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Mezhyhiria

N 5036.718', E 3028.42'
2014-05-10
http://www.mnp.org.ua/
Our rating: 8.80
Overall rating:

2015

After a year of existence of Mezhyhirya as a tourist center, there are some changes, many food outlets and many places with additional fee.

This time we took the bikes ($7 for half a day). It is not possible to visit the territory of 'Honka' with bikes, so at first visit entire territory, starting from the zoo, then return the bikes and go watch Honka.

We visited the Dog Training Center ($1) and recommend this tour, especially if you love big and nice dogs. It is not possible the make pictures there, so here are only the cups.

Rewards of Dog Training Center
Rewards of Dog Training Center Yuriy Buriak

Also we visited the area around the house of Yanukovych, before it was closed. Here located famous hemp, which he used only once!

Cottage of Yanukovych
Cottage of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak


Famous hemp
Famous hemp Yuriy Buriak

2014

Our camera can do 330 photos at a time. Never before during a visit to some place we used all the space on the memory card, but in Mezhyhiria that happened. Mezhyhiria means - land among mountains. Now we can say for sure, that in Ukraine appeared new world-class attraction. And if you are visiting Kiev, then definetely visit this place.

The former residence of the president is now (2014) open to visitors. At the moment, not yet decided what will be on its territory in the future, so hurry to visit the unique place. Despite the rather large number of visitors, everything looks very well-kept. Though some elements of design are started to neglect. The reason is that they were created for one person and not for crowds of visitors. In various articles is written about the lack of taste from the side of the designers, but it is not true. All the designs in Mezhyhiria outdoor and indoor done very well.

During the 2009-2014 Mezhyhiria has become the most secret facility in the country. There was almost no information about it. Only in 2012 the journalist managed to get to the area and took a few photos. How she made this? The height of the main fence is more than 6 meters :)

Fence height is almost 7 meters
Fence height is almost 7 meters Yuriy Buriak

Construction of major facilities began in 2009, so we can say that the "owner" had not even enough time to live in his fabulous residence.

Mezhyhiria is quite large (over 130 hectares), we were there for almost 6 hours. Be sure to buy a map at the entrance for $0.5. Now already appeared some tourist infrastructure: tea, coffee, toilets. There are even souvenirs, we bought a magnet in the form of golden loaf :) "Golden loaf" is a ukrainian legend, it was found in Mezhyhiria when it was opened on 22 of February, 2014.

Be prepared to walk a lot, even the shortest route with overview of all objects is 7 km long. It is possible to rent a bike ($2.5 per hour or $7 per half day). But in the first visit I would not recommend  to take a bike, better to walk on foot.

Entrance fee now is $1.5. Additionally, you need to pay for visiting the automobile museum ($2.5), dog training center ($1.5) and a tour inside the sports center and Honka ($ 17). Money is used to pay salary to 100 people of staff (previously were 1500).

Internal area is divided into several parts by fences, so you can not always go using the shortest route, use printed map. After the first gate don't turn to the left or right and go to the second gate, that will be the best start of the route.

The road to the left of the entrance to Mezhyhiria
The road to the left of the entrance to Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Second entrance gate Mezhyhiria
Second entrance gate Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak

The main thing that interests most tourists is the famous Honka and park around it. Clubhouse "Honka" is called by the name of the Finnish company, which built it. Photos cannot show the real scale of the structure, is the world's largest timber-framed house.

Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak


Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak


Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak


Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak

The house looks great from any side, a true masterpiece. Although it was built by Finns, the works were managed by Germans. On previous photo you can see, that the first 2 floors were build in a german style.

 Gazebo and stairs near Honka
Gazebo and stairs near Honka Yuriy Buriak


Vase with ram
Vase with ram Yuriy Buriak

Near the house was built some Roman area. Perhaps the president here played with the former Attorney General :) (photo)

Roman Area
Roman Area Yuriy Buriak


Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak


Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak

Around was created a luxuriant park with artificial lakes. In total, Mezhyhiria has 12 interconnected lakes, which are fed by artesian water.

Honka
Honka Yuriy Buriak


Lake in front of Honka
Lake in front of Honka Yuriy Buriak

As you can see there are many flowers on the photos. Looks better then in the central botanical garden of Kiev.

Sculpture in Mezhyhiria
Sculpture in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Houses for ducks set around a lake
Houses for ducks set around a lake Yuriy Buriak

In the water swim big fish. A worker came to feed them.

Feeding the fish
Feeding the fish Yuriy Buriak

Near is a small waterfall, beach and leisure complex.

Small waterfall
Small waterfall Yuriy Buriak


Beach
Beach Yuriy Buriak


Lake in Mezhyhiria
Lake in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Rest houses and bathhouse
Rest houses and bathhouse Yuriy Buriak

Going further into the park, which has a lot of sculptures.

Sculptures in Mezhyhiria
Sculptures in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Throughout the residence placed a large number of different sculptures
Throughout the residence placed a large number of different sculptures Yuriy Buriak

All rear trees have special info-plates.

Almost every plant is marked with an info plate
Almost every plant is marked with an info plate Yuriy Buriak


Walkway along the golf course
Walkway along the golf course Yuriy Buriak


Golf Course
Golf Course Yuriy Buriak


Gazebo in Mezhyhiria
Gazebo in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Park in Mezhyhiria
Park in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


House for squirrels, inside we saw fresh food, but squirrels are not visible
House for squirrels, inside we saw fresh food, but squirrels are not visible Yuriy Buriak


 Table of unknown purpose in the park
Table of unknown purpose in the park Yuriy Buriak


High Bridge in the park
High Bridge in the park Yuriy Buriak

Next we returned to the entrance and went to the zoo. On the way saw a presidential garden.

Young gardens in Mezhyhiria
Young gardens in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak

It is curious that most things are made of yellow metal, although it's not gold.

Everything made ​​of yellow shiny material
Everything made ​​of yellow shiny material Yuriy Buriak

In the zoo there are some rear animals and a lot of birds. As it turned out, Yanukovych drank brandy from deer antlers and antelope milk, which acts like Viagra. Animals are beeing feed by the food prepared 4 months ago, under Yanukovych, also there is a help of some philanthropists.

Horned antelope
Horned antelope Yuriy Buriak


Horned antelope
Horned antelope Yuriy Buriak


Zoo in Mezhyhiria
Zoo in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Zoo in Mezhyhiria
Zoo in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Zoo in Mezhyhiria
Zoo in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Zoo in Mezhyhiria
Zoo in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak


Zoo in Mezhyhiria
Zoo in Mezhyhiria Yuriy Buriak

This picture is nice :)

This little family came to see us :)
This little family came to see us :) Yuriy Buriak

Next we had an excursion to the interior. We walked there together with a volunteer girl who is now taking care of the house. At first fisited sports center

Bowling
Bowling Yuriy Buriak


One of billiard rooms
One of billiard rooms Yuriy Buriak


The pool at the sports complex
The pool at the sports complex Yuriy Buriak


The pool at the sports complex
The pool at the sports complex Yuriy Buriak


Indoor tennis court
Indoor tennis court Yuriy Buriak

In the greenhouse, which leads to the spa center stands awesome stuffed lion. Is was made with incredibly high quality, there is only a small incision on the back foot.

Greenhouse, pass to the spa
Greenhouse, pass to the spa Yuriy Buriak


Parrots recently lived here
Parrots recently lived here Yuriy Buriak


Spa center with a lot of rooms
Spa center with a lot of rooms Yuriy Buriak

Here Yanukovych hold official meetings with Klichko :)

Personal ring of Yanukovych?
Personal ring of Yanukovych? Yuriy Buriak

Spa center is connected to Honka by an underground tunnel.

Underpass between Honka and spa
Underpass between Honka and spa Yuriy Buriak


Room that meets you in Honka when you pass there from spa
Room that meets you in Honka when you pass there from spa Yuriy Buriak


Artificial cat
Artificial cat Yuriy Buriak

Amaizing Knights Hall

The Knights' Hall
The Knights' Hall Yuriy Buriak

There are much free space on the walls. Most of the pictures and valuable exhibits were already taken to the museum. And some other small items were taken by first visitors as souvenirs: slippers, towels, pens and so on. According to the volunteer nothing valuable were stolen.

Dining hall near the knight hall
Dining hall near the knight hall Yuriy Buriak


Cinema with 9 seats
Cinema with 9 seats Yuriy Buriak

Curtains in the Knights' Hall cost 229.000 euros, bought in Moscow.

The Knights' Hall
The Knights' Hall Yuriy Buriak


Almost every room on the upper floors of Honka offer excellent views
Almost every room on the upper floors of Honka offer excellent views Yuriy Buriak

All the huge building can accommodate only two people. Actually, despite assurances by Yanukovych that the house did not belong to him, he lived here. As evidence you can find in the house numerous photographs and images of he and his family. That is presidential bedroom.

Bedroom of Yanukovych
Bedroom of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak


Bedroom of Yanukovych
Bedroom of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak

And this is bathroom. Unfortunately without golden toilet, but with nice shower.

No golden toilet :)
No golden toilet :) Yuriy Buriak


Bathroom of Yanukovych
Bathroom of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak


Shower looks chic
Shower looks chic Yuriy Buriak

As I already told, most of things are yellow, although it's not gold.

 Handles also yellow
Handles also yellow Yuriy Buriak


Everything is yellow and shining, though it's not gold
Everything is yellow and shining, though it's not gold Yuriy Buriak


Even brush :)
Even brush :) Yuriy Buriak

Why they need to make "golden" tubes which nobody can see?!? :)

 Even pipes that no one sees!
Even pipes that no one sees! Yuriy Buriak

Nearby is exactly the same bedroom and bathroom, where lived his wife mistress Olena with a son. This is easily determined by her huge portrait on the wall in the bedroom.

Bedroom of Yanukovych's mistress
Bedroom of Yanukovych's mistress Yuriy Buriak

There is only one major flaw in the design - a huge number of TV sets, they are in every room. It's really spoil the impression.

Why do you need a TV directly above the bathroom?
Why do you need a TV directly above the bathroom? Yuriy Buriak

Girlfriend of the president read some books. For example "Secrets of the most rich people of China".

She read the right books
She read the right books Yuriy Buriak

Here is also a small chapel, which looks more like a church

Personal church of Yanukovych
Personal church of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak


Personal church of Yanukovych
Personal church of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak

Main staircase. Above it hangs apparently the most expensive chandelier in the house (and maybe in the world :). According to documents found, there is a chandelier for 8 million euros! Seems it's this one. But the most interesting thing is that the chandelier even more decorated with precious stones, so its price may already be several times higher.

Main staircase at Honka
Main staircase at Honka Yuriy Buriak


Some chandeliers in Honka cost more then $10 million
Some chandeliers in Honka cost more then $10 million Yuriy Buriak

Next we entered the large room of 200 square meters. This large hall, like the whole house is made of Lebanese cedar. Works were conducted by German company, which did this according to the real "european values​​" :).

Standing in this room you understand that "money over all" is the real "values" :)

Central Hall in Honka
Central Hall in Honka Yuriy Buriak


TV in the main lobby
TV in the main lobby Yuriy Buriak


Central Hall in Honka
Central Hall in Honka Yuriy Buriak

Family photos. When you see this, feel a little uncomfortable. Seems like you are in the museum of some outstanding person.

Everywhere there are still traces of the former owners
Everywhere there are still traces of the former owners Yuriy Buriak

Hall has several adjoining rooms. In the first president worked. By the way, despite the fact that most of the things that we see in the house are handmade, many of them just look like real wood, but is actually made of chipboard. And carpets are not hand made. Looks like someone from the environment of Yanukovych cheated and stole his money :)

Working room
Working room Yuriy Buriak

On the shelves there are still many rare books, for example 86 volumes of Brockhaus and Efron. President could not use the internet :)

Library has many encyclopedias, including 86 volumes of Brockhaus and Efron
Library has many encyclopedias, including 86 volumes of Brockhaus and Efron Yuriy Buriak

The second room was used for the rest after the hard presidential work. There is a pool and poker table here.

Billiard room in Honka
Billiard room in Honka Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful lamp over the table
Beautiful lamp over the table Yuriy Buriak


Billiard room in Honka
Billiard room in Honka Yuriy Buriak


Table for poker
Table for poker Yuriy Buriak

The third room is a big dining room.

The main dining room in Honka
The main dining room in Honka Yuriy Buriak

It adjoins the kitchen. Food brought by elevator.

Kitchen with the elevator
Kitchen with the elevator Yuriy Buriak

Moving forward to to the river. We pass by the "official" house of Yanukovych. For a few days there was access also to this house, but now it's under protection, as things inside need to be checked.

And this is the
And this is the "official" house of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak

Long promenade is an ideal place for biking. On the way to Galleon we met 14 species of pheasants and many rabbits.

Waterfront
Waterfront Yuriy Buriak


Rabbits on the waterfront
Rabbits on the waterfront Yuriy Buriak

Galleon still cannot be visited. But marvelous mosaic floor, elegant funishing and three famous $100 thousand chandelier can be slightly seen through the glass.

Restaurant on the water
Restaurant on the water "Galleon" Yuriy Buriak


Restaurant on the water
Restaurant on the water "Galleon" Yuriy Buriak


Uninvited guests were waited also from water
Uninvited guests were waited also from water Yuriy Buriak


Waterfront
Waterfront Yuriy Buriak

As well as in the upper park, here were held enormous work on the creation of artificial reservoirs.

There are many birds on the lower ponds
There are many birds on the lower ponds Yuriy Buriak


Lower artificial ponds
Lower artificial ponds Yuriy Buriak


Lower artificial ponds
Lower artificial ponds Yuriy Buriak


Lower artificial ponds
Lower artificial ponds Yuriy Buriak

Next we visited presidential museum of cars. Cool museum, most of the cars have some story behind.

Automobile museum of Yanukovych
Automobile museum of Yanukovych Yuriy Buriak


Feel like Indiana Jones
Feel like Indiana Jones Yuriy Buriak

That is for example an experimental prototype of one of the most famous soviet cars "ZAZ".

White ZAZ is a unique car, prototype made in Moscow
White ZAZ is a unique car, prototype made in Moscow Yuriy Buriak

And this is spec car, which was not available to ordinary citizens. An exception was made only for Yuri Nikulin.

Ordinary citizen could not buy such a car. Exception was made only for Yuri Nikulin, great actor
Ordinary citizen could not buy such a car. Exception was made only for Yuri Nikulin, great actor Yuriy Buriak

These cars were taken in Dovzhenko film studio, thanks to dishonest director. Each of these cars cost about 200 thousand euros.

Many cars are rare and collectable items
Many cars are rare and collectable items Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak

Among other plates there was one saying "Horch 855 Special Roadster", although the car was not in the museum. This is a very rare car, only 7 were made, each costs more then 3 million euros. Now journalists and enthusiasts are searching for it.

Next object is a guest house, which stands pretty far from Honka.

Guest house with the six bedrooms
Guest house with the six bedrooms Yuriy Buriak

Then we climbed the mountain to the helipad and along the golf courses passed to the exit.

Helicopter hangar
Helicopter hangar Yuriy Buriak

In total we walked almost 6 hours.

http://open-ua.com/kiev_region/mezhigorie/ - cool panoramas.

Getting there: Address of Mezhyhirya: Petrivtsi village,  street of Ivan Franko 19. Unfortunately not all maps in GPS has this address and even this village. Therefore, if you going by car, then print the map, or use coordinates or ask locals as we did. Also you can use a bus from the metro station Heroes of Dnepr in Kiev.

Mezhyhiria opening hours: from 9 to 18 (August 2015). Entrance fee $2 (August 2015).

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