Terrainkur Markers in Lviv

Oval metal plates with the letter “T” mark trails that are intended to be used for therapeutic exercises involving graduated hiking and climbing. The “T” stands for “terrainkur,” which is German for “terrain cure,” and in Ukrainian it is called “тренекур.” This type of exercise was developed in 1885 by the German physician M. J. Oertel.

There are still several terrain cure signs in Lviv. They date to the prewar period. They have long been forgotten.

Some are very easy to miss  this one is on the building of the Lesya Ukrayinka Theater

In Ivan Franko Park there are a few posts with the “T” signs.

Sztuka Cafe found a clever purpose for this marker  it now marks the cafe’s toilet 🙂

1 thought on “The Forgotten Boot Scrapers of Lviv

  1. I think all Ukrainians, from homeland and diaspora, should visit Greece. Many of us grow up thinking that our names, language, religious rites and architecture, and other folkloric traditions are our own, but visiting Greece will show that we imported and adopted them lock, stock, and barrel. Flattening the church domes to a pear shape, and polyphony, are the only uniquely Ukrainian contributions that I can think of.
    Nice website!

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