"West Ukrainian City" Kovel' by hunterV

Kovel' Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 57 photos

On the Way Home

I happened to visit this nice city twice, both times on my way from Germany to my home, and both times unplanned.
I was in Kovel for the first time when our group had to make a stopover there on the way from Germany by bus. We stayed for a night at the local hotel. When I was there for the first time in 1993, we stayed overnight at the city hotel called "Lissova Pisnia" ("Forest Song").
My second stay was not planned either. On my way from Germany in September 2006, I made a short stopover in this city waiting for my train to Kiev. So I had another chance of spending some time in Kovel. I just spent an evening there.
I must say the city is very far from my home city - about 1,300 km. Before you would have to travel via Kiev where you would change for the direct train to Luhansk, but now there is a direct train from Luhansk to Kovel.

Downtown Sites

It was nice to walk downtown and to speak "West-Ukrainian" there...
I found some information on this city when I arrived home. Now I know that the city of Kovel was founded in 1310.

On July 6 the Ukrainians celebrated the 700th anniversary of the foundation of Kovel.

Since 1940 Kovel has been the administrative center of Kovel District.
The City Day is celebrated on July 6. On that day in 1944 the city was liberated from the Nazi invaders.

The city is located in Polissia zone (Forest zone) and occupies an area of about 47 sq. km/18 square miles.

Average annual temperatures are as follows: summer: + 18.7 degrees Celcius, winter -3.4 degrees Celcius. The annual level of precipitation is 554 mm. The three-mile-long River Turia stretches through the city.

Kovel is about 75 km/47 miles far from Lutsk, the regional center (by motorway) and 60 km/37 miles away from Poland.

Some Interesting History

Kovel is an ancient Ukrainian city founded in the beginning of the 11th century as an ancient Russ (Kyiv Rus) settlement. According to the old legend, the first settler ever in that area was a skilled smith (in Ukrainian ?koval?), thus the village he lived in was called Kovle. Over time, the name gradually transformed into its modern version.

On the Kovel medieval coat of arms - along with other armory attributes - one can see the outlines of a castle and a horseshoe, an old symbol of happiness and wealth. These images are fully in line with the then realities.

In 1518, by his Charter the Polish King Sigismund the First allowed Duke Basil Sangushky to turn the village of Kovle into a city and granted it the Magdeburg Rights, which promoted trade fairs and commerce, and internally established local self-government.

Since 1543, Kovel was managed by Kovel elders, who took care of the city?s living environment, managed the king?s coffers and did justice to the nobility and peasants. Local economy was underpinned by small-sized manufacturers working to meet local market needs.

On July 6, 1944 Kovel was liberated from German invaders.
Today Kovel is the second significant city of Volyn region.
The city is an important railroad hub of Western Ukraine that plays an important strategic role connecting Ukraine with numerous European states. The city is a big industrial and cultural center with eleven industrial enterprises and a lot of cultural institutions.

Kovel District was a cradle of a great number of scientists, writers, artists who covered with glory not only Volyn region but the whole of Ukraine. This land served a source of inspiration for Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Panteleimon Kulish, Mykhailo Starytsky, Mykola Lyssenko. It was here that Lesia Ukrainka (1973-1913) was inspired in her creative endeavors and the centuries-long dreams of Ukrainians about freedom were pronounced so passionately in her lyrics.
Kovel residents highly appreciate their business and friendly relations with the twin cities: Rzhev from Russia, Holma, Bzega-Dolnogo and Legionova from Poland, Pinsk from Belarus, Walsrode from Germany and Uteny from Lituania.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lots of parks, fountains, ecologically clean area for your visit!
  • Cons:only one hotel, far from the country's capital
  • In a nutshell:A friendly West-Ukrainian city
  • Last visit to Kovel': Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Hunter your pages are always well informed and very interesting with a lot of historical notes. This one is no exception!

  • catnl's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    great page like always, very good info!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    an interesting place with great history, thanks for sharing, Victor !

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    That last River photo is breathtakingly beautiful! Your tips are always so thoughtful, positive, as well as helpful. Beautiful river landscapes. I also enjoy war monuments, architecture, history, which you cover extremely well.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Wonderful Kovel' travel page. Glad to know that Monument to Taras is the largest monument in the world. Views at Riverbank and Turia certainly look fascinating! Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    That's a really huge monument to Shevchenko...wonderful pages and that's nice they have a great newspaper - that's good. Ciao, Norman :)

  • cjg1's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    Hi Victor! Great information here about Kovel...very informative.

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Hi Victor, your pages are so nice to read and very informative! Thank you! Will have to read all of them :-)

  • Apr 20, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Is this building the former ( before WWII ) Lipski & Prazmowski Pharmacy?

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    I've never been to Volyn' and Kovel. Thanks Victor for showing us this city with great history.


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