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Ukraine’s most beautiful castles

Ukraine is a perfect destination for history lovers who adore visiting historical spots, such as beautiful castles. There are more than 5000 fortifications in the country, and each of them has its unique atmosphere. Winter landscapes and snow give them a special charm and dress these beautiful giants in lush clothes. Walk the routes of knights, hear the sounds of medieval battles, marvel at the exquisite architecture, and explore ancient legends!

Ukraine welcomes you to visit fantastic historical destinations that appeal to those interested in history.

Kamianets-Podilskyi castle

Kamianets-Podilskyi castle at night
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This UNESCO Heritage site is one of the most beloved destinations by tourists worldwide. The fortification has the old and the newer buildings divided into two parts. The Old Castle is the main attraction to see ancient monuments where all the greatest battles and events occurred. The New Castle is also full of renowned monuments and bastion fortifications worth visiting.

Under the blanket of snow, the Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress becomes incredibly charming. And the slopes of the rocks, covered with white trees, on which the attraction is glorified, adorn it as if skillfully woven lace.

The trip to Kamianets-Podilskyi castle is always full of adventures. You can visit atmospheric holiday festivals, take an evening excursion with a knowledgeable guide, shoot with Medieval weapons and explore other activities available on-site.

Palanok castle

Palanok castle
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Suppose you are looking for an open-air museum permeated with numerous stories and legends. In that case, Palanok castle is the right place to visit in Ukraine. Located in Mukachevo, it consists of three parts – the Lower, the Middle, and the Upper. Take a walk across all three fortifications, look at the monuments, visit the local gallery and enjoy marvellous views from the observation deck.

Khotyn fortress

Khotyn fortress
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Being the masterpiece of King Daniel of Galicia, this historical attraction is one of the core tourist destinations. This spot was an appealing target for neighbouring kings and emperors, who tried to conquer these lands several times. The fortress was the central battlefield in the Battle of Khotyn in 1621.

Akkerman fortress

This breathtaking place in the photo is the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress, also known as the Akkerman fortress located in the Odesa region. It is a historical and architectural monument of the 13th-14th centuries, one of the best-preserved fortresses on the territory of Ukraine.

Akkerman fortress
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Amazing seascapes will leave you speechless and inspired. On your way back, drop by the village of Shabo, the wine capital of the region, for wine tasting and a tour at the Shabo wine culture centre.

Lubart’s Castle

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Located in the city of Lutsk, this old fortification has been preserved almost in its original form. This incredible spot based in Western Ukraine was built in the 14th century by Lubart, the Lithuanian prince. These lands were always attractive for neighbouring kings and emperors.

Tourists have an extraordinary chance to walk through this ‘snow kingdom’ in the winter season. They also enjoy a breathtaking view of the frosted Old City, listen to fascinating stories, and explore ancient sights.

Pidhirtsi Castle

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The former property of Rzewuski magnates, this bastion palace attracts visitors worldwide who come here to observe splendid views that open up from the courtyard and its main building. Pidhirtsi is one of the most beautiful castles in Ukraine. It has a rich history as this palace was attacked and looted several times. But each time, the castle was restored.

Pidhirtsi Castle from the air
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This historical sight was beloved by kings and renowned personalities from different epochs. It also has numerous mystical stories that will fascinate any visitor.

Kachanivka palace 

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Kachanivka palace is one of the most impressive Ukrainian palaces in the Chernihiv region. This masterpiece is built in the noble architecture style of Classicism with elements of neo-Classicism typical for the XVIII-XIX centuries. Kachanivka complex, with its gorgeous palace and magnificent landscape garden, is one of the few manors that has survived the turbulent times of the XX century and remained unshattered. 

In 2001, Kachanivka became a historical, cultural and nature reserve of national importance.

Kachanivka Palace
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Kachanivka is a good choice if you wish to take excursions and learn much exciting information about the manor’s history, owners, and famous guests. Or just enjoy sophisticated architecture and fantastic park views.

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