<p>The neo-Gothic Swallow's Nest castle perches 130 feet above the Black Sea near Yalta in southern <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/ukraine-guide/">Ukraine</a>. Built by a German noble in 1912, the flamboyant seaside residence is now a popular tourist destination.</p> <p><i><a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2013/">&gt;&gt; Find out more about what to see and do in Crimea, one of our 20 best trips for 2013</a></i></p>

Swallow's Nest, Yalta

The neo-Gothic Swallow's Nest castle perches 130 feet above the Black Sea near Yalta in southern Ukraine. Built by a German noble in 1912, the flamboyant seaside residence is now a popular tourist destination.

>> Find out more about what to see and do in Crimea, one of our 20 best trips for 2013

Photograph by Sergey Fradkov

Best Trips 2013: Crimea, Ukraine

Photos of the Crimean Peninsula, a diamond suspended from the south coast of Ukraine and one of our Best Trips of 2013.

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