Photo exhibition “Zalischyky then and now”
Rock symphony orchestra Brevis
Open excursion to the museum “History of the area”
Educational meeting “Zalischyky historical places”: movie about Zalischyky, workshop by historian Mykhailo Sopyliuk.
Quest on significant city spots
Rockoko with symphonic orchestra
Evgeny Khmara with special guest Marta Adamchuk
Zalischyky is a unique picturesque place surrounded by Dniester from three sides. It is the only location in the western parts of Ukraine with mild mediterranean climate. The place has proven itself to be highly valuable and of great potential through different historical periods.
Even during medieval times, when trade route was on Dniester, the merchants who travelled by river liked to stay in the quiet area over the woods. And when the settlement became permanent it was called Zalissya (over the woods) and later in 1578 the name Zalischyky was noted. But modern city’s area had been settled much earlier: during archaeological excavations objects and burial sites were found from late paleolith, Tripoli, Lipitsk, Early Slavic and Old Russian cultures.
In 1766 the city received Magdeburg Law which influenced greatly the popularity of already famous craftsmen: carpetmakers, potters, carvers, etc.
Unfortunately there are not so many archival records from the 18th century but it is obvious that during Austrian times Zalischyky was the center of the developed crafts and culture. When preparing for struggle with Russia during Crimean war Austrian government built military fortifications which existed till the end of the 19th century. Today the parts of the cobblestone roads and many basements, which had formed the tunnel system, remained. There is an assumption that under Zalischyky is a tunnel system connecting even both sides of Dniester.
From the July 3rd, 1919 Zalischyky were a part of Poland till the First World War. In spite of the border position it was the most prosperous time for the city as a resort area call “Polish Riviera” with numerous villas and recreation residences. At that period Zalischyky inspired and attracted artists. A great number of cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, equestrian events were organized. Noblesse and intelligence representatives, as opera star Solomiya Krushelnytska, writers Yuriy Fedkovich and Vasyl Stefannyk, first Polish marshall Yuriy Pilsudskyi, came here for vacation.
In the beginning of the 19th century a relatively unknown Duke Ponyatovsky’s court existed in Zalischyky. Brunnytskyi family bought the city from Ponyatovsky, who built here a palace in the end of the 18th century. They wanted not only mansion but baronial ranking as well, so they had to change the name from Brunstein to Brunnytskyi. In 1852 Cisar Frantz II was passing Zalischyky, Brunnytskyi recreated the inetrior of his mansion reminding the one seen in Schoenbrunn. Cisar was impressed and confirmed Brunnytskyi’s baronage.
The palace and park of the famous lanscape designer Siverin Lusakovskyi is the city decoration and the history of his last proprietress became a true legend. Baroness Stella von Turnau, “Jeanne D’Arc of Zalischyky”, in 1914 protected the city with the armour in her hands in emplacement together with the soldiers and when it was necessary to retreat promised to return the city and followed her husband to the front line. The woman is described as the one who not only fighted but inspired the others. Baroness was the first woman who received the highest reward for the bravery from Cisar.
In the beginning of June 1919 Zalischyky was the capital of Western Ukrainian National Republic. In July 1919 Zalischyky was occupied by Poland. So Zalischyky were a part of Poland till the Second World War. Due to unique natural conditions Zalischyky attracted tourists from all parts of Poland. The city had numerous resort areas, wonderful equipped beaches and parks. Also unofficial nudist beach was here.
In the end of the 19th century Jewish population was the largest in the city, Ukrainians lived mostly in the surrounding villages, and Polish were on government positions. Now only one synagogue from the end of the 18th century remained.
Unfortunately the war and Soviet times have ruined most of the city touristic infrastructure and historical monuments. The city hall located on the main square became its symbol on the coat of arms and was dismantled in 1969. Also the beaches of the former Polish resort were destroyed by Dniester flood.
But natural treasures of Zalishyky are indestructible. Unique panorama, warm climate, Dniester shores and hills make the city really attractive for the travellers. As a heart of the Dniester canyon the city is surrounded by the picturesque hills, Dniester shores are a great place for recreation and best for photoshoots.
Zalischyky is now at the revival stage. Tourist infrastructure is revived, winery traditions are renewed, new hotels and touristic attractions appear. For the last years attractive green areas and two parks are renewed.
In the city and surrounding areas there are many locations with incredible views over Dniester canyon. In Zalishcyky region there are numerous beautiful, mysterious, interesting locations worth of attention but the most important are Chervonograd ruins and Jurynskyi waterfall. Region is rich in natural karst caves and historical architectural sights.
Today Zalischyky is a unique place with outstanding nature and history. Every year thousands of tourists come here from all over the world. InStrum Fest Zalischyky aims to renew cultural potential of the town and international significance.
How to get?
Zalischyky is located 50 km from Chernivtsy, 110 km from Ivano-Frankivsk, 120 km from Kamianets-Podilsk, 125 km from Ternopil, which is quite convenient for the tourists to get from all over Ukraine. We suggest to choose the convenient means of travel and plan your trip.
For the festival visitors’ convenience the organizers suggest transfers from Chernyvtsy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Kyiv, Kamianets-Podilsk, Lviv. Transfers reservation and schedule is available together with the ticket sales.
Group tour is available from Chernivtsy-Festival-Ternopil by the link.
Train Kyiv-Rakhiv-Kyiv #357/358 passes Zalischyky. If you travel from Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi or Ternopil, it is a great way to get. It leaves the capital daily at 2:28 pm and departs from Zalischyky at 7:07 pm in opposite direction, arriving to the capital at 6:32 am. At the station there are taxi cabs or you can order a car by number +38 067 287 7262 or +38 035 542 2161.
In case there are no tickets available for the train #357/358, we suggest to get tickets to Chernivtsy and it is only 50 km to go by bus.
Also there is a train from Kolomya at 8:30am arriving at Zalischyky at 11:38am and Ternopil (departure 8:08am, arrival 12:29pm).
Quite many regional and international busses pass Zalischyky, so it is quite easy to get here from Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Chernivtsy, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and other Ukrainian cities.
Daily bus goes from Kyiv central bus station (Demiivska metro station) – Kyiv-Gorodenka (departure at 6:15pm).
A lot of buses go from Ternopil to Zalischyky from 6:35am to 7:40pm. The schedule is by the link.
Two daily buses going from Lviv to Zalischyky: Lviv-Chernivtsy at 12:50pm and Lviv-Zalischyky at 2:55pm.
From Ivano-Frankivsk to Zalischyky there is a direct bus Kalush-Kamianets-Podilsk at 6:40am. It is convenient to go to Chortkiv, if changing the bus.
Great connection is with Chernivtsy from 6:00am till 6:00pm, the buses are every hour or more often from the station #2”Drizhdzavod”. There are a little less from the central bus station but also quite many.
Bus station address: vul.Vasylya Stefanyka, 26
Telephone: +38 035 542 12 44.
Where to stay?
For InStrum Fest Zalischyky we are suggesting the following accommodations options:
What to do?
It is possible to check all of the most interesting places of Zalischyky and Khreschatyk panorama during guided excursions when you are introduced to modern town and leaded through different time periods, even prehistoric times, as Dniester canyon is a world creation book and its hills were created long before human appearance on Earth.
Another “mustsee” area 30 km from Zalischyky is a natural landmark Chervone, Jurinskyi waterfall, ruins of palace and catholic church. It is difficult to get there by public transport, so it is preferable to book a bus or a tour in advance.
Between Chervonograd and Zalischyky there is a private zoo in Torske village.
Dniester is definitely the greatest attraction of Zalischyky! It is possible to fish, bathe or go rafting. If you do not have a chance to go rafting, it is possible to view the river from the water from a ferry between Zalischyky and Kostrizhyvka, Chernivetsk region.
You can order excursion or rafting from Zalishyky turystychni.
Cave tours are also quite popular in the area and there are quite many. From Zalischyky it is convenient to go to Verteba cave with the museum of Tripoli culture or Optymistychna cave. Next to Chortkiv there quite popular is Mlynky cave and one of the most popular is Crystal cave in Kryvche village. It is recommended to book cave tours in advance.