This is the home to more than 8000 species of animals and plants, 500 of which need special attention as they are listed in the Red Book of rare species of Ukraine. There, you can stand in the immediate centre of Europe, and a few hours later explore the caves in which the first humans lived.
This is the place where dozens of thousands of tourists unveil the incredible beauty of integral co-existence of nature while hiking, riding bikes or even horses. Surely, they do it carefully and follow the allowed trails so as not to harm the nature. This is the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.
area of the world’s largest primary beech forest
Red Book plant species
Red Book animal species
Geographical centre of Europe
A considerable part of the reserve is protected area. This is a unique ecosystem dominated by forests, so it is extremely important to keep them intact. Travellers cannot walk there. By following the rules, you will help us preserve the unique nature and avoid unnecessary fines.
There is bus service with Uzhorod and Ivano-Frankivsk.
from Kyiv – 679 km (9 h 48 min)
from Ternopil – 263 km (4 h 30 min)
from Lviv – 273 km (4 h 37 min)
from Rivne – 415 km (6 h 38 min)
from Lutsk – 416 km (6 h 26 min)
from Uzhorod – 208 km (4 h 20 min)
The nearest airports – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk.
You can get to Rakhiv by trains from Kyiv, Lviv and other cities. Then you can get to the bases and campsites of the reserve from Rakhiv by bus which departs from Rakhiv bus station.