The Carpathians

Top things to do

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Chernivtsi

Chernivtsi University

Chernivtsi University

University buildings are often called 'dreaming spires', but Chernivtsi's is more like an acid trip. This fantastic, Unesco-listed red-brick ensemble, with coloured tiles decorating its pseudo-Byzantine,...

Top ChoiceCastle in Mukacheve

Palanok Castle

Built atop a 68m-tall volcano, Mukacheve's highlight is this dramatic castle that pops up from the surrounding plain west of town, like something in a fairy-tale fantasy. This 14th-century fortress, famous as the...

Top ChoiceInternational in Chernivtsi

Reflection

Tea, porridge, real English breakfasts – if you're from Blighty you'll love this tranquil retreat with its boutique interior, impeccably polite, English-speaking waiters and a quite un-Ukrainian atmosphere of...

Top ChoiceUkrainian in Yaremche

Hutsulshchyna

Quite understandably the backdrop to many souvenir photos, this large, ornate log cabin built in the 1950s serves pretty decent food. The menu includes river fish, forest mushrooms, polenta, pancakes and all...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Rakhiv

Tsypa

Astoundingly out of character with the rest of Rakhiv, this excellent, colourful, egg-themed cellar pub has some of best food in Rakhiv and incredibly good, award-winning Carpathian craft beers including light...

Top ChoiceUkrainian in Ivano-Frankivsk

Familia

A recent addition to Ivano-Frankivsk's growing dining and drinking scene, this fresh, casual bistro is incredibly progressive for Ukraine. Enjoy meat, pasta, salads and eastern Slavic favourites such as borshch...

Top ChoiceInternational in Uzhhorod

Kukhnya

'The Kitchen' serves high-quality European food in a jazzy, contemporary dining room from where you can watch chefs prepping your meal. A few traditional Carpathian dishes make it onto the menu (eel, boar) but...

Top ChoiceCastle in Uzhhorod

Uzhhorod Castle

On the hill overlooking the town stands the 15th-century castle with massive walls and beefy bastions built to withstand Turkish assaults. The main palace is home to the Transcarpathian Museum of Local Lore...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kolomyya

Museum of Hutsul Folk Art

This well-curated exhibition of Hutsul artefacts is probably the best of its kind in Ukraine. Decorated stove tiles and other ceramics, musical instruments, carved wooden tools, boxes, furniture, traditional and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kolomyya

Pysanky Museum

Kolomyya's most eye-catching attraction is a monster concrete Easter egg, which sits rather self-consciously on the town's main square. Inside in an adjoining building you'll discover a museum dedicated to the...

Top ChoiceHealth Food in Ivano-Frankivsk

Manufactura

Floating cloth lamps, simple timber furniture and a jolly soundtrack greet you at this cosy, family-friendly place. The menu is a simple affair of rare delights in regional Ukraine – how about carrot and ginger...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Uzhhorod

Cafe-Muzey Pid Zamkom

Wistfully celebrating Ungvar's all-too-short decades in the lap of Czechoslovak affluence, this great pub and nostalgia museum rolled into one is packed with chipped enamel signs, radios, typewriters and other...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Ivano-Frankivsk

Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection

The city's punctiliously renovated Greek Catholic cathedral is a fine example of baroque symmetry crafted in the mid-18th century. Huge bronzes of St Volodymyr and Princess Olga stand by the entrance, solemnly...

Top ChoiceChurch in Ivano-Frankivsk

Former Armenian Church

A few steps off pl Rynok stands this eye-pleasingly symmetrical baroque church built by the Armenian community in 1762. Beyond the golden doors the interior is a typically fragrant affair busy with headscarved...

Museum in Carpathian National Nature Park & Around

Oleska Dovbush Museum

Few would brave the potholes to the sprawling Carpathian village of Kosmach, 35km to the southwest of Kolomyya, were it not for the privately run Oleksa Dovbush Museum. Run by the inimitable Mykhailo Didyshyn,...

Castle in The Carpathians

Khotyn Fortress

Ask any Ukrainian which is the country's finest castle and many will say Khotyn Fortress. Eastern European filmmakers love to use this massive fort overlooking the Dnister River as a location; for instance it...

Street in Chernivtsi

Vul Kobylyanskoyi

When you’ve had enough of Chernivtsi’s barmy traffic, head for the tranquillity of vul Kobylyanskoyi, a pedestrianised street running between vuls Holovna and Shevchenka. It’s certainly the city’s most attractive...

International in Kosiv

Garden

A much-needed addition to Kosiv's calamitous dining scene, the funky, almost hipster Garden feels completely out of place on Kosiv's scruffy streets. The urbane, faux-cosmo design, all lime greens, grey fabrics...

Ukrainian in Ivano-Frankivsk

Franko

Franko plates up some of the best gourmet Ukrainian food in the Carpathians and has the door stickers to prove it. The finely tuned varenyky (dumplings), ukha (fish soup), deruny (potato pancakes) and kotlety...

National Park in The Carpathians

Carpathian National Nature Park

This is Ukraine's largest national park and the heart of the Carpathians. Only about a quarter of the area is completely protected, but that hasn't detracted too much from the natural beauty of the place.Founded...