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May-2017

10 Ukraine guide books to check before your travel

In case you’ve already thought about traveling to this incredible country, you might be interested in Ukraine guide books to get to know the country, its history, and culture more. Here are not only guidebooks. They give a basic understanding, however, don’t always allow to dig deeper. We collected few interesting books for you, that will help you to study more about Ukraine from various perspectives.
Check them out to be prepared!

 

UKRAINE (Bradt TRAVEL GUIDE)

 

A travel guide that we highly recommend. It can be named the most comprehensive among Ukraine guide books. It goes further in researchers and exploring the unknown roads of rural places with a pure untouched beauty. The culture section features some of the new writers of independent Ukraine; the history section has been updated to cover all the events that followed Yanukovych’s election in 2010.

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Awesome Ukraine

About Ukraine from Ukrainians. The most popular guidebook inside the country for the new coming tourists and foreigners. Here you can find everything that we, Ukrainians, proud of, stories we love to tell and some insights only locals know. A book is divided into categories: culture, food, history, places, nature, sport, and industry. Good news is it’s also beautiful and colorful, but less expensive that other books in this list.

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Language and Travel Guide to Ukraine

A thing to start with. An all-in-one guide that, according to authors, covers almost every topic related to Ukraine and Ukrainians. From big cities’ tours to insights about not popular places, from trip preparation tips to advice how to get friends with locals – all these and even more can be found here. In addition, this book has a small phrasebook with all necessary expressions for different kinds of occasions. It’s easy to read and has all necessary info. However, it doesn’t include any maps.

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Ukraine – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

For sure, you need to get to know more about culture and traditions. Among all Ukraine guide books, this one will enable you to visit the country with open eyes. It describes the history that has shaped the Ukrainians, explains today values and lifestyle, and offers practical advice on what to expect and how to behave. It aims to make you feel at ease, whether you are shopping in a market, dining out, or attending a business meeting. Although, some travelers consider it’s a bit small and in some points not this up-to-date.

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Lonely Planet Ukraine (Travel Guide)

This travel guide, obviously, should be in our list of Ukraine guide books. Because Lonely Planet is famous for its guidebooks. This one covers almost all main touristic places, provides colorful maps and pictures. It’s most comprehensive guide to Ukraine, perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled. However, check for some new monuments places and history events in addition, cause even a last edition is a bit outdated.

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Lonely Planet Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary

To feel more comfortable communicating with locals, don’t forget to learn some basics of the Ukrainian language. This dictionary will help you start saying all main phrases. Impress your new friends with your language skills!

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The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine

You might not know, but Ukraine has a great and long history. We must examine country’s past in order to understand its present and future. To be more aware of things happening in Ukraine right now and be on the same page in talks with locals, we recommend checking this book. It provides a unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War. Most of the reviews find this book excellent study on modern history.

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Ukraine: A History

However, there is another historical one among Ukraine guide books. Probably, the most famous study on the Ukrainian history. It covers everything from the ancient times to the beginning of 2000th. This book translated to different languages and is used by high school and university students in their courses. Definitely worth reading, if you’re a history fan.

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Incredible Facts About Ukraine That Few People Know

What do you know about Ukraine? How about to check this knowledge? This book unveils some incredible facts about Ukraine not everybody knows. It’s a good opportunity to get to know a country from a different perspective. Even if you’re an experienced traveler, your might find something new here. However, big part of facts are historical ones. So keep it in mind, if you’re not big fun of history it might be a bit boring.

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Baba’s Kitchen: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village

The last but not the least, a book about something same important as history for every Ukrainian, a book about an important part of their culture – traditional food. But it’s not simple recipes book. It has a soul, as mentioned in its title. The author uses the mixture of Ukrainian and English to describe each recipe, that gives a unique point of view and keeps dishes authentic. It’s named “Baba’s Kitchen” which means “Granny’s Kitchen”. A comprehensive collection of traditional dishes classified by categories and an ultimate guide to Ukrainian cuisine. Try to cook something from this book before you travel.

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