Thinking about spending the spring holidays in the mountains? If so, the Ukrainian Carpathians have some of the most beautiful, pristine landscapes and cozy villages and towns to offer you – all at an affordable cost!
While some of the entries on this list are famous for their ski resorts and winter tourism, they all deserve your visit around the year, too. From wide hiking paths to lively village life, they can accommodate tourists of all kinds!
Don’t have time for spring break because of a pile of college assignments? You can still make it – all you need to do is turn to write my paper for me and offload your homework! And then, go ahead and plan your adventure in these eight best places to see in spring.
Located at 580 meters above sea level, Yaremche is a lively destination with great tourist infrastructure. It can boast some of the best hiking itineraries in the region, too. The most popular path leads to the Makovytsia peak, which serves as a gateway to other, wilder mountain itineraries.
If you’re not into hiking, you can enjoy dining at the restaurant-museum Hutsulshchyna in the heart of the town or visit the museum park Carpathians in Miniature. Yaremche is also home to several wooden churches built in the 17th-18th centuries – that’s a must-visit!
This proud village isn’t just a great destination for a Christmas break thanks to its ski resort. (That resort is more affordable than Bukovel, the most popular one in the country, too.) In spring, Vorokhta has beautiful mountainous landscapes accentuated by blooming flowers, centuries-old viaducts, and sportive hiking paths to offer you.
On top of that, Vorokhta is also one of the most accessible starting points for those who want to conquer Hoverla, the highest peak in the Ukrainian Carpathians. You can also hike to the Pyatyhatka peak or enjoy the views from the Kostrych ridge.
Another ski resort, Verkhovyna is a village that the hutsul culture runs through. Located high in the mountains (hence the name), Verkhovyna is the destination for all mountain lovers. You can spend your days hiking, climbing, fishing, rafting, or kayaking.
Verkhovyna is also another popular starting point to climb Hoverla. Plus, it’s home to multiple museums, most of them dedicated to the hutsul culture.
One of the oldest and largest villages in the area, Pylypets draws lovers of snow sports. Its ski resort is loved by snowboarders and skiers.
But winter isn’t the only time to visit Pylypets. When the snow melts, you can enjoy the pristine landscapes surrounding it – or hike one of its numerous hiking paths, such as the one that leads to the Hemba peak. Pylypets is also home to the breathtaking Shypit waterfall, which should certainly be on your to-do list.
5. Lake Synevyr
The only entry on this list that’s not a town or village, Lake Synevyr deserves to be mentioned on its own here. Located close to the Synevyr Poliana village, this lake can easily rival the beauty of the Morskie Oko lake in the Polish Tatras with its turquoise waters and breathtaking landscapes.
While you’re there, make sure you don’t overlook the Brown Bear Rehabilitation Center located nearby. This is where brown bears who suffered from ill-treatment can recover, with the help of professionals, of course. And yes, this center is open for tourist visits!
At the foot of the Borzhava ridge lies Richka, one of the most picturesque villages in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Surrounded by multiple relatively low peaks, it’s a place where you can relax and take in the mountainous landscapes.
Richka is a great starting point to climb the Borzhava ridge. The hike itself isn’t difficult, but you’ll be rewarded in full. Spring is when the hills are covered with flowers and turn green – a beautiful sight in and of itself!
Located close to the border with Romania, Shepit is a village famous for its picturesque waterfalls, such as the Shepit Huk, all located next to one another. Hiking enthusiasts can also enjoy the itineraries that start in the village, like the ones to Tomnatyk peak or the Djohol ridge.
In Shepit, you can also find authentic souvenirs made by hutsul artisans and crafters, and enjoy the one-of-a-kind local architecture.
A village in the lower part of the Carpathians, Skhidnytsia is a great destination for you if you seek mineral waters. Formerly an oil development site, Skhidnytsia today is a tourist hotspot – and a recognized balneal resort.
After you enjoy the village’s mineral waters, take a stroll in the village itself. It’s full of interesting sights, from a wooden synagogue – the only one that survived the Nazi occupation – to abandoned oil pumps.
In Conclusion: 5 Runners-Up
Looking for more destination ideas located in the heart of the Ukrainian Carpathians? Here are five more places that warrant a trip in spring:
- The Hoverla peak – the highest in the Ukrainian Carpathians;
- Kolochava – a village dubbed “the Village of Ten Museums”;
- Bukovel – the most popular resort in the region;
- Kolomyia – a cozy town with narrow streets famous for pysanky;
- Shayan – a charismatic village famous for its mineral and thermal waters.