View on the Dniester from Galytsya cave monastery, Sokyriany District
Sokyriany District is an enchanting part of Bukovyna. First of all, it attracts by wonderful landscapes, slopes along the Dniester, green forests, luxuriant spring blooming and the generosity of autumn gardens.
The District is located in the Eastern part of Chernivtsi Oblast. It borders on Kelmentsi District in the West, Khmelnytskiy Oblast in the North, Vynnitsya Oblast in the East and the Republic of Moldova in the South. The District's territory is 668 sq. km.
Border with Moldova
The administrative center of the District is the town of Sokyriany located 150 km from Chernivtsi.
The Justice Palace in Sokyriany
A fountain near the District Hospital in Sokyriany
The old Jewish cemetery in Sokyriany
Street art in Sokyriany
The well-known town of Novodnistrovsk is located here mostly populated by hydro-constructors, people who built the Dnistrovske water reservoir. Tourists can get to either of these towns by railway or by paved road. Sokyriany train station serves trains going from and to Moscow, Kiev, Kishiniv, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi. There are also bus routes to many cities and to the capital of Ukraine. During the summer travellers make use of boats running along the Dnistrovske reservoir.
Water sports on the Dniester
Korman is the first village on the right bank of the Dniester 40 km to the North-West from Sokyriany. The first historic record about the village was found in some documents dating back to XVIII century. People who live there consider 1980 the year of the village's new birth. The old village appeared in the flooded area of Dnistrovska hydro power station. Its population was resettled to new modern houses built on a flat hill surrounded by forests, which is now one of the most beautiful villages in Bukovyna.
The Dniester near Korman
Close to new Korman there is a fishing center on the banks of a several-kilometer-wide reservoir. Many various fish species can be found in the reservoir, some of which are the catfish, carp, bream, perch and others. It is possible not only to fish here but also to have a good rest and to stay in houses arranged for fishermen's overnights. Travelers may also set up a tent at the edge of an ancient forest where not only mushrooms but also raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and nuts grow. Healing water will help still the thirst.
A fisher trophy near Korman
The forests of Sokyriany District cover almost 14,000 hectares being home for the wild boar, fox, hare, duck, and others.
A wild boar family in Sokyriany forests
Close to Korman stretching to the Dniester there are Kulishivka and Vitrianka villages. Remains of Trypillya and Cherniavski cultures, settlements and villages of Kiev Rus times were discovered on their territories.
Excavations of a Trypillian settlement in Sokyriany District
There are also St. Nicolas cave monastery, church and cells restored by monks not far from Neporotovo village at Galytsya farmstead.
Galytsya cave monastery, view from the outside
If you visit Novodnistrovsk, the town of hydraulic power engineers, Dnistrovskaya hydroelectric power station and its artificial mountain lake will be of interest for you as well.
Entrance to Novodnistrovsk
Novodnistrovsk Hydro Power Plant
The Dniester River has a steep right bank near Lomachyntsi. Water mills were functioning here for two centuries providing grinding for neighbouring villages. One of these mills is now displayed in Kyiv Museum of History and Household. Also Lomachyntsi offers some beach leisure opportunities.
A tourist base near Lomachyntsi
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