Favorite Ukraine is rich in beautiful places that are worth visiting and more recently.. But if you are attracted not only by Ukrainian expanses - go to the May holidays.
About the direction in which you can go - we will tell you today.
The capital of Lithuania is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Small, but very cozy, Vilnius is a truly atmospheric city, having visited which once you will definitely want to return.
What to see. Start your walk from the Cathedral Square, go to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislav and Vladislav - the main cathedral of Vilnius, which in its style resembles the classical temples of ancient Greece, do not forget to see the building of the former Town Hall and the bell tower. Near the bell tower is a magic plate, standing on which it is necessary to turn three times to fulfill desires.
Immediately on the square is a monument to the founder of Vilnius - Prince Gediminas, one of the most famous Lithuanian rulers. And a little further, on the Castle Hill, Gediminas Castle, which now houses an exhibition dedicated to the history of Vilnius, and on the roof - a viewing platform, from which opens a panorama of the Old Town and the valley of the river Neris.
Be sure to walk along the main street of the city Didzhoyi (Great), the oldest and most beautiful street Piles (Castle Street). These are the main streets of the Old Town with many architectural sights. The Gothic ensemble of the churches of St. Anne and Bernardine, reminds you of the similar churches of Lviv, in the Pyatnitskaya church thanksgiving prayer for the victory over the Swedish king Charles XII in the Northern War served Peter the Great, as well as Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's great-grandfather - Hannibal baptized.
Drop in at Vilnius University, this educational institution was founded in 1579 and is one of the oldest in Eastern Europe. Taras Shevchenko and Adam Mitskevich studied here, and the library is only a year younger than the famous Oxford.
If you have time and desire, you can visit the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania - the picturesque Trakai. It is a small town not far from Vilnius, on the territory of which there are more than 200 lakes and the majestic medieval castle of the 14th century, in which the historical museum works.
Visa. To travel to Vilnius, you must apply for a traditional Lithuanian or Schengen visa.
How to get there. You can get to Vilnius from Kiev by bus or by plane. The cost of a plane ticket from 120 euros, the planes take off daily, the journey takes about 1 hour. The cost of a bus ticket from 55 euros, the bus leaves daily from the central bus station, the journey takes about 12 hours. You can also take a trip on your own car through the territory of Belarus.
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Beautiful Riga is like a well-groomed woman who knows her worth even in spite of a very impressive age (the capital of Latvia was founded in 1201). It is an unhurried and cozy city with a subtle European flavor, located on the shores of the Riga Baltic Sea, and knows how to surprise.
What to see.Start your walk from the Old Town - this is a real placer of amazingly interesting sights. Experienced tourists say that it looks a bit like Prague, but who will remember this while walking along the Daugava River Embankment!
Be sure to take a look at the Protestant Dome Cathedral - this is the pearl of Riga and the largest medieval temple of the Baltic countries, listen to the old organ and take a look at the oldest museum of the city - History and Navigation. The attention of children there will certainly attract a lot of layouts of various sailing ships. Not far from the Dome Cathedral is the Church of St. Peter with the musical church clock. The tower of the church has an elevator that takes you up to a height of 72 meters to the observation deck, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the river.
Another children's find: at the church of St. Peter is a monument to the Bremen Town Musicians, who definitely need to rub their nose in order to fulfill their cherished desire. Do not forget to look into Jauniela street as well, although it may seem to you that you have been here in some surprising way. It was this street that played the role of Baker Street in the favorite film about Sherlock Holmes, starring Livanov, and the famous “17 Moments of Spring” was also shot.
Being in Riga, be sure to check out the Riga Castle - the residence of the knights of the Livonian Order and the House of Blackheads - a museum in which it is so beautiful that the President of Latvia holds ceremonial receptions in it. Do not miss the “Three Brothers” - the oldest residential houses in Riga, which got their name, as they were built by relatives and “Cat House” - two cats are preparing to jump from its roof.
If you have time and desire, you can visit the Latvian Ethnographic Museum under the open sky, something like our Pirogovo. From different parts of Latvia, authentic houses of peasants and artisans were transported here, one can get acquainted with Latvian history and way of life. And of course just to sit in a cafe, enjoy the freshest Riga sweets and aromatic coffee.
Visa.For a trip to Riga, Ukrainians need a Latvian Schengen visa.
How to get there.To Riga from Kiev can be reached by bus or plane. The cost of a plane ticket from 220 euros, planes take off daily, the journey takes about 1.5 hours. The cost of a bus ticket from 70 euros, the bus leaves 5 times a week from the central bus station, the journey takes about 14 hours.You can also take a trip on your own car through the territory of Belarus and Lithuania.
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The pearl of the Danube - this is the name of Budapest, and it is absolutely deserved, because it is really a very beautiful city. In the capital of Hungary there is something to see, so get ready for a very busy trip.
What to see.The first thing to do is head to the Fisherman's Bastion. Under such a seemingly marvelous name, there is a large square, surrounded by a 140-meter gallery with seven hipped towers. From the walls of the bastion you can admire the magnificent Hungarian Parliament Building, which is beautiful both in the afternoon and in the evening, by the light of the lights. Near the bastion of the church of St. Matthias, From the hill you can slowly walk down the old cobbled streets, where tourists are waited for by nice pastry shops and souvenir shops. If you are not a fan of hiking, you can make your way down in the cable car.
Be sure to go to Váci street - this special souvenir, restaurant and entertainment street is considered the heart of Budapest, then visit the Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Try to visit Heroes' Square - the most solemn place of the city, the Sechensky baths in the pools of which are filled with famous thermal water, fatigue dissolves without a trace, and children will be pleased by a visit to one of the oldest in Europe zoo.
It will be interesting for children to see the Széchenyi chain bridge, through which one can get to the other side of the Danube. From it you can see other Budapest bridges over the mighty river. Not far from the bridge is the Istvan Széchenyi Square. Walking through it, take a look at the third largest church in Hungary, St. Stephen’s Basilica. Here is stored the main relic of the country - the mummified palm of the first king of Hungary.
Do not miss the opportunity to climb the Castle Hill (Varhed) with the help of the funicular - it offers an excellent view of the city, and you can also see the changing of the guard ceremony.
Visa.To visit Budapest you need a Schengen visa to Hungary.
How to get there.Budapest can be reached by plane, train, bus or by car.
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