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What is worth seeing in Odesa?

Odesa is one of the oldest, atmospheric, and most exciting cities in Ukraine. Not only Ukrainians come here, but also residents of many other states, to get to know each other better. Everyone will be able to find out what sights are in Odesa , why they deserve attention, what exciting events or entertainments are worth going to.

It is interesting! In whatever area or on which Odesa street you would not settle, you will be surrounded by sights everywhere.

What to see in Odesa in 1 day?

If you suddenly find yourself in Odesa for one day (passing through, on a business trip, or just arrived for a day to see the magnificent city), then it will be helpful for you to make a tourist route in advance. Odesa is a beautiful city. He is known for literary works, films, anecdotes, songs. It is impossible to get around it in one day, seeing all the sights. But you will be able to walk through the most significant places, feel the atmosphere, hear the Odesa dialect. So, let's find out what to see in Odesa in 1 day.

Acquaintance begins with the railway station, where most tourists arrive. And if you want to see the city on your own, you need to prepare for a long walk.

From the station along Pushkinskaya street, you need to go up to the center, to the historical part of the city. Already here you can see beautiful old buildings. The street is paved with cobblestones. On this street is the famous hotel complex "Bristol", which was built in 1899. After restoration, the building is an architectural monument.

Next, we pass to Cathedral Square. Here is one of the oldest buildings - the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior. You can walk around the square, listen to the ringing of bells, admire the paintings painted by local artists.

On the square is one of the most beautiful buildings in Odesa - Russov's house. The magnificent architecture will not leave anyone indifferent.

Then turn to Deribasovskaya. This street is full of all kinds of cafes and restaurants. The attraction of this street is the monument of the twelfth chair from the famous work of Ilf and Petrov.

We pass to the Richelieu, where the famous opera house is located. It was built in the likeness of the Vienna Opera. It has perfect acoustics and a refined interior. The Odesa Opera House is not inferior to the best theaters in Europe. On your next visit, be sure to visit inside the theater to see the beauty of the decoration and enjoy the great music.

Walking a little further, you find yourself on Primorsky Boulevard. Here you can admire the monument to the Duke de Richelieu, the city's founder. Down to the sea descends the legendary Potemkin Stairs. It is called the symbol of Odesa . It consists of 192 steps. You can go down to the sea and see the Odesa Marine Station. But if you still have time and energy left, you can go further along the boulevard to the Vorontsov Palace, Teschin Bridge.

Unfortunately, one day is not enough to see all of Odesa . We did not visit Privoz. Although today it is not that legendary import. After the reconstruction, there were no longer colorful Odesa trading shops. Now there are only plastic tents. We did not see the Odesa catacombs. They did not lay flowers at the memorial complex dedicated to the defense of Odesa during the Great Patriotic War.

Но это повод, чтобы приехать сюда еще раз и не на один день. В этом случае можно не только поверхностно выяснить, что интересного посмотреть в Одессе, а узнать больше о каждой из значимых достопримечательностей этого города.

The most exciting sights of Odesa

When wondering where to go in Odesa , pay attention to the top places. They deserve the attention of every tourist.

Parks, streets, and gardens

There are many pests for walking alone, with a child, in the company of friends. The packs and gardens are world-renowned. Main streets with chic names that even foreign travelers have heard.

Seaside boulevard

Remembering the sights of Odesa that are worth seeing, Primorsky Boulevard immediately pops up in my head. This is a chic street that allows you to enjoy the beauty and picturesqueness of the seaside station.

A beautiful place is called the Pearl on the Black Sea coast. The boulevard also has its attractions. One of them is a monument to Duke de Richelieu, who was the first Odesa mayor, as well as to the well-known Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin.

Primorsky Boulevard is equally beautiful both during the day and at night. In the evening, it turns into a unique romantic zone - thousands of lights glow on the trees, signs flicker, street musicians sing, merchants sell flowers, and so on. When deciding where to go for a walk with your loved one in the evening, the choice is obvious.

Another exciting object on Primorsky Boulevard is a museum hidden behind a glass dome. This is an unusual place, even visually, and inside are the ruins of an ancient Greek settlement.

Seaside boulevard

Deribasovskaya street

If you do not visit central Deribasovskaya street, you can assume that you have not been to Odesa. You must definitely visit here to feel the legendary Odesa flavor. On Deribasovskaya, tourists are met by many good restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, and boutiques.

This is one of the oldest urban areas, the development of which began in the 19th century. Most of the houses with magnificent architecture have survived to this day. There are several unique monuments on the street:

  • the legendary 12th chair;
  • shop of Leonid Utyosov;
  • Sergey Utochkin's balcony and so on.

And if you just move forward along the street, you can go to other significant objects.

Deribasovskaya street

Ostap Bender Square

If you are looking for a place to take a walk, check out Ostap Bender Square. It is located right on Deribasovskaya street. The uniqueness of the mini square is in its size - it is the smallest square in the whole world - only 5 square meters.

The territory got its name in honor of the work "12 chairs" by Evgeny Petrov and Ilya Ilf. This neat pedestal adorns the monument in the form of a chair. Today it is one of the favorite places for photos.

Ostap Bender Square

City garden

This attraction is adjacent to Deribasovskaya street. The age of the City Garden exceeds 2 centuries. Interestingly, during its existence, the name of the region changed regularly, but the content, atmosphere, and uniqueness remained almost unchanged.

This object is called the heart of the city. Many local and exotic plants grow here. The territory is responsibly looked after, maintaining beauty.

Fountains and sculptural compositions deserve the attention of tourists. Particularly interesting:

  • musical fountain;
  • rotunda;
  • perfume fountain;
  • Sculpture "Lion and Lioness".

You can also look into cozy places to have a bite to eat and relax. And for souvenirs, you should go to the shops.

City garden

Greek Square

It is considered one of the oldest in the city, so this is a top place worth seeing. In fact, this is a whole street where the settlement of the Greeks used to be.

Most of the old buildings have long been destroyed. The leading architectural ensemble is an oval building in the center of the square and two semicircular buildings on both sides. Previously, the historical square was considered one of the main transport hubs of the city, and today a chic fountain has been installed on the site of the ancient tram interchange.

Duma Square

This is a historical site worthy of attention. The location is also of interest - the square is located at the intersection - Lanzheronovskaya and Pushkinskaya streets, Primorsky Boulevard, Tchaikovsky Lane.

The area is small but picturesque and very lively. Around it are:

  • building of the City Council;
  • museum of the navy;
  • monument to Alexander Pushkin;
  • Archaeological Museum.

It is interesting that most of the guided tours in Odesa now begin from here.

Duma Square

Taras Shevchenko Park

It is also known as Alexander Park - this name was relevant until 1920. This is the central territory of culture and recreation in Odesa, the date of foundation of which is considered to be 1875. The park was founded by the order of Alexander II. Today it is a good place for leisurely walks, staying in silence, surrounded by ancient trees and winding alleys.

The park has many interesting objects, including:

  • monument to the Unknown sailor;
  • column of Alexander II;
  • Walk of Fame;
  • monument to Shevchenko;
  • monument to soldiers-internationalists.

From the territory, you can see the sea pier, fortresses, and many other objects. To the west is the Green Theatre, Arcadia Beach. There are cafes and small shops, a full-fledged embankment, and much more.

Taras Shevchenko Park

Zoos, dolphinariums

You can go by car to the Odesa Zoo. It is considered one of the oldest in Ukraine. Today, 2,000 animals of 245 different species live here, including camels, elephants, lions, bears, hippos, leopards, brown bears, and so on. There is also an aqua terrarium on site. It is home to reptiles, fish, amphibians. At the beginning of the zoo, there is a complete map, and you can also buy it at the box office. This is a necessary thing due to the vast dimensions of the zoo.

Of the dolphinariums, the most famous is Nemo. It was opened in 2005. It is the largest in Ukraine. It is also a hotel. In the dolphinarium, there is an opportunity to admire the talents of dolphins, take courses in dolphin therapy, organize diving.

Zoos, dolphinariums

Architecture and culture

The history of Odesa exceeds two centuries, and during this time, a lot of events have taken place in the city. People of various nationalities live here, which leaves an imprint on both culture and architecture.


This is a full-fledged art object located in the open air. Here you can walk along with the sea station, visit the yacht complex, admire the picturesque sea views. There are guided tours on site.

Interesting! On the territory of the Seaport, there is a sculpture "Golden Child" and a Monument to the sailor's wife, which are symbolic and exciting objects for Odesa.


The Potemkin Stairs

This is the most recognizable free attraction that every Odesa citizen is proud of. It appeared in the 19th century. According to legend, Prince Vorontsov loved his wife Elizabeth so much that he ordered the construction of a staircase as an indicator of love.

The Potemkin Stairs results from the work of two architects: Franz Boffo and Abraham Melnikov. Its length is 192 steps. The attraction is in the top 10 most beautiful in Europe. It connects Istanbul and Greek parks.

The Potemkin Stairs

Opera theatre

The Opera House is pleasantly surprising with its beauty. It was erected in the 19th century and is considered the oldest in Ukraine. The building is made in the Viennese Baroque style, and its creators are the architects Herman Gelmer and Ferdinard Felner.

The architecture of the building fascinates with its beauty. Inside, everything is decorated in the late French Rococo style. You can go here just for a tour or to attend an event.

Important! Tickets for all events and performances are sold out in a matter of days and sometimes even hours after they appear at the box office. It is advisable to inquire about the poster of events in advance and make a reservation.

Opera theatre

Regional Philharmonic

The building was erected in the Italian Gothic style in 1899, and there are also elements of the Renaissance. The project for the construction was created by Vikentiy Prokhask.

Concerts are regularly held here, a symphony orchestra plays, stars pour solo, jazz evenings are held. If you plan to get to this historical object, you should be interested in the poster in advance.

Regional Philharmonic

Mother-in-law bridge

This is the highest bridge in Odesa. It extends over Military Descent. Created to connect two palaces - Shah and Vorontsov.

The unusual name is simply explained. The one who conceived the construction of the bridge had a mother-in-law living on the slope.

Interesting! The place attracts young people and honeymooners. Locks with the names of lovers are hung all over the bridge, and the keys are poisoned to be thrown into the sea in order to preserve the brightness of feelings and the strength of the union.

Vorontsov Palace

It is included in every guidebook. The building is equally beautiful in summer and winter. This is the history of Odesa. Previously, the building was the residence of Governor-General Mikhail Vorontsov. The palace was built in 1826 under the direction of the architect Franz Baffo.

Interesting! Nearby rises a landmark - the arcade, where tourists take excellent, memorable photos.

Vorontsov Palace

Vorontsovsky lighthouse

The attraction is called the most exclusive in Odesa. It is active, but tourists are also allowed inside. The location is attractive for everyone - children, teenagers, adults, and photosets are regularly held here.

Vorontsovsky lighthouse


This is a visiting card of Odesa and an architectural monument. It was erected in 1898-1899. This building combines several styles at once:

  • modern;
  • classic;
  • baroque.

Uniqueness in a glass atrium. Interestingly, the Passage is a shopping center, but in practice, it looks more like a shopping center.


Londonskaya Hotel

The 4-star hotel seems to take you to foggy London, reminiscent of English architecture in detail. The building was erected in 1825, and the architect was Franz Baffo.

The hotel attracts tourists not only with a high level of comfort but also with its unique architecture. Celebrities often stay here.

Profitable house of Falz-Fein or House with Atlantes

This is one of the four most beautiful architectural objects in Odesa. The building rises 5 stories high. It was built in 1899 under the guidance of the architect Lev Vlodek.

A unique element is the Atlantes, which support the celestial sphere. Today it is the emblem of the World Club of Odesans.

Profitable house of Falz-Fein or House with Atlantes

Holy Assumption Odesa Patriarchal Monastery

The Holy Dormition Patriarchal Monastery of Odesa is a male monastery at Mayachny Lane, 6. It was built back in 1814. At first, it was a wooden temple, and later a beautiful stone structure was erected.

They are still engaged in the cathedral today. He is active. You can go on the territory admire the beauty, but the entrance is prohibited inside. The Monastery of the Assumption is beautiful in any weather - in spring, autumn, summer, and winter.

Market "Privoz"

It is impossible not to come here. This is the central object of the city. It is always crowded and noisy here. You can buy absolutely everything and at ridiculous prices. But do not forget to bargain so that the purchase is more profitable.


Odesa museums

There are many museums in Odesa, and you can visit them all year round. The most popular among them:

  • Archaeological - the oldest in Ukraine, offers expositions on the history of the Northern Black Sea region, Egyptian antiquities, mummies, exhibits of the medieval era and the Stone Age;
  • Western and Eastern creativity - you can admire the objects of antiquity, the art of the East and West;
  • Artistic - over 10 thousand exhibits of painting, sculpture, graphics, decorative arts;
  • Historical and local lore - located in the former palace and offers over 120 thousand various artifacts for viewing, starting with old documents with signatures, ending with weapons, coins, rare publications, and so on;
  • Fascinating science - people of all ages will like it, as you can get acquainted with 130 interactive exhibits;
  • Shustov's cognac business is a unique facility at the Odesa
  • factory, where you can take a tour, learn the history of the dynasty, admire the production and even go for a tasting;
  • Chocolate - all the sweet tooth should visit here, including admiring chocolate sculptures and even paintings, tasting hot chocolate, and buying a sweet souvenir;
  • “Secrets of underground Odesa” - in fact, these are catacombs, which are located almost in the center of the city, and you will have to allocate at least 3 hours of free time to visit: the earlier stone was mined here, later partisans built labyrinths, and now you can feel the spirit of antiquity and admire the skills masters of the past;
  • Literary - here, you can feel the Odesa culture, learn the history of events or places, get acquainted with the literary basis stories, and also admire the Sculpture Garden that surrounds the museum.

There are many other museums, but the ones described above are trendy among visitors.

Odesa museums

Odesa beaches

In Odesa, a chic beach holiday is offered. When visiting the city in the summer, you should definitely look at the most popular beaches:

  • "Arcadia" - the most popular beach, where the central club life of the city takes place on weekends, as well as picturesque landscapes, developed infrastructure;
  • "Bali" - a picturesque and uncrowded area where an excellent vacation is offered;
  • "Langeron" - beautiful, well-equipped, with soft sand, with an oceanarium on the coast and parties at night.

desa beaches

In general, on all Odesa beaches, there are cafes, restaurants, showers, you can rent umbrellas and sun loungers.

You can get around Odesa by bus and other public transport, but this is not very convenient. It is better torent a car in BLS to quickly move between addresses, overcome any distance, not wait tomorrow to visit some object far from where you live.

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