I’ve first heard of Chernivtsi because of Paul Celan, so I’ve always imagined it as a city of poetry and diversity.
I wanted to go there really badly since I’ve seen a few pictures of it. I’m notorious of unconditional love towards Austro-Hungarian cities, so I bet no one is surprised.
I’m not sure if I should even waste your time talking about how much I loved it, because I realize that if you ever visited this site before or talked to me in person for like two minutes, you will know that happy love affair was the only thing that could happen.
I can’t even explain that myself. It just happens. Almost every single time I visit a Post-Habsburg town that preserved its typical architecture, I feel like I’m coming home.
It’s probably a side effect of studying Slavic Studies and signing up for too many courses on the cultural concept of Central Europe. Well, no regrets. It’s a good skill to feel a certain sense of belonging in cities we are just about to really get to know, right?
I’m sure Franz Joseph would approve.
But I’m digressing again.
Even if you aren’t a Post-Habsburg nerd, like some of us, I’m sure you will like Chernivtsi. It’s too pretty to be disliked. It has too many good cafes along its pedestrian street. There are too many remnants of the bright, multicultural past the city has once lived.
It’s where Ukrainians, Romanians, Germans, Jews, and Armenians coexisted together for centuries. The effects simply have to be stunning, even after long decades of economic and social struggle.
To be honest I was beyond surprised that the city is not a major tourist attraction yet. While Lviv seems to be literally flooded with tourists, especially on weekends, in Chernivtsi is hard to spot visitors from abroad. Let’s give the place the attention it deserves!
I will start the promotional campaign (that no one pays me for, not even Franz Joseph) with this photo walk. Get ready for a lot of visual pleasure.
The UNESCO listed Chernivtsi University Complex
Walking the Old Town Streets
The Armenian Church
The Jewish Cemetery
I hope you enjoyed the photowalk. Which image was your favorite?
If there is anything you would like to ask about traveling to Chernivtsi, let me know!