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Twelve Days in the Ukraine 3: Ternopil to Chernivsti

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An August 2013 trip to Ukraine by Essexgirl09

Church of the Resurrection Photo, Ternopil, Ukraine More Photos
Quote: I spent a day in each of Ternopil and Chernivistsi. Two very different cities in Western Ukraine,

Chernivtsi University

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Attraction | "Lego University"

Chernivtsi University Photo, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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The Chernivtsi National University, in Chernivtsi (surprisingly enough) is the top university in the region of Bukovina in South West Ukraine, and is one of the country’s oldest universities, having been founded in 1875 by Franz Josef the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, who controlled the region at the time. It is now a USESCO World Heritage Site. Initially students studied theology, and then subsequently law and philosophy. Language and literature was also studied in German, Romanian and Ukrainian but when the territory came under Romanian control (1918 until 1940), Ukrainian was abolished and everything was taught in the Romanian language. Under Soviet control, this was switched back to Ukrainian (altho...Read More

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Chernivtsi University
Krasnoarmeyskaya Street 184
Monasteriska 58013
044 568 4438

Spend a day Here

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Chernivtsi Photo, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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Ukraine’s smallest region is called Bukovina, and is situated in the South West of the country between the Carpathian Mountains, and the borders with Moldova and Romania. The principal city of this region is the small, pretty city of Chernivtsi. The city has had an interesting history, initially Galician (thus also Polish), then Moldovan, before becoming part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (undoubtedly the city’s hey-day, when it was the third largest city after Vienna and Prague), and subsequently also having been under Romanian rule, before Soviet Occupation in 1940, when it was made a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. According to our local guide, the city has affectionately been du...Read More

Bukovyna Hotel Complex

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Hotel | "Dated but pleasant"

Bukovyna Hotel Complex Photo, Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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This hotel was selected by my tour operator and was included in my holiday price. It is a large, impersonal hotel, located just outside the centre of the small city of Chernivtsi, which is located in the small province of Bukovina, between the Carpathian Mountains and the Romanian/Moldovan border in the western part of Ukraine. It is just a short walk to the town centre, and there is a supermarket and a park with restaurants in the immediate vicinity, plus restaurants within the hotel complex. Whilst the lobby is unremarkable, the lifts quick to leave and slow to arrive, the actual room was a tad dated. Our twin room also had a sofa, desk, mini bar and flat screen TV (opposite the bed, not...Read More

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Bukovyna Hotel Complex
Golovna Str., 141
Chernihiv, Ukraine 58022

Lake Ternopil

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Attraction | "City Lake"

Lake Ternopil Photo, Ternopil, Ukraine
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Ternopil, a small city of a quarter of a million habitants, is based in the west of the country in the region of Galicia, a few hours east of Lviv. The city doesn’t have many attractions beyond a few churches and museums. The biggest is the artificial lake, named after the town (also called a pond, but it is much bigger than a pond, and function as a reservoir) and if you think about it, it is quite unusual for a city to have a lake in its centre. It was originally dug out when the city was founded in the sixteenth century as part of the city defences, hence its proximity to the castle (which isn’t in existence as it was sadly). It has taken various forms but the current size and shape is from th...Read More

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Lake Ternopil

Ternopil, ukraine

A day in Ternopil

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Church of the Resurrection Photo, Ternopil, Ukraine
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Ternopil isn't on most tourists' must-visit lsts, and here are some suggestions of what you can do/see whilst you are here.Lake Ternopil - actually a man-made reservoir, expanded and improved upon during the Soviet era when the local river was dammed. You can get a boat across and back for UAH10 (80p). There is a pretty walking area near Hotel Ternopil too. It is not the most exciting boat trip you will ever undertake, but it is nice to do on a hot day and will kill half an hour. Near the lake and Hotel Ternopil is Ternopil Castle, don’t get your hopes up, it isn't the romantic 16th Century castle that originally stood here. It has been re-built since then (twice) and most re...Read More