Stanislav rear-Adziogol Lighthouse, located in the Kherson region, part of the twenty most highest in the world

As a travel lover, it has been hard for me without travel in the past few months. In the end , the thirst for adventure won out - I went to study Ukraine. I have been to the western part of the country many times, so this time I headed south from Kiev .        

In fifty countries that I visited, there were many surprising and unusual things - however, I did not expect to see something like this in Ukraine. I'll tell you about five attractions that impressed me the most.

1. Museum of Strategic Missile Forces

This is a unique museum of its kind, there is no other museum like it in Europe or the CIS. It is based on the location of the real combat position of the missile forces. There were quite a few of them on the territory of our country, but most were destroyed when Ukraine renounced nuclear weapons. And this one, in the Nikolaev region, was preserved and turned into a museum.               

Now there are 3,000 exhibits, including missiles capable of delivering 10 nuclear warheads to a distance of 15,000 km.  

Interestingly, excursions are conducted by former employees of the military facility. They talk about their history, about how it was arranged, and about their experiences.    

The most interesting part of the museum is the command post. It is located at a depth of 40 meters, and it was from there that the missile launch was controlled. Nothing has changed there since the disarmament of the facility, so you can see and hear how everything worked during the exercise and how the rocket should have been launched.

2. The highest lighthouse in Ukraine

For navigation in the Dnieper estuary at the beginning of the last century, two lighthouses were built - Stanislav-Adzhigolsky front and rear. It was back to still the highest in Ukraine, and 18-m height in the world. It was designed by engineer Vladimir Shukhov in the form of a hyperboloid structure - one of the first of its kind in the world. The lighthouse consists of steel rods, and their openwork interweaving is not afraid of strong winds or storms. They say that the idea of ​​such a construction was pushed by Shukhov baskets made of vines. The lighthouse is located on an artificial island and to the still valid. Moreover , you can climb it and admire the views of the nearby villages and estuary.  

3. Pink Lemurian Lake

It arose at the site of a Soviet bomber accident near Lake Sivash. Rescuers had to dig a pit, which was soon filled with water. And it turned out that its salinity is 270-300 g of salt per liter of water - higher than in Sivash itself, and almost the same as in the Dead Sea (350 g). The local mud and water composition has been recognized as curative and has become a tourist attraction.              

And the pink color of the lake is given by Dunaliella algae, which produce beta-carotene. The hotter the weather, the faster the water evaporates, and the richer the color of the lake becomes.

4. Tendra Spit

This is a unique island where you can see dolphins off the coast. Migratory birds winter here and a herd of wild horses lives. It is said that he came here at times in World War II, when the locals drove the horses on the spit, so as not to give away the invaders. At the bottom of the sea not far from the island lies the sunken destroyer Frunze , during the same war. And on the west coast were found the remains of the sanctuary of Achilles, with antique ceramics, coins and texts.

5. Winery of Prince Trubetskoy

The myth that grapes cannot grow north of Crimea was dispelled by Pyotr Trubetskoy. At the end of the 19th century, he planted Riesling on the territory of the present Kherson region - this was inspired by the famous winemaker Prince Lev Golitsyn. Trubetskoy's efforts were not in vain - already in 1900, at the World Exhibition in Paris, his wines were awarded the Grand Prix. During the Soviet era, the prince's estate was destroyed, but the wine estate continued its work. In the 2000s, the winery was completely reconstructed and opened to visitors, and today the winery of Prince Trubetskoy welcomes guests in an atmospheric hotel on its territory. For me, this is a good example of how historical objects can find a second life.                   

During this trip, I became convinced that we have a very rich and diverse country. I hope that domestic tourism, which will be popular this year, will lead to the development of tourist infrastructure in the regions and increase the image of Ukraine for foreign tourists.