Pleasant Russian-speaking city in Ukraine
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2013 12:02 AM Last Post By: Pari12345
Jul 4, 2013 1:46 AM
Pleasant Russian-speaking city in UkraineWe're looking to find a pleasant city in Ukraine where Russian is the main language. We plan to spend 2 months there in the summer. Which city do you recommend?
The points which are important to us are:
- Beauty of city
- Parks and nature
- How easy to walk around in the city (small streets, pretty center)
- Safety and crime
- Vibrant city life vs. empty, dead
- Cost of living
- Expat scene
- Cultural scene (concerts, museums)
- Cafe, restaurants, bars, nightlife
The cities which we consider so far are Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Sevastopol, Simferopol, Zaporizhia, Luhansk. We're open to other cities also.
We don't want Kiev or Odessa.
We are German in our 20s. We speak Russian well and want to study more and practice it in daily life.
We've studied the cities, but you can't really know well until you have experience of each of them. So we'd really appreciate any ideas from people who can give us their help!
Thank you! :)
Jul 4, 2013 3:43 AM
There is no doubts Simferopol or Sevastopol fit best to your desires. Both of cities are Russian-speaking - if you hear somebody speaks in Ukrainian they will be definetely tourists.
Simferopol has excellent location to travel around Crimea - easier to get to towns of Eastern Crimea like Sudak, Feodosia and Kerch. Old and interesting town Evpatoria is also easy accessable from Simferopol.
Sevastopol is a beautiful city, plenty of museums, parks, cafes. Nightlife is active - many discos and night clubs.
Rest of the cities in your list are good too, but all of them are industrials what makes them less pleasant for vacation.
I'd only exclude Lugansk from the list - not much you can do there.
So, I'd recommend you to devide your time for two parts and stay in Simferopol and Sevastopol. The cost of living is approximately the same.
If you will come before middle of September you also can enjoy smaller towns on the sea shore like Alushta, Sudak and Koktebel. They are very active in Summer but "fall asleep" in October till next season.
Have a nice and pleasant trip to Crimea!
Feel free to ask more questions if you want.
Jul 4, 2013 8:17 AM
3I think Sevastopol would be your best choice. Russian speakers only (many of them from the Russian navy)
Kherson might be an alternative with good possibilities to do day trips to the coast and experience the Askanya Nova biosphere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Askania-Nova
Jul 7, 2013 12:02 AM
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