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The 7 Natural Wonders of Ukraine

12. October 2009 by Christy 0 Comments

Ukraine is a beautiful country full of many natural wonders. But which wonders are the best? This question was put to the test late last year when a panel of Ukrainian experts and a panel of everyday people each voted for their seven favorite natural sites. The results of the poll are listed below. Which site would you most like to visit?


7. Sinevir Lake (Transcarpathian Region)

The beautiful Sinevir is located in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains and is part of the National Park Sinevir. Approximately 10,000 years old, the lake is surrounded by mountains and a forest populated by 150-year-old trees. According to a local legend, the lake was formed by the tears of a heartbroken maiden who lost her love at the hands of her father. 



6. Svitiaz lake (Volyn Region)

Svitiaz is the biggest, deepest lake in Ukraine with a maximum depth of 58 meters, or 190 feet. Part of Shatsk National Nature Park, Svitiaz’s clear water and sandy beaches draw tourists from all over the country. Several kinds of fish call the lake home, including perch, catfish, eel, and carp, just to name a few.



5. National Natural Park “Podolskie Tovtry” (Khmelnitzk Region)

In 1996, Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma formed this national nature park in an effort to protect the natural beauties of the land. The area boasts many healthful benefits, including mineral waters and rare plants used for medicinal purposes.



4. Marble Caves (Crimea)

The marble caves are a breathtaking series of caves located in the Crimean Mountains. The caves run to a depth of approximately 60 meters, or 196 feet, and are connected by a series of corridors. Only a small portion of this is open to tourists. Speleologists consider the marble caves to be one of the five most beautiful, tourist-friendly caves in the world.



3. Dniester Canyon (Vinnitza, Ivano-Frankovsk, Ternopol, and Khmelnitzk Regions)

The Dniester River is a 250 kilometer stretch of river that flows through a canyon valley. Its limestone slopes are populated by numerous plants and animals, and the river flows past many manmade and natural wonders, including waterfalls, caves, castles, and ancient churches. The canyon is also a popular site for skydivers.



2. Granite-Steppe Pobuzhie (Nikolaev Region)

This regional park was founded in 1994 to preserve the region’s many natural treasures. The area is full of impressive rocks and coastal mazes sure to delight adventurers and nature lovers alike. Like many of the natural wonders on this list, an abundance of plants of animals thrive in the granite-steppe Pobuzhie.



1. Askania-Nova (Kherson Region)

The Askania-Nova is a natural reserve complete with a zoo, botanical garden, and a pristine steppe preserve. Many animals roam the reserve, including wild horses, bison, ostriches, llamas, zebras, birds, and many others. The largest captive group of Przewalski's Horse are also housed here.