Ukraine, being Europe's largest country, has a plethora of tourist attractions, including festivals honoring the country's rich culture and a beautiful collection of centuries-old buildings. Ukraine's people are as diverse as its surroundings, from rolling countryside to cobblestone alleyways of old city centers, and they are among Europe's most welcoming people.
The word "Ukraina" literally means borderland, and the country has been prime invasion territory since its earliest beginnings. The land has been shared by Russia, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Romania at various times.
Today, you'll find an undiscovered Eastern European jewel searching for its own identity and carving a distinct niche in the tourism industry. Make an effort to strike up a conversation with a local in one of the many delicious eateries or markets. Recipes from the past are being reimagined with a modern twist. Everyone wants to improve their English, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the finest of what Ukraine has to offer from a native.
See our list of top sites and things to do in Ukraine for sightseeing ideas.