Mysterious and architecturally lovely, these top 5 places to visit in Lviv will turn your trip into an ultimate experience.
Don't leave town until you've seen this amazing cemetery. It takes a short ride on tram #7 or #2 from the centre to get there. This cemetery is the Père Lachaise of Eastern Europe with the same sort of overgrown grounds and Gothic aura as the famous Parisian necropolis. Laid out in the late 18th century, it's the place of finale rest of West Ukraine's famous persons. Pride of place goes to the grave of the revered nationalist poet Ivan Franko, the singer and songwriter Volodymyr Ivasyuk and the most recent addition is the memorial to those who died during Revolution of Dignity in 2013.
Museum of Folk Architecture and Life
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This open-air museum displays different regional styles of farmsteads, windmills, churches and schools which dot a huge park to the east of the city centre. Everything is pretty spread out here and a visit involves a lot of footwork. To get to the museum take tram #7 or #2 from Pidvalna street up Lychakivska and get off at the corner of Mechnykova street. Then walk for about 10 minutes north along Krupyarska street, following the signs.
Lvivske Museum of Beer & Brewing
The oldest still-functioning brewery in Ukraine turned 300 years in 2015, and a tasting tour which runs roughly every 1½ hours through the main underground facilities is well worth the ride out of the city centre. One old storage vault has been turned into an atmospheric beer hall where you can sample even more frothy Lvivske Beer, one of the most popular brands in the country. To reach the museum, take tram #7 to St Anna Church, then walk north along Kleparivska street for about 10 minutes.
High Castle Hill
Around 30-minute walk from Rynok square to the High Castle (Vysoky Zamok) on Castle Hill (Zamkova Hora) is a must-try Lviv experience. There’s little evidence of the 14th-century ruined stone fort that is considered to be Lviv’s birthplace, but the summit mound offers 360-degree view of the city and the wooded hills around the city. To reach Vysoky Zamok on foot head up along Kryvonosa street from Pidvalna street. After a 20-minute walk uphill you will see a set of metal steps on the right to climb to the very top. If you're feeling lazy, you can take a taxi most of the way up, approaching from the east via Vysoky Zamok street.
For those who haven’t heard it yet, salo (lard) is the raw pig fat that Ukrainians love to slip down with strong drinks and use it as an ingredient of national dishes. This 'museum' is more of a gallery in a restaurant where you can pay homage to salo at the salo monument and have a look at pieces of modern art and sculpture made of it, some of which can be ordered to eat. It's free to wander round but UAH 40 gets you an audio guide and tasting session involving 14 different types of lard.
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In case you have already been to all most popular tourist attractions in Lviv, this top 5 places to visit will help you to step away from the crowded city center and enjoy Lviv’s beautiful views and interesting places from slightly different perspective.