Located on the Dnieper River, Zaporozhye is known for its easy access to nearby Khortytsia Island, a forested area perfect for outdoor adventures. Learn about Cossack culture at the city’s historic landmarks, unwind in leafy parks and browse artifacts and machinery at military museums.
Things to do
Learn more about the city’s past at Zaporizhzhya Regional Lore Museum, which explores Cossack, Scythian and medieval history. Walk down Soborny Avenue and pop into local restaurants serving local delicacies, then visit the Museum of the History of Weapons to see a collection of historical arms.
To see a fascinating collection of military vehicles, head to the Phaeton Museum of Machinery, which boasts a huge hangar housin Soviet government limousines, American prototypes and a range of Zaporozhets. If you’ve got the need for speed, explore the Boguslayev Museum of Technology to admire jet engines and motorbikes.
Need a break from sightseeing? Take the entire family to the riverside Dubovy Gai park, where you can stroll around the lake or get thrills on the amusement rides. You can also walk through the Zaporizhzhya City Children Botanic Gardens, which is filled with colorful flower beds and native flora and fauna.
Take a day trip to nearby Khortytsia Island, a former Cossack stronghold that’s home to the Khortytsia National Reserve and the open-air Museum of Zaporozhian Cossacks. Soak up beautiful Dnieper River vistas, then hike or cycle along scenic trails.
You can fly into Zaporizhia International Airport, located a 20-minute drive from the city center, while daily trains travel from Moscow, Minsk and Kharkov. When in town, the most convenient way to get around is by taxi.