Cheap Flights To Ivano-Frankovsk
Ivano-Frankovsk was founded in 1663 and was originally part of Poland. The city thrived and became a part of the Austrian Empire. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, many fortifications and grand buildings were demolished or in a poor state of repair. After World War Two, Ivano-Frankovsk joined the former USSR but is now part of independent Ukraine. With a small-ish city centre that's easy to walk around in a few hours, Ivano-Frankovsk is a lively place, full of locals and visitors alike.
Enjoy a stroll along the main pedestrian street called Nezalezhnosti Street, known locally as the "one hundred meters" street. The main square, Rynok, features a mix of 1950's and 1990's architecture but is impressive nonetheless. The most prominent attraction is the town hall, which stands proud and is an excellent Ukrainian example of Art Deco architecture. As well as being wonderful to look at, the town hall has a museum and a lot of tourist information, including useful maps to guide visitors around the city and beyond. Ivano-Frankovsk is home to many annual festivals during the summer, including the Carpathian Area Festival, Literature Festival and Blacksmiths Festival.
Things To Do
Ivano-Frankovsk is a very accessible place and seeing the sights is easy on foot while stopping for refreshments at the many charming cafes.
Explore the city centre
The baroque city centre is a delight and bustles with life. It features a pretty town hall, an Armenian Church, a Cathedral and an old brewery. Stop off at the many incredible cafes for refreshments while exploring!
Marvel at the Town Hall
In the city centre, the Town Hall is housed in a magnificent 1930's Art Deco building right in the middle of Market Square. As well as being an excellent place for tourist information, it's also home to the Regional Museum.
Visit the Museum of Art
The Prycarpathian Museum of Arts is located in the Collegiate Church of the Virgin Mary. It's well worth a visit and is full of lovely paintings with both old and modern works in an impressive old church setting.
Calendar Of Events
With many annual events, particularly during the summer months, the city is a real place of entertainment and everyone will enjoy spending time at the various festivals.
Carpathian Area Festival: In early May, this international arts festival features traditional arts and crafts, exhibitions and music as well as tasty food. It's frequented by diplomats, businessmen and artists looking for the new opportunities in the Ukraine.
Sophia Historical Ukrainian Literature Festival: Also in early May, writers from all around the Ukraine flock to this festival, which is a great opportunity to meet famous authors from the country, listen to various talks and readings and pick up some great books.
International Blacksmiths Festival: This has to be the city's biggest art event and festival with demonstrations by Ukrainian and foreign blacksmiths as well as masterclasses, items to buy, conferences and exhibitions.