Welcome to Kalush, a picturesque place on the north east of Ivano-Frankivsk region.
The first mentions about this town are dated to the 27th of May 1437, we can find them in the Galych Grodsky Books, where the court procession between king’s man Dragush from Kalush and Mytko from Kurosh took place.
In 1549 Kalush obtained Magdeburg right and became a "free town”.
XV-th century was a period of great prosperity for Kalush, as salt-mining and brewing were developing, what had a positive influence on the town.
During its complicated history Kalush was governed not only by different rulers, but in different periods it belonged to different countries, Poland, Austria, Austro-Hungarian Empire, the USSR and finally independent Ukraine.
A lot of famous people lived or stayed for some period of time in Kalush, among them we can find Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian political figure, Antin Mogylnytskyi, Ukrainian writer, political figure and Greek Catholic priest, Grygorii Tseglynskyi, public figure, Pavlo Kovzhun, art critic, and many others.
Kalush has an extremely advantageous geographical position, as well-developed transport network connects Kalush with Central Europe and West through the air, railways and highways.
Kalush attracts people by its picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, which is represented by dense forests, where you can always go for walk and make a picnic, by the mountainous rivers Limnytsya, Mlynivka and Syvka, Limnytsya, by the way, is the cleanest river in Europe.
Architecture of Kalush is very diverse, walking on the streets of this cozy town, especially, in the central part of Kalush, you can notice a lot of buildings, which preserve Polish and Austrian styles, and some of them still remain soviet proletarian style.
We can provide you with the list of the must-see places in Kalush, and they are the following:
1. Greek Catholic Church of St. Michael
2. Roman Catholic Church of St. Valentine
3. Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints of Kyiv Patriarchate.
4. Kalush Town Hall
5. War Memorial
6. Museum-housing of Ivanko Franko’s Family
7. Exposition Hall
8. Historical and Ethnographical Museum
9. Art Gallery
10. Ethnographical museum of embroidery and clothing
11. Ethnographical treasury of Kalush district
12. Museum of History of Native Land
13. Museum "National Treasures”
14. Museum of History and Labor Glory of CJS "Lukor”
It will also be interesting for tourists to see the monument of Taras Shevchenko, bas-reliefs of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, Stepan Bandera and V’iacheslav Chornovil.
Tourists can also be impressed by the greatness of plants and factories, which are operating, using new technologies and the inventions of scientific and industrial revolution.
Nowadays major part of the manpower is involved in the industry. The third part of the whole industrial production of the Ivano-Frankivsk region and near 1 % of the whole industrial production of Ukraine is produced in Kalush.
Every year citizens of the town celebrate the day of the oil and chemical industry worker. City Council with the support of the entrepreneurs organizes public concerts for the inhabitants and guests of the town, inviting various local and national artists, and creating a great mood for the whole town.
During the Christmas holidays you can find festive nativity on the streets of the town, which shows scenes from the Bible, preserving old Ukrainian Christian traditions.
0n the 9th-10th of March pupils and students organize Shevchenko’s days to honor a great man of Ukrainian nation, a talented poet, Taras Shevchenko.
On the independence day the whole town is decorated with blue and yellow colours, most of the public places put flags to show the respect for Ukrainian Sovereignty.
How can you get to Kalush
You can take a bus from Ivano-Frankivsk to Kalush, which departs every 20 minutes from Ivano-Frankivsk Bus Station or you can take a train in the direction of Ivano-Frankivsk – Morshyn.
The distance between
• Ivano-Frankivsk and Kalush is 32 km
• Lviv and Kalush is 145 km
• Kyiv and Kalush is 631 km
Citizens of the town are very friendly and hospitable people and are always glad to see tourists in Kalush. They will be happy to help you and provide you with all the necessary information about their native town.