Vinnitsa is a beautiful city located on the banks of the famous Yuzhny (Southern) Bugh River. Vinnitsa lays 160 miles from the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv and 167 miles of the port city of Odessa. Vinnitsa is also known as the jewel of Podillia. The current population of the city is over 370 000 people.  Vinnitsa is not just a city, but also an administrative center of Vinnitsa district (oblast). 
 
The name ‘Vinnitsa’ derives from the old Slavic word “vno” meaning “gift”. There are also some other versions explaining the name of the place: “vinitsa” – meaning a winery or Vinichka meaning a river. 
 
Vinnitsa managed to combine the achievements of technological progress and civilization with pure beauty of the nature. Vinnitsa is more than 600 years old. It has seen the rise and the fall during this time. The hard times include Mongol-Tatar yoke, Lithuania and Poland in medieval age and later invasions of Tatars and Turks and the rule of Russian Empire. The geographic position and historic events shaped the construction development of the city. The restoration and the modern constructions are preserving the tranquil style of Vinnitsa city. Its residents and visitor enjoy the co-existing past and present within one city. 
 
 Vinnitsa climate is characterized by long lasting warm summers with sufficient moisture quantity and short winters.  The average temperature in January is -21.6 °F and +64.9 °F in July. The average annual precipitation constitutes 25 inches.
The snowstorms include 6–9 days per year; the mists comprise 37–60 days of the year and thunder storms with hail include 3–5 days of the year.
Modern Vinnitsa is the major agricultural region that is a home to agricultural equipment, electronics, light engineering, food-processing industries, fertilizers’ production, footwear and clothing industries. 
 
Vinnitsa boasts high level teacher-training and medical institutes, several theaters and philharmonics.
The places to see in Vinnitsa are: “Museum-Estate of N. Pirogov” located in beautiful park. Here one can discover museum and memorial cabinet and pharmacy museum of the father of military surgery. 
 
“Local History Museum” is a part “Mura” (the historical-architectural complex). The museum offers a collection of over 200 000 exhibits. Here you will see the ethnographic, numismatic collections and unique exhibits from Scythian and Sarmatia periods. The museum also homes the mammoth skeleton found in the region. 
“Museum of Kotsubynsky” represents an open house, where the write was born and lived 33 years. The exhibits of the museum reveal the public activities and career of the writer.
Light and music fountain of Vinnitsa represents one of the biggest in Europe. It was open in 2011. Water and light music show take place every evening. 
The other places to see in Vinnitsa are: Grokholskys’ estate-palace, The Arch in Gorky park (as a symbol of the city), Jerusalemka - the old Jewish quarter, Ruins of “Werwolf”, Gymnasium for girls, 1910, Hotel “Savoy” building, 1912.
As you can see there is much to do and see in Vinnitsa city!
 

18.12.2014