Excursions in Vinnytsia region


Vinnytsia region map


Vinnytsia – a regional city, located on the banks of the Southern Bug River near Kyiv (266 km). The name of the city comes from the Old Slavonic word “v’no”, which means “gift”. For the first time the city is mentioned in documents in 1362. In recent years, Vinnitsa has been actively visited by tourists. Reason is in the light-musical fountain “Roshen” built in the riverbed, which today is the largest floating fountain not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe. In warm weather (April 20 – October 20) in the evenings you can see an amazing 3D laser show. Crowds of tourists come to admire the lights’ performance.

Strizhavka. “Werewolf”. There is another amazing place next to the city, which is not known to everyone – it is the “Werwolf”, a former German military complex of 80 structures and 3 bunkers, built in 8 km from the city. “Werwolf” (translation from German – “werewolf”) was built as Hitler’s headquarters and acted in 1942-1944. According to official documents, Hitler was in Werwolf three times. When the Germans retreated, the entrance to the bunker was blown up by them, while some sources assert that the internal premises were not damaged. To this day, the place attracts researchers who want to find out the last secret of the Third Reich. Today, here is the historical memorial complex in memory of the victims of fascism.

Nemyriv – a city in the Vinnytsia region (250 km from Kyiv).

Sharhorod – a town in the Vinnytsia region (330 km from Kyiv).

Tul’chyn – a town in the Vinnytsia region (350 km from Kyiv).

Mohyliv-Podil’s’kyi – a city on the Dniester River in the Vinnytsia region (380 km from Kyiv).

Busha – a small settlement in the Vinniysia region (400 km from Kyiv), located on the border with Moldova where the Murafa and Bushanka rivers merge. The place is not popular among tourists, because few have heard of this village, which keeps the history of the Tripillia culture times. To this day, there are preserved monuments of archeology (ІІІ millennium BC – XII century), remains of the fortress and underground passages (XVI – XVII century), city hall (XVI century), Busha rock temple of the pagan and Christian periods (V-XVI century) with unique cave paintings, and Cossack cemetery (XVIII-XIX century). In order to preserve all the monuments of architecture and archeology, the Bush Historical and Cultural Reserve was created in 2001. Also there is a park of historical sculpture, where the international sculptor-stonemasons “Podolsky Amulet” planners are held annually.

“Haidamatsky Yar”. Not far from the Busha village there is a “Haidamatsky Yar” tract, which is a natural reserve of national importance covering an area of 96 hectares. Here, on the oak and hornbeam slopes of the Bushanka river many sandstones of various shapes are scattered. We should mention the rock called Vysiacha (The Hanging One), which almost vertically stands on another rock, smaller in size. According to the legend, the rock “Gontiv Kamin” (Gonta Stone) was a favorite place of the leader of a popular uprising, Ivan Gonta, and the rock “Haidamatska” was the place where Cossacks used to hide during the war with Poland.