This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ivano-Frankivsk. To help you make friends with Ivano-Frankivsk before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ivano-Frankivsk is a nice city but it doesn’t attract many tourists -- if you look for interesting cities with friendly locals and without crowds of tourists, Ivano-Frankivsk is a very good call. It is worth stopping by for a few days. Ivano-Frankivsk was part of the Austrian Empire, then was a capitol of the West Ukrainian People's Republic (that was for a year only) and then, of the Polish Republic (which invaded and annexed the West Ukrainian People's Republic), and then Nazi Germany. Less than a hundred years ago, there were far more Poles than Ukrainians in the city. Even its name -- Stanislav -- was Polish for almost three centuries. Today, the city is part of Ukraine after forty-five years of USSR rule.
With such an eventful history, the city has preserved interesting sights, including the Church of the Holy Resurrection, the Church of Virgin Mary, the Armenian church, Shevchenko Park, Stanislav fortress, Potocki palace, Jesuit Kostel, and the Adam Mickiewicz monument. Most of them are in the center or not far from it; you can see them all in a day, as they are within walking distance from each other.
You don’t have much choice of hostels in Ivano-Frankivsk, but they are cheap; it is a good idea to check which of them are open all year long. Finding your Ivano-Frankivsk hostel should be very easy, as the streets are surprisingly ordered for a Ukrainian city.
Written by local enthusiast for Ivano-Frankivsk hostelsGeorge Traveller