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Lviv

N 4950.385', E 241.832'
2006-11-17, 2008-08-30, 2013-05-11, 2014-05-03
http://lviv.travel/
Our rating: 8.20
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Lviv is the most "European" city of Ukraine. There are many beautiful cities with ancient architecture in Western Ukraine. But Lviv is the only truly big city, even by Ukrainian standards where a city with 500,000 people means a medium-sized city. Tourists love Lviv for its narrow streets, old stone blocks - brukivka - and cozy atmosphere.

Lviv is perfect for weekend tours from Kyiv. It's quite easy to get there by daily train.

Vast majority of tourists come to the city by train and then move towards the Market Square (Ploshscha Rynok). I am sure that the first major attraction of the city on the way from the railway station to the downtown is the Church of St. Olga and Elizabeth.

Church of St. Olga and Elizabeth
Church of St. Olga and Elizabeth Yuriy Buriak

The downtown is perfect for a long walk - just explore all old streets and alleyways around the Market Square. Be sure to buy the travel guide, as without it you won't be able to find all interesting information.

Don't miss an opportunity to visit the Lviv City Hall tower. There is no elevator, you have to go on foot, but the views are very scenic. It is best to go up in the evening.

Lviv City Hall
Lviv City Hall Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


Merry little train
Merry little train Yuriy Buriak


Rynok (Market) Square
Rynok (Market) Square Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


Latin Cathedral
Latin Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


View of the Vysoky Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill
View of the Vysoky Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill Yuriy Buriak


Dominican Cathedral
Dominican Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera House Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak


View from the Lviv City Hall tower
View from the Lviv City Hall tower Yuriy Buriak

During the "Day of the City" (first or second Saturday of May) a beer marathon for beer lovers is held in Lviv (official website only in Ukrainian). In the first pub, you get a map, a beer mug and beer coupons with which you go around a dozen pubs and receive a free beer in each of them. This is a good opportunity to see many interesting streets in the downtown.

Beer Marathon in Lviv
Beer Marathon in Lviv Yuriy Buriak

Lviv
is one of the first cities in Ukraine that implemented the QR codes. These are the square bar codes from which you can get information about a specific object by using your smartphone.

Obligatory part of the program is to climb the Vysokyi Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill, which offers the best views of the city.

On the way to the Vysokyi Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill
On the way to the Vysokyi Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill Yuriy Buriak


On the way to the Vysokyi Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill
On the way to the Vysokyi Zamok (Tall Castle) Hill Yuriy Buriak


TV tower
TV tower Yuriy Buriak


View of the old city from the Vysoky zamok (High Castle)
View of the old city from the Vysoky zamok (High Castle) Yuriy Buriak

Also I
would recommend visiting the Stryisky park and Lychakiv cemetery, where buried many famous Ukrainians like poet Ivan Franko and composer Vladimir Ivasjuk. I haven't mentioned the Opera House as I'm sure everyone knows about it, even those who haven't been to Lviv before.

You definetely need to visit one building. It's the "Lviv House of Scientists" (Lystopadovogo Chynu str, 6). Many times we were near this house and made pictures of a beautiful facade, but had no idea that it's possible to go inside. The building, constructed in 1897-1898 by Austrian architectural company, served as the casino until 1939. Probably because of that fact its interiors are really incredible and were involved in many movies.

Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak


Lviv House of Scientists
Lviv House of Scientists Yuriy Buriak

Lviv is also famous for its thematic cafes - "Kryjivka", "Mazokh", "Pid zolotoyu rozoyu" - as well as numerous coffee and chocolate houses. During our last visit we went to three such cafes.

"Kryjivka" - 14 Market Square. The most known, unusual and a bit scandalous restaurant in the city. We chose a place in the courtyard, under the anti-aircraft gun and around a huge robot. The food here is ordinary, despite the interesting titles, but still it is better than in other restaurants of this chain.

Kryjivka restaurant
Kryjivka restaurant Yuriy Buriak


Kryjivka restaurant
Kryjivka restaurant Yuriy Buriak


Anti-aircraft gun in the Kryjivka restaurant
Anti-aircraft gun in the Kryjivka restaurant Yuriy Buriak


Anti-aircraft gun in the Kryjivka restaurant
Anti-aircraft gun in the Kryjivka restaurant Yuriy Buriak


Anti-aircraft gun in the Kryjivka restaurant
Anti-aircraft gun in the Kryjivka restaurant Yuriy Buriak


Lviv City Hall
Lviv City Hall Yuriy Buriak

"Gasova Liampa" - 20 Virmenska St. This is a multilevel restaurant designed as a mine. We managed to find a free table on the top level and watched the beautiful sunset.

"House of Legends" - 48 Staroevreiska St. This is a multilevel restaurant and museum. Each floor hides various Lviv legends. The main problem: too little space and a huge number of tourists who go up and down. That's why we decided not to have a dinner here, but it was interesting to see the interior.

"Dim Legend" ("House of Legends") museum and restaurant Yuriy Buriak


"Dim Legend" ("House of Legends") museum and restaurant Yuriy Buriak


himney sweep in the House of Legends
himney sweep in the House of Legends Yuriy Buriak

We spent the night in Lviv a few times and during the last visit choose not a hotel, but an old mansion on 2 Technichna (Technical) St. If you travel with a large company, we recommend this place. The entire house can be rented for $250 per day. You can also book one room (information).

Guest house on 2 Technichna St., where we stayed overnight.
Guest house on 2 Technichna St., where we stayed overnight. Yuriy Buriak

Check out the new tourist website of Lviv, created specially for Euro 2012. For sure it stands out among the websites of other host cities.

More photos of Lviv:

Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera House Yuriy Buriak


Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera House Yuriy Buriak


Svobody (Liberty) Avenue
Svobody (Liberty) Avenue Yuriy Buriak


St. George. Monument to the police officers who died while being on duty.
St. George. Monument to the police officers who died while being on duty. Yuriy Buriak


Taras Shevchenko memorial
Taras Shevchenko memorial Yuriy Buriak


Rynok (Market) Square
Rynok (Market) Square Yuriy Buriak


Rynok (Market) Square
Rynok (Market) Square Yuriy Buriak


Rynok (Market) Square
Rynok (Market) Square Yuriy Buriak


City Hall
City Hall Yuriy Buriak


Rynok (Market) Square
Rynok (Market) Square Yuriy Buriak


Monument to the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz
Monument to the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz Yuriy Buriak


Stryiskyi park
Stryiskyi park Yuriy Buriak


Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Yuriy Buriak


Skateboarders near the University
Skateboarders near the University Yuriy Buriak


Fire station
Fire station Yuriy Buriak


Mateika Street
Mateika Street Yuriy Buriak


Management of Lviv Railway on the Lystopadovogo Chyna Street
Management of Lviv Railway on the Lystopadovogo Chyna Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Sichovykh Striltsiv Street
House on the Sichovykh Striltsiv Street Yuriy Buriak


Armenian Church
Armenian Church Yuriy Buriak


This is not Italy, it's a courtyard on the Lesi Ukrainky Street in Lviv.
This is not Italy, it's a courtyard on the Lesi Ukrainky Street in Lviv. Yuriy Buriak


House on the Sichovykh Striltsiv Street
House on the Sichovykh Striltsiv Street Yuriy Buriak


Balcony in the house on the Stefanyka Street
Balcony in the house on the Stefanyka Street Yuriy Buriak


Svobody (Liberty) Avenue
Svobody (Liberty) Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Coat of arms of the Masons
Coat of arms of the Masons Yuriy Buriak


Architectural monument on the Lesia Kurbasa Street
Architectural monument on the Lesia Kurbasa Street Yuriy Buriak


Generala Grygorenka Square
Generala Grygorenka Square Yuriy Buriak


House on the Svobody (Liberty) Avenue
House on the Svobody (Liberty) Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Lviv Academic Theatre of Les Kurbas
Lviv Academic Theatre of Les Kurbas Yuriy Buriak


Green house on the Johara Dudayeva Street
Green house on the Johara Dudayeva Street Yuriy Buriak


Hnatyuka Street
Hnatyuka Street Yuriy Buriak


House with majolica on the Lesia Kurbasa Street
House with majolica on the Lesia Kurbasa Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Johara Dudayeva Street
House on the Johara Dudayeva Street Yuriy Buriak


Creative advertising in Lviv
Creative advertising in Lviv Yuriy Buriak


House on the Svobody (Liberty) Avenue
House on the Svobody (Liberty) Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Kryva Lypa passage
Kryva Lypa passage Yuriy Buriak


House on the Tarasa Shevchenka Avenue
House on the Tarasa Shevchenka Avenue Yuriy Buriak


House on the Petra Doroshenka Street
House on the Petra Doroshenka Street Yuriy Buriak


Engine with chestnuts
Engine with chestnuts Yuriy Buriak


This is not Italy, it's Lviv!
This is not Italy, it's Lviv! Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


House on the Kopernyka Street
House on the Kopernyka Street Yuriy Buriak


Lviv balcony
Lviv balcony Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Ivan Franko and advertisement of the local chocolate
Monument to Ivan Franko and advertisement of the local chocolate "Svitoch" Yuriy Buriak


Svobody (Liberty) Avenue
Svobody (Liberty) Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Hippie bus in the center of Lviv
Hippie bus in the center of Lviv Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Danylo Galytsky and the Cossacks
Monument to Danylo Galytsky and the Cossacks Yuriy Buriak


Kaboom
Kaboom Yuriy Buriak


House on the Stefanyka Street
House on the Stefanyka Street Yuriy Buriak


Lviv Polytechnic University
Lviv Polytechnic University Yuriy Buriak

On our last visit, we walked around the streets outside the central part of the city and, of course, found a lot of interesting places and buildings.

Lviv courtyards
Lviv courtyards Yuriy Buriak


Villa on the corner of the Melnyka and Konovaltsia streets
Villa on the corner of the Melnyka and Konovaltsia streets Yuriy Buriak


House with an owl on the Gvardiyska Street
House with an owl on the Gvardiyska Street Yuriy Buriak


House with an owl on the Gvardiyska Street
House with an owl on the Gvardiyska Street Yuriy Buriak


House with an owl on the Gvardiyska Street
House with an owl on the Gvardiyska Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the huprynky Street
House on the huprynky Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the huprynky Street
House on the huprynky Street Yuriy Buriak


Chuprynky Street
Chuprynky Street Yuriy Buriak


Villa on the Chuprynky Street
Villa on the Chuprynky Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Sakharova Street
House on the Sakharova Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Kopernyka Street
House on the Kopernyka Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Briullova Street
House on the Briullova Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Kopernyka Street
House on the Kopernyka Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the huprynky Street
House on the huprynky Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the huprynky Street
House on the huprynky Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the huprynky Street
House on the huprynky Street Yuriy Buriak




Panteleimona Kulisha St.
Panteleimona Kulisha St. Yuriy Buriak


Panteleimona Kulisha St.
Panteleimona Kulisha St. Yuriy Buriak


Attic on the Kopernyka Street
Attic on the Kopernyka Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Kopernyka Street
House on the Kopernyka Street Yuriy Buriak


House on the Kopernyka Street
House on the Kopernyka Street Yuriy Buriak


Church of St. Mary Magdalene (House of Organ and Chamber Music)
Church of St. Mary Magdalene (House of Organ and Chamber Music) Yuriy Buriak

Maps of Lviv:

Tourist map of Lviv
Tourist map of Lviv @

Getting there: The day train runs three times a day. Map of Lviv with public transport.

Promo Videos of Lviv:
Video about Lviv in timelapse format.
EURO 2012 Promo video 1
EURO 2012 Promo video 2
EURO 2012 Promo video 3

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