Lugansk Travel Guide

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Lugansk Things to Do

  • May Day Park

    When you visit, you must take a ride on the ferris wheel in May Day Park. Nice view of some of Luhansk. The park grounds are very pleasant walking. But I imagine the park is crowed on a nice warm day. We went during the week and few people were there. Unfortunately some of the childrens rides seem to be in disrepair. There is a new outdoor theater...

  • Circus

    When in season go to the circus! Local performers. Lots of interaction with the crowd. You may be asked to be part of their skits.

  • Philip's Chapel

    Wether you are a true believer or not. Do make a trip to visit this very special and holy site. You will be glad you did. The chapel is located off Defense Street. The bus stop is called "Taxopark." Walk along the trolley bus line towards the trolley bus depot. Philip of Luhansk (1858-1956) is very much revered as the Orthodox Saint here, although...


Lugansk Hotels

  • Druzba Plus

    I stayed here on my first visit to lugansk in 2005, not knowing what to expect. The hotel was clean...


Lugansk Restaurants

  • East end

    Zagreb Croatian style pizza! Not sure what that means. But the open air cafe offers you 19 different types of pizza. They have other food available, but there is no English menu. Delivery service is available and is prompt. Nice patio to sit and talk or just watch the passersby during the warm weather. Located on the East End in Volkov Block, next...

  • Mutton & steak

    Very nice restaurant. Styled out of a "Victorian" style home. Large main room and maybe 4 smaller side rooms. All very nicely furnished. Outside they have booths where you can enjoy the summer evenings. Fountain with waterfall and greenery. They have added a sauna recently. I understand this is also nicely appointed and comfortable. About $20.00...

  • Restaurant and Museum

    The owner here has sucessfully made both a museum and a restaurant. The restaurant is really quite large, designed after a traditional Cossack village. The large main room, with open seating in the middle, then some side rooms off the main. There are also more private rooms each designed in a different Cossack style/theme. All very nicely done....

  • More Pizza and Italian

    This is the Mario's Italian I call downtown. Offers more than just pizza. From Ravioli, Canaloni, and other Italian dishes. We went in the evening and there was plenty of table space availble. Service was good but somewhat slow. This would be a very good place to do some people watching in the summer. Just get a good window seat, order some good...

  • Chinese

    Dragon Chinese Restaurant. Off the street and not easily visible. You will need to walk some to find it. A cab will take you to the door after navigating a few potholes. Typical Chinese dishes. Has maybe 14 tables in 2 rooms. 2 aquariums.The food is good. But if you prefer some more spice to your Chinese you will need to ask. Very pink inside!

  • Steak in the Lugansk

    The resaurant was great. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The wait staff were very nice and spoke some english. They have english menu also which helps a lot. The steak is not quite what we in America would call a steak but none the less it was good. All the staff dress up in cowboy outfits. My favorite was the stuffed chicken breast with a great...


Lugansk Warnings and Dangers

  • Roads - if you can call them that!

    As others have described, the roads really are bad here. Whatever is being done to improve things doesn't seem to be doing much. Watch experienced drivers weave around the roads to avoid the worst potholes and depressions and even take detours to avoid those roads likely to cause their cars serious damage. DON'T EVEN THINK OF DRIVING YOURSELF HERE!

  • pot holes!

    Yes the legend of the Luhansk potholes is true. Be aware when walking at night. Also, watch out for the puddles, the locals are not going to slow down for you. You may find yourself knee deep in chilly water. When it reains or in winter, wear water proof shoes if possible.

  • Scammers

    I am certain everyone is aware of the large amount of Interent scamming going on these days. There are a number of women posted on web pages, usually for free, and with marriage agencies. Be very aware of who you are dealing with. NEVER SEND MONEY! If they ask for money it is a scam. If you believe the girl, still have her checked out thru a...


Lugansk What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Purchase locks for your bags. And remember you may be walking up and down alot of stairs. It does get tire some lugging heavy bags up and down stairs and thru airports. Purchase travel insurance for your bags and contents. Take your "expensive" items in your carry on and ALWAYS keep it with you.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good comfortable shoes! You will do alot of walking in Luhansk. Water resistant or waterproof might be a good idea. There are potholes and it does rain, so you will step in a puddle or two during your visit.
    Wear sensible clothing, layerable. Depending on the time of year, it does cool down at night. Freezing temperatures at night thru April are not uncommon.
    "Cargo" style pants are very practicle. You can keep your plane tickets, passport, money, etc., in different pockets.
    If you plan on dining at some of the nicer restaurants, take some nice clothes, casual is OK, a jacket for men would be good. If your dating a girl from there dress better than average! Most Ukrainians dress up when going out to dinner. Don't wear shorts and a tank top! It's rude.
    Note: Black is the standard color for men there. Have a pair of black/navy/charcoal slacks.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic items are easily purchased in the stores there. Same as here. Don't over load yourself with large cans of shaving cream,shampoo, toilet paper, etc., buy the small travel items, then purchase additional items when you arrive.
    It does get windy and dusty there at times, if you wear contacts, take a extra pair and cleanser for your contacts. Medical prescriptions, get a "scrip" from your doctor, then before you leave translate the extra "scrip" into Russian for safety just in case. Latin is Latin, but they need to be able to read it. Type it out. If you have a serious medical condition, you know best what you need, but translate your condition into Russian in case of an emergency. And of course buy medical insurance. There is a private clinic in Luhansk.

    Photo Equipment: If you have a Kodak printer dock take plenty of printing paper with the color cartridges. There are NONE in Luhansk. If you have another brand portable printer I would advise getting extra paper and cartridges, as there may not be any available in Luhansk. A extra memory chip is advised. Batteries are plentiful and in every store.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Depending on the time of year. But water resistance outerwear is a good idea.

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Lugansk Favorites

  • Russian Language

    Before traveling take some time and learn some useful phrases in Russian. The locals are friendly and do appreciate your attempts to learn their language. You may be surprised that they will enjoy speaking their "English" to you. There are some good books available in most any bookstore. The best seem to be: Russian Phrasebook, from Lonely...

  • Private Medical Clinic

    FYI: If you are in need of medical attention while visiting the city there is a private clinic of doctors located in Luhansk. A group of doctors have formed together to provide medical services similar to those clinics in the USA. In that a wide variety of medical specialists practice there. The prices are more than reasonable, especially when...

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