Welcome to Ivano-Frankivsk
A closed Soviet city until 1991, Ivano-Frankivsk is for many just a gateway to the Carpathians and a popular jumping-off point for the northern peaks. But this once grand city, sometimes dubbed 'little Lviv', is very much worth a day of exploration in its own right. With some decent places to stay, surprisingly sophisticated places to eat and a wonderful atmosphere on summer evenings, you're not likely to regret an overnight stay either.
Ivano-Frankivsk is a city that long ago embraced tourism – it was one of the first in the country to have a tourist office and now has signposting and street names in English.