The Sokolyne Oko rock, Protyate Kaminnya massif
The Hirske Oko lake
Polonynska Vatra Festival, Putyla District
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Welcome to BUKOVYNA THE BEAUTIFUL, a website about the land of Bukovyna!
It is unique and magnificent! It has passed through the times of the Moldavian Principality, Ottoman Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russian Empire, Romania, USSR, and its Northern part is now independent Ukraine. During all those times this land has retained its unique nature and culture, customs and traditions, thus keeping its multiple identity safe. People born here have become prominent figures of Austria, Germany, Romania, Russia and, naturally, Ukraine.
The land provides plenty of opportunities in numerous fields best described by the word unique. Its nature is unique for its beautiful forests and mountains, green fields and vivid flowers. Its culture has absorbed the best features from all civilizations that collided here. The architecture of Chernivtsi, the actual capital of Bukovyna, is unique for its Barocco style, with the University building (former Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans erected by immortal Josef Hlavka) reckoned amongst the most beautiful educational buildings of the world. This land's tourism opportunities are nearly inexhaustible. The list of such uniquenesses could be continued but this page is too short to describe them all in detail, so our site's menu includes a fairly substantial number of other pages.
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Bukovyna (Ukrainian: Буковина/Bukovyna; Russian: Буковина/Bukovina; Romanian: Bucovina; German and Polish: Bukowina) is a historical region on the northern slopes of the North-Eastern Carpathian Mountains and the adjoining plains. It is currently split into North and South Bukovynas between Ukraine and Romania.
The name Bukovyna came into official use in 1775 with the region's annexation from the Principality of Moldavia to the possessions of the Habsburg Monarchy, which became Austrian Empire in 1804, and Austro-Hungary in 1867...
Chernivtsi (with various language-based versions, such as Ukrainian: Чернівці; German: Czernowitz; Romanian: Cernăuţi; Russian: Черновцы; see also other names) is the administrative center of Chernivtsi Oblast (province) in Western Ukraine. The city is positioned apically on the Prut, a tributary of the Danube, in the Northern part of Bukovyna historic region, which is currently divided between Romania and Ukraine. As of 2013, the estimated number of city's residents totalled about 260,000 people...
Bukovyna is a land with unique nature. It is gifted with steep rocks and green alpine meadows, large and small rivers, dense forests and wide prairies, lots of flora and fauna species. Chernivtsi Oblast has 243 territories and items of the nature reserve fund including 7 wildlife sanctuaries, 8 natural monuments, arboretum of the Chernivtsi National University, Vyzhnytsia National Nature Park, Storozhynets arboretum being nationally important, Chernivtsi regional landscape parks Cecino, Valea Kuzmina (a 250-300 year-old beech forest with a picturesque lake, plots with rare plants and mineral sources), as well as 136 nature monuments, 46 parks being monuments of garden art and 39 reserved stows of local significance.
Chernivtsi is famous for its palaces, temples and houses. It has a lot of European architecture monuments created yet during the XVII-XVIII centuries, which have well survived to nowadays. The city is a symbiosis of architecture masterpieces representing Vienna, Prague and Paris.
Besides Chernivtsi itself, the whole region is full of sights that will draw your attention. You'll see Khotyn fortress, smaller castles, lots of old and modern religious structures, houses that remember outstanding people and many other unbelievable places.
This section mostly concentrates on architectural sights of the region. To see the beauty of its rivers and waterfalls, forests and caves, please, refer to the Nature section.
Bukovyna's beautiful natural resources, its historical and cultural heritage as well as favourable geographic location in the center of Europe have been a strong ground to build a system of sanatorium and resort treatment, tourism and leisure focused on both internal consumers and international tourists.
Bukovyna region offers plenty of recreation opportunities. Healing properties of its mineral waters are known far beyond its borders. The air is fresh, the forests are green, the water is clean - what else would you need to have a good time and enjoy the life?
Bukovyna is a wonderful place to do various intensive and simply active sports, entertainment and even extreme. You can raft down its mountain and lowland rivers or fish in them; walk, ride, drive (whether bicycle, motorcycle or a car) and ski on its terrain; or even fly in its air.