Ivano-Frankivsk

Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukrainian: Івано-Франківськ, [iˈβ̞ɑno frɑnˈkifsʲk]) (formerly in Polish: Stanisławów, German: Stanislau) is a city in the Ukrainian part of East Galicia.

Understand

Built in the mid 17th century as a private fortress of the Potocki family, with the partition of Poland in 1772 Ivano-Frankivsk was passed to the Habsburg Empire, after which it became the property of the State authorities of the Austrian Empire. It was during that time that the fortress was transformed into one of the most prominent cities at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. After World War I, for a short stint it served as temporary capital of the West Ukrainian People's Republic, after the fall of which Stanisławów became part of the Second Polish Republic. At the dawn of World War II, the city was annexed by the Soviet Union, only to be occupied by Nazi Germany two years later. With the liberation of Ukraine in 1944, a Soviet regime was established in the city for the next 45 years. - A city visitor may find elements of various cultures intertwined within Ivano-Frankivsk, the Polish Rathaus, the Austrian city's business center, the Soviet panel multi-storied residential apartment buildings at the city's urban-rural fringe, and others.

The city is situated in the Carpathian region northeast of the mountain range, sitting approximately 120 m above mean sea level.

Climate

The climate is moderate continental with warm summers (in jul the record high 37.1°C), and fairly cold winters (in dec the record low−35.7°C). There is 60 snowy days per year.

Get in

By plane

By train

By bus

Get around

The city centre is manageable by foot but there is an extensive network of public transport including buses, trolleybuses, and taxis. There are nine trolleybus routes and about 52 for regular buses. Some of the routes run beyond the city into nearby villages. Those wishing to venture outside of the city by car may want to use a more robust vehicle such as a 4 by 4 as roads in the local area are extremely degraded and incomparable to western roads.

All street names reflecting the city's Soviet or Russian past have been returned to their former names, or given new names of national historic importance, or other non-controversial names. For example, Gagarin Street (connecting the city with its suburbs) became Vovchynets Street, Suvorov Street is now Harbar Street, and Soviet Street is Nezalezhnist (Independence) Street. - Around 100 other streets were renamed. - The seven main city squares Viche Maidan, Market Square, Sheptytsky Square Pryvokzalna Square, Mickiewicz Square (Mickiewicz Park), Liberation Square, European Square.

See

The Market Square
Ivano-Frankivsk Court (Будинок правосуддя), 11 Hriunvaldska Street

Holy Places

Museums

Further afield

Do

Theaters

Cinemas

Lumiere cinema

Parks

Buy

A part of Independence Street called stometrivka
Market

Malls, Shopping Centres

Icon seller in Ivano-Frankivsk

Hypermarkets

Eat

Food in Ivano-Frankivsk, like the rest of the Ukraine is fairly good and will sit well in the stomach of most western travelers.

If visiting a supermarket, price on items will vary greatly. Western labeled products will be labeled with prices comparable to western prices. Similar goods with non-western labels will sell much cheaper.

Two glasses of beer and a bag of potato chips will cost about 5 US$ at local bars.

Pizzeria

Cafes

Confectioneries

Fast food

Restaurants

Drink

As with other Ukrainian cities of its size a beer should cost under $1 and a large bag of crisps (potato chips) in a normal bar/pub should cost a maximum of $1. If you are paying more than that you know you are being ripped off.

Discos

Nadia hotel

Sleep

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