The city has something to impress every tourist, is just a little closer look to its streets. Where to walk in Lviv and what incredible places to see – read on.
Lviv is the coffee houses, narrow streets, fascinating architecture and unexpected dishes and wines. Here is worth a go though, because this atmospheric city in Ukraine is no more, because here every house, block, street breathe history. They keep the memory of what happened many centuries ago. This creates a unique charm, which admire travelers.
The Lion city is unique, and if you come here once, you will definitely want to come back!
What to see in Lviv and where to go for a walk – the list of the best places
Of course, we can’t ignore the popular tourist places in Lviv, so we will begin with them. Market square – the most famous square of the city, which is located in the center. Apart from her streets which were littered with a variety of themed cafes and restaurants. Here you can often hear street musicians.
Rynok square in Lviv
Where to find: Market square located in the city centre.
A great place to explore the Central part of the city from a height. Lviv city hall – the biggest in Ukraine, its height – 65 meters. Therefore, it is well to survey the city.
View of Lviv from the town Hall in the afternoon
View of Lviv from the town Hall in the evening
Where to find: Market square, 1.
Cozy place in the heart of a Lion. Here you can relax from the busy streets, filled with tourists. In the 16th century, when they built the patio, the owners tried to arrange it so that this area became a place of rest. Now the Italian court often receives visitors. There is a coffee shop, and frequent jazz and classical concerts.
Italian courtyard in Lviv
Best places for a romantic photo shoot and not think!
Where to find: Market square, 6.
To be in Lviv and not climb the High castle is like in Kiev, the Kreschatik. It is the highest point of the Lion city, the height of the mountain of 413 meters. Once it towered castle. To build up the mountain began in the 13th century. When the castle was rebuilt and it was clearly visible from the surrounding territories, the mountain began to call the Castle, or the “High castle”.
High castle is actually a mountain and not a castle
In the 17th century through the lions passed the Swedish troops stormed the stronghold. Since then, the castle began to crumble. And, unfortunately, the age vekoma for its preservation, no one cared. Stones from the mountains paved streets, dismantled fortifications, to build the city home. Now from the castle fortifications was a small wall. But castle hill has become one of the favorite viewing platforms for citizens and visitors of the city. And this is not surprising because the view really is incredible.
View of Lviv from the High castle
Opera is one of the most expressive architectural monuments of Lviv. Its elegant building is full of surprises residents and guests the ultimate luxury and perfection. There are often of operetta, Opera and other premieres.
Opera house in Lviv
Where to find: Liberty Avenue, 1.
Usually, the cemetery is not a place for tourists, but it’s not about the lions. Lychakiv cemetery is not just a place for burial, and historical-cultural Museum-reserve. Gravestone sculptures – true works of art.
Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv
The oldest burials at the Lychakiv cemetery date from the late 18th century. Basically here were buried famous people. Here is buried the Polish writer Arthur Grott and his lover Baroness Wanda Monnet. Also at Lviv cemetery has found his peace Ivan Franko, Solomia Krushelnytska, Markian Shashkevych.
Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv
In our time in the cemetery buried the Euromaidan activist Yuri Verbitsky and major-General Serhiy Kulchytsky, who was killed in the ATO area.
Where to find: Mechnikov, 33.
Beautiful building in the classical style built in the 19th century. The initiators of the Palace became famous Potocki family. Earlier in the place of Potocki Palace was a small hunting house.
Where to find: Kopernika street, 16
Wonderful places of Lviv
Real lions will open up, if only to break the vicious circle buildings adjacent to the Market square, to get lost among the crooked streets of the Old town, not afraid to look into the courtyards and patios.
Walk near luxury villas
Tram number 2 takes you from the busy center to the quiet of old neighborhoods, where among the luxury villas will come insight: the city can be quiet.
Ulitsa Generala Chuprynky
Ulitsa Generala Chuprynky stretches from the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (now the House of organ and chamber music) to Academician Rudnitsky. It is not strolling tourists, which is probably why she still kept the spirit of the time and not got dozens of restaurants and cafes. Once this area was called new building, and its proximity to downtown has pushed for the construction of new houses in the late nineteenth century.
Ulitsa Generala Chuprynky
Irrepressible imagination of architects generously spilled on this street in the form of villas and mansions built for the then Lviv elites and intellectuals.
One of the most notable buildings – the house-castle on Generala Chuprynky at number 50-52. Interestingly, the mansion and now used in his apartments ordinary people live.
House castle street Generala Chuprynky, 50-52
The creation of the modern designers – “the Clay house” is reminiscent of gaudí’s. The house is located on the street Teterevka, 16, near Lychakiv Park. The owner inherited quite inconspicuous mansion which he gave to update the local architect Mykola Senik. And now the building looks totally unrealistic on the background of normal Polish mansions, and sadly, little known.
The clay house in Lviv
Where to find: Teterevka, 16.
The University of life safety
Lviv universities generally unfairly deprived of attention of tourists. The majestic building of the Lviv University of life safety is like a lock and it is not inferior to the Chernivtsi University, which is the main tourist card of the capital of Bukovina.
Lviv University of life safety
The building in the middle of the XIX century, built by the same architect as the building of the Austrian Parliament and the Vienna Arsenal. Here was the House of Galicia disabled, maimed in the wars. The main drawback of the University as an object for tourists – it works in the closed mode, being subject to the state service for emergency situations.
The chapel at the University
But you can get here! On Sunday there is the opportunity to go on campus, because here is the chapel that holds bogosluzenja. And if you say that you go with a purpose – you will always be allowed.
Where to find: Kleparivska, 35.
Parks in Lviv is a real pride of the city, because a lot of them and they are all incredibly beautiful. Stryiskyi Park can surprise with its garden-style architecture, the Park “Znesinnya” (the former Imperial Les or Kaiserwald) starts from the mountain Lion rests in the famous Shevchenko’s grove – the ethno-complexes under the open sky, where a range of festivals and celebrations.
In winter it is good to wander along the snowy alleys, and in the summer – picnics in the hills, which offer stunning views of tin and tiled rooftops of the Old town.
Completely unknown to tourists, the Park pogulyanka. Steep ravines, covered with massive beeches, down from the hills Arsene. The best places to relax from the noisy city, and you can imagine.
The Park Pogulyanka
The observation deck
Not seeing the city from a height, it is impossible to truly appreciate its scope. In Lviv just need to climb and enjoy the beauty of weathervanes and roofs.
Town Hall tower in the High castle, which offer views of the city, too banal, because in Lviv there are plenty of unusual places where the city is seen with a fresh perspective.
First, it is the Church of Saints Olga and Elizabeth, at the corner of the street Horodotska and Stepan Bandera. For a very small amount from the observation deck offers a completely custom look.
Church of Saints Olga and Elizabeth
Second, an alternative to the High castle – Bald mountain. With her, unlike the untwisted among tourists High castle, unfolds a fantastic panorama of the Old town, but absolutely do not interfere with the trees. Thirdly, you can go to the observation deck of the Citadel.
View of Lviv from the Bald mountain (or the mountain of Prince Lev)
The yard of lost toys
In this unusual yard stored dolls, Teddy bears, rattles, garden gnomes, plastic Carlson and other toys. Entourage creates a mystical atmosphere. According to local residents, on display collection belongs to one of the tenants. The existence of this court know not even all citizens.
The yard of lost toys in Lviv
Where to find: street of Prince Leo, 3.
Gallery under the open sky
One of the newest art spaces, located in the center courtyard near the Market square. “Something scave” is the only outdoor gallery in Lviv. Here can put their works by young artists, exhibitions change frequently. In addition to exhibitions, “Something scave” hold workshops and acoustic concerts. There is also a shop with handmade products and the eponymous coffee shop.
The outdoor gallery in Lviv
Where to find: Market square, 13.
A few names street
Since 2006, in Lviv festival “KinoLev”. The festival has got its own tradition – to the official name of Archive the streets every year to add the name of someone dedicated to another festival. Now the street except the main one, has many names: Bergman, Fellini, Truffaut, Paradjanov and Ilyenko. Appropriate signs are hung on one of the buildings a short Archive of the street.
Street Archive in Lviv
Where to find: Archive street (between the streets Brothers Rogatintsev and Gross)
Of course, this is not all the places in Lviv that are worth to visit and see. Because every street in the city of Lion keeps a lot of secrets and unexpected architectural creations – we only try to show you some of them.
Open Lviv for yourself! We wish you good travels!