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Ukraine's Far East

• Pros: Good city planning; friendly people, lots of inexpensive shopping opportunities at small local markets, modern cafes and restaurants, good cab service. • Cons: Air and land pollution from coalmines, poor quality of roads and sidewalks, no English road signs, no International Tourism Bureau, high prices at stores and restaurants • In a nutshell: Both an industrial and a cultural center, one of Ukraine's remote spots...

Updated October 27, 2017
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  1. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Luhansk is the easternmost city of Ukraine located 850 km (528 miles) to the east of the nation's capital Kiev. The city was founded in 1795 as a working settlement for the iron foundry. Luhansk has held municipal rights since September 1882. Now L…
  2. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    There are dozens of attractions in Luhansk: squares, monuments and memorial places. Depending on what you would like to see in this city, you will find several places of interest, I am sure. Here are ten attractions most visited by the locals here …
  3. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Some statistics about Luhansk for you to have an idea of the city area: All in all, the city has 1,680 apartment houses, among them 144 condominiums. The highest of them is 16 storeys tall. Now a 22-storey apartment house is being built in Luhan…
  4. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    “Focus” magazine reports that as of April 2009, Luhansk has become the criminal capital of Ukraine. Who could have thought! The stubborn statistics lets us know further that the number of crimes in Luhansk per 10,000 people is 57 within the firs…
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Why not visit the museum of local lore? In front of the museum building you can see the monument to Charles Gascoigne, a Scottish engineer, the first director of the first town factory. Charles Gascoigne is considered the founder of the city since h…
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    You can't miss visiting Revolution Fighters Square adjacent to Marx Street. It's the only place in the city with the Eternal Flame. The Flame of Eternal Glory was lit in November 1959 to commemorate the heroic defenders of Luhansk who had fallen …
  7. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    It would be great to attend a performance at the Russian Drama Theater in Kotsiubinsky Street. The full name of the theater is: Luhansk Regional Academic Russian Drama Theater. The building of the theater is brightly decorated during Luhansk City Da…
  8. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    They say Ukrainian is the second most melodical language in the world after Italian. If you'd like to hear the melodical Ukrainian language spoken from the stage, then I would recommend you visit the Ukrainian Drama Theater located in Oboronnaya Str…
  9. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This park located in Stone Ford District on the right bank of the Luhanka at the northern entrance to the city has long been a favorite attraction in Luhansk, especially for kids and young people. There are several merry-go-rounds, a 25-meter-high F…
  10. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The present Red Square was called Cathedral Square before 1920 when it was renamed Red Square by the Bolsheviks to imitate the central square in Moscow and to be proud that we also have Red Square. Our fellow compatriot Clement Voroshilov who became …
  11. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    You can also enjoy visiting Vladimir Dahl's Literature Museum in Dahl Street in the Old Town. Dahl Street was formerly called English Street, which was renamed into Young Spartacus Street by the Bolsheviks after 1917. In 1976 the street was renamed …
  12. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Many foreign travelers I have met in Luhansk wonder that we have so many different monuments and memorial places. They enjoyed taking pictures in front of Clement Voroshilov monument in Voroshilov Square opposite the City Council at 14 Kotsiubinsky …
  13. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This hotel built in 1987 is located at the central crossing. It has been renovated recently. At present many rooms on the 11th and other floors are rented to different companies. There are hotel rooms on the 4th-10th floors. There are standard rooms…
  14. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The name of this hotel means "Friendship". Many of my friends have stayed at this hotel and I have often visited it and seen all the amenities they have and offer. This is a downtown hotel located not far from the central crossing and having differ…
  15. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Here is some restaurant advice for you, fellow travellers. "Leeches of Luhansk" : Be careful about making friends at local pubs with young people who, after hearing you speak English, come up to you speaking decent English and saying, "Hi, bro! I lo…
  16. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Revolution Square is the main square in the Old Town. It was completely renovated in 2008. Before 1917 it was called Holy Assumption Park. After the Bolshevik revolution of 1917, it was used as a place of rallies and as a burial place of outstandi…
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This museum located in the Old Town in Karl Marx Street (former Kazan Street) reflects the city history and has several exhibitions. The museum is one of the city's several museums and is an example of the Russian architecture of the neginning of the…
  18. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The Aircraft Overhaul Factory created its own museum. The museum has functioned since 1996. This open-air museum contains over 60 exhibits. You can see many aircrafts: those belonging to the famous MIG-“family”:  MIG-21, MIG-23, MIG-25, MI…
  19. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Ostraya Mogila (in Russian; in English: "Sharp Mould") memorial complex is located in South End not far from the city cemetery. Ostraya Mogila (Sharp Mould) is a forest park on the southern outskirts of the city, at the first circle on your way from …
  20. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Mikhail Matussovsky was born in Luhansk on July 23, 1915 and spent his childhood there. The monument to Mikhail Matussovsky stands to the right of the entrance to the Institute of Culture and Arts in Red Square. Mikhail Matussivsky began his working…
  21. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Gorky regional scientific library was founded in 1899. It moved to this building in the seventies of the 20th century. The library halls are adorned with murals representing different life themes. At the entrance to the library, you can see the un…
  22. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Visiting Red Square, you will also see the monument to the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986. St.George's Chapel is in Red Square as well. Visiting the monument to the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe, you will see St.George's Chap…
  23. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    They say stray dogs are a big problem in the city. Our mass media often calles Luhansk "A Stray Dogs' City"... There are dozens and dozens of them in every district of the city, especially inside the blocks. Therefore, it can be a nuisance for you, …
  24. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The city has a beach at the Seversky Donets - the river that divides Luhansk region into two parts. Regrettably, bathing there has been prohibited by the City Sanitary Inspection since 1989. The ban has never been lifted, although many of the factori…
  25. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Taking a stroll from Luhansk Hotel in Sovietskaya Street to Heroes Square is a great experience. You will see a new cathedral on your left and Christianity Jubilee memorial. The cathedral is especially beautiful at night, when it is light with lig…
    This review was featured on Friday May 12th, 2017
  26. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    We saw several graffiti’s in the streets, fences and buildings in Luhansk. You can see them in the city, if you are attentive and inquisitive enough. Some of them are high-end street pictures, other just combination of letters that are hard to re…
  27. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This restaurant is located right in the very center, next to the central entrance to the market in Sovietskaya Street. It has three halls that are decorated in the English style. There is also a terrace, where you can sit in warm weather. The hall w…
  28. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    There is a new memorial in Alexeyev Block behind Dzerzhinsky monument. The memorial stands in Frontier Guards' Park. It was dedicated in 2011, and is devoted to the frontier guards who fell in the line on duty. The golden monument represent a front…
  29. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    I remember attending a liturgy at the city cathedrals such as: St.Nickolas Transfiguration Cathedral, Philip of Luhansk Chapel where our saint, not yet canonized, Philip of Luhansk (1858-1956) is buried. There are several other churches and cathedral…
  30. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Traditionally we have official fireworks display four times a year: 1) on May 9, our Victory Day, when we have a huge holiday to honor the Great Victory in the Second World War against the fascist invaders. 2) on August 24, our Independence Day…
  31. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    You would have very special impressions of these holidays if your stay in the city coincides with one of the festivals. These days are not days off nor they are ordinary working days. Youth Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in June. It is mark…
  32. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    New Year's Eve is widely celebrated in our city. We have a very tall Christmas Tree which we call New Year's Tree. It is over 20 meters high. The Christmas/New Year's Tree stands in front of the Russian Drama Theater. The tree consists of a lot of ar…
  33. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This new restaurant is located in what we call "a private sector" in the East End on the way to the East-Ukrainian National University, not far from St.Alexander of the Neva Cathedral. A friend of mine, Omar, runs it. My friends and I consider being…
  34. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    City Day is one of the most popular city holidays. We have observed it on the second weekend of September since 1980. In 2008 this holiday was observed on the third weekend of September. You can see the improvised stage mounted at the entrance to th…
  35. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The city has a museum park of Cuman (Polovtsian) women statues. This park is one of the largest collections of stone statues of the 11th and -12th centuries in Ukraine. It is located on the campus of Shevchenko National University. These statues are…
  36. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This reservoir is located a few kilometers away from downtown Luhansk. Only a part of the lakeshore belongs to the city of Luhansk. All the rest is on the territory of the neighboring Lutuhine District. The locals called this water reservoir on the R…
  37. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The modern building of Luhansk Circus was dedicated on November 29, 1971. It is located at 7B Kherson Street. Since the construction was an initiative of local authorities, the construction was carried out by all the city enterprises which allocate…
  38. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    This park is located behind Rossiya Shopping Mall and next to Gorky Library and Luhansk Hotel and faces the main street. Its area used to be a city cemetery, but the cemetery was closed and turned into a park about thirty years ago. There is the ce…
  39. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    There is a new tradition in Luhansk. On September 20, 2008 during the celebration of our City Day, Happiness Alley was presented to public. In fact, it is just a sidewalk near the Christianity Jubilee monument. They only inserted two new sidewalk ti…
  40. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    You can take a look at traditional exhibitions on the second floor of the City Council building at 14 Kotsiubinsky Street, just opposite Voroshilov monument. The exhibitions are located at the lobby of the City Council assembly hall. They are dev…
  41. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    We have a brand new tradition: all the new streets and lanes have neutral and very nice names. They are rarely called after people, only perhaps after some scientists or outstanding artists. There is a large district on the southern outskirts of Lu…
  42. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The name of Nikolai Khudobin, without exaggeration, became known all over the world before the start of Euro 2012, when this Ukrainian collector opened the first private museum dedicated to the Pele, "the King of Football", in Luhansk. Thus, Pele Mus…
  43. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Luhansk railway station has a special architectural style. It has a unique semi-cylindrical shape. The railway station was built in 1980 not far from the old railway station building. The old building contains a railway museum now. The railway s…
  44. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Voroshilovgrad region was awarded with the Order of Lenin on January 28, 1967 “for high achievements of the working people”. In honor of the 50th anniversary of October, which was celebrated in November 1967, a monument “To the Laborer of Luha…
  45. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The city concert hall is officially called Lenin Palace of Culture. It is located in Rosa Luxemburg Square. This leisure center was built in 1929. The building is a monument of architecture of local importance, the center of cultural folk art and a…
  46. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    Initial Hotel at 118-a Oboronnaya Street is the nearest to the airport. It is located 15 km / 9.3 miles from the airport and 3.7 miles from the city center. There is a restaurant and an open-air cafe, a conference room and a parking lot. The prices…
  47. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    There are many ads in the local newspapers about renting an apartment. The price varies from $25 to $50 and up, the former being a normal local apartment and the latter being a suite like that at a hotel or a detached house. The apartments have usua…
  48. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Luhansk, Ukraine
    The monument to the Liberators of Luhansk was unveiled in 1991 in Defence Street next to the building of the bus terminal. The monument became a significant landmark of the city. This war memorial is dedicated to the troops of the 3rd Guards Army …
    This review was featured on Friday June 16th, 2017
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