Wide variety of cultures and architectural styles; friendly people.
still limited tourist infrustructure
a charming city a for a short stay and long exploration
In the early 20th century more than 30 % of Chernivtsi's population was Jewish and the city was called "Jerusalem on the river Prut".Before WWII Chernivtsi was home to more than 70 synagoges.Nowadays there is only one active synagoge in the city. It was built in the early 20th century by Chasidics from Sadora, a suburb of Chernivtsi.Directions:The...more
The famous poet Paul Celan was born in in Chernivtsi in 1920, when it belonged to Romania. His family was of German-speaking Jewish origin and his original name was Paul Antschel.A monument with the bust of Paul Celan commemorates him as one of Chernivtsi's most famous citizens. When it was erected in June 1992, it was the first non-soviet monument...more
Chernivtsi's Theatre of Music and Drama was named after Olga Kobylianska, a famous Ukrainian writer. A statue of her stands just in front of the main entrance. The theatre was built between 1904 and 1905 by the Viennes architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer.The exterior includes Renaissance style elements, whereas the interior is kept in...more
This is a chain that has spots across Ukraine. Opens at 10 and has coffee, espresso, crepes, soups, salads & pizza as well as some other Italian foods, and some desserts. Everything we have tried has been very tasty and affordable even for our Ukrainian friends. The service was very friendly by local standards and I had no problems ordering in...more
We ate at Pyramid, across the street from the old "Tourist Hotel" near Maidan Shopping center. The 5 of us all had salads, entrees and sides. The food was tasty, 2 of us had fish, 1 sausage, 1 veal and 1 pork and everyone was satisfied with their meal. With beverages it was just under $15 a piece. The service was very helpful, but wouldn't come to...more
We ate at Mario near the theater about a block from the end of Kobalenski. It was quick, inexpensive and rather tasty. For lunch the 4 of us split a large pizza, we each had a small salad and beverages for just 7.50 dollars total. It must be a small chain as I saw another a few blocks from where our family lives on Nezalezhnosti. We plan on...more
It`s a kind of a restaurant or a drinking place but there is a couple of times a week live music performed and dancing is quite common .
Dress Code: As you like!
I am in the process of travelling from Lviv to Tiraspol via Chernivitsi and Chisinau. There are buses and trains from Lviv to Chernivitsi. The train takes around 6 hours, the bus takes around 7 hours and costs 90 ukr grevny.On the board at Chernivtsi bus station there are buses listed to Chisinau (Кишинів...more
As we stayed 4 days in Chernivtsi, I decided to buy a little brochure about Chernivtsi. Apart from maps of the city centre and the surrounding area, it also includes the routes of the public buses and the mini buses (marschrutki) as well as timetables for both the trains and the long diatnce busesUnfortunately all information is only listed in...more
Appropriate Type For This Shop = all types. From clothes to jewelry, electronics, shoes, food. You can find all of these and many more in this huge bazar.If you know how to bargain you can get great prices. Still, it's recommended to go with a local person or someone that knows their language. My hunch is that there is a price for foreigners and...more
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The standards of public toilets in the Ukraine vary a lot. If you are lucky you might find clean and comfortable public toilets in bigger cities like Kiev or Lviv. But even here squat toilets can be seen quite often, also in restaurants or hotels.Just be prepared that you always have to pay a small fee for using public toilets and that toilet paper...more
Ukraine is a country of cash, so it is always best to pay cash. The local currency is the "Hryvnia" (abbreviation: UAH) which is divided into 100 Kopecks.In 2004/05 new banknotes were put into circulation, but the various old ones are still valid and in circulation as well. This causes some confusion as you may have 2 or even more variations of the...more
When travelling to a foreign country I always try to taste their local beers. In the Ukraine the following two beers were among my favourites:Lvivske Beer is not only known in Lviv, but also all over the country. Rumours even say that it had the reputation of being the best beer in the former Soviet Union. The history of the Lviv based brewery...more
In case you need a dentist while you are traveling, here is one I went too: center "NADENT", vul. Stasuka, 10 kv 1 phones: business 03722-3-32-05, cell 067-994-22-07. I think a female and a male doctor practices there, I went to the guy. Treatment was really great, I totally recommend going there if you need it. I paid about $35 for a medium...more
Similar to many towns in Romania, also Chernivtsi seems to be home to many stray dogs. We noticed them all around the town, especially near the bus station.They are usually used to people and busy street life, therefore they are probably harmless. Nevertheless, I am always very cautious when stray dogs are around.more
Water warnings are common for travelers. On my first trip to the Ukraine 15 years ago I made the mistake of drinking the water in the form of compote.. My stomach wasn’t real happy about it. This time I decided to do a better job about not drinking water. This time I resolved to do a better job. I was about to make my morning coffee and even though...more
Crossing the border from Romania.If you come from Romania, and you listen to my advices, please arrange the border cross with Zoya. At the border, the old Comounist way of thinking is ruling.Don't joke there with the soldiers, don't laugh at the front of the soldiers while talking in your language.Please note that the Visa you get to Ukraine...more
Like many other countries in Eastern Europe, the Ukraine is a rapidly developing country. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to find a Tourist Information Office or just a free map, therefore an up to date guide book for independent travellers is highly recommended.Here are 3 travel guides, which we used during our recent trips to the...more
I was really surprised about the wide variety of free maps and brochures in the Tourist Information Centre of Chernivtsi. They even had some free of charge high-gloss brochures available.Apart from that, they sell all sorts of souvenirs as well as several guidebooks and DVDs in various languages. The Tourist Information Centre is located near the...more
`Uk-RAIN-e lives fully up to its name, it is the only country in the world which contains in its English denomination the word RAIN - and I found on my five trips to this country that this is fully justified. Excellent protection against frequent rain is a must! Umbrella, raincoat.more
As we stayed 4 days in Chernivtsi, we also went on a half-day sidetrip to the historic district Sadhora. In the 19th and early 20th century it was the Jewish centre of the Bukovina and an important place of Jewish Chassidism. In the middle of the 18th century a mint was established here as well. Beside an old Jewish cemetery, a Christian cemetery,...more
Another very interesting cemetery is the Christian Cemetery, which is even larger than the Jewish Cemetery. Besides Ukrainian and Russian tombstones, there are also many Polish and German inscriptions. The grave of the famous Ukrainian writer Olga Kobylianska is said to be located here as well, but we didn't find it.Directions:The Chistian Cemetery...more
The Jewish Cemetery of Chernivtsi is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Most of the place is more or less overgrown by vegetation, but it looks like some people look after it. The tombstones date back to the 18th century and many have German, Hebrew, Ukrainian or Russian inscriptions.At the entrance stands a Ceremony Hall, which was built in...more
As on most of my travels I always try to have a look at the stadium of the local football club.
The Bukovina Stadium is the home ground of the FC Bukovina Chernivtsi which was founded in 1952 under the name Burevisnyk Chernivtsi. The stadium has a capacity of about 17.000 and also includes track and field for athlectics.
It was quite easy to get inside the stadium as the gates were open due to students doing exercises.
The Stadium of FC Bukovina Chernivtsi can be found behind the Shevchenko Park at the Holovna street, somewhere south east of the city centre.
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...more
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.Directions:The Park Shevchenko is situated along the Holovna street...more
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...more