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Chernivtsi

Chernivtsi, Ukraine: University town and centre of cultures

Chernivtsi Central Square.

Chernivtsi Central Square.

The approach to the University. There is a tradition that students do not walk on the gravel except at the start of the year and on graduation.

The approach to the University. There is a tradition that students do not walk on the gravel except at the start of the year and on graduation.

With another public holiday weekend, I had the chance to explore some areas of Western Ukraine, which I hadn’t managed to see on my trip the previous month. I was especially keen to see Chernivtsi, another city in an area where there are so many cultural influences. I’d been in 1993, using a Baedeker guide from the 1930s, but this time I had more up to date information. Chernivtsi was an important city in the Habsburg Monarchy, and a university town from 1875. Continue reading

Chernivtsi practicalities

Chernivtsi Central Square by night

Chernivtsi Central Square by night

Chernivtsi Accommodation

I stayed at Allureinn on the central square. The main advantage is the location, and the room was comfortable and clean. The electrical system is unusual- there are some dials next to the bed on what looks like a radio, but actually you turn these to work the bed and table lights as well as the TV. Fine once you understand it! Staff are helpful, and there is always someone available who speaks English, though not all the receptionists do. Continue reading