The fairy tale like Tunnel of Love is tucked in between twisted trees. It breathes the breath of romance, one you are sure to inhale graciously.
Nestled in the enchanting forest of Ukraine near the town of Klevan, this whimsical railroad was formed from years of plants and trees molding around the love train as it made its daily rounds transporting wood, needed for cupid’s arrows of course, to the workshop nearby.
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The Tunnel of Love
Located near Klevan, Tunnel of Love is, well, a tunnel . Technically, Tunnel of Love is a part of the old industrial train track “overrun” by trees. The Tunnel itself links the settlement of Klevan to Orzhiv.
The Tunnel of Love is 5 kilometers long.
Why Is It Called the Tunnel of Love?
The reason behind this name is quite simple – a lot of couples like to walk through there.
When the locomotive isn’t making it’s three daily runs, the tracks have become known as a popular walk way for local and travelling lovers alike.
Couples clasped hand and hand, take this wonderful stroll, engulfed by leaves, branches and their undying love for each other.
Local legend has it that lovers who make it through the 2 mile tunnel together will be granted one wish, provided their intentions are sincere.
The tunnel is at it’s lushest moments during the spring and summer months when the tree’s foliage is at its fullest. The colorful changes of the fall and snowy winters also make for breathtaking sights as well.
Many visiting tourists take up a chance to walk on the old train tracks and experience the magic of the Tunnel of Love for themselves.
Because the track is still in use, the train drivers must be extra careful during the high season.
The Most Romantic Place in the World
Many couples worldwide consider the Tunnel of Love as one of the most romantic places in the world.
People from all around the world (including different regions of Ukraine) travel to Klevan just to visit this tunnel.
The arc that trees make and the gorgeous greenery that ensues is one of the reasons (it’s the main reason) why this tunnel is extremely romantic (apart from the occasionally incoming train. Unless you are an emo couple that likes walking towards oncoming trains)
The Best Time to Visit
If you’d like to enjoy the Tunnel of Love in all of its glory, you should visit it during spring (late may is a perfect time).
Spring is the time when the trees blossom. Spring is the time for love and the best time to plan a trip to Klevan.
And, if you feel lucky, you could try visiting the tunnel during winter. If it snows, the whole tunnel will end up looking like a winter wonderland.
How To Get to the Tunnel of Love?
The best place to start would be to get yourself to a city called Revan. It’s close to Klevan, and there are buses that go there several times a day.
You should make Revan your base because Klevan wasn’t a “go-to” tourist destination until a couple of years ago. Because of that, Klevan doesn’t offer much in terms of hospitality services and accommodation.
But, what Klevan does offer, is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, Tunnel of Love.
The Bottom Line
The Tunnel of Love is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ukraine of the last decade. The sheer beauty of the scenery makes it worth it to visit this small urban area in Ukraine.
If you’d like to know more about Ukraine and its people, be sure to check out this article regarding some interesting facts about Ukrainians.