Weekend break in Serbia

Have you ever been to the Balkans? Most probably you’ve been to Croatia or Montenegro, as these are really popular summer destination. But have you ever considered going to Serbia? It is a perfect place for a weekend break!

Serbia is the largest country that emerged after the collapse of Yugoslavia. Many people associate this country with war that was there in the 90s and still think that it is a dangerous place to go. Although several buildings still have holes made by bullets in their walls, war is a long forgotten chapter. Serbia is a safe country, and depends what kind of traveller you are you will definitely offer something interesting to see.

What to see in Serbia?

Serbia doesn’t have access to sea, neither it has very high mountains. If you plan to go there for weekend, a must see is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. From there you can take a one day trip to  Sremski Karlovci and to Novi Sad.

How to get to Serbia?

Depends from where you are going, probably the easiest way is to take a plane to Belgrad. However, this can be very expansive as this airport offers a limited amount of cheap flights. You can get to Budapest and from there take a Flixbus for about 25 euro that in 6h will take you to Belgrad. There are also trains which are cheaper (they cost about 15 euros) but it takes 9 hours to get to Belgrad. If you plan to make a tour around Balkan countries there are plenty of buses from other balkan capitals, be careful though as they take quite a long time and can be quite expensive.

BELGRADE

What to do?

Belgrad looks like a mix of Budapest and Istanbul. In the center you will find representative buildings from XIX and begining of XX centuries, plenty of nice squares and a huge amount of very nice restaurants and cafes. A must see points are Kneza Mihaila street, the main pedestrain street in the capital, Belgrade Fortress with amazing view over the river and western part of Belgrad, Skadarska street with its bohemian atmosphere and amazing restaurants and bars where you can try traditional rakija shots right on the street for 100 dinar (about 1euro) and Church of Saint Sava which is one of the biggest Orthodox churches in the world, however it is still unfinished. If you are interested in history you should also visit Museum of Yugoslavia with Tito’s grave. Doing all this will keep you busy for 1 day.

    

Where to eat?

There are many great restaurants in the city. They are located in 3 areas: Skadarlija, Kneza Mihaila street and along the river next to tram stop Pristanište. If you want to taste some traditional food a great choice will be Manufaktura. For a meal with beer you will pay about 700 dinar. Next to it you will find amazing place for a coffee – Kafeterija MAGAZIN 1907, with several floors of tables and amazing interior. If you are more of a budget tourist, around the city you can find very good and cheap street food. For a very big slice of pizza you will pay about 130 dinar, for this price you can also find a really big calzone.

 

How to get around?

Getting around Belgrad can be more difficult than in other capitals of that size. It is the biggest city in Europe without rapid transport system. Main means of transport are buses, trolleybuses and trams. Be careful though, as trams do now have schedule, so you never know when the tram will come and how lon git will take to get to your destination. Tram salso do not work in the center, for tourists they can be useful to go to the Church of Saint Sava. To get a ticket you need to buy a plastic card in advance and put some money on it. Ticket valid for 90 minutes costs 89 dinar.

To get to the airport you cna take bus A1 that stops right in front of the entrance to the old tain station, in center of Belgrade. Cost is 300 dinar, travel time about 30 minutes. It departs every 20 minutes.

NOVI SAD + SREMSKI KARLOVCI

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to Sremski Karlovci is to take a train. There are several trains per day, you can check the schedule online. Travel time is about 2h, but be careful as trains are very often late. Take into consideration that trains depart from new train station Beograd Centar which is quite far from the center. There is no tram that goes there, from the old train station only bus 36 that has interval of 40 minutes. Getting on foot takes about 50 minutes. Be careful as close to the tain station you will need to walk along the dual carriageway and you might get a bit confused. The train station itself also doesn’t look as you might expect it to look, more like a parking place. Price of the ticket varies between 300 – 360 dinar.

From Sremski Karlovci to Novi Sad you can take the train. According to schedule it should take about 15 minutes, but it can also take 45 😊 Price of the ticket is 70 dinar. Good news is that for trains you can buy ticket inside the train from the controller and they cost the same.

From Novi Sad you can go back by train or take a bus. Bus costs about 600 dinar and takes 2h 10 minutes. Bus station in Novi Sad is located in front of train station. Remember to arrive a bit earlier as you need to buy the ticket before entering the bus station. Good news is that buses in Belgrad arrive right in the center of the city.

What to see there?

Sremski Karlovci is a very cozy little town famous for wine making and the fact that it was a political and cultural capital of Serbian Vojvodina after the May Assembly and during the Revolution in 1848.

You should definitely walk around the town and go to the hill above it to enjoy the view. Estimated time to see the town is 2 hours

Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, has also a very cozy center that can remind you of hungarian towns. To see the city center it takes about 30 minutes, if you have time you can visit  Petrovaradin Fortress on the other side of the river. Estimated time of staying in Novi Sad: 3,5h Be careful as it takes about 30 minutes to walk from the city center to the train/bus station.

USEFUL TIPS

A very nice thing in Serbia is that there ar emany fountains in the center from where you can drink water. If it is hot, take a bottle with you and fill if with cold water from the fountain!

If it is hot and you’d like to swim go to Savsko jezero in Belgrad. It is a very popular spot for Serbians to swim in Belgrad.

Trip to Moldova

Have you ever been to Moldova? Have you even heard about such country? Truth is that not many people heard about Moldova, and even less people have ever been there. The only thing you can hear about it is that it is the poorest country in Europe, people emigrate or sell parts of their bodies for transplantation to get some money for living. There are nearly no guidebooks about Moldova, those available are just a suplement to guidebooks to Ukraine or Romania and rather give you impression that there is nothing to see there. Doesn’t sound very promissing… In fact Moldova is an amazing travel destination!

Moldova, Europe’s least visited country, has been visited by only 94k tourists in 2015. That’s not much comparing to countries like France that has been visited by 85 mln tourists in 2014. You may then think that this country is not interesting. In fact, many tourists will not find it exciting. It is more a country for people who like to enjoy country life, see rural traditions, landscapes, meet new people and wine lovers.

So let’s start with the most important:

How to get to Moldova?

There are many ways you can get there. The easiest is by plane. There is only one international airport in Moldova, in capital Chisnau, that has connections to most European capitals. With change in Warsaw, Frankfurt or Istanbul you can fly there from every corner of the world. If you are a budget tourist, 13 connections offered by Wizzair can help you get there for rather small amout of money. However, we would advise you to get there by bus. Moldova’s charm lies in it’s people, and if you travel by bus you are able to meet many of them and to see landscapes. There are many buses from Kyiv, Chernivtsi, Odessa, Bucharest and other cities in Romania. Odessa also is connected with Chisnau by very comfortable train that runs on Thurdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Once you get there another question could be

Where to stay in Moldova?

Moldova is a small country, most of the interesting thing are located around capital. The best then is to stay in the capital and make day tours to interesting places. There are several hostels in Chisnau, the one we can definitely recommend is Tapok hostel. You can really feel the atmosphere of a hostel there with people form all around the world singing and drinking till late hours in the amazing courtyard.

If you know where to stay in Moldova, the next question should be

What to see?

As mentioned before, Moldova doesn’t offer you places that you must see in your life. It is a place that you should enjoy, where you can chill, drink wine and meet new people. There are however some places you should include in your itinerary:

Chishnau, Moldova’s capita lis a place where you will not see nearly any monuments. You should though stroll along the main street Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt, see the main square with Arc the Triumph and Cathedral as well as spend few hours in amazing parks. Two we would recommend you the most are Valea Morilor Park with amazing big lake and Valea Trandafirilor Park, the biggest park in Chishnau, that has 3 lakes and where you can literallly spend whole day.

Eat some traditional food in restaurant La Placinte, visit amazing restaurant Propaganda Cafe. If you would like to eat late, go to Pizza Mania that serves food till 1 am. If you look for a good place for breakfast, Andy’s Pizza is definitely a place you should visit. Don’t forget to visit tourist information center on Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt 83 where nice ladies will help you to plan trips to places outside Chisnau.

Getting around Chisnau is very easy as you can walk everywhere. If you’d like to use trolleybuses, they cost 2 leu. You buy ticket inside the vehicle. Public transport works very well, has schedules and maps on every stop.

If is quite normal to buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it on the street while walking. City is very safe and people are really friendly. All of them speak Romanian and Russian, some of them speak also English, but it is not very common.

And how about going somewhere out of Chisinau? First thing you should do is to visit Tourist Information Center located in Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt 93. Very nice ladies will be really happy to help you, book you a tour or advise you where to go. Now we come to the question, what to see outside Chisinau?

Orheiul Vechi is from our point of view a must see in Moldova. It is a monastery located on the top of a canyon, including an underground monastery inside the mountain. It might not be really spectacular if you compare it to Grand Canyon in USA, but what makes it really special is that it is not very touristy, you can chat with the monarch there, try some home made food and wine on your way. Down in the canyon there is a village Butuceni where you can see traditional Moldovan village with very nice painted buildings, chat with people who are always interested in chatting with foreigners and ask them for some traditional Moldovan food. Try to go there during festiwals like  DescOPERĂ.

You can get to Orheiul Vechi by mini bus from Chisnau, there are 4 of them per day at 8:35, 10:20, 13:15 and 15:00 from Gara Centrala bus station in the center of capital. Bus back you can find at 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 16:10. You can also go to the Tourist Information Center in Chisinau and ask the ladies there, maybe there will be other solution to get there.

Transdnistria, they unrecognised state in the east of Moldova that separated after short war in 1990 is a place where extreme travellers would love to go. So far the „country” has been recognised only by other unrecognised states like South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Transdnistria functions as an independent country: to enter it you need to get a permission (for free) that will allow you to stay there for 10h. You easily get it at the border after showing your passport. Inside expect a lot of military guys, but in fact it is very safe there. It has a weird feeling that you travel back in time to USSR. You will find there a lot of symbols of hammer and sickle and statues of Lenin. In fact Transdnistria is the last country in the world that still has hammer and sickle on its flag.

When you arrive to train station in Tiraspol, the capital, first thing you should do is to exchange your money. The transdnistrian rouble is the offical currency and in Juny 2018 the exchange rate was more or less 1:1 with Moldovan leu. That happened after the devaluation in 2017, when it was woth nearly 2 times more. Be careful not to exchange too much, as these money are worthless outside the „country”. Our advise will be to exchange 15-20$ for one day stay. That will enable you to buy some souvenirs, eat breakfast (coffee plus something to eat), drink a lot of kvas on the street (kvas is a traditional non-alcoholic drink in the eastern european countries that is sold on the streets), eat lunch in a fancy restaurant, buy several bottles of alcohol made in transdnistria (wine, gin, beer) and keep 40 roubles for bus back to Chisinau.

The thing you must be aware is that in Transdnistria your mobile phone will not be working. They use different network (instead of GSM they use CDMA) that your phone will not be able to decode. Another thing you must be aware is that your bank card will not work there. As it is unrecognised currency Visa or Mastercard cannot exchange transdnistrian roubles into dollars or euro.

So what to see in Tiraspol? Well, there aren’t any monuments there in a historic sense. The city has however enough attractions to keep you busy for these few hours you can spend there. Definitely you should see the statue of Lenin in front of the building of government. On the other side of the street you will find the Memorial of the Great Partiotic War. A bit further there is a monument of Suvorov, the founder of the city. Just in front of it you will find a bridge over the river. If you visit Tiraspol in summer it is worth crossing to relax on the city beaches. Going further along the street you will find embassies of Abkhazia and South Osetia and Constitutional Court. Going about 5-7 minutes more you will get to Dom Sovietow, the city hall and theatre.
Before geting back make sure to visit one of the Kvint magazines to buy some ridiculously cheap  local alcohol.

How to get there? It is easier than you think. From Central Bus Station in Chisinau there are buses every 20 minutes. The same with buses back. The last one departs about 6 pm.

When you are in Transdnistria you should book a Free Walking Tour organised by Anton. He is a great guide and speaks great English. Not only this, he also makes amazing handmade souvenirs from Transdnistria! He will explain you everything about Transdnistria and show amazing places! You can find him here

Cricova few kilometers north from Chisinau you will find one of the biggest wine cellars in the world. There about 200 km of cellars which you visit travelling by special cars. The trip costs about 490 leu, which is about 28$. It might sound expensive for Moldova, but you will really enjoy the trip. The cellars are not very old, they were build in 1950s. During the trip you will see how they look like, how they produce the wine there, you will visit Cinema with an interesting movie about wine making, you will see bottles of wine that belong to Angela Merkel, John Kerry, Vladimir Putin, Alexandr Lukashenko and many others. At the end you will taste wine and, trust me on this, you will not drink only 4 glasses but much much more. It is definitely a place worth visit!

How to get there? Every 20 minutes there is a city bus number 2 going there from crossroad of

Summary

Is Moldova a must see country? Not really. Is it wort visiting? Definitely yes. If you are type of tourist who enjoy exploring some not well known sites and chat with people you will definitely enjoy being there!

Where to eat in Lviv?

In recent years tourism in Lviv has exploded. The city bacame one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Europe. Tourists go there to see amazing architecture, mix of Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish, Armenian and many other cultures as well as to enjoy very relaxed atmoshere of the city.

But that’s not everything what you can see in Lviv. The city has one of the most (if not THE most) amazing restaurants in Europe, and maybe even in the world. In this article we would like to advise you which restaurants are a must see in Lviv.

 

Kryivka

Probably the most famous restaurant in Lviv.

At first, you need to knock at the door and tell the password which is „Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine). For that you will get a free shot of home made vodka. After going downstairs you will find enormous restaurant that resembles a shelter during the II WW. For additional price you might go and try shooting to Putin, Yanukovych or Stalin. But that’s not the end of attractions. Go to the courtyard, where you will find a very huge machine that will allow you to control the world and to the roof of the building – you will find there a huge cannon that you can sit on 😊Restaurant is open 24h, so it is a perfect place to go for last shots or some food.

Adress: Rynok 14, Lviv

 

Baczewski Restaurant

One of the most elegant restaurants in the town. The main theme of the restaurant is Vodka Baczewski, a legendary vodka that was made in Lviv since 1782. The restaurant serves a mix of Polish and Ukrainian quisine. We reccomend you to visit it for breakfast that is served from 8-11 am. It is an „all you can eat” breakfast, with vodka and champaigne included. During breakfast you will be able to listen to live music played on the piano.

Adress: Shevska 8, Lviv

 

House of Legends

Restaurant located on a tiny street, at first glance doesn’t look like a special place. It is only until you come closer and spot a bizzare machine on the elevation. Soon after that you will notice an old guy wearing a big hat and telling a lot of stories next to the entrance. This should already raise your interest. When you come inside you will see a tiny wooden staircase. The restaurant occupies the whole building, and when you climb up you will see that every room is a different lviv legend. But that’s not all. If you’re strong enough to get to the roof of the building, you will find a flying car, the highest monument in Lviv and a chimney which you can enter. But that’s still not all. Come at 9pm Lviv time (which in fact is around 9:24 pm) to see a show on the elevation of the building. A must see!

Adress: Staroievreiska 49, Lviv

 

Masoch-cafe

Most of you probably heard about masochism – the practice of seeking pain because it is pleasurable. But did you know that Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the author of this term, was born in Lviv? Bar called Masoch-cafe is there to commemorate that.
Once you enter you will see that the whole place is covered by red lights and people are shouting and screeming… But don’t panic. Order a drink with punishment and see what will happen!

Adress: Serbska 7, Lviv

 

Kumpel

This 24h restaurant is also a brewery. Interior is designed to resemble atmosphere of Lviv in 1930s and so is the quisine. Ideal place to come for a breakfast, lunch or just to drink some beer. But that’s not everything that this place offers. Once you enter, on the left side, you can find a statue of a woman. If you touch her breasts in a way that she likes it, you will get a free beer!

Adress: Volodymyra Vynnychenka 6, Lviv

 

Atlas

One of the most authentic places in the city. Located on Main Market Square it looks nerly exactly like in 1930s when it was favourite place for Lviv’s bohema. Inside you can find caricatures of Polish parliament, old advertisements and menu that looks like nearly 100 years ago. Highly reccomended for breakfast or coffee, but good place to eat lunch as well.

Also this place has a very nice legend. When you go to the toilet you will see a big inscription „Pan Edzio”. It is because the former owner of this place, Edmund Tarlerski, was the first person in Lviv to open in his restaurant a public toilet. Since then people in Lviv when going to toilet are saying „I’m going to Mr. Edzio”.

Adress: Rynok 45, Lviv

 

Lviv Coffee Mining Manufacture

You will see and smell this place from far away– as the smell of coffee spereads all over the Old Town. Amazing place to drink coffee and listen to one of many concerts that take place there. Be sure to take tour in the underground part where you can see the difficult work of coffee miners, as well as see surrealistic patio. Highly reccomended coffee with whiskey!

Adress: Rynok 10, Lviv

 

Cabinet

If you like Harry Potter or books in general that’s a must see for you. One of the most amazing coffee places you will see in your life. An ideal place for coffee, dessert or breakfast. The atmoshere is created not only by the interior, but also by amazing music you can hear there.

Adress: Volodymyra Vynnychenka 12, Lviv

 

The First Lviv Grill Restaurant of Meat and Justice

Ideal place for meat lovers. This restaurant located in middle aged city walls offers you not only amazing meat, but also a lot of attractions. If you do not behave a middle aged executor can put you in the cage! But don’t worry, meat is fresh there 😊Restaurant might be difficult to find at first, but don’t give up!

Adress: Valova 20, Lviv

 

Gas Lamp

How many of you knew that the first gas lamp in the world was invented in Lviv? Now when you know about that you should visit this restaurant. You will know that you came to the right place as you will feel the smell of gas used for lamps. The place offers amazing terrace on the roof as well as shots in test tubes called „chemical experiments”. A must see when in Lviv!

Adress: Virmens’ka 20, Lviv

 

Beer Theatre „Pravda”

Probably the best place to drink beer not only in Lviv but in Europe. Everyday from 7pm – 10 pm there is a live concert like no one else you have seen before. During the concert you will be able to drink beers like „Frau Ribbentrop” or „Putin you’re a dick”. You must check it out!

Adress: Rynok 32, Lviv

 

The Most Expensive Galician Restaurant

Last but not least, one of the most misterious place in Lviv. You need to climb to the 1st floor and ring a bell to the flat that is the closest to the staircase. A man wearing pijama should open you the door and ask you what you’re looking for. Tell him that you’re looking for restaurant for Masons. Once you’ve passed the exam and the guy will let you enter, you will move to a completety different world. Piano, BMW from 1930s, portrets of Masons are just few examples of things you should expect inside. Be sure that you will visit both of the toilets, as these are amazing too!

Tip: to get 90% of discount ask in Beer Theatre Pravda or House of Legends for a loyalty card 😊

Adress: Rynok 14, Lviv

What to see around Kraków?

Kraków is one of the most popular touristic cities in Central Europe. Many of you are coming there to see great architecture, take part in numerous cultural events, eat and drink amazing food in countless bars and restaurants. But what if you would like to see something more, some places outside the city? Everyone knows about UNESCO sites Wieliczka and Auschwitz, but did you hear  about these places?

Ojców

It might be the smallest National Park in Poland, but definitely it is one of the most interesting. In this area situated approximately 30 km. from Kraków you will find scenic rocks, caves, castles, delicious food and one of a kind church that is built on the water! It is a perfect place for solo travellers, as well as families.

How to get there: getting to Ojców is very easy. From the center of Kraków you need to take any tram that goes to Bronowice Małe: 4, 8 or 24. There you need to change for a bus 210 and leave at the bus stop Czajowice (you should buy ticket for I & II zone). After 15 minute walk you will see sign informing that you are entering Ojców National Park

Lanckorona

This small village of 2500 people, surrounded by hills, is located about 36 km south from Kraków. It is very often called a villlage of artist, as in this small settlement there are about 8 are galerries! Apart from that, there is the oldest B&B in Poland „Tadeusz” with unique atmosphere and great quisine, and very beautiful wooden architecture. There ar also many atmospheric bars and cafes.

How to get there: from Kraków there are two options. You should either take a train to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Lanckorona, from where you should walk for about 40 minutes through scenic landscape full of chapels belonging to UNESCO listed Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery, or form Kraków bus station you can take a mini-bus directly to Lanckorona.

Zakopane

The most famous mountain resort in Poland is a great place for all kinds of tourists all over the year. Those who love hiking will find countless foot paths starting right in the city center. Those who love architecture will find unique wooden architecture built in zakopane style. Those who love food and good music will find many good restaurants. And those who love shopping will find very good shops on the main street Krupówki.

How to get there: buses from upper platform of Kraków Bus Station depart every 10-15 minutes. No need to book in advance.

Szczawnica

Less crowded than Zakopane, Szczawnica offers a possibility to walk through Dunajec Gorge, Polish candidate for UNESCO list. After the walk you will be able to taste mineral waters and eat in one of many good restaurant in the center. Great place for one day trip!

How to get there: From Kraków Bus Station there are several direct buses per day.

Bochnia

Those of you who whave been to Wieliczka and would like to see more salt mines, there is a solution. Bochnia salt mine, just few kilometers to the east from Wieliczka, is offering amazing experiences. You will be able to catch underground train, use 140 m underground slide and see the only chapel in the world… where you can be hit by a train.

How to get there: The quickest way is to take train. From Kraków Głowny about every hour.

 

 

My Top 6 Foods from Thailand

The food in Thailand is full of exotic flavors and I can normally smell it before I am even close to a restaurant or street vendor.  The blends of spices combine together magically to create a fragrance that no one can miss, and the taste is indescribable.

Here are my top 6 foods from Thailand:

  • Som Tum

Som Tum is a spicy green papaya salad that combines garlic, green beans, chilies, cherry tomatoes, and shredded raw papaya together.  There are multiple regional varieties, so I have also had it with peanuts, salted crab, and dry shrimp added.

  • Pad Thai

Pad Thai is Thai style fried noodles and it is considered the default international dish in the country.  Noodles are dropped into a hot wok along with an onion, egg, and beansprouts.  This dish is eaten with many different condiments including sugar, chili powder, ground peanuts, and fish sauce.

  • Khao Pad

Khao Pad is fried rice, but this is not the fried rice that you are used to.  Thai fried rice is rice, an egg, onion, and a few herbs.  There is nothing more in this popular dish.  Everyone orders this and then adds whatever they wish to it.  I usually choose to add leftover vegetables to mine, but others will add chicken, prawns, crab, or even chili to theirs.

  • Yam Nua

Yam Nua is a spicy beef salad filled with tender strips of beef mixed with onion, spearmint, coriander, lime, and dried chili.  The flavors will explode in your mouth before it all melts away.

  • Kai Med Ma Muang

Kai Med Ma Muang is chicken with cashew nuts and the texture of this dish is amazing.  The chicken goes wonderfully with the crunchy cashews, the sweet soy sauce, and the tender peppers, carrots, and mushrooms.  A little bit of honey adds a little more sweetness to the dish without overpowering it.

  • Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong is a spicy shrimp soup that smells as amazing as it tastes.  Prawns and straw mushrooms are combined with lemongrass, galangal, chili, lime leaves, lime juice, shallots, and fish sauce for this delicious soup that is spicy, hot, and sour at the same time.

These are my absolute favorite dishes to eat while I am in Thailand, but I have eaten other dishes there as well.  I love trying new foods and one day I may find another new favorite to add to this list.

And The Best Kept Secret In Europe Is…

When you decide to travel to Ukraine you probably think of going to Lviv, Kyiv or Odessa. But what comes to your mind when you actually hear the word „Ukraine”? Isn’t it wild nature, steppes, Kosacks, old fortresses and castles? You won’t see these when you go big cities. For that. you need to go the hearth of Ukraine – Ternopil Region.

Ternopil Region is one of the most interesting places in Ukraine. It is full of history, castles (33 castles!), small charming cities, natural beauty and folk culture.

How to get there?

The best way to explore the region is to go to it’s capital – Ternopil. You can easily get there from Lviv or Kyiv by night or day trains. There is also a daily direct train from Polish city of Przemyśl. You can explore the region either by regional trains (elektrichka) or by buses (marshrutka). Buses depart from bus station, about 15 minutes walk from train station.

What to see?

There are countless places to see in Ternopil region. All of them available for a day trip from Ternopil.

Zbarazh

Zbarazh is a charming town about 24 km North from Ternopil.  You can easily get there by bus or by train. It is well known for it’s castle built in 1626. It is the best preserved castle in the region. Inside you can visit a very interesting museum, as well as try shooting from an arch. The castle i salso very well known for literature lovers. It took a

significant part in „Ogniem i Mieczem” („With Fire and Sword”) written by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

Zbarazh is not only the castle. You can also visit there a very interesting monastery from 1627.

Terebovlia

Terebovlia is a very charming small Galician town located about 35 km south from Ternopil located in a very beautiful valley. You can get there by train or by bus from Ternopil.

The biggest tourist attraction of Terebovlia are ruins of medieval castle from 14th century, which took a very important role during the Polish-Ottoman War (1672-1676).

Behind the castle you can find a newly renovated monument of Zofia Chrzanowska, wife of the Captain Jan Samuel Chrzanowski, who has saved the city during the siege. From the top of the castle you can find a very nice view over the city.

Not far from the city, about 3 km walk from the city center, in Pidhora, you can find a magical place – ruins of 18th century monsatery, from which you can see a very beautiful panorama of the neighbourhood.

Buchach

Further south from Ternopil, about 72 km, you will find one of the gems of Ternopil region. A small town of Buchach has a lot to offer. Townhall built in 1751 is probably the best example of Rococo architecture of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Another attraction, Basilian monastery from 18th centrury, is located on the other side of the river. For centuries, it has been the one of the centres of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Western Ukraine.

That’s not everything. While in Buchach you cannot miss ruins of medieval castle built in 14th century.

Last but not least, remember that one of the most famous cognacs in Ukraine are produced in Buchach! You can buy it very cheaply in one of the stors in the town.

Kremenets

A charming town of Kremenets, located 70 km north from Ternopil, is from the first sight a bit different that other cities in the region. In 19th century it was part of Russian Empire, while the rest of the region was located in Austria-Hungary.

Also from the geographical point of view you will see a big difference. While Ternopil Region is rather a flat one, when entering Kremenets you will see mountains. It is because you are entering Kremenets Mountains region which is part of Volynia.

What to see in Kremenets? Definitely you must see Krzemieniec Lyceum a renowned secondary school which existed in 1805-31. The school s

erved as an educational center for the southeastern part of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Kremenets is famous among literature lovers as in this town was born one of the most famous Polish poets and also Krzemieniec Lyceum’s graduate – Juliusz Słowacki. If you are interested, you can visit a very interesting museum dedicated to him.

The most famous landmark of Kremenets, the one that you see from every point of the town are ruins of the castle from 13th century

These are just few places you can find in Ternopil Region, but there ar emany many more places that should be visited. It is an amazing area, not yet discovered by tourists, so you can feel there some „real” Ukraine!