The history of Lviv dates back to 13th century. It is one of the oldest and important cities in Ukraine. At the same time, it differs a lot from other towns of the country and has its unique history and culture. Nowadays, Lviv has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations and is recognized as a tourist capital of Ukraine. The tourism industry is well-developed here and you can take a private or a group Lviv tour if you want to discover all the must-see attractions of the city.
Check our seven things to do in Lviv that you should definitely include on your travel list when you visit Lviv:
Enjoy the Charm of the Old Times.
If it is your first visit of Lviv, the best way to feel the atmosphere of the city is to get lost among its cozy narrow streets. Just stroll around, wondering around churches, restaurants and enjoy the beauty of the old world. You will notice that almost every building in the Old Town is a historical monument. The Old city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pay attention to Virmenska Street, which is one of the most ancient and interesting locations, visit Jewish quarter and have a cup of coffee at the Ploshcha Rynok (Market square).
Count Lion Sculptures.
The majority of buildings in Old Town are decorated with sculptures and moldings. The most popular one is a figure of a lion, which is a symbol of Lviv. There are more than four thousand lion sculptures in here. Each of them has its own history. Among “ordinary” sculptures you could find such interesting examples as a winged lion, which is the symbol of Venice, sitting Statue of Liberty, Statue of Mercury etc.
Explore a Splendid Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square).
Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square) is a heart of Lviv. It’s a center of cultural, political and social life, the most popular tourist’s spot, and the most spectacular one. It consists of 44 townhouses, built in 16th – 18th centuries, all of which are exceptional architectural monuments. The most popular tourist attractions of the Market Square are: the Black House (1577), Bandinelli Palace (1593), The Kornyakt Palace (1580) etc. The latter is famous for its Italian courtyard where the concerts of classical music often take place.
Discover the Greatest City View.
One of the favorite tourist’s entertainments in Lviv is to climb the Town Hall tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. The tower is located in the center of Ploshcha Rynok and to reach the top you should climb 306 stairs. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning views of both old and modern parts of the city.
Try Delicious Ukrainian Food
Tourists like to visit Lviv not only because of its architecture but also because of its unusual café and restaurants, which serve tasty food in cozy ambiance. You should visit such restaurants as Kryjivka, House of Legends, Meat and Justice etc. Moreover, Lviv is famous for its coffee and desserts – just go for it!
Visit Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera House is one of the most impressive and magnificent buildings of the city. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century and combines different architectural styles. The facades are richly decorated with sculptures and moldings. A lot of colored marble, gilding and stunning paintings were used for its internal decoration. It makes an unforgettable impression on the visitors.
Discover Lviv Undergrounds
It is said that the lengths of underground tunnels under the city is about 100 kilometers. A part of them are accessible for tourists. If you decide to take Lviv underground tour, make sure to wear comfortable shoes, warm clothes and a have thirst for adventure.
Lviv is unique and culturally diverse city. You can spend your time there enjoying its wonderful architecture, visiting museums, discovering its underground world, tasting its delicious food. However, if you don’t want Lviv to remain mysterious and unrevealed place for you, you may explore it with friendly local guides that will show you the best of the city. Visit Lviv and have a great time in one of the most beautiful European cities.