10 Things to Do in Zaporizhzhya That You Shouldn't Miss

March 26, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Zaporizhia (Ukrainian: Запорі́жжя [zɑpoˈriʒʒjɑ]) or Zaporozhye (Russian: Запоро́жье [zəpɐˈroʐjɪ]), formerly Alexandrovsk (Russian: Алекса́ндровск [ɐlʲɪˈksandrəfsk]), is a city in southeastern Ukraine, situated on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is the administrative center of the Zaporizhia Oblast (province). Administratively, it is incorporated as a city of oblast significance and serves as an administrative center of Zaporizhia Raion, though it does not belong to the raion. Currently the city is the sixth largest in Ukraine.
Restaurants in Zaporizhzhya

1. Khortitsa National Sanctuary

Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine +380 95 914 7706
Excellent
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4.5 based on 230 reviews

Khortitsa National Sanctuary

Reviewed By oleg951 - Amersfoort, The Netherlands

This island accounts for 90% of Zaporizhia charm. It is quite diverse, having Forests, Beaches, secluded places on river banks, pagan sanctuaries, the reconstruction of the Sich fortress, and stunning views from the hills on the river and DneproGES dam, and more. You cannot even comprehend it from a couple of visits. Highly recommended for everyone.

2. Dnieper Hydroelectric Station

Winter blvd, 1, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Dnieper Hydroelectric Station

Reviewed By nigelsuenos - Nottingham, United Kingdom

This Hydro-Electric dam is a truly remarkable example of early 20th century engineering.
It required an enormous effort in terms of resources and labour.
The dam is over 800 metres long and 61 metres high. The dam elevates the river water up to 37 metres, covering the rapids and making the Dneiper navigable in its entirety.
The first time I saw it from khortytsia island it was a magnificent sight.

3. The Historical and Cultural Complex Zaporizhian Sich

Hortitsa Island, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine +380 612 248 858
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

The Historical and Cultural Complex Zaporizhian Sich

Reviewed By Karen S

It was a little tricky to find but a very fun place to see, rich with history. Don't recommend it in the cold of the winter, freezing! Went again in the summer, enjoyed it much more.

4. Soborny Avenue

Soborny Avenue, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Soborny Avenue

Reviewed By SkydiveED - Wichita, Kansas

13 kilometers, or 10 miles of shops, malls, businesses, and buildings to see. Train station on south, bus station. Convenient to ride all the way north to Lenin Statue and Dnieper Hydroelectric Dam and park. Tram is 2 hrvina UAH and bus, trolley or matshuka is 3.5 UAH. Great value!

5. Faeton Retro Cars Museum

8 Vyborgska Street, Zaporizhzhya 69032, Ukraine +380 99 754 8034
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5 based on 59 reviews

Faeton Retro Cars Museum

Reviewed By Ido D - Tel Aviv, Israel

This gem, located right in the middle of a very industrial area, was a very welcome surprise for us. It features an astounding collection of retro vehicles (American, Russian, European and more), both civilian and military, as well as kiddy cars, WWII artifacts (radios, weapons, artillery and even a tank, helicopter and plane!) and everything is in top notch condition.
Every car is in working condition - they say you can sit at the wheel of any of the cars, start them and go! They'll let you climb on board some of the artifacts (for example an APC - see photos) for some selfies, and you can even rent a retro car for your wedding.
The proprietor was very nice and friendly - he answered many of our questions and was happy to show us around. We also saw a group of schoolchildren who came specially from a different city and were fascinated by the exhibit.
Recommended for anyone who is looking for an interesting way to spend half a day with family or friends.

6. Motor Sich Aviation Museum

27 Kopenkina Street, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine +380 6172 04406
Excellent
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Motor Sich Aviation Museum

Reviewed By nigelsuenos - Nottingham, United Kingdom

This museum has a fine display of aircraft, armoured vehicles and motorcycles. There is also a fascinating range of aircraft and other engines. Many of which were designed and built in this city. I should also mention the stunning collection of Samovars.
The display rooms are light and airy, providing good photographic opportunities.
Well worth a visit.

7. Rainbow Fountains Cascade

Mayakovskogo Avenue, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
Excellent
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Rainbow Fountains Cascade

Reviewed By brilliantcreature - Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine

Clean small park. It's a little pond with swimming ducks there. Some atrractions for children. Mobile coffee shops.

8. Zaporizhzhya City Children Botanic Gardens

Charivna vul. 11, Zaporizhzhya 69068, Ukraine +380 612 655 715
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Zaporizhzhya City Children Botanic Gardens

Reviewed By oleg951 - Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Indoor exposition is so-so, but it is pretty nice to walk outside, colorful flowerbeds and plenty of space

9. Zaporizhzhya Regional Lore Museum

29 Chekistiv Street, Zaporizhzhya 69063, Ukraine +380 6176 43912
Excellent
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Zaporizhzhya Regional Lore Museum

Reviewed By KironReid - Liverpool, United Kingdom

The museum cost 10Hr for one adult entry when I visited, about 35 - 75p in pounds sterling (depending on exchange rate, less than £1 even when the Ukrainian currency was not affected by crisis). The museum opened from Tuesday - Friday 9am - 6pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm; (last admission one hour before closing). The heavy wooden doors were usually closed when I walked past, but you can walk up and open them; tickets are bought from a booth to the left of the stairs (and the security guard) in the entrance. As a visitor who only spoke English, as I have found also in Decin in the Czech Republic and elsewhere, the staff were apologetic, verging on upset, that they were not able to give me a tour or information in my own language, though they spoke Russian, Ukrainian and I think at least German as well. So I spent an hour or two looking round the display. I was sold a pack of postcards in English with information on local fauna and flora in the Zaporizhzhya Oblast (region). I recommend looking around the three floors quickly to see what you are interested in, and to get your bearings, and then going back to the parts that you want to see more. The displays of prehistoric exhibits and history, and natural history, on the ground floor seemed quite dated (old fashioned or simple) but are similar to many local / small town and traditional civic (city) museums in the UK and other countries (I'd seen similar quality displays in Poland recently in decent city museums). Walking through you see some more impressive set piece displays and dioramas. I found the displays of Sycthian and Sarmatian peoples amazing, especially the warriors, as we know of these in Northern England from these warriors being deployed as Roman legionaries in the Lake District (e.g. Ambleside), on Hadrian's Wall, or at Ribchester in Lancashire - nearly a thousand years ago. In other rooms the Cossack history, the expansion of the Russian Empire, the influence of the Napoleonic wars, the Crimean War (what we call it in England) on Ukraine are explored - fairly small but interesting exhibits on the latter two. Half of one floor looks as the different cultures that existed in the region including 'the German settlers' who were part of the population for a century and a half or more, the Jewish population who had also lived in the lands for possibly centuries, and other Christian religious groups. The Tsarist (our Victorian era) city of Alexandrovsk has a room, which includes tourist souvenirs and postcards (many in German). I didn't leave enough time to look at the room dealing with the creation of the modern 1930s planned / 1950s Soviet city (the city we see today); the building of the DneproGas hydro-electric dam section is well worth looking at; and I missed entirely the top floor with the modern history of the city, including I am told references to Zaporizhia Zaporizhzhya's role in the Maidan protests. I will visit again to look at the latter sections. You can certainly spend an hour or a few hours here; and will get more out of it if you can read Ukrainian Cyrillic.

10. Holy Protection Cathedral

37 Lenina Street, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine +380 612 149 690
Excellent
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Holy Protection Cathedral

Reviewed By djangosas - Ayvalik, Turkey

Nice, newly established Cathedral. Still there are ongoing works around. Devoted locals are always visiting.

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