Top things to do in The Carpathians

Top Choice Notable Building in Chernivtsi

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, pseudo-Moor…
Top Choice Castle 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 si…
Top Choice International 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 calm a…
Top Choice Ukrainian 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 sorts o…
Top Choice Craft 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 Hover…
Top Choice Ukrainian 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 and …
Top Choice International 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 inter…
Top Choice Castle 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 (Закарпа…
Top Choice Museum 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 emb…
Top Choice Museum 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 tradi…