In my post about Kamianets-Podilskyi I mentioned we went to Khotyn for one day. Well, technically we’ve only been to the Khotyn fortress – the town (village?) of Khotyn is, like many other small towns of Western Ukraine, stuck in the Soviet times. So we just drove through it straight to the castle.
The fortress itself is a big territory, you have to walk for 10 minutes or so from where the bus or whatever you came with drops you off. We took a marshrutka from Kamianets bus station, it takes roughly 1 hour and 20 more minutes to get to the castle gates. If you book your tour with the hotel it’s even easier – the bus takes you as close as possible and picks you up after the tour. We had to take a cab back to Kamianets for.. hm… wasn’t more than €25 if I remember ir right.
The fortress is peculiar for it’s history and that a number of movies were shot there. And it is one of Ukraine’s seven wonders.
You can take a tour or walk around on your own, the entrance is €1 (mwaaa-ha-ha, do you love the Ukrainian prices just like I do?). There is a small cafe outside to the left of the exit, we had some great borsch on our way back. And yes, the only amenities are also in that cafe.
The fortress itself is spectacular and definitely worth a visit. Probably 2-3 hours are enough. I would still recommend to get a tour because I can imagine we’ve missed a lot of juicy facts and old-time castle gossip.
Stay tuned – more posts and some great news coming soon!