Introducing Volyn & Rivne Regions
Lutsk, capital of the Volyn region, is a good spot to base yourself during any adventures in the wild and woolly terrain of Ukraine's 'Lake District', 160km northwest of Lutsk. Lutsk itself is nice and removed from the beaten path. It has a Roman Catholic Church built in 1610 which also has an entrance to the city's labyrinth of underground tunnels.
Rivne's distinct lack of charm has much to do with having been Ukraine's Nazi headquarters and comprehensively obliterated during WWII. The subsequent rebuilding effort was done with little flair. All the same, there are a few buildings worth a look, like the Resurrection Cathedral.