Car Route: Dokuchayevsk - Velikoanadolsky Forest - Valeryanovka - Nazarovka
What to see: Dokuchaevsky Park - Velikoanadolsky Forest - Airdrome "Valeryanovka" – Reserve "Stone Tombs".
If someone told you that there is nothing to see in the East of Ukraine, then we will show you a lot of interesting places. We have prepared for you an amazing sightseeing. Today, our route will include the largest man-made forest in Europe, a free flight on the cropduster and sky jumping, Scythian burial mounds and stone images. Welcome to one more tour to Donetsk region.
The starting point of the route is Dokuchaevsky Park.
How to get there by public transport: in Donetsk at the Southern Bus Terminal take a bus to Dokuchayevsk.
How to get there by car: take the Mariupol Highway to Dokuchayevsk. Distance - 25 km.
In 2001, the members of local plant created a little zoo. Consequantly, an old pool became "Swan Lake", the special cages for eagles were established on the place of the fountain, and canteen became a terrarium. The orangery was rebuilt. All around the place there are a lot of sculptures of fairy tales heroes. Young visitors have a chance to take a peek at all the "seven wonders of the world" from the children's train. There is also an exhibition of mining equipment - trucks, dump trucks, machine tools and other items that will be interesting for the boys. The first inhabitants of the zoo were two peacocks. Then, the mandarin ducks, mountain geese, mouflons, crocodile and other animals came. Today, there are more than hundred species; seven of them are listed as endangered. An honor of the zoo is a pair of black swans from Turkmenistan. In addition to the zoo, the Park includes an arboretum and the Museum of the plant.
Address: Komsomolskaya Street.
How to get there by public transport: take a bus or train to Volnovakha, in Volnovakha take a bus to Ugledar till the stop "Forest College." Distance - 50 km from Donetsk.
How to get there by car: take the Mariupol Highway till the village Novotroitskoye, then to the village of Blagodatnoye. In the forest - turn left to the "Forest Museum".
Velikoanadolsky forest (area of 2543 hectares) was laid out in 1834-1845 by Victor Graff, who first confirmed the possibility of creating artificial forests in arid steppe. The Museum of Forest and the Dendrarium are located on the territory. You can also have a rest in the hotel and recreation complex "Forest Park" (45 hectares).
At the airdrome "Valeryanovka" located 55 km from Donetsk, you can get a feeling of free flight.
How to get there: from the Velikoanadolskiy Forest to the village Valeryanovka, and then to the village Volnovaha.
Airdrome "Valeryanovka" was opened by the efforts of parachuting enthusiasts. All year round, cropduster planes fly up to the sky with professional skydivers and beginners who want to join this extreme entertainment. Those who prefer feeling the solid ground under the feet can simply watch the jumps - the sight is bright and uncomparable.
The cost of a jump varies from 150 UAH to 1100 UAH.
The next point of our rout is the Reserve "Stone Tombs".
How to get there by public transport: from Mariupol (Bus Station #2) take a bus to Kalchinovka, and then walk from Nazarovka.
How to get there by car: on the Mariupol Highway turn to Volodarskoe, and then follow the Highway Zaporozhye-Mariupol. Near the village Novokrasnovka turn at the sign on the Reserve.
The reserve is a cliff 50-70 m high in the middle of the steppe that was formed two billion years ago from a volcanic eruption. The chain of mountains consists of West and East Ridges. In the western ridge there are mountain tops "Frog", "Sharp", "Bear with a little bear", and "Dinosaur." In the eastern ridge there are mountain tops "Small Panoramic", "South", "Grieving Widow," "Hero," "Panorama". Height of the peaks is 200 m. Near the central building of the reserve the ancient stone images are exhibited. They were brought there from all over the steppe. Along the perimeter of the reserve there are Scythian burial mounds. The first ring of mounds has a diameter of 5 km, the second - 17 km. In 1992, at the top of the tomb "Sharp" a stone with the rock cryptography was found. According to one version, the cryptography says that there was an altar of an ancient Scythians god Ares.