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Summer in Ukraine: TOP-7 Lakes To Refresh Your Mind And Body

Summer in Ukraine: TOP-7 Lakes To Refresh Your Mind And Body

Ukraine is notable for its glorious landscapes and gorgeous lakes in particular. There are over 20 thousand lakes in Ukraine widely scattered to the floodplains, sea gulfs and deep in the mountains. Here are 7 most beautiful genuine pearls of Ukrainian nature.

1. Synevir Lake

Where: Synevirskaya Polyana, Transcarpathian Region

Synevir is widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in Ukraine. The largest lake in the Carpathian mountains located at the altitude of 989 m, and its area is 4-5 hectares. Maximum depth of the lake is 24 m. The water is very cold, even in the summer the temperature does not exceed 11 degrees.


Synevir lake attracts tourists with its crystal clear waters and unique landscapes.

2. Svityaz Lake

Where: Hayivka, Volyn Region

Shatsky lakes – the largest group of lakes in Ukraine includes more than 30 lakes. Svityaz is the best known one among them. Svityaz is considered to be the deepest Ukrainian lake – its depth reaches over 60 meters.

The lake is rich in fish, therapeutic mud, has clean, extremely clear water and sandy shores.

3. Syvash Lake

Where: Hryhoryivka, Kherson Region

Gee-whizz other planet landscape tinged pink! Syvash Lake is the Gulf of the Azov Sea, the water comes here only through one narrow strait, which frequently dries up in Summer.

The water in the lake is very salty and has a pink color. Scientists have confirmed that a large number of minerals in Sivash water make it therapeutic. It improves the functioning of the joints and strengthens the body as a whole.

4. White Lake

Where: Rudka, Rivne Region

The White lake is well for both family vacation and for tourists. The White lake is known as the lake of youth. The water is famous for its skin softening properties because it contains a lot of glycerin. Lake water is so clean that you can see the sandy bottom through the depth of several meters. The lake has sandy shore and is embosomed with pine forest.

There is a couple of piers where you can jump into water or fish for a while.

5. Molochnyi (Milk) Estuary

Where: Zaporizhzhya Region

Milk Estuary is located on the coast of the Azov Sea. It is separated from the Azov Sea by a split, and at the same time, is joined with it with an artificial channel. The mud of the estuary has therapeutic properties.

6. Yalpuh Lake

Where: Bolgrad, Odessa Region

Yalpukh is the largest lake in Ukraine and the second in Europe freshwater lake of natural origin, which is spilled for as much as 25 kilometers. The lake was formed in the basin of the Danube River.

Yalpuh is gracing the city of Bolgrad, which is surrounded with gardens and vineyards.

7. Shelekhiv Lake

Where: Mezhyrich, Sumy Region

Shelekhivske is the most ancient lake in Ukaine. This lake preserved its pristine beauty from the ice age period. The water in Shelehiv Lake is always cold. This is a very picturesque place.

Due to its remote location, the lake is not popular among travelers. It is very calm and silent area surrounded by pine, maple and alder forests. The lake has a horse-shoe form that envelopes a tiny island in the middle.

Ukrainian Records: Trembita

Ukrainian Records: Trembita

Ukraine is a land of many record breaking phenomena. And one of them is trembita – a unique Carpathian wind instrument that is officially the longest in the world.

Don’t be confused when you come to the Carpathians – the name may belong to numerous things and institutions. Like Lviv-based guitar making factory ‘Trembita’. Or a few mountain hotels with the same name. The image of this instrument also decorates posters and logos of Hutsulshchyna, a picturesque region in the west of Ukraine. So, trembita may be everywhere here. But the real one is not that easy to find…

Where To Find It

The only sure chance is visiting a Hutsul or Boyko folk festival where guests are usually welcomed with trembita sounds. But it’s not the kind of a device you can find in more common place. Surely not on restaurant or other premises. Because trembitas are huge. And loud, too. So they are usually played outsides.

What is interesting, in the past this tube made of larch or spruce played a role of today’s telephone. When there was an important and urgent message to spread, trembita players climbed to the top of the nearest mountain, and performed special tunes. It sounds amazing, but trembita sound can reach as far as 10 kilometers. And that’s how messages were conveyed from mountain to mountain across all the region informing the locals about good and bad news, dangers and other events…

Trembita is also used by shepherds to gather sheep and dogs, and it is traditionally played at Christmas time. Another common use of the instrument is at funerals. But it’s never played on occasion of someone’s birth or wedding.

How To Make It

Today there are just a few masters making trembitas left in the Carpathians. And they usually do this not for the local shippers or amateurs, but mostly for professional musicians and concert bands. Creating a trembita is not that easy. It starts with choosing an appropriate wood, usually a tree that was struck by lightning. They say that the more it is damaged, the louder the trembita will be.

The tube that can reach 4 meters is made from a long straight piece of wood which is split in two in order to carve out the core. Trembita sounds louder when its walls are thin. Then the halves are once again joined together and wrapped in birch bark or osier rings. Before playing trembita’s hole must be filled with vodka or hot milk.

The trembita has no lateral openings and therefore gives the pure natural harmonic series of the open pipe. Its sound is unmistakable and unforgettable.

Trembita Today

Trembita is officially enlisted in The Guinness Book of Records as the longest instrument in the world. What is interesting the actual longest trembita (8,35 meters!) was made by a Polish folk musician Józef Chmiel located in Czech Republic.

Today trembita may be considered a symbol of not just the Carpathians but the whole Ukraine. In 200th it was shown on Eurovision Song Contest by the Ukrainian winner Ruslana during her performance of the song “Wild Dances”.

It is also used by recent popular Ukrainian band ONUKA.

Come to Ukraine and enjoy its uniqueness!

Amazing Rakhivshina

Amazing Rakhivshina

Ukraine is stunningly beautiful. And this video from Rakhiv region situated in Carpathian mountains in Zakarpattia Oblast (province) in the west of Ukraine is another illustration of the fact.

Rakhiv, or more precisely, the village Dilove located close to it, is one of several European locations vying for the symbolic right to be Geographical center of Europe. The sign in Dilove, the point calculated in 1887 by the Austro-Hungarian geographers, carries a Latin inscription: “Locus Perennis Dilicentissime cum libella librationis quae est in Austria et Hungaria confectacum mensura gradum meridionalium et paralleloumierum Europeum. MD CCC LXXXVII.”

With an elevation of 430 meters above sea level, Rakhiv is Ukraine’s highest city. It is also the home of the the headquarters of Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.

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