Ternopil' Travel Guide

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Ternopil' Things to Do

  • Ternopil castle

    The original fortress with high stone walls was completed in 1558. Today's palace was built on the site of the former fortress in the 19th century after Ternopil became a royal city. In World War II the palace was heavily damaged and the main building was restored in Soviet style in the 1950s. We didn't really find the castle on our visit because...

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  • Patriarch Iosif Slipin

    This beautiful monument of Patriarch Iosif is located next to the Dominican church. I tried to find out who exactly this man was but didn't manage.

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  • Ivan Franko

    You will encounter a monument to Ivan Franko more or less in every Western Ukrainian town. Ivan Franko was a poet, writer, thinker etc. He lived from 27.8.1856 - 28.5.1916. He founded the socialist movement in Western Ukraine and was well known as a radical politically.

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  • T.H. Shevshenko Oblast Drama Theatre

    This impressive looking theatre is actually not that old. It's apparently the best know piece of Soviet architecture in Ternopil and was built from 1953-55.

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  • Danilo Halitski

    Since the Ukrainian language hasn't got a "G" but the G is used as H the name of this proud horseman can be a bit confusing. But he is Danilo of Galicia. His proper name is Daniel Romanovich and he became the ruler of Galicia and Volhynia, two provinces that were united. Daniel of Galicia lived from 1201 until 1264 and he ruled the lands from 1238...

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  • Dominican church - interior

    The interior of the Dominican church is absolutely beautiful. Amazingly in some guide books the church is not even mentioned as a site to visit although it's right in the center of town and extremely popular with locals to get married in it.Since we were there on a Saturday and many weddings were going on we just entered the church at the end of a...

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  • Dominican church

    The Dominican church was built between 1749 and 1779 by the architect A. Moszynski. The roofs of the spires look like pyramids. In WWII the church was ruined but was restored in 1953. After that it was used as an art gallery until 1992 when it became the Uniate temple.

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  • Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    This fortified church is sometimes called church on the pond. It was built at the end of the 16th century. The bell tower was finished in 1627.

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  • Church of Resurrection

    The Church of Resurrection was originally built near the city rampart between 1602 and 1608 and was supposedly a Catholic church. Later reconstruction in the 1930s changed the original Podillian design by Master Leontiy.

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  • Railway station

    The railway station is an impressive looking building which was recently renovated. It has a kiosk, pay toilets, a left-luggage (downstairs). Also there are various ticket counters. We bought our train ticket to Lviv for the next day from counter no. 3. If you need an international ticket then you need to go upstairs to buy it. But mind you, you...

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  • Shevchenko park

    Shevchenko park is situated on the lake shore. We didn't have time to explore it in dept but there is at least one beer garden and a children's playground to be found within the park.

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  • Ternopil pond

    The Ukrainian word "stav" means pond. But what you see, is more like a lake as there are boat trips available. Some guidebooks say that it is actually an artificial lake. Well, whatever it is in warm weather it makes a pleasant outing. You can promenade along the lake shore and sit on a bench enjoying a peaceful rest and watch the locals go by.

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Ternopil' Restaurants

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    by yumyum Updated May 18, 2008

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    We saw this Pizzeria just off the Theatre square and decided to give it a try. The restaurant is downstairs in 3 cellar rooms. One of them is non-smoking. The menu is in Ukrainian only, so it helps if you know the Cyrillic alphabet. The waitress was trying to be helpful but only spoke Ukrainian.

    We made up our own pizzas. I had one with sir (cheese), shinka (ham) and ananas (pineapple). It cost 16 UAH. My tea was 3 UAH.

    The restaurant is rather popular and is open without break from 11.30 am till 1 am. No tip expected. The toilet is on the way downstairs.

    my entrance to Pizzeria cellar room

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Ternopil' Transportation

  • By trolleybus/bus

    There is of course public transport in Ternopil. But since everything in the center was within walking distance we didn't use the trolleybuses etc.

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  • By boat

    Ternopil pond is big enough for a boat ride. During the warm season there are frequent departures for a boat ride. The landing is just down the staircase from the Hotel Ternopil. You pay on board.

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  • By train

    We left Ternopil by train to Lviv. There are several trains a day. Our journey on the train no. 85 took around 2 hours and 20 minutes. We travelled in "Platzkartni" and paid 24.14 UAH in May 2008. The train came from Simferopol on Crimea and was very punctual. On the train I got a cup of tea from the conductor for 1.50 UAH.

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Ternopil' Shopping

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    by yumyum Written May 18, 2008

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    There are several small supermarkets in the center of Ternopil. Some shops aren't really self-service supermarkets but the old Soviet style shops with lots of counter shops. If you want to try such a shop then you will find one opposite the Church of Resurrection in vul. Ruska.

    The shop assistants were very friendly when we bought some bananas, chocolates, drinks, hygiene products. If you don't speak any Ukrainian/Russian, then just name the product you want to buy and point to it.

    BTW, unsliced bread can be bought in halves if the whole one is too much for you.

    inside Soviet style produkti shop

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Ternopil' Local Customs

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    by yumyum Updated May 18, 2008

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    Since we were there on a Saturday afternoon, we witnessed lots of newly wed couple followed around by their entourage in order to take pictures and videos with the sights etc. In the Dominican church one wedding just finished and the priest came out to fetch the next couple while the relatives quickly redecorated the interior of the church.

    Often number plates of cars transporting the bride and/or groom are covered by special stickers or cardboards to indicate which VIP travels in it (picture 2).

    priest fetching the next couple number plate for wedding

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Ternopil' Warnings and Dangers

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    by frockland Updated Oct 9, 2003

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    Don`t be surprised if the phone in your room rings in the middle of the night and somebody kindly is asking if you feel like having sex. The receptionists of Hotel Ternopil seemed to have a "Hotline" to the local prostitutes!

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Ternopil' Favorites

  • Architecture

    At first sight Ternopil is very Soviet looking. But there are some nice old buildings in the centre to be seen. I really liked Ternopil and experienced it as a friendly clean city.One guy approached us and asked us why we come to Ternopil and Ukraine at that. He reckoned that there was nothing to see. If you want a pizza chain, then you will find...

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  • Church

    The few architectural masterpieces of the former epochs that remained as rare diamonds, add to the beauty of the city.

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