Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine

Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv – a multi-cultural city of western Ukraine was one of the major city situated on two trade routes in medieval Europe.  Lviv influenced many powers from time to time from Hungarian rule to Austrian rule to Tsar’s Russia to Polish rule to USSR rule to Nazi Germany, again to USSR and now a part of independent Ukraine.  Lviv is named after king’s son and in Ukranian it means Lion.  In latin Lviv is also known as Leopolis.  This beautiful cultural city of Lviv, lies on foothills of Carpathian mountains is located in western Ukraine at a distance of 70km from Poland has charming city squares, surrounded by bright colored Baroque styled buildings, cobblestoned streets, 60 museums, 100 cathedrals/churches and numerous unique restaurants/bars. Let’s check about Amazing Things to Do in Lviv, Ukraine in this article with Free Walking tours.

Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
Lviv – Hidden Pearl of Europe

Lviv reflects multicultural as it has borrowed many diverse cultures from its invaders.  The top Lviv attractions are situated in this compact historical city center which you can do by Free Walking Tours.  Lviv is completely a Walking city where you get into narrow streets surrounded by bright houses, rustic bars, chocolate – coffee manufacturing units, and many more. 

Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
Vibrant Lviv – A Historic and Cultural city of Ukraine

Let’s read about – Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine – Free Walking Tours in Lviv

  • RYONK SQUARE, TOWER – It is central and most popular square of Lviv, Ukraine. This rectangular square witnessed busy markets, public celebrations, and  It is the heart of Lviv and is surrounded by more than 50 unique architectural wonders from 16 to 20 centuries.  All houses/building are unique in their own way and have significant historical stories associated with them on this square.  
  • LVIV OPERA HOUSE – The architectural gem of Lviv, is compared to Paris and Vienna Opera houses. This lavish European styled majestic building has marvelous front façade and was built in Austro-Hungarian Empire rule. This splendid piece of art and eternity is built on Poltava river, flowing through Lviv’s center under the ground in the sewer.  Therefore its foundation is very unique and is the only theatre built on the river in the world.   3 winged bronze statues adorn this building façade which is –  Genius of Drama & Comedy, Genius of Music, and Glory with Palm branch in hands. 
    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv Opera House

                                                                             

    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv Opera House

            

 

 

 

  • VIRMENSKA STREET – This narrow cobblestoned street surrounded by beautiful and colorful houses were used to be residences of Armenian community who migrated here in 16th to 19th Strolling around this street is interesting as you will find many unique buildings or houses.  Also, there are many rustic and unique bars, cafes and restaurants on this street.  

    Amazing Things to do in Lviv, Ukraine during Walking Tours
    Take photos with unique colorful houses and doors in VIRMENSKA STREET
  • POTOCKI PALACE – Designed by French architect, this is the perfect example of classicism architecture in Lviv. Built in 19th century by Count Potocki, it has bright interiors with colored marble work, stained glass, colored glidings, moldings, and mirrors.  

    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Potocki Palace, Lviv
  • LVIV TOWN HALL – This is the highest tower in Lviv with 65m(213ft) in height. This UNESCO listed World Heritage monument is dating back to the 4th  Earlier two Town Halls were destroyed by fire and the third one was destroyed by the fierce storm.  This 4th one which is the present reconstructed building is the residence of City Council of Lviv.  Tourists are allowed to climb 400 steps of Town Hall to get the glimpse of panoramic views of Lviv city.  

    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Lviv Town Hall at Rynok Square
  • LVIV ARSENAL – It is the oldest Arsenal building in Lviv and now houses the unique weapon museum which has a collection of ancient weapons from more than 30 countries. This building dates back to the 16th  As Lviv was located at the strategic location of Intersection of trade routes of East & West, medieval Lviv was constantly invaded. So it was necessary to have a reliable defense.  On its entrance, it has been inscribed “The happy town is the one which in peacetime can see forsee future danger.”   Check opening times before visiting the museum.  
  • HIGH CASTLE PARK – This castle ruins on top of the hill is must do activity in Lviv. Don’t expect the ancient ruins of the castle but it is recommended for getting a view of the whole city from the top of the hill at about 1354 height.  This hike goes through bushes and tall trees. This location lies at North-East of Lviv and people generally go for Sunrise & Sunset view of Lviv city.  

    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Aerial shot of Lviv from High Castle Park
  • THE DOMINICAN CHURCH – This majestic Late-Baroque styled architectural beauty is adorned with splendid sculptures. It is now a Greek-catholic church and was founded in the 13th It was earlier a wooden church and was burnt in 1340. After that, it was rebuilt and destroyed several times by fire.  In 1749, again it was rebuilt into Late Baroque styled and still standing from that date to present day.  
    Amazing Things to do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Dominican church

     

  • BERNARDINE CHURCH – This interesting architecture which combines the Dutch & Italian style of architecture is located in Lviv’s Old Town towards the south of Market square. 
  • LVIV CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURING UNIT – LVIV CHOCOLATES – Since medieval times, Lviv is famous for its art of making lovely confectionary. During the 19th century, Europe used to export handmade specialized chocolates, truffles, and sweets from Lviv.  Until the present date, they are creating magical recipes by using those traditional methods in chocolate making.  You can for a chocolate making a tour in Lviv by visiting a Chocolate factory.  This place is made up of glass walls, through which you can peep in to see how they create choco chunks into various chocolates bars or truffles.  There is a shop on the first floor where you can select between 50 varieties of chocolates and 19 varieties of truffles and buy them. On the top floor, there is choco bar where you can eat and have a view of Lviv city. It is located in heart of the Historic center of Lviv.  
  • YARD OF LOST TOYS – A very unusual thing to do in Lviv. This urban backyard or courtyard is converted into an open-air museum of junked or forgotten toys. Don’t know the story behind this but is very strange.  

    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Yard of Lost Toys
  • RIDE THROUGH COLORFUL OLD TRAMS IN LVIV – Take a charming ride through trams of Lviv with locals and pass along the historic centers, perfumed coffee houses, rattling through narrow cobblestoned streets. The cost of the ride is 4 UAH for an adult.  The new ones must be more efficient but to ride in old and vintage styled trams have its own charm.   
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    Lviv Trams

  • Take a sip of your favorite berry drink at vibrant Ryonk Square or roam around flower markets of Lviv.  
    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Drinks at rustic bars at Rynok Square in Lviv

    Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    Floral Market of Lviv

Above are the most Amazing Things to do in Lviv, Ukraine but there are many more as Lviv is the historic and cultural place.  Go for Lviv’s sightseeing attraction by Walking Tours.

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    • The local currency of Lviv is Ukranian Hryvnia (UAH) which can be conveniently exchanged at convenience stores, hotel counters and at market centers.
    • People in Lviv speak many languages like Polish, Ukranian, Russian and Austrian as they have influence from past and nearby bordering countries. But they understand English a little and it is better to always have your Google translator ready and handy.
    • Stay near the Historic center, Opera house or Old town as the whole city is walkable. I stayed at Hotel Atlas Deluxe, a few minutes away from Opera house.  There are numerous hotels and hostels in Lviv.
    • As a food lover, you would love Lviv as it has numerous options with different cuisines from many parts of the world. Also, there are uniquely themed bars and cafes.  Every café has its own unique story and history.  I will be discussing Where to Eat in Lviv in coming up article. 

      Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
      Culinary Tours in Lviv
    • Lviv is a city of Festivals. Check calendar if you would love to attend the unique festival of Lviv. They celebrate around 50 festivals a year.
    • Lviv tour is incomplete without having a sip of coffee at Lviv’s famous cafes. Lviv is famous for coffee as during the 18th century, Austrians first introduced coffee here with the finest cafes in Lviv.  Lviv the Coffee Capital organizes Sip a coffee festival every year where you can taste many varieties of coffee preparations.  This black drink is the pride of Lviv and is a historical drink of Lviv which is still preserved.  Many coffee bars have special music, dance, poetry nights and concerts to make your evenings mystical ones.  Amazing Things To Do in Lviv, Ukraine
    • Lviv can be reached through Kiev by road or rail. Kiev is having an International airport in Ukraine.
    • There are many castles nearby Lviv for which you can take a separate day trip to visit them.
    • Lviv lies on foothills of Carpathian mountains and there go for mountain hikes or tours on a separate day trip or camping in the Carpathians through Lviv.
    • All amazing Things to do in Lviv, Ukraine can be done by walking tours. No need for any kind of public or private transport.

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32 Comments

  1. It’s so nice to read about a city like Lyiv. I never knew they made chocolate there, and now I’m intrigued to taste it! The buildings and architecture are also fascinating, especially the opera house. My Ukrainian is a little rusty, so I’ll make sure I have my google translate!

  2. I love the fresco inside the church. It’s different from the usual subjects in church painting. Lviv looks like a lovely place with so much history and so many nice places to see. Loved your portrait photos.

  3. I’d never heard of Lviv but your article and photos really make it come alive. I would easily have guessed that you were in an old European city like Paris or London. I like knowing that even though the town hall is a UNESCO site, you can still climb the steps to see the whole town. Plus your upcoming food tours sound delicious!

  4. Prior to reading this post, I honestly knew nothing at all about Lviv. Having read all about it here, this city has to be a must-see in Ukraine. It is such a charming looking city with such beautiful buildings and areas to explore. Chocolate making is another thing I didn’t know about Ukraine. I would love to visit Lviv and would also take the opportunity as you suggest to escape to the Carpathian mountains to appreciate the beauty there as well.

  5. Had not heard of Lviv util now. The information that it is a multi-cultural city adds to its charm. The city seems to have it all from cathedrals to cobbled streets and of course, cafes to enjoy the foods and drinks ! Virmenska street looks so colourful somewhat reminding us of Portuguese architecture we have seen in Goa. Yard of lost toys is quite mystical, kind of a place never heard of before and wonder what would be story behind it. Overall, we are excited to explore Lviv for the colourful and vibrant appeal to it and glad we found this guide. Saving it for future reference for visiting Ukraine on our bucket list!

  6. What an awesome post! Ukraine is a place I don’t think of going and I guess cause I second guess its safety. But by the looks of your post though it is such a gorgoues place! Did you feel unsafe at any time? I’d love to visit all the churches and yeah….. I’d eat my way through Lviv!

    1. Amy, I found it quiet safe and people were welcoming. It is like other European destinations. No need to fear, just take general precautions what you do in other places.

  7. Frankly has no clue that Ukraine in general and Lviv in particular. Loved the pictures and architecture especially on the Bernandine church. Would dearly love to make it some day. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Thanks for sharing this amazing article Yukti.

    Your definitely one of the better travel bloggers around at the moment.

    I’ve never actually been to Ukraine myself but have been dabbling with the idea for quite some time now.

    The architecture looks really distinctive and quaint, which I love!!

    One of the best aspects of travel is being able to experience places like this, where everything feels unique.

    Keep up the great work Yukti 🙂

  9. I would LOVE to go to Ukraine!! I have never thought about this town but my gosh it looks so vibrant & a lot to do! Will share this so I can come back to it!

  10. This city I find it quite romantic. Or maybe be because its in Europe?! The architecture, cobble stones, the food and atmosphere are all hard to explain in words but you have to experience it in order to say its magnificent.

  11. Wow, this looks interesting, I’ve never really thought about visiting the Ukraine but Lviv looks lovely. Rather fancy visitng the Chocolate Factory and the Castle Park. Thanks for posting.

  12. The streets of Virmenska look stunning! Lviv looks like a gorgeous place to explore and a great place to try lots of food! Thanks for sharing – your pictures are amazing.

  13. What a beautiful city, and one you don’t see mentioned often. I love the colorful buildings in the background! The yard of toys looks strange indeed, I’d love to know the story behind it!

    1. Yes Maggie, I too want to know story behind such a strange yard of toys. On googling, it was nothing much and people there also not know much about it.

  14. I’ve never thought of going to the Ukraine, but these pictures show how amazing it is – especially from the High Castle Park. Great guide and it seems to be an interesting and nice city 🙂

  15. The architecture of Ukraine looks absolutely stunning! I think I would go crazy in that Lviv chocolate shop… Can’t wait to read your recs on what to eat!

  16. Ukraine was on my list but would have never thought of Lviv as a plane to visit. It looks beautiful and one to visit if you around the area. Love the opera house and the architecture of the city. Would live to taste the berry drink and enjoy the ice cream. A tram ride would be fun as well. Great place to visit and thanks for sharing

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