This city has a rich cultural heritage, fascinating history and present. This is the cultural center, the capital of songs and home for many Ukrainian and European writers. Chernivtsi is a hometown for Paul Celan, Rosa Auslander, Olga Kobylianska, Yuriy Fedkovych, Joseph Burg, Joseph Schmidt, Nazarii Yaremchuk and many other artists Ukrainian, Romanian, Jewish, Austrian, German origin.
Chernivtsi was and stay multinational city. Today you can observe a combination of life and traditions of 65 nationalities. And this is that case when multiculturalism brought benefits to the city. The geographical position also played a big role – these lands were at different times under supervision of different countries. Even the Turks left their mark here. 90,000 people lived here in 1910, 33% of them were Jewish, 17% were Germans, 17% were Ukrainians, 16% were Romanians, and 14% were Poles. The rest were Armenians, Magyars, Slovaks, Russians. Todayabout 260 thousands of people live in Chernivtsi, who are representatives of 65 nationalities, and 80% of them are Ukrainians. This singularity created atmosphere of tolerance in the city and increased love of multicultural creativity and art. People from Chernivtsi were so afraid of being provincial that, in order to keep up with the major cities of Europe and Ukraine, they built magnificent Theaters, Philharmonic, Organ Halls and People’s Houses that they could only afford. That is why modern Chernivtsi has a large number of Cultural Centers and almost 600 architectural monuments, that have national importance.
Comfortable accommodation is one of the main advantages that Chernivtsi can offer. You can easily find comfortable and affordable apartments in the old part of the city. You do not need any transport to move around the city. All attractions, squares, theaters and architectural pearls, themed cafes and restaurants are located nearby.
Everyone, except lazy, heard anything about architectural complex and unsurpassed buildings in Chernivtsi. In the old part of the city, every building deserves attention and has its own history. You can find the whole set of eclectic styles, such as Baroque, Rococo, Viennese Secession, Empire, Classicism on the streets of Chernivtsi. The bourgeois spirit is still here, just like the lively streets with paving stones, the balconies with 100 masquerades and the revolutions to preserve local bookstores.
The Residence of the Metropolitan of Bukovina and Dalmatia is the Chernivtsi National University of Yurii Fedkovich now. This majestic castle is UNESCO World Heritage, where students get education.
How to get?
Chernivtsi is 130 km away from Ivano-Frankivsk, 170 km from Ternopil, 270 km from Vinnytsia, 270 km from Lviv, 430 km from Uzhgorod, 500 km from Kiev, 680 km from Odessa, 80 km from Suceava (Romania), 500 km from Bucharest (Romania), 330 km from Chisinau (Moldova).
You can easily get to Chernivtsi by train from Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Lutsk, Ternopil, Odessa, Vinnitsa, Kiev. The train №117 “Kiev-Chernivtsi-Kiev” also runs to Chernivtsi, so this is a great transfer option, if you live in Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Khmelnitsky or Kamianka-Podilsky. There are daily departures from Kyiv at 20:05 and arrivals in Chernivtsi at 07:57, which is very convenient. The train goes backwards daily from Chernivtsi at 19:46, arrives in Kyiv at 08:06. There is another train №7, that also runs between Kiev – Chernivtsi – Kiev. The train leaves Kiev at 22:22, makes stop in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and arrives in Chernivtsi at 10:27. You can also use train №380 “Bucharest-Kiev”, which departs from Bucharest at 19:46 and arrives in Chernivtsi at 08:06.
There are a lot of intercity buses, so you can easily take a bus to Chernivtsi from Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Dnipro, Kherson and other ukrainian cities. International buses from Chisinau, Bucharest, Warsaw, Minsk, Vilnius ets. are also available.
At the central bus station in Kyiv (Demiivska Subway Station) you can find a bus to Chernivtsi. Daily departure from 07:00 to 22:50.
In Kharkiv you should find Bus Station “Kharkiv-1” (Yuriy Gagarin Ave. 22). There are two buses from Kharkiv to Chernivtsi. First departure is at 07:00, last departure is at 14:40.
There are many buses from Lviv to Chernivtsi. Daily departure from 6:30 to 18:10.
Bus station address: Chernivtsi, Holovna str., 219
Phone: 0372 571 630
Where to stay?
There are about 60 hotels and hostels in the city, 36 hotels, where 1680 people can live in the same time and 20 hostels, where 930 people can live. About 3000 tourists can visit Chernivtsi simultaneously.
The great majority of hotels and hostels are located in the city center. There are one 4 stars hotel, 5 hotels with spa and about 15 hotel and restaurant complexes.
You can also find many themed hostels and cool cafes in the city center.
What to do?
You can start your weekend in Chernivtsi with delicious breakfast in one of the cozy cafes in the city center. The choice is really great. Be sure, that people in Chernivtsi appreciate real coffee with the first sip.
And if you decide to join a city tour group, then you will definitely find out information in what condition Chernivtsi was during revolution and protests against the ban on coffee and how government eventually gave up. The first coffee shop in Ukraine was opened in Chernivtsi in 1788 at the Three Crowns House. Only 15 years later in Lviv in 1802 the first coffee shop was opened by confectioner Yakov Levakovsky.
If you are already interested and ready to go on sightseeing tour, then you should contact a tourist office or you can go from one QR-code to another. With its help you can find out useful information about historic buildings. Every Sunday at 12:00 trumpeter plays “Marichka” on the top of the City Hall. After that you can join guided tour for free.
For those who are not for the first time in Chernivtsi and want to know more about this city, we can offer thematic excursions. For example: Jewish Chernivtsi, or literary Chernivtsi, Aristocratic villas of Chernivtsi, etc.
There are many opportunities for those, who likes outdoor activities. Within an hour from the city there is a ski-resort “Myhovo” where you can ski, bath in firewood water tanks and try delicious Carpathian dishes. For those who do not want to go far there is another wonderful resort “Sunny Valley” within 20 minutes from the city. There you can go for a sleigh, snowtubing, have a nice meal, visit spa or just walk around beautiful foothill. Do not pay attention to your mood. Chernivtsi is the best place, where your wishes will come true!
But we should not forget that Chernivtsi is the city of romantic walks, bourgeoisie, that goes to the theater, music lovers, and no matter where, in the philharmonic or on the sidewalk of an old street with paving stones. In this city people feel the smell of coffee in every corner and drink sparkling wine in the afternoon and nobody is in a hurry!