast
Police patrol by bicycles in the tourist area of Lviv
Police patrol by bicycles in the tourist area of Lviv

In recent years a variety of festivals emerged in major Ukrainian cities. Among the most popular are international jazz festival in Lviv, street food festival in Kyiv, various summer festivals in Odessa—a popular tourist destination in summer. Many of these festivals take place in former industrial buildings of the Soviet era and are thus helping to rejuvenate these areas.

Type Event Location Season Notes
Film festival Molodist International Film Festival Kyiv April
Film festival Odesa International Film Festival Odessa Second half of July
Food festival Deruny Festival Korosten' September
Food festival Lviv Cheese and Wine Festival L'viv October
Humor festival Gumoryna Odessa April
Arts festival Gogolfest Kyiv September
Music festival Zakhid Rodatychi, L'viv region Middle of August
Music festival Fajne Misto Ternopil' July
Music festival Alfa Jazz Fest L'viv June
Poetry festival Meridian Czernowitz Chernivtsi September
Music festival Atlas Weekend Kyiv June
Sports festival Hot Air Balloon Festival Kamianets-Podilskyi May
Cultural festival Forpost Fest Kamianets-Podilskyi August
Sports festival Leopolis Grand Prix Lviv June
Cultural festival Book Forum Lviv Lviv September
Cultural festival Etnovyr Lviv August

Trade fairs

City Trade fair Industry Notes
Kyiv AGRO Agriculture
L'viv The Lviv Publishers’ Forum Books
Kyiv Metal-Forum of Ukraine Metal branch
Velyki Sorochyntsi Sorochyntsi Fair Cuisine
Kyiv Jeweller Expo Ukraine Jewellery
Kyiv Kyiv Fashion Clothes and style
Kyiv Upakovka Packaging industry
Kyiv Arms and Security Weapons

Governing body of tourist industry and its chairs

Foreign travel statistics

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Most visitors arriving to Ukraine were from the following countries of nationality:[6]

Number of foreign citizens visiting Ukraine (from 2014, excluding Crimea)

Statistics are based on data from the State Statistics Agency of Ukraine.[7]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ Tourist group, State Statistics Committee of Ukraine
  2. ^ Tourism takes a nosedive in Crimea BBC. Retrieved 29 December 2015
  3. ^ Ukrainian Consulate General of Ukraine in New York – Nationalities with no Visa requirements
  4. ^ "Foreign citizens who visited Ukraine in 2016 year,  by countries".
  5. ^ Найкращим українським містом визнано Івано-Франківськ (Ukr.)
  6. ^ Foreign citizens who visited Ukraine by country - State Statistics Service of Ukraine
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Tourist group".