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Vinnytsa offers many interesting sites to see within walking distance of the city center. For those more adventurous, there are also rewarding sites to see on short excursions from the center.

In the City Center:
Vinnytsa Drama Theatre
Address: Teatralna 13, close to Boulevard Soborna
For those speaking Ukrainian or Russian, a trip to the nationally recognized Vinnytsa Drama Theatre should be included in your visit. Tickets range from 10 hrv. to 300 hrv., depending on the show and the drama troupe.

Mykhailo Kotsybyns’ky House and Museum
Location: Bevza 15, Close to the “Central Bridge” (Centralny Most) on the train station side of the Bugh River.
T.: (0432) 26-32-98
While visiting the home of this famous author of Ukrainian novels and short stories, you can also experience a Ukrainian traditional dwelling of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Afghan War Museum and Slavic War Memorial Park
Located behind Hotel Ukraina, on Grushevskoho and Kozitskoho Streets.
Museum open daily.
Memorial Park open during daylight hours.
No admission fee to Museum or Memorial Park
This charming park in the heart of Vinnytsa commemorates local soldiers from WWII and the Soviet-Afghan War. The Afghan War Museum is located in the red-brick bell tower. Exhibits include photos, letters and other artifacts representing Vinnytsa soldiers who fought in that war. The Memorial Park contains a large statue representing three different soldiers from WWII. An eternal flame burns in front of the statue. Visit the park on weekends to watch local brides come to lay flowers on the monument to those who died during WWII. This wedding custom is common throughout Ukraine, but the Slavic War Memorial Park in Vinnytsa is one of the most picturesque parks where visitors can witness this tradition.

Gorky Park
Located in the center of Vinnytsa. Main entrances are off of Teatralna Street and across from the Univermag.
Open: During daylight hours
No admission fee
A welcome bit of green space in the summer, and a snowy, fairytale landscape in the winter, Gorky Park has something for everyone. There are benches to sit and relax for awhile, a pavilion to watch war veterans strategize over chess, a large play area for children, a grass hockey field, ice skating rink and even pavilions to sample local food and drink. Periodically, Gorky Park is host to city festivals and concerts.

Polish (Roman) Catholic Church
Location: Soborna 12, across from the Vinnytsa Nature and History Museum
Vinnytsa’s most important Polish (Roman) Catholic church has mass services in Ukrainian and Polish. The organ music attracts ardent worshipers, and sometimes the church hosts classical music concerts featuring musicians from all over Europe, including Germany, Poland and Russia.

Vinnytsa Orthodox Cathedral
Location: Soborna 23, across from Central Post
No admission fee
Originally a Dominican monastery, the Vinnytsia Orthodox Cathedral is located next to the Vinnytsa Nature and History Museum. Today it is a stunning example of Ukrainian Orthodox architecture and painting. Visitors are welcome, but please remember to be respectful of worshipers. Women should cover their heads with a small scarf while inside the church.

Vinnytsa Art Museum
Location: Soborna 19, next to Vinnytsa Nature and History Museum
Open Tues-Sun
Admission: 2 hrv.
The Vinnytsa Art Museum offers a good collection of local artwork. The painting collection is the largest in the museum, and includes many pieces by talented Ukrainian artists.

Vinnytsa Nature and History Museum.
Location: Soborna 19, next to Orthodox Church
Open: Tues-Sun

Admission: 2 hrv.
This regional museum offers a glimpse of life in the Vinnytsa oblast over the last 2,000 years. Following a small exhibit on local flora and fauna, visitors may view artifacts from the area’s pre-historic inhabitants. Many rooms are dedicated to Vinnytsa’s many diverse rulers, from Polish, Austrian and Russian, to the more recent Nazi and Soviet occupations. The final exhibit includes a selection of artifacts from the Jewish community of Vinnytsa.

Close to the Сity Сenter:
Bugh Riverboat Cruise and Sabarov Park
Location: Boat departure from the train station side of the “Central Bridge”
Hours of Operation: Boats depart every hour in the spring and fall, and every half hour in the summer. For obvious reasons, the boat does not operate in the winter when the Bugh River is frozen! Last boat is at 17.00
Ticket Cost: 7.5 hrv to Sabarov Park from Vinnytsa city center, return ticket same price
In the summertime, a riverboat cruise on the Bugh River is a great way to cool off and see Vinnytsa from a different perspective. The cruise upriver lasts about 35 minutes, and passengers may disembark at Sabarov Park. The park features an impressive rock cliff, and several paths lead to the top for those who enjoy physical activity. The park is also a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch, and a small food kiosk sells cold drinks and ice cream for a refreshing snack. The return trip takes the same amount of time, and as you purchase one-way tickets only on the boat, you may linger at the park as long as you like.

Location: Entrances along Khmelnytske Shosse in the Vishenka Region of the city.
Open: Daylight Hours
No admission fee.
“Les” means forest in the Russian language, and this city park is exactly that – a forest. There are no food kiosks, playgrounds or other activities here, only endless paths through the forest. If you want to enjoy Vinnytsa as the locals do, pack a picnic lunch from the small food bazaar across the street from the entrance and head into Lesopark. Barbeque pits are plentiful in forest clearings if you want to try shashlik (barbeque). And in the winter, the forest is a wonderland perfect for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. In any weather, don’t forget to pack out what you pack in. Vinnytsa recently embarked on an anti-littering campaign, and Lesopark is one of their big targets!

Pirogov Chapel and Mummy.
Location: Close to the Pirogov Museum.
Open: daily
Taxi to the chapel is approximately 12 hrv. from the city center. The chapel is a ten minute walk from the museum, if you are combining the two sites into a single excursion. A guide is advisable, as the chapel is located off the beaten path, and no English is spoken.
Admission: A small donation is requested from visitors to the chapel (5 hrv. is appropriate).
Curious visitors also have the opportunity to see a very unique site in Vinnytsa. Nikolai Pirogov left instructions before his death on the preservation of his body. Today, he is the oldest of three such preserved bodies in the world. His fellow preserved compatriots? Lenin and Mao. Locals simply say “Mo-mee-ya”, or mummy. Included with the viewing of Pirogov is a glimpse into his family chapel. Various family members are buried near the chapel, albeit in more traditional methods.

Pirogov’s Home and Museum
Location: On the outskirts of Vinnytsa at Pirogova 155, past the “Vishenka” neighborhood and Reservoir Lakes and Park (also worth a stop).
Open: daily
Taxi to the museum is approximately 10 hrv. Alternatively, you can take Tram #6 to Vishenka and walk to the museum.
Admission: Free, but small donations are appreciated. English language book available with exhibit descriptions upon request.
Nikolai Pirogov (1810 – 1881) is undoubtedly Vinnytsa’s most famous citizen. Pirogov is famous for many advancements in modern medicine, most notably utilization of the first modern field medicine during the Crimean War and the use of ether in developing safe anesthesia for surgery patients. He spent his retirement years in the Vishenka region of the city, where he ran a free clinic on his estate. His home is now a museum open to the public, with exhibits on his lifetime achievements. His study remains intact, and you may also view actual instruments Pirogov used during surgery. Note the painting in the hallway depicting an intimate concert in Pirogov’s home given by his contemporary in the region, Pytor Tchykovski.

Orthodox Church of St. Mikola (1746 Wood Podyllian Church)
Location: From the center, across the ‘Old City’ Bridge (Starogorodskiy Most) and up the hill.
No admission charge
Nestled on a hill overlooking the Bugh River, this church is one of the last examples of 18th century wooden Podyllian architecture. The church is a short walk from the center of the city, and well worth the trip.

Short Excursions:
Nemyriv Scythian Ruins Hike “Valli”.
Location: 45 minutes by car from Vinnytsa.
If you speak Ukrainian, Russian, or have a willing guide who can point you in the right direction, don’t miss hiking to the Scythian Mounds outside of Nemyriv. The hike is 5-10 kilometers round-trip, depending on how far you go, and takes you to ancient Scythian mounds that create an enormous circle amid farmland and local scenery. There are no signs, so ask a local resident and walk right out of town through the park to begin the hike. If you need a room for the night, the Nemyriv Sanatorium has clean, comfortable rooms for approximately 50 hrv per night.

Nemyriv Princess Palace, Art Museum and Park.
Location: 45 minutes by car from Vinnytsa.
In the heart of Nemyriv – a city made famous by Nemiroff brand vodka – is a beautiful palace and within it, an art museum. The palace was once owned by a Russian princess, and is on the grounds of a beautiful park. In the park is a set of connecting lakes that are perfect for a mid-afternoon picnic.

Werewolf (Hitler’s bunker during WWII)
Location: 10 kilometers north of Vinnytsa in the village of Stryzhavka, recommend hiring round-trip taxi for visit, approximately 15 hrv. from the tra
Hitler visited this underground bunker twice during the German occupation of Ukraine. Today, Werewolf is not much more than concrete ruins in an enormous field. However, it is a worthwhile trip for anyone interested in war history.