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Bodan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Art in Kiev

Housing the largest collection of foreign art in Ukraine, the Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Art is located off the Taras Shevchenko Boulevard in Kiev. Also referred to as the Museum of Western and Oriental Art, the museum is renowned for its extensive collection of sculptures, paintings, etchings and decorative arts from the Middle East, Far East and Western Europe. The Renaissance-style museum building is itself an historic treasure dating back to the mid-1800s. It was commissioned by husband and wife patrons of the arts, Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko, featuring the family coat of arms and three decorative towers.

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Explore the Khust District

Situated amidst the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains, Khust (also Chust) is a city in the Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine. Standing near to the junction of the Tisza and Rika rivers, Khust is the administrative center of the Raion, or District, of the same name. The city and district offer travelers a number of fascinating attractions and its history is of great interest.

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Take a Ride on the Carpathian Tram

Winding its way along the Carpathian foothills, the Carpathian Tram offers a unique way to explore this picturesque region of Ukraine. The locomotive carriage has twelve seats for passengers who are interested in watching the activities of the driver as he guides the train along the narrow-gauge track, while additional coaches, either closed or open, cater for different preferences of tourists enjoying the excursion. The Carpathian Tram was opened in 1860 as a means for transporting timber between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Ukraine's Boykivschina region. Eventually the train was no longer needed for this purpose and for a time the railway line was neglected, until most of the original railway was renovated and reopened as a tourist attraction.

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Kryvorivnya in the Carpathians

For anyone who would like to explore the history of Hutsul traditions and who wants to enjoy one of the most picturesque destinations in the Carpathians, Kryvorivnya is the ideal location to explore. The village is most definitely not for the faint hearted, as it was not named "Crooked Plain" without reason. Kryvorivnya's landscape is extremely mountainous, and to get to some of the homes would probably qualify as a strenuous hike for skilled hikers. Yet it has charm, historical attractions and sites that are so beautiful that it will leave visitors at a loss for words.

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Discover Khortytsia Island

Khortytsia is the largest of the islands located in Ukraine’s mighty Dnipro River and is home to a wealth of historical and natural treasures, making it a popular tourism destination. The island is around twelve kilometers long and consists of varied terrain, with rocky outcrops, caves and grottos to the north, and flat, low-lying terrain to the south, which is sometimes flooded when the river is running high. The central part of Khortytsia has ravines, small hills and valleys, while streams and lakes are found scattered around the island.

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Paragliding in Ukraine

Paragliding can be both a relaxing leisure pursuit and an exciting competitor sport. Either way it offers the opportunity to view spectacular scenery from a unique perspective – flying free as a bird. Man has long been fascinated with the concept of humans taking flight, with some of the earliest inventions needing the bravest, or most foolish, pilots to test their capabilities. Flight has come a long way since the famous Wright Brothers made history, and paragliding continues to gain followers around the world. Ukraine has some of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see, and paragliding makes the most of the country's natural beauty.

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Visit Velyki Sorochyntsi

Renowned for being the birthplace of noted writer and dramatist, Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), the village of Velyki Sorochyntsi is located in the Poltava Oblast of Ukraine. This picturesque village is the venue of the annual Sorochyntsi Fair, a celebration based on Gogol’s short story The Fair at Sorochintsi, which attracts visitors from far and wide. Honoring the role of Nikolai Gogal in the history and development of the village, in August 1911 a monument sculpted by Russian sculptor Ilya Ginzburg was erected in the village. Moreover, the village boasts a museum named after this famous literary figure and in 1983 a postal stamp was issued by the Soviet Union featuring both the museum and the monument.

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Explore the City of Dniprodzerzhynsk

Set along the Dnieper River, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast is home to a bustling industrial city named Dniprodzerzhynsk. Historical documents reveal that the city was established in 1750, and consisted of two villages that in time became one, known then as Kamianske. It was renamed in honor of Felix Dzerzhynsk in 1936, as he was a Founding Member of the Bolshevik Secret Police. The city became known for leaders such as Leonid Brezhnev, who grew up in the city. But there is so much more to the Dniprodzerzhynsk, and is definitely worth exploring.

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