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Kamyanets-Podilsky (Pусский: КАМЕНЕЦ-ПОДОЛЬСКИЙ, Ukrainian: Кам’янець-Подільський) is a city in Western Ukraine.
This is one of the earliest towns in Ukraine, first mentioned around 1060 as a Slavic town controlled by Lithuanians, but evidence suggests that the Dacians and later the Trypillians had lived there in prehistorical times. The town is a natural crossroad for trans-Carpathian and trans-Ukrainian trade, which attracted Germans, Armenians, Lithuanians, Jews, Ukrainians/Russians and Romanians to live here until World War II. Now, the town is almost exclusively Ukrainian/Russian.
A large fortress was built here to watch over the River Smotrych and some evidence suggests that a fortress has existed on this natural outcropping of rock since 2 millennia ago.
Buses from Chernivtsi, Lviv or Kyiv take 1.5, 5 and 6 hours, respectively.
There is train service to Kiev via Khmelnitsky taking 6 hours, but arriving/leaving at awkward times. A better option is the night train, which takes 12 hours.
The ancient fortress (Stare Fortetsya) is the one and only attraction of this town.
Hotel Texas - near the bus station ~ 150 UAH per night for a room
Skovorode - not close to tourist attractions ~ 70 UAH per night for a dorm bed
Stone Flower - near the fortress ~ 160 UAH for a room
TIU KP - centrally located ~ 90 UAH for a dorm bed
Karmaliuk - Close to the bus station and not far from the train station - dorms 110 UAH per night
Reports from trusted sources state that a room off peak at a "babushka's" apartment will cost only around 30 UAH