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Swallow's Nest, Gaspra

#4 of 20 in Sightseeing in Yalta Municipality
Observation Deck Architectural Building
Perched right on the edge of a rocky cliff above the ocean, Swallow's Nest stands as one of the region's (and Ukraine's) most popular sights and most recognizable symbols. Originally built in 1912 by a wealthy German, the "castle" boasts ornate Neo-Gothic architecture. Visit the manor house and take a peek over the railing at the 40 m (130 ft) drop that descends directly into the Black Sea. Wander the grounds to take advantage of the panoramic view (the interior of the building is off-limits). Keep in mind that the hike from the parking lot to the structure is a long one, so wear comfortable shoes. Put Swallow's Nest into our Gaspra itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great views from the top, when we visited there was a lot of maintenance going on is it part these things have to be done and will be worth it for follow visitors  more »
  • I was here as part of a coach party the views from the castle are amazing also to think of its position on a cliff edge The most remembered sight in Crimea is this castle on a cliff edge it's also ver...  more »
  • I was last there in 2006, although to post a review, I had to put a date that is not accurate to my visit. It was in disrepair at that time. The walkway around the castle was unstable, the ground was ...  more »
  • "On second thought , let’s not go to the Swallow's Nest. ‘Tis a silly place." Really overrated.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Crimea.
  • Stunning view, but overcrowded during Summers.
  • I was there in 2009. It is really stunning. I don't intend to return there in the future. I want to remember that place as Ukrainian !!!!
  • Iconic place.

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