Orenstein's Palace in Storozhynets
Storozhynets District is located in the South-West part of Chernivtsi Oblast. It borders on Romania in the South and on Vyzhnytsia District in the West.
Two thirds of the District's territory are formed by Bukovynian foothills and one third is shaped by the Carpathian mountains. The climate of the foothill area is temperate, warm and humid.
Autumn in the Carpathian foothills, the Small Siret river near Banyliv-Pidhirniy
The vivid town spread on the left bank of the Siret river is Storozhynets, the District's administrative center. The first records about it were found in historic documents dated 1448. There was an observation post (Ukrainian: "storozheviy") on the Siret banks, which later transformed into the town's name.
An old post card from Storozhynets, approx. end of the XIX century
Storozhynets is one of the oldest towns of North Bukovyna. At the time it has about 15,000 residents. Storozhynets is proud of its rich history. The town's arboretum has the greatest composition of trees and is a place of great tourist interest. The park is located on the territory of the local forestry school. There is also an interesting park near the boarding school where 250-300 year-old trees grow.
The center of Storozhynets
The local city hall was built in the XIX century. St. Anna Roman-Catholic church was erected in 1794. 42 Orthodox and Roman-Catholic churches, which are historical monuments of the XVIII-XIX centuries, conduct services on the District territory.
St. Anna church in Storozhynets
Tourists can enjoy friendly services of several restaurants and several dozens of cosy cafeterias and bars.
Druzi Moi ("My Friends") kolyba (ethnic cuisine restaurant)
One of the picturesque villages of the district is Banyliv-Pidhirniy village lying at the Carpathian foothills in the valley of the Small Siret River 48 km away from Chernivtsi.
Banyliv-Pidhirniy view from surrounding hills
The tops of the Kechira, Solonka, and Zubrovitsa mountains will attract those who choose to spend their holidays using green tourism opportunities. The tops go as high as 800 meters above the sea level and provide a wonderful view onto picturesque landscapes of the Bukovynian Carpathians. The bison reserve, which is the largest in Europe, is located on the nearby mountainsides.
A cottage in a valley
Picturesque village outskirts have lakes with carp and perch as well as comfortable fishermen huts around them. The Small Siret passes through waterfalls near the Hilcha tract where one can find trout. There are plantations of wild yew-tree in the Southern outskirts of the village.
Waterfalls near Hilcha
Local forests are full of wild boar, wolf, fox, hare, migrant duck, deer, and roe.
Villagers offer comfortable cottages with excellent accommodations for tourists. The owners will provide fresh farming products – milk, cheese, eggs, vegetables, homemade bread and the gifts of forests, such as mushrooms, honey, berries, and hazel nuts.
One, two or three-day-long routes go through the surrounding mountains. The nature here has saved its magic beauty and unique primeval landscapes. Those who love nature and quiet rest will find this area perfect to make their dream come true.
A hiking tour in the Carpathians
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