Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine – A Fairytale Castle

This tip comes from our Italian Explorer Alessio Amato.

Kamianets-Podilskyi is a medieval city located in the west of Ukraine. Its architecture, especially the Old Town, is heavily influenced by its past, since the city was a part of the Polish Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The historical presence of Jews and Armenians have also contributed to the city’s multi-ethnic flair.  The most prominent feature, which truly enchanted me, is its castle. Ukrainians themselves know how stunning this castle can be, as it is included in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

Kamianets Podilskyi Fortress
Photo Credit: Ferad Zyulkyarov

Accounts date it back to the 14th century. Twelve towers, built at different times throughout its history, dominate the landscape. The towers had plenty of purposes: artillery arsenals, Lutheran chapels, printing presses, wells and even jails. The entrance fee is stunningly low, considering how marvellous this place is: 20 gryvnia, that is to say less than one euro/dollar! Inside, apart from exploring the castle itself and its courtyard, you can visit a pottery shop and a museum filled to the brim with various memorabilia from the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, the museum’s descriptions are only in Ukrainian. To refresh yourself, there is a small café.

There is even a shooting range to test your archery skills! As the castle is on a peninsula, one, from the Old Town, can only reach it via the Turkish bridge, which is 88 metres long. To reach the city, marshrutkas, shared taxicabs/buses, common in countries that were a part of the Soviet Union, depart from Khmelnitskiy, the capital of the oblast (region) in which the city is situated. Tickets can be bought from the counter or, if you can speak Ukrainian fluently, you can haggle directly with the driver.

Featured Photo Credit: Brian Woychuk

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