The charm of Lviv, a Ukrainian city, is apparent the moment you arrive. It is located in western Ukraine and only approximately 70 kilometres from the Polish border. The best way to take advantage of the attractions in this city is on private sightseeing tours otherwise you are sure to miss places and things that make this city so unique.
There is a wonderful blend of charm, rustiness, architecture and friendliness that warms the hearts of all who visit. While there are tourists here and they cater for tourists, it is not as popular as other cities and this is a good thing. It is not overcrowded with tourists, guided tours are small and compact, no queues and best of all there is time for the very welcoming locals to interact with you.
This is by no means a boring city, just because there are not many tourists, there is still a lively atmosphere, great places to visit, thrilling activities and festivals that last days! Read More...
Walk Through the Heart of Lviv, Rynok Square, on a City Tour
Rynok Square can be translated as Market Square and is the inevitable place to visit when a city tour of Lviv. It is a place you will wander through going to many fascinating places found in Lviv. This Square is UNESCO listed since 1998.
Other interesting things to see and do in Lviv include visiting the many stunning architectural buildings and museums, monuments, hear the legends on guided tours of city streets or explore the depths of underground labyrinths.
Activities which can be found here are biking tours, horseback riding tours, Hot air balloon tours, river rafting tours or hiking tours to name just a few.
Top 10 Things to Do in Lviv
When in the city of Lviv the first stop of any city tour will probably be Rynok Square or translated Market Square which is the heart of the city. This square has been the bustling city life centre for the past 500 years and thankfully has kept every ounce of an old European city charm. The Traditional City Town Hall has been here since the 19th century and 44 houses surround it. Some are homes others are museums or cafes.
Lviv’s Chocolate Factory
If you see a big crowd gathering, then you have found Lviv’s Chocolate Factory! This very popular workshop is a must on a private guided tour. It is located in the heart of the old city on the quaint pedestrian street. If the legend is to be believed, then Lviv chocolate has been well known since the middle ages. Relax in the cafe drinking a choice of hot chocolate flavours or coffee sampling the candies before you buy.
Lviv’s Opera Theater
A famous landmark of Lviv is its Opera Theater, the formal name being The Lviv National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet of Solomiya Krushelnyts’ka. Using a blend of Baroque and Renaissance architecture, it was built in 1900. It is among Europe’s most beautiful opera houses and its interior is as beautiful as its exterior and luxurious. Taking private guided tours in the daytime is possible and at night see a performance.
Dzyga Art Gallery
Where you will find many of the city’s cultural events throughout the year is in Dzyga Art Gallery, the heart of intellectual Lviv. City artists and members of the Lviv Students Brotherhood founded this gallery in 1997. It hosts, on a regular basis, works done by contemporary artists. These will include sculptures, paintings, graphics, iconography and performances. Visit this gallery on a city tour or just drop in yourself.
Lviv’s City Town Hall
When out on a sightseeing tour of Lviv, it is recommended to stop at City Town Hall. Climbing the steps to the very top of the building is regarded as one of the most fun things to do in Lviv. There is a secret that cannot be revealed as it would ruin the fun but there are between 300-500 steps that wind up to the top of the tower. The building now here dates back to the 19th century but the first one was built in 1381.
Lviv History Museum
The building that is home to the main History Museum is a very charming building and among the most romantic places in the city. The museum is possibly the most impressive and oldest city museum.There are over 300,000 artefacts that are spread out among 4 architectural buildings which date back from 16th -18th century. The courtyard in the middle has classical music performances and a cosy coffee shop.
Armenian Cathedral of Lviv
The Armenian Cathedral is believed to be the oldest building in Lviv dating back to the 14th Century. When Armenians started to inhabit Lviv, they quickly completed this cathedral which is said to be modelled after Armenia’s Cathedral of Ani. For a place of tranquillity and spirituality, this is the place to visit and with or without a guided tour. Hear the heavenly hymns on Sundays even if you are not a Christian.
Biking Tours in Lviv Parks
There are a number of parks in Lviv where you can be active and do some biking tours on specially made trails. There are trails for an easy cycle or more tricky ones for the more adventurous. It is a great way to explore the parks with hills, ravines and forests. For families, there are especially family orientated biking tours for all to enjoy. These tours are great getaways from the city and better when you bring a picnic!
Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life
Take a fascinating guided tour to the Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life which is a place to be educated, entertained and relax. Learn about Ukrainian villagers lifestyle, exploring wooden village houses and churches or observing the well preserved everyday household items. Walk the park alleys within the 84 hectares of woods, picnic and generally have fun. This tour is an experience not offered in every city.
Underground Labyrinth Tours of Lviv
Check out when in Lviv the 18th-century sarcophagus which is made of solid stone when on a tour of the underground labyrinths or hear the legends of the full Black Monk in the catacombs of St Peter and Paul Cathedral of the Jesuit Order. Also, on this tour, you can visit the fascinating underground Pharmacy Museum. There are many spooky twists and turns involved in this tour and not for the faint hearted.
Travel Tips for Lviv
Best Time To Visit Lviv
Weather wise the best time to visit the city of Lviv is during the months of May, June, July, August and September. May and September tend to be cheaper months to visit with fewer crowds and more comfortable private guided tours. However, do not be surprised with rain showers through May to July. April and October have tolerable weather too. Check out when festivals are on as these are a great time too.
Typical Costs in Lviv
The city of Lviv is another city of Ukraine that is great value for money when you take a trip there. A nights accommodation starts from US$20 in a basic hotel but rises as high as you want to pay as there are hotels of all types. An evening meal will cost, on average for two people, approximately US$19 including wine and dessert. When it comes to alcohol, a pint costs US$1 and a cocktail US$2.70.
Know Before Visiting Lviv
When visiting the city of Lviv in Ukraine, there are a few recommendations for your safety. When on sightseeing tours or guided tours, do not stray away from the group. Keep your passport and other valuables in a hotel safe or somewhere safe on your person if you have to carry them around. There are pickpockets everywhere you turn in the world so be alert especially in crowded areas.
Weather in Lviv
The city of Lviv has a climate similar to that of Kharkiv, temperate and cold with a good amount of rainfall throughout the year so have an umbrella. The driest month and the coldest month are one the same, January with temperatures of -3.9 degrees Celsius. The wettest month of the year is July which also happens to be the hottest month with temperatures averaging 20 degrees Celsius.