Holy Mountains National Nature Park

Donetsk region

About park

“Donetsk Switzerland”, a place of power, spiritual centre of Eastern Ukraine – these all refer to the Holy Mountains National Nature Park. It is spread out along the streambed of the Siverskyi Donets River near the town of Sviatohirsk.

 

You will be fascinated by chalk mountains which are considered to be a natural wonder of Ukraine. The white rocks even remember the ancient monks who founded a monastery in the caves. Nowadays, the shrine domes of Sviatohirsk Lavra of the Holy Dormition rise there.

 

On the white cliffs, there are rare plants preserved including Pinus cretacea which is listed in the Red Book of rare species of Ukraine. Relict pine has created a real highlight of the park – chalk pine woods. In total, there are 48 species of rare plants in the park. Tulipa quercetorum and Anacamptis palustris will also please your eyes.

 

The river’s floodplain and ravine forests are inhabited by Mustela erminea (the stoat), an extremely rare species for Eastern Ukraine. Also, it is possible to see Bubo bubo (the eagle-owl), a rare species in Europe, in the rocks of chalk mountains. The park has become a sweet home for 63 rare species of animals including Vipera nikolskii, Haliaeetus albicilla (the white-tailed eagle) and Lutra lutra.

Site

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What to do

Biketour
Biketour
Trekking
Trekking
Rafting
Rafting
Horse riding
Horse riding
Caves
Caves
Climbing
Climbing
Orientiring
Orientiring
Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking
Fishing
Fishing
Birdwatching
Birdwatching
Geotour
Geotour
Cultural tour
Cultural tour
Events
Events
Skiing
Skiing
Swimming
Swimming
Campsites
Campsites
Eco-trails
Eco-trails
info

406, 05 sq. km. (it’s almost like the total area of Lviv and Kharkiv)

park area


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6

travel routes

33 km

length of the routes

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48

rare species of plants

370 sq. km.

of coniferous forests

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63

rare species of animals

Warning!

A part of the park territory is a conservation area. Visiting and any kind of tourist activities are prohibited.

International statuses

How to get here

By train

You can get to Sviatohirsk by train Lviv-Bakhmut, Ivano-Frankivsk-Kostiantynivka. The nearest station
is Sviatohirsk.

By bus

There is bus service from Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Dnipro

By car

From Kyiv – 643 km (9,2 hours)
From Kharkiv – 170 km (2,4 hours)
From Dnipro – 264 km (5 hours)

By plane

The nearest airports: Kharkiv city, Zaporizhzhia city

Contacts


Kurortnaya st., №1, Svyatogorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine 84130
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