Uzhhorod: Ukraine's Laid-Back Gateway to the West

When I got off the train, I noticed that something was odd. Not even the Cyrillic signs on the platform could alter my first impression. Having visited a number of cities across Ukraine before, I felt that in Uzhhorod, the capital of Ukraine’s Transcarpathia province, I was greeted by a world much more familiar to me than in places like Kyiv, Odesa or even Ivano-Frankivsk. As I walked through the

How to travel from Austria to Lviv and back on a budget

Lviv, Ukraine is one of my favorite cities in Eastern Europe and still fairly off the beaten track. One reason for that is the lack of convenient low-cost flights from major airports and the relatively slow train connections in this part of Europe. In the following article, I will explain how you can still travel to the Western Ukrainian metropolis if you are on a budget. In this article, I

Summer in Odessa, Ukraine (2016)

Odessa (Ukrainian spelling: Odesa) is Ukraine’s third largest city, located on the Black Sea coast. Odessa is a major seaport and transportation hub and an attractive tourist destination. Mainly frequented by Ukrainian and Russian tourists, Odessa is known for its beaches, clubs, nightlife, but also for cultural events. There is a huge variety of restaurants and bars, catering to all culinary tastes. In this video, you can see some footage

Walking around Lviv, Ukraine

Walking around Lviv, Ukraine. Lviv is the largest city in Western Ukraine with more than 700.000 inhabitants. The city boasts historical and cultural treasures from different parts of history. Lviv is a real treasure in Eastern Europe. For visitors from Western Europe, the price level is still very low, while food and accommodation are excellent. There are a lot less tourists than in places like Prague, Budapest or Krakow. The