Ukraine is a developing destination, the incredible landscapes of which travellers are only beginning to appreciate. Fortunately, @visualukraine shares the best of Ukraine’s architectural, artistic and natural gems: its 11th-century churches and cathedrals; the contemporary murals in Odessa, Kharkov and Kiev; its unique climate from the freezing cold winter and golden autumn to its flowering spring and boiling hot summer; lavender fields no less charming than in French Provence; and its natural wonders, from the two seas (the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov) to the Carpathian Mountains.
The ancient history of Ukraine has given the country an amazing collection of national heritage, which is present in the numerous museums and art galleries all over the country. Instead of being a governmental initiative, the museums of Ukraine account was created by volunteers and art lovers. Here, you can find amazing photos of locations and exhibitions, shot by different Instagram users.
For the Ukrainian photographer Vadym Tarasov, the Carpathian Mountains are without a doubt a place of power. Its fascinating views, rich nature, fresh and dizzying air are attractive to many. So, if you’re planning a trip to the west of Ukraine (where the mountains are located), check out this Instagram account and put a few spots on your bucket list.
The Ukrainian Carpathians is also a popular destination for travellers because of its challenging hiking trails and breathtaking mountain views that open out from the 2,000-meter-high (6,561 ft) peaks. For instance, Brebeneskul (the second highest mountain after Hoverla) has a stunning alpine lake. On the top of Pip Ivan mountain, an abandoned observatory can be seen. Meanwhile, Hutyn Tomnatyk is a part of the unique Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.
The port city of Odessa is one of Ukraine’s architectural gems. Located on the Black Sea coast, it is an ultimate destination for locals in the summertime. Its cosy courtyards, cobbled streets, seascapes, stylish coffee shops and posh restaurants, beach clubs, as well as majestic buildings and museums, are showcased by the @odessaworlds account.
If you’re a fan of not only interesting but also visually compelling journeys, you can get a lot of inspiration from the Instagram photographer Alyona Schastlivaya. She skillfully combines lifestyle, architecture and nature in her account and proves that Ukraine is a beautiful, atmospheric, surprising and picture-perfect country.
Soviet mosaics constitute an integral part of Ukrainian history and architecture. The brightest of these masterpieces are highlighted in the account, created by the Ukrainian photographer Yevgen Nikiforov. He has also compiled a guide Decommunised: Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics, which raises the issue of the importance of mosaics preservation rather than their destruction in accordance with the ongoing decommunization processes in Ukraine.
To experience the diversity of Ukrainian culture, you should travel to cities such as Dnipro, Lviv, and Odessa. In different parts of the country, the everyday lives and habits of people vary quite significantly. For instance, Lviv is similar to European cities, with a well-developed culinary and coffee culture. Odessa is a coastal city with locals who adhere to a healthy lifestyle, while the industrial city of Dnipro has a fast but not stressful pace of life.
Another account about Ukraine that will inspire you with minimalistic and extremely stylish photos, you’ll see a totally different view of the cities of Ukraine, Chernivtsi in particular. Compelling nature, bewitching sunsets, wine cellars, local coffee shops, modern architecture and local people can all be found on the @i.amartem account.
Flying a bit under the radar is the impressive account of a talented @shurpenkov, which features great aerial images of Ukraine. The bridges and cosy residential areas of Kiev, the Black Sea barges, the romantic Carpathian Mountains, the stucco moulding of the Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and other Ukrainian spots are generously shared with Instagram users.
Lviv is in constant competition with Kiev for the title of the most touristic Ukrainian city. It is a favourite destination for locals, whether for a weekend or an extended stay. With family or friends, winter or summer, #lviv_love will definitely woo you with its images of Lviv’s charming architecture, welcoming establishments, fragrant coffee and delicious Galician cuisine.
Kiev is not only the administrative capital of Ukraine but also a historical and cultural centre. It boasts an abundance of museum and art galleries, a rich variety of touristic attractions, coffee shops, restaurants and late-night venues. It is the city where you can not only try traditional Ukrainian cuisine but also enjoy creative modern interpretations of it. Most importantly, it is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe.