The historic city of Kolomyia has survived and thrived throughout different periods of rule, all of which have left their own individual marks on the city. Today it’s a fascinating place to learn about Ukrainian culture, in particular, the tribal practices of the Hutsul and the tradition of Easter egg painting.
Things to do in Kolomyia
Kolomyia is known as a centre of Hutsul culture, a semi-nomadic Ukrainian tribe. To learn more about the Hutsul culture and traditions, visit the Hutsul Museum to browse a collection of folk art, including costumes intricately embroidered with flowers.
Don’t miss a visit to the Pysanka Museum, which takes its name from pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs. Often brightly painted with geometric patterns, these eggs are something of a national obsession. The entrance to the museum is one giant orange egg, 14 metres high and 10 metres in diameter. It is the most famous and curious landmark in Kolomyia, where you’ll find over 10,000 eggs, many of them decorated by notable Ukrainian artists.
In the evening, you can explore Kolomyia’s night market, Torgovitsa. It’s near to the bridge across the River Prut and is a treasure trove of Soviet-era memorabilia and other nicknacks. Genuine antiques are mixed in with the junk, so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain.
Getting around Kolomyia
Bus routes cover the entirety of Kolomyia and travel outside the city into the Carpathian Mountains. Taxis and minivans are available to hire and are particularly convenient if you want to see multiple sites.