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Points of Interest in Lviv, Ukraine

The West-Ukrainian Capital - this is how Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine, is often called. Lviv is often referred to as “A Beautiful Ukrainian City” or “An Open-Air Museum”. It is much more ornate than many other cities of Ukraine. When I strolled downtown, I felt each building was a masterpiece and thought I had to take a picture of every other building and describe it in detail...

Updated November 3, 2017
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  1. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The residents of Western Ukraine often call Lviv the Spiritual Capital of Ukraine. The city has the oldest cathedrals, and churches in Ukraine, among them Roman Catholic Cathedral, Assumption Cathedral, St.George's Cathedral, John the Baptist Cathe…
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    The Tourist Information Center is located to the right of the main entrance to the City Hall. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays – till 6 p.m. and on Sundays – till 5 p.m. They have a complete set of things about Lviv and Lviv region…
  3. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv has a dramatic history indeed. It was built by the outstanding European architects. The city residents spared no money and no efforts to make the city more beautiful and more comfortable for living. Many times over the centuries, the city was th…
  4. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Market Square is not big at all. Its dimensions are 142 x 129 meters. The square is small enough to walk along its perimeter within a quarter of an hour. However, do not be in a hurry please. Allow some more time to explore this ancient legendary pla…
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    The so-called Doctors’ House at 28 Market Square was built for Doctor Paul Hoeppner, where he settled in 1610. The house belonged mainly to doctors and pharmacists, from which it got its nickname – Doctors’ House. Owing to the carved Latin expr…
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Liberty Avenue ("Prospect Svobody" in Ukrainian) is the most elegant and the most prestigious street of Lviv. It is only 650 meters long. Lots of old style apartment houses, stores, cafes. bars and hotels are located in this street. The avenue has a…
  7. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The majestic monument to Taras Shevchenko was unveiled on August 24, 1992, when the first anniversary of the Ukrainian independence was celebrated. You can see the statue of the poet reciting his poems and an impressive bronze pylon to the left of t…
  8. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Adam Mickiewicz Square is located downtown between Virgin Mary Square and Galician Square. The square got its name in 1944, and had been called Virgin Mary Square before. The monument to Virgin Mary stood in this square from 1871 until 1904. The m…
  9. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    "Business Card of Lviv" - this is how they often call this street - Shevchenko Avenue located downtown. It leads from Mikhail Hrushevsky monument to Adam Mickiewicz Square. It is one of the two avenues in Lviv. Also, it is one of the oldest city st…
    This review was featured on Saturday September 30th, 2017
  10. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    During your visit to St.Andrew's Cathedral (former Bernardine Monastery), turn right (facing the cathedral entrance) and walk into the monastery courtyard past a chapel with a saint's figure on its top. That saint is St.John of Dukla (1414-1484), the…
    This review was featured on Saturday April 8th, 2017
  11. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Ivan Pidkova Square is located right behind Taras Shevchenko monument in Liberty Square in Galician District of Lviv. The square is between Theater Street and Liberty Avenue. It was called Holy Spirit Square before since it is located at the place of…
    This review was featured on Sunday August 20th, 2017
  12. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Galician Street ("Vulytsia Halytska" in Ukrainian) became my favorite downtown street for walking during my last stay in Lviv. The street connects Market Square and Galician Square. The thing is the street name did not originate from the name of Gali…
  13. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The House of Scientists, located in November Uprising Street (vulytsia Lystopadovoho Chinu), has occupied the impressive building of the former National Casino since 1948. It was built by architects from Vienna Ferdinand Felner and Hermann Helmer in …
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    St.Peter and St.Paul’s Cathedral occupies the building of the former Jesuits Cathedral now and is one of the biggest sights in Lviv. The cathedral was built in Lviv in 1610-1630 by Giacomo Briano (1589–1649), a Polish Jesuit and an architect. Th…
  15. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Under the Lviv cobblestones there are many tunnels and dungeons that were erected several centuries ago. Those tunnels and dungeons served as hiding places where local used to hide during the attack of the enemies, the monks descended here for praye…
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    St.Andrew’s Cathedral, the former Bernardine Monastery, has an organ that deserves a special mention. It was built in the middle of the 17th century on donations of wealthy and pious city citizens Stanislaw Kuchkovsky and Yadwiga Hohovska. This is …
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    Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater is called after Solomiya Krooshel’nytska (1875-1952), a famous Ukrainian opera singer. The building looks majestic and impressive indeed. It adorns Liberty Avenue and attracts a lot of people – both tourists and spec…
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    Soli Deo Honor et Gloria – these are the impressive words of the inscription above the main entrance to the church. They were taken from 1 Timothy 1:17: "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ev…
  19. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Assumption of Our Lady Church in Ruska Street (Ruthenian Street) is the most famous Ukrainian sight in this city. It is a part of an architectural ensemble located at 9 Pidvalna Street, consisting of several unique historical buildings: - Virgin Mar…
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    This cathedral is often called “The Baroque Pearl of Lviv”. The architectural complex in St. George’s Square at the height of St.George’s Mount consists of several historical buildings, among them: - St. George’s Cathedral (“sobOr sviatO…
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    Heavenly Help of the Mother of God is well known to the city parishioners, who sincerely revere Her and turn to Her in their prayers every day. Lviv churches and cathedrals contain many images of Virgin Mary – both sculptures and icons. In additio…
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    We managed to pay a visit to the Armenian Cathedral Complex that consists of the Armenian Cathedral built between 1363 and 1527. The bell tower built between 1571 and 1862 is also known in this architectural complex and in the entire city. The compl…
  23. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    There is High Castle Park around the mound built over the remains of the foundation of the old castle. The total area of the park is about 36 hectares. The High Castle Park consists of two terraces: the lower one and upper one. There are many park al…
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    I saw this house on my way to Dzyga Arts Gallery. This house at 23 Armenian Street enjoys great popularity among the visitors too. This building houses Lviv National Arts Academy now. It dates back to the first half of the 19th century. It’s a four…
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    Our tour guide Matt took us one day to an open-air museum of city sculpture – Lychakiv Cemetery. This cemetery has been known since 1786 when it was officially established by Austro-Hungarian authorities that ruled in Lviv from 1772 until 1918. It…
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    Ivan Franko Park is one of the largest and oldest parks in Lviv and in the entire Ukraine. It is close to Dniester Hotel. Its area is about 11 hectares. This park is often called "The lungs of Lviv". Ivan Franko Park was founded in the 16th century a…
  27. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The drugstore is located opposite the City Hall in Drukars’ka Street (Bookprinters’ Street). This drugstore has been open since 1735. Its name is “Under the Black Eagle”. A retired Austrian army doctor owned the drugstore. He hung a black Aus…
  28. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Kryivka is a museum restaurant dedicated to the struggle of the UIA(Ukrainian Insurgent Army) during the Second World war. The West Ukrainian dialect word “kryivka” means "a secret place". The entrance to this place is rather inconspicuous. It i…
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    This restaurant belongs to the unusual cafes and restaurants of Lviv and of the entire Ukraine. You can see a full height monument to Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, a Ukrainian writer who was born in Lviv in 1836. He was a Ukrainian writer, but wrote hi…
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    City residents recommended this place to me as a must in Lviv. I managed to visit House of Legends, which is, in fact, a fancy restaurant, as a tourist who joined a visitors’ group. Tourist groups are often met by a chimney sweeper who tells you lo…
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    Latin Cathedral, located at 1 Cathedral Square, is the main Roman-Catholic church in Lviv. It was the first sight we saw on our way to Market Square. The full name of this church is Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Cathedral. The cathedral has a l…
  32. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    There are a lot of unique city festivals that no other Ukrainian or Russian city can boast of the following festivals: Bear Festival; Coffee Festival; Chocolate Festival; Cooks’ Festival; Waiters’ Festival; Musical Arts Festival; Ethno-Jaz…
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    Armenian Street is closed by one of the buildings of the former Dominican monastery. At present it houses the city archives and Dzyga creative gallery. It is one of the cultural hubs of Lviv. This is where different creative parties are held: exhib…
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    On May 24 Heroes Festival is observed in Lviv. There are memorial meetings at the cemeteries where the national liberation heroes are buried at Lychakiv Cemetery and Yakhiv Cemetery. There is a patriots' procession along Stepan Bandera Street and a…
  35. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    This downtown restaurant has a very special 19th century atmosphere enhanced by the décor and furniture. The menu of this restaurant is in the form of an old manuscript. It offers many dishes. Khlib I Vyno means Bread and Wine. We ordered a glass…
  36. Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in Lviv, Ukraine
    During our VT Meeting, my friends stayed at this hotel and we came to see them every day. We had our meals at the hotel restaurant and discussed the events of the day here. The hotel is the result of hard work of a creative team that turned a cent…
  37. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Lviv, Ukraine
    During my last stay in Lviv I spent several days at Georgehouse Hostel, 8 Ustyianovych Street. The hostel occupies an apartment in a century-old apartment house. There are two rooms: one with four beds and another one with eight beds. I stayed in bo…
  38. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    This is another museum restaurant in downtown Lviv. It is located round the corner from Market Square in Armenian Street. The restaurant's name is "HAssova Liampa" in Ukrainian. You will recognize it by a bronze bench with the gas lamp inventor sit…
  39. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Cosa Nostra is a new Italian restaurant in downtown Lviv. It attracts customers by an animator who looks like a “Mafioso” at the entrance, who has a mafia-era machine-gun in his hands, wears black sunglasses and invites you into the restaurant. …
  40. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Mapa Coffeehouse at 4 Galician Street has three halls and a terrace outside (heated even in November by an electric heater plus you will get a blanket). The inside halls have a very special stucco design that also created a homey atmosphere. The c…
  41. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    ”The First Genuine Steakhouse” is a three-hall restaurant whose full name is THE STEAK&WOK&ROLL (I still do not know what they mean by WOK). This is where we had “genuine steaks” (medium) and great beer listening to live music in the main …
  42. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Kumpel Beer Restaurant is where we had our official dinner during our November VT Meeting in 2014. We went to Kumpel-2 Restaurant located at 26 Chornovol Street. The entrance to the restaurant, located on the second floor, is through a company stor…
  43. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    We decided to pay a visit to Folk Architecture Museum that we had seen on the city map after our excursion to Lychakiv Cemetery that was not far from it. Since we did not have much time at our disposal, we took two taxis for our company of six perso…
  44. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Cathedral of St.Olha and St.Elizabeth is located not far from the railway station in Kropivnytsky Square, at the corner of Bandera Street. It is highest church in Lviv (85 m high), rivaling the height with St.Geoprge’s Cathedral. The huge Neo-Gothi…
  45. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    I was privileged to pay a visit to the south-eastern outskirts of Lviv – the area that I had seen from High Castle Mount. I took 4A bus from Liberty Avenue and was uptown in about half an hour. Chervona Kalyna Avenue ("Red Viburnum Avenue" in Engl…
  46. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    This unusual monument is located in Laznev Street opposite Lviv Hotel. There is Sweethearts Fountain, dedicated on May 9, 2013, near it. The inscription on the monuments reads, “History of Eternal Love. The history of selfless love, that became fa…
  47. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God belongs to the Ukrainian Autocephaly Church. It was dedicated on September 14, 2003, but the church building was unveiled in 2008. It was built in Carpathian style. It is especially associated with L…
  48. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Unity Cossack is a brand new monument that appeared in Southern Market in Lviv. It was unveiled on Independence Day of 2014. The legendary Cossack fulfills the desire to the Unity of Ukraine. To make this desire true, you have to sit on his knees, to…
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    Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv airport is a fine ultramodern building built for Euro-2012 Soccer Championship. There are flights to twelve different destination abroad from the airport. Eleven airlines provide the flights. Also, there are four flights to Kiev, the Ukrainian…
  50. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv is connected with several European cities by rail: Krakow, Belgrade, Berlin, Minsk, Moscow, Sofia, St.Petersburg, Venice, Zagreb, Budapest,Bucharest. The railway station building is called Railway Palace. It protected by law as an architectural…
  51. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    "Bicycle Capital of Ukraine" – this is how Lviv is often called now. There are a lot of bicycle lanes in Lviv. However, I did not see many cyclists during my stay there, just one or two, in spite of the fine November weather. The City Council has …
  52. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    If you wish to experience a 19th-century city ride, why not hire a fiacre? It's UAH 1,200 for a one-hour trip. They offer a big loop and a small loop. It is up to you. I am sure it would be unforgettable, especially if the weather is fine. I myself…
  53. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    One day when the weather was rainy, we decided to continue our exploration and took a city tour bus from Market Square. It cost 30 UAH for one hour. The carriages have microphones for simultaneous translation of the excursion (we did not check them…
  54. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Solomia Kruszelnicka Museum is dedicated to the memory of the great Ukrainian opera singer. The museum exhibitions are an excursion into the times of the outstanding singer and actor. Musical Salon is an important part of the museum collection, w…
  55. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The former Female Discalced Carmelites Monastery was built in Neo-Gothic style in 1893-1895. In 1939-1952, the Soviet authorities used these buildings for the Interior Ministry affairs, and then gave the complex to the telephone exchange. During …
  56. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The architectural complex of the former Discalced Carmelites Monastery rises above Vynnychenko Street behind the former Dominican Monastery. It occupies a picturesque hill located not far from the Gunpowder Tower. This Baroque style architectural co…
  57. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    We saw several impressive and unusual monuments in Lviv: 1)St.George the Dragon Slayer monument: Lviv has an impressive and huge St.George monument. This marvelous monument is dedicated to the police officers killed in the line of duty. It was creat…
  58. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Walking along General Chuprynka Street, you will be surprised to see this old apartment house that looks like a small medieval castle. This apartment house at 50-52 Chuprynka Street is called Józef Sosnowski’s Palace. Józef Jan Sosnowski (1865-19…
  59. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The museum is dedicated to the memory of Markiyan Shashkevych, a famous Ukrainian writer who lived in Lviv. He became the founder of the Ukrainian literature of Galicia. In 1837, he wrote a book called "The Mermaid of the Dniester" ("Rusalka Dnies…
  60. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Southern Market is a huge shopping, service and entertainment center located in the southern part of Lviv not far from Lviv International Airport. I went there because I had some spare time before meeting my friends who were to land at the airport. …
  61. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Yurashky Gingerbread Workshop is a new store in Lviv located in Krakivska Street not far from Market Square. Here you can choose gingerbread souvenirs to take home with you. Their offer is great: from small ones to huge compositions of edible souven…
  62. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    There are a lot of small stores around Market Square and behind Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater, where you can buy different Ukrainian souvenirs. The choice is huge: Ukrainian embroidered shirts and blouses, pictures, postcards, dishes, fridge magnets,…
  63. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv has a great number of memorial plaques, and each one is a work of art indeed! Here are some more of my images of the memorial plaques I liked: - Ivan Franko memorial plaque, Solomia Kruszelnicka Street; - Solomia Kruszelnicka memorial plaque …
  64. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    We were privileged to see some wedding celebrations on Saturday - the Wedding Day - when we were in Museum Street near the former Dominican Monastery, where the newly-weds arrived. Each couple arrived in a specially decorated automobile and went into…
  65. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Archeological findings at the corner of Krakivska Street and Armenian street began in 2007. Archeologists found artefacts dating back to the 12th-13th centuries. They discovered the remains of the foundations of stone houses that had stood there un…
  66. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    The Arsenal Museum is a department of Lviv History Museum. It is especially attractive for men. It is not for nothing that people say that the devil invented gunpowder for men and a mirror for ladies… This museum is in the old Arsenal premises. …
  67. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    On October 8, 2010, a new park was dedicated in Lviv – Park of Fortifications Miniatures, where eight miniature fortresses of Ukraine are presented, among them the High Castle in Lviv, Olesko Castle in Lviv region, Ostroh Castle in Rivne region, an…
  68. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Having a cup of coffee with friends or family is a must in Lviv. It has become a cherished tradition and is carefully supported by dozens of coffee houses of the city. Lviv is proud of Yuriy Kulchitski, who was an officer in the army of the Polish k…
  69. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    There is a new form of entertainment in Lviv: living statues. On warm days in the Market Square, next to the City Hall or in Galician Street they sit on benches or stand near the fountains or merely on the sidewalk. Those guys - young men and women -…
  70. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Ryleyev Street, a typical old street, is located between Yan Mateyko Street and Ustyianovych Street. I used to walk along this street each time I went downtown or came back to George house Hostel at 8 Ustyianovych Street, the hostel where I stayed. I…
  71. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    This is what you could do when you pay a visit to Potocki Palace, a building in the style of French classicism. This old palace used to belong to Polish aristocrats and was used as a reception palace for guests. Now it is the culture and arts center…
  72. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Borys Voznytsky National Art Gallery, located at 3 Stefanyk Street, is the largest art museum in Ukraine. It contains unique works of painting, sculpture, graphics and applied arts of Western and Eastern Europe, from the Middle Ages to the present. T…
  73. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Lviv, Ukraine
    A lot of things in Lviv are connected with the name of Taras Shevchenko (1914-1861), a Genius of the Ukrainian people, an outstanding poet and a revolutionary democrat: Shevchenko monument in Liberty Avenue, Shevchenko Avenue, Shevchenko Society, etc…
  74. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    We arrived to the High Castle when it was raining and decided to have lunch at the cafe and then do the sightseeing from the observation platform located on the top of the mould at 413 meters above sea level. The rain stopped as soon as we had our l…
  75. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Lviv, Ukraine
    "Paunchy Cottage" is the English translation for the restaurant's Ukrainian name "Puzata Khata". My host Vlad and I had lunch at this cozy restaurant. It is a low budget restaurant and a very busy place. They have self service there and you choose …
  76. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Zhovkva is located to the north of Lviv: about 45 minutes ride by a shuttle bus. The city has about 13,000 inhabitants and is a district center of Lviv region. It has interesting history. It is often called the Ukrainian Renaissance City. I would eve…
  77. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Lviv, Ukraine
    Transfiguration Church (former church of the Order of Trinitarians) was built in 1703-1731. The temple is in the place where Trinitarian Monastery and Church were previously located. They belonged to the Trinitarian Order, but were closed by Joseph…
odiseya says:
Excellent list of recommendation!
Posted on: Apr 17, 2017
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