125 kilometers from the regional center Ternopil there is a picturesque town called Zaleshchiki. Zaleshchiki is situated on the left bank of the mighty river Dniester.
This melodious name the city received from the Ukrainian words "beyond the forest" (za lisamy in Ukrainian) because the first settlement was located behind the forest. For the first time in the history Zaleshchiki was mentioned in 1444 and 1469, respectively. In the middle of the 18th century this city became the property of Stanislaw Poniatowski, who arranged the city and the surrounding area on his own. Late his son the last king of Poland ruled Zaleshchiki. In 1772, the city was dominated by the Austrian Empire, and became a county town in 1867.
The history of Zaleshchiki as a climatological resort begins in 1895, when the railroad tracks are laid here. Here, in Zaleshchiki, in 1933 Polish Marshal Jozef Podsudsky had a vacation. Historical records also include data on the two beaches Zaleshchiki, one of which was sunny, and the second was shady one, and both became a favorite place for walks on hot summer days. Even then contemporaries admired the color of golden sands, sparkling river water and natural purity.
Despite the fact that the beaches have been destroyed by the Dniester flood, Zaleshchiki continue to be a wonderful city, which is certainly the right place to go on vacation. In Zaleshchiki everyone can learn something new. For example, Brunitskiy yard and the park are worth visiting. The castle was founded in 1808, and the park was founded in 1831. The city has its own museum, which runs from 1974, the fund of which has more than 17,000 artifacts. Admirers of religious sites may see the St. Stanislaus Cathedral, built in 1763. After the Soviet era the church was in need of restoration that happened in 1991 with the help of the Catholic community. Also worth noting the Church of the Holy Veil, which is up to 50 years of the twentieth century was known as the Church of the Holy Trinity. Today it is the religious institution known as the Greek-Catholic Church.
Here in Zaleshchiki there is a lot of natural wonders that are also worth noting. There is a left tributary of the Dniester - a river named. In its lower part, the river forms a wonderful valley with high banks, which resemble a canyon. There in the Seret valley are small caves and even grottos, unique pattern of rocks and amazing plants and trees growing on them. All this and more you can see here in Zaleshchiki, as you certainly will not regret it!