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What to Do in Lviv (Lvov) Ukraine

Updated on January 24, 2013
This fairy-tale like city is UNESCO heritage site protected and no wonder! I wanted to take pictures of every building, each statue, church, museum, and square like here.
This fairy-tale like city is UNESCO heritage site protected and no wonder! I wanted to take pictures of every building, each statue, church, museum, and square like here. | Source

Lviv is a fascinating city. It has been known by many different names, including Lvov, Lwow, and Lemberg.

In Lviv, a person could have been born in Poland, gotten married in Germany, raised their kids in the Soviet Union, and passed away in the Ukraine - never having left Lviv! That's because Lviv has been under different rule in the past century.

Not only is Lviv full of fascinating history, it's also a very beautiful city that shows the best of its many influences. It's a city paved in cobblestone, full of historic cathedrals and churches, many monuments and a wonderful atmosphere. It's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I was lucky to have visited Lviv for a weekend and I'm happy to share my experience and recommendations with you!

Photos of Lviv

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I was amazed with the detailed balcony on this regular city home. Look at the two lion carvings - the lion is the traditional symbol of LvivStumbled upon this fairy tale gathering of Lviv's little princes and princesses in a city courtyard ;) Aren't they just adorable
I was amazed with the detailed balcony on this regular city home. Look at the two lion carvings - the lion is the traditional symbol of Lviv
I was amazed with the detailed balcony on this regular city home. Look at the two lion carvings - the lion is the traditional symbol of Lviv | Source
Stumbled upon this fairy tale gathering of Lviv's little princes and princesses in a city courtyard ;) Aren't they just adorable
Stumbled upon this fairy tale gathering of Lviv's little princes and princesses in a city courtyard ;) Aren't they just adorable | Source
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Lviv's beautiful cobblestone roadsAncient homes with colorful facades line the streets... The dark one has been converted into a museum to the Ukrainians abroadThe article's author in front of the Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet where she saw the Black Swan
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Lviv's beautiful cobblestone roads
Lviv's beautiful cobblestone roads | Source
Ancient homes with colorful facades line the streets... The dark one has been converted into a museum to the Ukrainians abroad
Ancient homes with colorful facades line the streets... The dark one has been converted into a museum to the Ukrainians abroad | Source
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The article's author in front of the Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet where she saw the Black Swan
The article's author in front of the Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet where she saw the Black Swan | Source

Fascinating History of Lviv

Lviv has a rich history. The city was officially founded in 1256 by the Prince of Prince of Galicia and Volyn, Danylo Romanovych, who named it after his son Lev (which means "lion" in Ukrainian). Although archeologists date the city back to the 5th century.

The city became an important trade route and became the ceter of commerce and crafts. It was also strategically important.

In 1272 Lviv became the capital of Galicia-Volhynia when Lev descended to the throne.

The city has been part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, then part of the Austrian Hapsburg Empire, then during the 20th century Lviv exchanged hands between Russia for less than a year, Poland, the Soviet Union and now it's part of the Ukraine.

Photos of Churches in Lviv

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Dominican Church - the original wooden church was built in 1234 & was later rebuilt in the Baroque style. During the Soviet Union, the structure was occupied by Soviets & used as warehouse! Now it's converted into the museum of religion and atheimThis is an Armenian Cathedral that dates back to 1363Nobody passed this cross without saying a prayer and kissing itArmenian church in Lviv
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Dominican Church - the original wooden church was built in 1234 & was later rebuilt in the Baroque style. During the Soviet Union, the structure was occupied by Soviets & used as warehouse! Now it's converted into the museum of religion and atheim
Dominican Church - the original wooden church was built in 1234 & was later rebuilt in the Baroque style. During the Soviet Union, the structure was occupied by Soviets & used as warehouse! Now it's converted into the museum of religion and atheim | Source
This is an Armenian Cathedral that dates back to 1363
This is an Armenian Cathedral that dates back to 1363 | Source
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Nobody passed this cross without saying a prayer and kissing it
Nobody passed this cross without saying a prayer and kissing it | Source
Armenian church in Lviv
Armenian church in Lviv | Source
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What to Do While in Lviv

Below is a list of things that any trip should include on the itinerary. You can do all these in a day trip.

  • Check out some of the many churches, cathedrals, and chapels - Evidently Lviv has over 80 religious buildings, all with gorgeously decorated interiors and amazing golden domes on some in the exterior.
  • Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square) - A 16th century market in the heart of the city with a tower that you can climb to get great views of the city below.
  • Outdoor Arts and Crafts Market - This is the place to go if you're looking for a keepsake and souvenirs.
  • Solomiya Krushelnytska Theater of Opera and Ballet - I loved this opera house. The building is stunning on the outside and even more so on the inside. My friend and I went to buy tickets to see the Lake Swan as soon as the theater opened it's doors and got amazing tickets for really cheap.
  • Lvivske Museum of Beer and Brewing - This brewery is the oldest brewery in all of Europe that's still functioning. It will celebrate 300 years of operations in 2015. Definitely go there for a tasting tour which takes you through the underground facilities.

Inside of Kryjivka restaurant
Inside of Kryjivka restaurant | Source

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Restaurant in Lviv You Have to Try!

There's an awesome theme restaurant in Lviv that you can only find out about through word of mouth! It's called Kryjivka. The theme is Ukrainian patriotism and the food is traditional "Ukrainska" (Ukrainian).

To get in the restaurant, you need to knock on the door and say the secret phrase, "Slavo Ukrainy" (which translates to "glory to Ukraine") and then they let you in.

You enter this really cool looking room and the first thing they do is pour you a shot of "gorivka" (homemade vodka) from a flask. the room has a library and there's a secret passage into a dungeon! You enter the dungeon and the restaurant is in there, along with women singing traditional Ukrainian music.

Address: Rynok Square 14, Lviv, Ukraine

Tel. number: +380-322-546-118

Lviv, Ukraine

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A markerRynok Square 14, Lviv, Ukraine -
Rynok square, 14, L'viv, L'vivs'ka oblast, Ukraine, 79000
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B markerLviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater -
Svobody Ave, 28, L'viv, L'vivs'ka oblast, Ukraine, 79000
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