Ukraine might not seem like the most obvious choice of country to include when you visit Europe. But if you miss it, you’ll be missing out! Ukraine is a fascinating country, with many well-kept secrets.
Read on to learn five interesting facts about Ukraine. The more you learn, the more you will want to visit this amazing country!
1. Ukraine Is The Biggest Country in Europe
If you exclude Russia, most of which lies within the Asian continent, then Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe. With Belarus to the north, Poland to the west, and Russia to the east, it makes up over 17 million km2, which is pretty huge!
This wide-ranging territory means there is a variety of recreational activities available if you visit Ukraine. You can visit the beaches on the Black Sea coast, or ski in the Carpathian mountains. There really is something for everyone.
2. The History of Ukraine Is Fascinating
Ukraine has a complex and interesting history. Over the centuries, the territory has changed hands many times. This includes in the recent past, following the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Ukraine passed between the Habsburg Empire and the Russian Empire. Throughout the 20th century, people called Ukraine the breadbasket of the USSR. This is due to the enormous agricultural industry in Ukraine which was exploited to feed the Soviet Union under Stalin’s rule.
3. Ukrainian Cuisine Is Delicious!
The food in Ukraine is varied, due to the rich multicultural history of the country. Lots of meat and potatoes are included in most Ukrainian’s diets, alongside fresh and pickled vegetables.
Most Ukrainians believe that borscht, the famous soup made from beetroot and cabbage, originates from Ukraine, despite claims from Russians that it originated there. However, the famous stuffed chicken dish, Chicken Kyev, is actually thought to have been created in France.
4. Ukraine Boasts 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
These fascinating sites include the unique wooden churches found in the Carpathian mountains and the vast beech forests which surround them. You can also find ancient ruins from the 3rd century AD in the Crimea.
The magnificent Saint-Sophia Cathedral in Kyev and the surrounding monastic buildings are also a world heritage site. A great way to explore both the history and cuisine of Ukraine is by taking a free tour in Kiev.
5. Travel in Ukraine Is Easy
The public transport network in Ukraine is well-developed and all major cities are connected on the railway network. Traveling to Ukraine by air is also easy from many international destinations.
Kiev also features the deepest metro station in the world, at a staggering 105.5 meters below ground. It was build during the cold war, when there was a real threat of nuclear bombs and a need to build deep stations to protect the citizens of Kiev from attack.
Fascinating Facts about Ukraine
We’re sure that this list of facts about Ukraine will have whetted your appetite for travel to this intriguing and little-known country.
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