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. Lviv has much to offer even to the most spoiled travelers. «Destinations» rounds up some interesting ideas on how to spend an exciting weekend in Lviv.
Enjoy Lviv unique architecture. Located in the Western part of the country, Lviv is often referred to as the most European city of Ukraine. Lviv prides itself to be the cradle of Ukrainian culture and traditions as well as the most popular travel destination of Ukraine. Lviv boasts lovely European architecture and Ukrainian authenticity. Take a leisurely walk around Rynok Squre and narrow cobbled streets of Lviv downtown and enjoy the most beautiful outdoor architectural exhibition in the country.
Visiting Lviv museums is an ideal way to discover lesser-known facts about city’s history, learn more about Western Ukrainian culture and traditions. Lviv Art Gallery (3, Stefanyka street, Lviv) is possibly the finest art museum in Ukraine; it is home to more than 60,000 pieces of art from all over the world. Georges de la Tour’s “Payment of Dues” and Tiziano Vecellio’s “Portrait of a Man» are the pride of the museum. Lviv National Museum (20, Prospect Svobody avenue, Lviv) offers interesting exhibitions revealing ancient local traditions and culture. Lviv Apothecary museum tells the history of the oldest drugstore in Ukraine, which dates back to 14th century. The list of Lviv museums is pretty vast, everyone will have a chance to pick something interesting for themselves.
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Enjoying a cup of coffee in Lviv became somewhat an iconic travel experience. Lviv is Ukraine’s coffee mecca, offering an overwhelming selection of coffee shops and cafes. From hipster coffee joints to bourgeois-styled cafes, Lviv will impress even the most spoiled coffee-lovers. Local coffee-shops don’t serve food, however, you will always find freshly baked croissants and colorful macaroons to go perfectly with your drink. Visit one of Lviv iconic cafes such as Svit Kavy, Centaur or Lvivs’ka Kopal’nya Kavy (Lviv Coffee Mine) to enjoy your breakfast or lunch and get to know how the fragrant cup of traditional Lviv coffee tastes like.
In case you still have some extra time after exploring Lviv major tourist attractions you can go for a «Castles of Lviv region» tour. Lviv castles’ beautiful architecture, mystical history and scenic landscapes attract many visitors. Most popular tourist route, the so called "Golden Horseshoe of Lviv region», was created specially to promote the castle legacy of Galicia region. This route consists of five major landmarks: Olesko, Pidhirtsi, and some Zolochiv Castles. The best option is to travel by car or by bus, as 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 tastings in the medieval restaurants.
Lviv is also known as a festival capital of Ukraine. Check out Lviv festival schedule to plan your weekend in Lviv and enjoy unique festive atmosphere of the city. Most popular Lviv festivals include Lviv Street Food Festival, Lviv Festival of Liqueurs and Digestifs, Lviv Coffee Festival, Lviv Wine and Cheese Festival and Christmas Fair. Each festival offers a diverse program of events with something for everyone. Celebrate the world-class food, art, music, culture, history and the rich heritage of Lviv and Western Ukraine.
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And don't forget to arrange your accommodation in advance when planning you weekend in Lviv. With thousands of visitors all year round, Lviv luxury accommodation tends to get booked up as fast as the no-frills hostels and budget hotels. Enjoy your weekend in Lviv.
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