Besides a few smaller Soviet war memorials, which commemorate the victims of WWII, we spotted two larger ones:
An obelisk style Monument to the unknown soldier stands in the eastern half of the large Soborna Square, which used to be named Austria Square during Austrian times.
A Red Army Tank Monument can be found at the corner of the streets Gargarin and Odeska, about 300 m east of the train station.
On the 15th March 1944 this tank was among the Red Army forces which "liberated Chernivtsi from fascism".
Chernivtsi's largest park in the city centre is the Park Shevchenko, which was named Volksgarten during Austrian times.
The park includes a permanent funfair with all sorts of rides, as well as a summer theatre.
Apart from that several statues and fountains can be found in the park.
The Park Shevchenko is situated along the Holovna street in south eastern direction somewhere between the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and the main bus terminal.
Chernivtsi's Central Square (Ploshcha Centralna) is the heart of the city centre.
The southern side of the square is dominated by the Town Hall, which is described in more detail in my "Things to do" tips.
Just next to the Town Hall stands the former Directorate of the Bukovinian Savings Bank, which is now the Art Museum. The facade of this Art Nouveau building is decorated with a large ceramic mosaic.
In the south eastern corner of the Central Square the former Coffeehouse Habsburg can be found. It was built in 1898.
As in most other bigger Ukrainian cities also Chernivtsi has its own Monument to Taras Shevchenko, the popular Ukrainain poet. It was erected in 1999 and can be found at the northern end of the square, where once a Lenin monument stood.
Other architectural worth seeing buildings at the Central Square include the former Hotel Paris, the former Hotel Belle View, the former Hotel Black Eagle and the former Hotel Golden Lion.
Chernivsti will mark its 600 anniversary in 2008, therefore the city is undergoing the major face lift. there are a lot reconstuction going on, including the central Kobylanska street.
the festivities will take place during two first weeks in October. so if you plan to visit Chernivtsi around that time, you will see the city in its best :) the challenge will be to get a place to stay, since Chernivtsi's hotel lodging options are still a bit limited. thus start planning early.
Favorite thing: The main university complex is worth a visit. It is an amazing mixture of reminders of Oxford colleges and bizarre Byzantine architecture, in a nice setting on a hill with a park, all in fine brickwork built originallly as the residence of the metropolite of the Bukovina. Designed by the Czech architect Hlavka in the late 19th century.
Visit Teatralna Ploshchad (Theatre Square, Elisabethplatz before WW 2) right in the centre. You might feel being three generations ago somewhere in the centre of a sleepy Austrian provincial town. The theatre building itself is one of a large series of identical theatre buildings of the architects Fellner and Helmer throughout Central Europe and Germany in Art Deco style. Exactly the same theatre stands in Fürth, Germany. These Viennese architects also built some 20 years before the Vienna Burgtheater at the Ringstrasse and the almost identical (only the colour seems to be different) Opera house in Odesa.
But there are also other remarkable buildings around the square.
If you travel from Amsterdam the bets option is to talke the KLM plane, leaving 11:30 from amsterdam, taka a taxi to the Kiev Train station . Then book a 2 or 4 person sleaping place in the night train to Chernivtsi. The train leaves just befor six in the evening. Its a nice but slow journey (cost just a few Euro's). The train enters Chernivtsi 09:50 the next morning). For the way back take the morning plain from Chernivtsi to Kiev leaving around 07:00 in the morning. The KLM flight leaves in the afternoon at 15:50.
Taking the flight towards Chernivtsi is not usefull because it leaves at 14:30, so you can not make it...
Favorite thing: Theatre – on the wall of the theatre you can see the names of famous composers. In front of the Theatre there is park of stars. On walking ways you will see names of famous Ukrainian actors and actresses from the past and present. Also the place in front of the theatre is lovely places for couples who are in love.
The University is famous with its lecture-rooms which were built with the best acoustics so students could hear a lector even he/she spoke in whisper.
I talked to students of University and they complained that it is very hard to prompt to your friends on the exams.
Favorite thing: On the private parking place in Kam´janets-Podilsky is a watchman working, who speaks perfect English. He is a charming guy who is a retired English teacher. In a case of emergency ask him for his assistance. He is on duty for 24 hours and then has a day off. The shift starts at 10.00 am.
Favorite thing: If you travel with your own car or motorbike you will realize that there is no hotel parking lot near the two hotels in Kam´janets-Podilsky, but there is a private watched parking place Vulitsya "Gunsbaka?" two blocks away from "Hotel Ukraina"
You must to go to the Cheremosh Hotel, and ask for Zoya.
This wonderful woman have an important skill in Ukraine - she speaks both Russian and English. Zoya is a tourists guide, and much more.
She will arange everything for you in Chernivtsi - an excursion, a car, a translator, and will do it with great kindness.
Zoya was waiting for us at the Succeve airport at the Romanian side of the border, with a driver, car, and other people that help us pass the annoying border-crossing to Ukraine.
Zoya have a lot of friends in Chernivtsi, Eglish speakers and non English speakers, and since language will be your major dificult there, I advice you to contact Zoya before your arrival in Chernivtci.
Please write down her phone number: 380-3722-48765 .
Her office is located in Cheremosh hotel.
You can also visit their webpage: http://cheremosh.chv.ukrpack.net
Fondest memory: My first dinner. This was something.
We arrived with Zoya and her friends in the Cheremosh hotel, and got an Ukraine dinner. I can't describe the taste of the Ukraine bread, but this is realy something. Whenever you go, don't eat fast food. Just eat the local Ukrain food. There is also what they called 'Zakooska' - which is a plate that you get at the beginning of the dinner with small tasty beautiful surprises. I will tranlate this to 'appetizers'.