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Weekend in Odessa: what to see in the city for 2 days
- Posted by: Redaktor
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It is possible to enumerate all the charm of Odessa endlessly. Without exaggeration, it is the most picturesque Ukrainian city.
In the city, where people are so friendly – there are many palaces, monuments, theaters, and even such places, which have no analogues anywhere in the world. And here there are also cozy cafes, pubs and restaurants. And, of course, there is the sea.
When you come to Odessa, immediately go to the historical part of the city, in which each street and each house is a place of interest. What is the most beautiful street in Odessa? Of course, it is the famous Derebassovskaya Street. This is the place, where you get acquainted with Odessa. The street is paved with stone blocks and it is pedestrian. It is the center of the city attractions.
Everybody has his own reason to fall in love with Deribassovskaya: it is not very big in length and width, but it has something attractive and peaceful, carefree and comfortable – architecture, a variety of cafes, absence of cars.
Taking a walk down the city, in which, by the way, it is impossible to get lost, we offer to go to one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. As long as you come to the Opera House, do not forget to look around, because every house in Odessa is unique. Each of the local structures can compete with each other in beauty, but probably there will not be a single winner – they all deserve to be in the place of pedestal.
The residential buildings are decorated with statues or window curlicues, or both. A similar diversity can be found only in Lviv and Chernivtsi, but the style and the atmosphere there is different.
First of all, you should know that the Opera House was built in 1887 by the architects Fellner and Helmer in the style of Viennese Baroque. The architecture of the auditorium is in the style of the late French rococo.
And the unique acoustics of the hall allows to communicate even in a whisper from the stage to any part of the hall. After you look inside and outside the theater, you might want to go to one of the performances, to plunge into the atmosphere of beauty.
You can’t but walk in the most ancient park of Odessa, which is situated near the Opera House. The alleys are so clean and cozy here. And you will also see neat and comfortable benches along the alleys.
And a bit further, in the center of the park, there is one more local attraction – a marvelous musical fountain. But in order to see all that it can do, its play of light and music, it is better to come there in the evening.
The Potemkin Stairs
After having a rest in the park, go to the Potemkin Stairs. They were built in 1825. The length of the stairs is 142 meters and they consist of 192 stairs. It is interesting to know that from the top the stairs seem to be quite straight. It is easy and pleasant to go down the stairs – you can enjoy the sea view. On top of the stairs there is a wide panorama of the harbor, the sea port and the Gulf of Odessa.
Near the Potemkin Stairs there is another building, which has an interesting history – Teschin Bridge. It is currently a usual bridge, but lovers of romance must visit it, as there are several legends about its name. And the bridge is so long and narrow that it swings in a strong wind.
The sea port is the “pearl of the sea”. So after you go down 192 stairs, you will come to the sea port. On the waterfront you can see a sightseeing boat and have a boat trip. The trip lasts 40 minutes, the ticket price is 50-60 hryvnia. It is a good way to enjoy the sea in Odessa.
And after the boat trip you can see the seaport itself – its unique engineering structures. In summer, large passenger liners arrive at the port. Perhaps you are lucky enough to see one of them.
The cable car is one of the little surprises that Odessa is rich in. It is long and sometimes difficult to go up the stairs to go to the beach, but if you take a cable car, you will reach the beach easily and will have fun and enjoy the stunning views.
The cost of going in the cable car is 15 hryvnia. After descending, go along the boulevard, where you can not only relax, but also see the Odessa film studio.
Odessa catacombs are a wonderful world of old underground workings of the XIX and early XX century, located near Odessa and its suburbs. This is a grand system of underground quarries. Until now, the full story of Odessa catacombs has not been investigated. But you have a great opportunity to open the secrets of the underground Odessa. To get there, you can book a tour. The price for a group of two people is 350 hryvnia, 5 people – 700 hryvnia, 10 – 1050 hryvnia.
“Arcadia” beach is located in the Primorsky district of Odessa near Arcadia Park and is considered one of the main attractions of the city. On the beach there are plenty of good restaurants and nightclubs. The entrance is free. At night Arcadia turns into a popular place of night parties. At every step there are bars, cafes and discos. Choose one of the clubs and dance until the morning, or you can visit each of them. The most popular clubs in Arcadia are “Ithaca” and “Ibiza”. The entrance fee is from 50 hryvnia.
If you want to see the real history of Odessa, you should go to the palaces and museums of the city. Voronzovskiy palace is one more architectural decoration of Odessa. It is located at the end of the Primorsky Boulevard. The palace was built in a mixture of different architectural styles, but it gives the impression of lightness and elegance. Nearby is the famous Belvedere Colonnade, which is the former orangery in the palace – it offers a magnificent view of the bay. You can visit even more luxurious palaces, for example the Novikov Palace. And if you want to visit museums, it is advisable to look into the gallery “Art Center”, the Museum of Film, The Museum of Wax “U Baby Uty”, the Museum of Western and Oriental Art and the Shustov Museum.
When you have walked in the historic part of the city, admiring the architecture, you can join the new trend – take care of your health, for example, ride a bike or have a jog. To do this there is even a special place in Odessa – the health track. This coastal paved road is stretching over the beaches, it has the length of more than 6 km. It linked Lanzheron Beach and Arcadia sometime after 1960.
In recent years any movement of transport that pollutes the air is forbidden here. The only form of transport that is allowed on the highway is an electric vehicle.