Lviv has a unique charm and atmosphere that attracts numerous travelers. Local coffee, pastries and beer became legendary among Ukrainian foodies. Lviv’s architecture, deprived of the Soviet features, which is the architectural core of other big Ukrainian cities, makes an amazing set for lovely photos and magical city views. «Destinations» rounds up Lviv top attractions that would interest even the most spoiled travelers.
Attractions in Lviv: popular tourist destinations.
Climbing the High Castle Hill is considered a must-try Lviv travel experience by the majority of tourists. The steep walk will take around 30 minutes from Rynok square. There’s little evidence of the 14th-century ruined stone fortress that is considered to be exact location from which the urban growth of Lviv started back in the 13th century. Short steep climb will bring you to the summit mound, which offers 360-degree view of the city and the wooded hills around the city. This is one of the best panoramic viewing platforms of Lviv and the most crowded one as well.
Being a tourist mecca of Ukraine, Lviv offers numerous sightseeing tours to the UNESCO World Heritage sites and authentic local attractions. You can choose from a large selection of tours, offered by local travel companies. It can be individual or group excursions, day or night tours, countryside, gastronomic or off-the-beaten-track Lviv tours. You will have the opportunity to discover the city in all its beauty and diversity.
Routs of sightseeing tours usually go through the streets of medieval city, famous Rynok Square, avenues and streets filled with history. You will see all the major attractions of Lviv by booking a 2 or 3 hours walking tour.
Lviv also offers a variety of bus tours for its less active guests. The main advantage of the bus tours in Lviv is that you can take the tour in any weather and it will not be less tiring. From the bus window and through the glass roof you will explore the historical sites and buildings. The excursion bus route covers all major Lviv city attractions and is available in different languages.
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The Lviv Old town is famous for its beautiful architecture. But the treasures are visible not only at first sight. Discover Lviv’s hidden story with one of the most popular city tours - Lviv Undergrounds and Dungeons tour that is available for booking at Lviv City Council tourist information center as well as at the majority of local travel companies. Explore Lviv’s mystifying underground world and listen to some spooky legends about city’s history.
Visiting Rynok Square or Ploshcha Rynok, as referred to by locals, is one more tourist hot-spot of Lviv. It is located at the heart of Lviv city. Surrounded by a string of architecturally lovely buildings, this square is one of the most picturesque places of Lviv. The 19th-century Ratusha tower stands in the middle of the square, with fountains featuring Greek gods at each of its corners. Rynok Square is usually crowded with tourists as it houses a lot of restaurants, bars and museums.
Renting a bike for even half a day when visiting Lviv in order to explore city’s more remote attractions is a good alternative to guided walking tours. With its bike infrastructure developing each month, Lviv cycle tour will be an exciting and fun experience. What adds to the growing bicycle popularity in Lviv is a municipal bike rental system – the first one in Ukraine – launched in Lviv in 2015. Lviv cycling tours are becoming more and more popular among tourists due to a certain cycle hype Lviv is experiencing at the moment.
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Attractions in Lviv: museums and galleries.
These unique Lviv museums offer an ideal way to discover lesser-known artefacts, learn more about the history of Lviv, and delve into some of the city's peculiar corners.
Sheptytskyy Historical Museum Complex is situated in a residential area of Lviv, away from touristy city center. Housed in a magnificent 19th century palace, this historical museum complex has a permanent exhibition of fine Ukrainian art of the 20th century. Often tourists don’t even know about the existence of the museum, but are mesmerized by the beauty of the building when passing by. Due to long years of abandonment and recent reconstruction that took over five years, this museum is not among Lviv must-see places. However, the collection of the museum is truly remarkable and will pleasantly surprise art lovers. The concept of the exhibition is a retrospective of national art during the modern era. The collection is exhibited in 5 halls and in the courtyard of the palace. Address: 42, Dragomanova street, Lviv.
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Ivan Pinzel Musem in Lviv is situated in the building of the age-old Catholic church (2, Mytna Square, Lviv), which formerly belonged to the Franciscan monks. It is a valuable monument of Lviv’s architecture. The cathedral is notable for the fact that its interior has preserved the skillfully made frescos of the 18th century, illustrating plots from the Old and New Testament. The museum of sacral baroque sculpture is reckoned among the Lviv’s most interesting and impressive museums.
Possibly the finest art museum in Ukraine, Lviv Art Gallery, is home to more than 60,000 pieces of art from all over the world. Lviv's main art repository has two wings: one in the lavish Pototsky Palace, and the other one is just around the corner on Stefanyka street. The Pototsky Palace wing houses an impressive collection of European art of 14th-18th centuries, including works of Rubens, Bruegel, Goya and Caravaggio. The wing on Stefanyka street contains 19th- and early-20th-century art as well as some 21st-century pieces. Superb collection of Polish art with some works by Jan Matejko is also presented over here.
Georges de la Tour’s “Payment of Dues” and Tiziano Vecellio’s “Portrait of a Man» are the pride of the museum. Address: 3, Stefanyka street, Lviv.
"Dzyga" Culture and «Dzyga» Art Center is an iconic Lviv art space. This legendary gallery hosts numerous exhibitions of the most famous Ukrainian artists as well as works of young talented painters and sculptors. «Dzyga» is something more than just a gallery. It is a place where local bohemian life is booming. The cafe located in the gallery is always packed with artsy boho crowd. «Dzyga» often hosts live gigs, art lectures, literature readings and book signing sessions. Address: 35, Virmenska street, Lviv.
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Attractions in Lviv: off-the-beaten-track.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all… this selection of Lviv peculiar places to visit will get you off the beaten track offering some of the hidden delights of this beautiful city.
Sending a postcard to someone who lives on this peculiar street in Lviv might be a challenging experience. You can spot the building with many street name plates in the heart of Lviv historic center, just between Brativ Rohatyntsiv street and Valova street. Each year Lviv City Council adds a new street name plate and the street initially called Arkhivna (Archive street) receives a new name.
Lviv hosts annual Independent Cinematography Festival «Kinolev». Each year «Kinolev» is named after world famous cinematography celebrities and these names become the new names of Arkhivna street. Currently, the street is named after Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Sergey Parajanov, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, François Truffaut and Yuriy Illenko.
Josef Sosnivskyy Palace and St. Clemets Cathedral could be very interesting for the tourists as here you can explore the impressive red-brick Catholic church (St. Clement Cathedral) which is not often listed in the guidebooks and, right across the street, you will see another significant Lviv architectural sight - the house of Josef Sosnovskyy. This house is built in a lavish palace style and wows almost all who see it for the first time. Address: 50-52 Chuprynka street, Lviv.
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It’s always exciting to discover a city from above… Lviv makes no exception with its spectacular monuments and landmarks. Lviv High Castle & Ratusha tower viewing platforms are swarming with tourists and you can end up staring at people’s shoulders after climbing what feels like a million flights of stairs. Thankfully, there is much better option all the tourists don’t know about…yet.
Order a coffee to go from your favorite coffee-shop & take a short tram ride towards Main Railway Station. You will spot this magnificent Gothic Cathedral right away. The view from Olga & Elizabeth tower is truly magical & you can enjoy your coffee and take numerous selfies for as long as you like. How to find: Pryvokzalna square, Lviv.
Attractions in Lviv: parks
Visit «Shevchenkivskiy Gai» in Lviv to learn more about the Ukrainian vernacular architecture. This open-air museum displays different samples of regional folk architecture: houses, windmills, churches and schools. All buildings are scattered over beautiful green park to the east of the city center. Everything is pretty spread out here, so the visit involves a lot of walking and a bit of hiking.
Located at the back part of Shevchenkivsky Gai, Farm Zoo and Horseback riding school offer to spend some quality family time with cute farm animals. Bring some apples and carrots with you to feed goats, sheep and horses. Here kids can pet all the animals, play with them and ride horses.
2 years ago Franko University Botanical Garden opened its doors to visitors. This is one of the oldest European Botanical Gardens in Europe with greenhouses dating back to Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Now you can visit a living plant museum every Saturday and Sunday giving charitable donation fee at the entrance. Roam around huge greenhouses, gain fresh insight while exploring the urban oasis, taking a break from city hustle and bustle. Take a blanket and sandwiches with you to enjoy your lunch on manicured green lawns under vivid vegetation and blossoms. How to find: Cheremshyny str., 44, Lviv.
Don't leave the city until you've seen Lychakivske Cemetery. This cemetery is a kind of Père Lachaise of Eastern Europe with the same sort of overgrown grounds and Gothic aura as the famous Parisian necropolis. Established in the late 18th century, it's the place of eternal rest for West Ukraine's prominent people. Pride of place goes to the grave of the famous national poet Ivan Franko, the patriotic singer-songwriter Volodymyr Ivasyuk and the most recent addition is the memorial to those who died during Revolution of Dignity in 2013.
Attractions in Lviv: out of town tours.
Out of Lviv tours offer to explore the region of Lviv, which has rich history and beautiful nature. Castles of Lviv Region are one of the major tourist attractions. The most popular tourist route, the so called "Golden Horseshoe of Lviv region», was created specially to promote the castle legacy of Galicia region. All of 5 castles are located by the highway and you can examine all of them within 1 day. Today many travel companies offer «Castles of Lviv Region» tour as castles are among the most popular local attractions. You'll have a great chance to see castles as well as try food and wine in the medieval restaurants.
La Farme d’Elise Goat Farm near Lviv is one more interesting destination to visit. 10 years ago Bernard Vilem from Belgium moved to Ukraine and created some serious cheese business from scratch. Goat cheeses from La Farme d’Elise are well known and are in high demand among European gastronomers as well as local foodies. Take a short car ride from busy touristy city center to see a real European-style working farm, watch the milk move from goat to dairy, from curd to cheese.
Meet friendly goats, try to milk them, learn how to make goat cheese. Hosts also offer cheese tastings upstairs in rustically chic refurbished hay loft. Before you head home, don’t forget to stock up on farm made butter, marmalade and, of course, cheese in local shop.
How to find: Dmytrovychi Village, Lviv Region, 3 km from Sudova Vyshnya town. Tour reservation required by phone +380676734970
Attractions in Lviv: active leisure activities.
If you prefer to get your adrenaline going on the move, grab your active leisure gear, your sense of adventure, your passion for the outdoors, and plan fun and exciting activities in Lviv.
If you are looking for an exciting alternative for a date, an unusual way to celebrate any special event or simply longing for unforgettable experience to share with your friends or family try hot air balloon riding. Hop into a basket and venture on a hot air balloon flight where you can see beautiful Lviv and its vicinity from a totally unique perspective. With numerous launch sites to choose from, you’ll appreciate the incredible rolling countryside and picturesque towns. Most popular launch sites in Lviv Region include Zhavkva and Pidhirtsi - both places offer beautiful natural scenery and magnificent castles to view from above.
And even further into the sky, «Destinations» suggests to try airplane pilot experience. Jagellon Airport team of professional pilots arranges an experience event at which one can fly a plane even without experience and personally try what it looks like to be a pilot of a real plane.
Pay a visit to Lviv Jagellon Aiport. This is a perfect way to see famous landmarks and stunning scenery as well as try to actually fly a plane as pilot’s assistant. Jagellon Aiport offers a good selection of new, safe & totally cute aircrafts to choose from. How to find: 71 Polyova str., Cherlyany village, Gorodok district, Lviv Region. Prior reservation required by phone +380322959737
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Those who think that wakeboarding season in Ukraine equals to 3 summer months is seriously wrong. From April till October Voodoo Wakeboard park in Lviv is getting busy, as a wet suit is all you need for an adrenaline filled ride. Voodoo Wakeboard park is a place to go to carve up the waves and ride the wake just outside Lviv. Voodoo’s professional instructors make wakeboarding fun and easy to learn for all, no matter what your skill level is. Feel the thrill of wakeboarding riding the waters of little cozy lake and chill to some reggae tunes with ice-cold drink after in the Voodoo beach bar. The price is UAH 130 for a 10 min set. How to find: Bryukhovychi Lake near Lviv.
Are you brave enough to free fall 30m into the stadium bowl? Then have a look at what’s «Kava Rope Jumping» has to offer. Book a jump from Lviv Arena Stadium bowl and have it all filmed on camera to share with your friends later. This is an amazing extreme experience that will have your body pumping with adrenaline. Jumping sessions are taking place at Arena Lviv every weekend. Prior reservation is highly recommended. Price per 1 jump is UAH 400.
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During winter season Lviv region has some wonderful skiing opportunities for locals and guests. While many skiers go to popular ski resorts of the Carpathian Mountains, Lviv offers a number of smaller skiing complexes just a short car ride away from the city. Check out the newly opened «Kazkova Polyana» (Magic Valley) skiing complex, Maydan skiing area located on the territory of the «Charivni Ozera» (Magic Lakes) sport complex or Bukovytsia ski area in Boryslav town. In order to feel the skiing thrill and not waste too much time on the road to get to some major ski resorts of the Western Ukraine, check out these cozy skiing areas located near Lviv.
Attractions in Lviv: coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
Drinking coffee at one of the iconic Lviv coffee shops became some sort of a tradition for travelers who visit this city. If you have been in Lviv at least once before, or you are just planning your trip here, you have probably heard of legendary Lviv coffee shops. Visiting a number of iconic Lviv coffee shops, like «Svit Kavy» («World of coffee»), «Lvivska Kopalnya Kavy» («Lviv Coffee Mines»), «Dzyga» and others, usually sits on top of all «things to do in Lviv» travel lists. It’s not hard to tell why exactly Lviv has turned into coffee mecca of Ukraine. Long-lasting traditions of drinking coffee, authentic coffee culture and stylish coffee shops and cafes make Lviv an ultimate destination for getting caffeine fix.
Bar crawling and local liqueurs and digestifs tasting. Homemade liqueurs («nalyvka») and digestifs («nastoyanka») are very popular in Lviv. They are a touch sweet, intensely flavored, and are often served chilled and sipped slowly. Many Lviv restaurants pride themselves for their signature secret recipes for liqueurs and digestifs. Tourists in Lviv made the bar crawling for locally made strong drinks a good traveling tradition. Hit Bar 44 or Libraria Speak Easy bar for exceptionally well mixed drinks and atmospheric Lviv atmosphere. Try Pyana Vyshnya Bar on the corner of Rynok Square and Rus’ka street for a quick liquor fix (this place offers an array of Ukrainian traditional home made «nalyvka» and «nastoyanka», however, all the visitors are welcome to enjoy their drinks standing at the tall street tables since the bar has no sitting area.
Restauracja Baczewski (or Baczewski Restaurant) is a restaurant of modern Galician cuisine located in the heart of Lviv. This place opens its doors to all the authentic Galician cuisine enthusiasts, it keeps rather tight reservation list so it’s a good idea to book a table few days in advance.
The Restaurant celebrates Galician cuisine and all its brightest flavors. The food here is a mixture of Jewish, Polish, Ukrainian and Hungarian culinary traditions. Try to pop in for the Galician all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet served daily from 8 AM. Address: 8, Shevska Street, Lviv.
Occupying the ground floor of beautiful corner stone palazzo on Rynok Square, Atlas Restaurant is hard to pass by. This place reminds of restaurants on San Marco Square in Venice or somewhere in Paris downtown. Atlas Restaurant offers superb selection of European dishes, to-die-for desserts and exceptionally well mixed drinks. The interior of the place reveals Lviv grandeur of late 18th century and invites to spend some good time in soft leather chairs enjoying city views through spacious windows. Address: 45, Rynok Square, Lviv.
For more «common people» dining experience hit The Room Bar in Lviv. Ever since opening in the heart of Lviv downtown, The Room quickly became a real destination for those who value the genuine burger traditions. Even though this place is famous for its wine, drinks and parties, foodies know that they serve probably the most delicious burgers in the city. The Room burgers are big, they’re loaded with yummy ingredients and ... simply delicious. Address: 18, L. Ukrainka street, Lviv.
For the well mixed drinks and authntic bar atmosphere hit Bar "44 Tart Flambe" (44, Rynok Square, Lviv).
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