Welcome to Donesk
Most of city's population is Russian, and it traces its origin to the workforce brought in to develop the mines and factories during the tsarist and Soviet periods. Modern Donetsk remains one of the largest metallurgical centers of Ukraine. Donetsk is a major industrial, scientific and cultural centre . there are 3 theatres, a Philharmonic Hall, a planetarium, 29 museums and 500 libraries in the city. Donetsk has become one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities.
Apart from the normal monuments from the Soviet periods and the wonderful churches when in Donesk it is recommended to visit Artyomovsk winery where they have been making wines for over 60 years Throughout this time the Winery has refined the craft to become the largest East European facility producing exquisite bottled sparkling wines. Today Artyomovsk Winery is a national pride. The production cycle has no equal in Ukraine, as it is located 72 metres underground in fantastic caves with a total area of 26 hectares. Over 30 million wine bottles are simultaneously kept here.
The history of the Winery goes back to 1950, when the USSR Ministers Council issued a decree to establish a wine-storage in Artyomovsk underground mine tunnels. The conditions here perfectly matched the favourable temperatures, humidity and a large territory required for wine storage. It was a hard task to launch the production as the abandoned mines were flooded. Today the underground territory is a complex of brightly-lit caves with elaborate carvings and colour arches. Classic bottled wine-making provides for an individual control over each bottle and involves a great deal of hand work to produce top quality wines which are highly appraised both in Ukraine and abroad.
Blue lake was created in the 1960s as a result of sand extraction,the Blue Lake now offers a wide range of recreational facilities for camping, fishing and family picnics. Surrounded by natural forests, the lake is a perfect place to spend a weekend, the lake is especially good for bathing and swimming as the water is exceptionally pure
Holy Mountains(Svyatye Gory)The Holy Mountains are a blend of picturesque landscapes, breathtaking views of chalk hills along Seversky Donets river bank and fabulous forests on sand terraces. One of the largest and most picturesque rivers of Ukraine – the Seversky Donets – flows through the park. The river has channelled its way through the rocks and cut out lakes that make part of the reserve’s scenery. Unique animal species inhabit the park, many of which are protected as rare or endangered. The territory also comprises numerous attractions. Svyatogorsk Lavra of the Holy Dormition is a must-see historical destination here.
While many parks in Ukraine have been around for centuries, The The Park of Forged Figures (Park Kovanykh Figur) in the city of Donetsk was created much more recently in 2001 and is a true fairy-tale ground, where beloved tale-characters are at home among magic trees, crafted forged arches of flowers, star signs and fancy street lights.
The Pushkin Boulevard (Bulvar Pushkina) is a popular recreation zone in Donesk. Recently reconstructed the place has become a snug island within the bustling of the city. The boulevard itself is a long alley with green areas, fancy sculptures, sparkling fountains, tempting cafes and children playgrounds. hady alleys, green corners, sparkling fountains, open-air cafes and thrilling amusement rides make just a short list of attractions, which you will definitely encounter here. The park is a perfect place for an evening of relaxation, a family walk or a romantic date.You can also rent a boat here for a short “voyage” around the lake – a home for ducks that are accustomed to a treat from visitors.
You can’t miss the chance to see the first monument to the Beatles in the former USSR. Yes a monument in Donesk to England's 'Fab Four"
For 'lovers' of history and 'old cars' a visit to “Samohod” which contains nearly 200 exhibits of famous cars such as Horch, DKW, BMW, Wanderer, Steyr, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Packard, Buick, ЗИС, ГАЗ.