Storozhynets district is located in the South-West part of Chernivtsi oblast. It borders on Rumania in the South and on Vyzhnytsya district in the West.
Two thirds of the district area makes Bukovyna foothills and one third is formed by the Carpathian mountains. The climate of the foothill area is temperate - warm and humid.
The picturesque town spread on the left bank of the Siret river is Storozhynets, the district 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 gave the name to the city.
Storozhynets is one of the oldest towns of Southern Bukovyna. At the time it has about 15,000 residents. Storozhynets is a town with rich history. Storozhynets National park having the greatest composition of trees 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 there.
The local city hall was built in XIX century. St. Anna's Roman-Catholic church was erected in 1794. 42 Orthodox and Roman-Catholic churches, which are historical monuments of XVIII-XIX centuries, conduct services on the territory of the district.
Tourists can enjoy the services of two restaurants and more than twenty cozy cafes and bars.
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.
The tops of the Kechira, Solonka, and Zubrovitsa mountains will attract those who chose to spend their holidays using so-called "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.
Picturesque village outskirts have lakes with carp and perch as well as comfortable fishermen huts around them. The Small Siret has a waterfall near the Hilcha tract where trout can be found. There are plantations of wild yew-tree in the Southern outskirts of the village.
A legend says there is the Oleksa Dovbush rock, a leader of local rebels, located on the top of the Rahidna mountain.
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 -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.
STOROZHYNETS FROM THE SPACE
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