What to do and see in Ternopil, Ukraine: The Best Places and Tips

December 17, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Ternopil (Ukrainian: Тернопіль, translit. Ternopil', pronounced [tɛrˈnɔpilʲ]; Polish: Tarnopol; Russian: Тернополь, translit. Ternopol'; German: Tarnopol; Yiddish: טאַרנאָפּל/טערנעפּאָל‎, translit. Ternepal/Tarnap'l; Hebrew: טארנופול (טַרְנוֹפּוֹל)‎, translit. Tar'nopol) is a city in western Ukraine, located on the banks of the Seret River. Until 1944, it was known mostly as Tarnopol, and its Ruthenian (Ukrainian) name was rarely used. Ternopil is one of the major cities of Western Ukraine and the historical regions of Galicia and Podolia. It is served by Ternopil Airport. The population of Ternopil is 217 800 (year 2015).
Restaurants in Ternopil

1. Ternopil Pond

Yabluneva St., Ternopil, Ukraine
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Ternopil Pond

Reviewed By Kolrina - Kiev, Ukraine

This is the lake Ternopil is famous for. It is the best place for walking near, fishing or swimmiing. As our guide said, some centuries ago it was the main source of income for the noble, once in three years the water was drained away and people could sell the fish left on the bottom of the pond.

2. Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception

Sagaidachnogo st., 14, Ternopil, Ukraine
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception

Reviewed By crvela - Arlington, Texas

This is a beautiful church. Be sure to check it out. You won't be disappointed. The outside is lovely, but so is the inside.

3. T. Shevchenko Park

Biletska St., Ternopil, Ukraine
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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0%
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

T. Shevchenko Park

Reviewed By crvela - Arlington, Texas

This is a lovely park. Take a walk here and enjoy the fabulous views of the lake and the wonderful Ukrainian people. Everyone walks here!

4. Theatre Square

Ternopil, Ukraine
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Theatre Square

Reviewed By James W - Portishead, United Kingdom

Theatre square is a place, where as Eastern Europeans you follow the cultural theme of walking, sitting, and generally enjoying the outdoors in fine weather. There is something for everyone here, from local talents, to children's cars, and a selection of bars and cafes. Visited several times, and always busy, on barmy summer evenings.

5. Church of the Nativity of Christ

Ruska vul. 22, Ternopil 46001, Ukraine +380 352 522 346
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Church of the Nativity of Christ

Reviewed By Vadim_Ohanyan - Yerevan, Armenia

This is an orthodox church in the heart of the city. The building is very well preserved, apparently after a complete renovation. Interior is very rich and beautiful, typical for orthodox churches.

6. Topilche Hydropark

Between Getmana Mazepy And Myru Streets, Ternopil 46016, Ukraine
Excellent
100%
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0%
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0%
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5 based on 5 reviews

Topilche Hydropark

Reviewed By RomaLarionoff - Kiev, Ukraine

Приятный парк в центре города. Ухоженное зелёное местечко, чистый парк с грядой бассейнов и фонтанов, которые вечером придают истинный шарм Тернополю.

7. Vozdvizhenskaya Church

Nad Stavom vul. 16, Ternopil 46001, Ukraine
Excellent
42%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
0%
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Vozdvizhenskaya Church

Reviewed By Ukrbear - Ternopil, Ukraine

This church is one of a few to survive world war 2 in Ternopil. On my visit, a priest came and showed us around, pointing out the murals on the walls and ceiling which depicted various scenes from the bible, both old and new testaments all culminating at the cross in the sanctuary. Well preserved and locally famous.

8. Park of National Revival

Zbarazke Highway, Ternopil, Ukraine
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
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4 based on 8 reviews

Park of National Revival

Reviewed By Zakhar_Kyiv - Kiev, Ukraine

If you enter this park from Stepan Bandera Prospect (main entrance) you have impression of slowly diving into green ocean full of light and space.
First you descend from the high of the entrance to the lowest point of the open-air concert hall and then continue by walking up to more lively aria with Playgrounds, Cableway, trampoline and more sophisticated children attractions.
The park is big and clean with nice little open air restaurant and a lot of children.

9. Museum of Political Prisoners and Victims of Communist Regime

Kopernyka vul. 1, Ternopil 46001, Ukraine +380 352 431 215
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Museum of Political Prisoners and Victims of Communist Regime

Reviewed By MilaMos - Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Музей находится в 10 мин ходьбы от жд вокзала . вул. М. Коперніка, 1 ,10:00-17:00, середа, понеділок — вихідні. Очень понравился экскурсовод,мужчина средних лет,видно что человек знает историю Украины и своего края. Экскурсия бесплатная , но на входе стоит ящик для пожертвований на музей .

10. Ternopil Castle

Zamkovaya St., Ternopil, Ukraine
Excellent
34%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
21%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 28 reviews

Ternopil Castle

Reviewed By TexasJoesTravel2010 - El Cajon, California

My first trip to Ukraine had been somewhat on the disappointing side, until we stumbled upon this amazing museum. Showcasing lots of photos, diary exerts and wonderful displays and models, this museum captures the feeling of what it was like to be a prisoner there and the struggles of a Nation.
The tour guide we had was so passionate about what he showed us, and it was far more than a job for him. He only spoke Ukrainian, so my wife had to do all of the translating. But because of this guides passion, language was almost not needed to convey the message of the stories he told.
I am a HUGE history buff, and enjoy visiting places of historical significance. And this museum falls near the top of the list, of fantastic historical places to visit !!
When people think of the atrocities that took place during WWII, they tend to think of only the Nazis and what they did to the Jews. But the Russians were just as bad, with the ethnocide against the Ukrainians.
So if you decide to visit Ukraine, and find yourself in the beautiful city of Ternopil, make sure you seek out this absolutely amazing museum. Remember to bring someone that can translate if you don't speak Ukrainian, and please be aware this museum does not charge for a tour. It is by donations only, and was worth every bit of what I donated.

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