22 Top 10 Things To Do In Lvov

Top 10 Things To Do In Lvov

Posted on December 15, 2011 by

Lvov- is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine with a historical part that is comparable to an open air museum. No wonder the Ministry of Culture and Tourism gave the city the title of the Cultural Capital of Ukraine. The historical center is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is not surprising that the city has the largest number of monuments in Ukraine, counting from the sublime “Royal City” to the strange “Bandershtadt”. It is a wonderful city where anyone can find something interesting for himself. Here are a few things one must do or take part in when visiting Lvov – The City of Lions.

1. Visit the Lvov Chocolate Workshop. Lvov has for a long time been famous for its chocolate, which is exported to various countries in Europe. Thus while there its advisable to try out the locally handmade chocolate. The selection is amazing and also includes the best gourmets. From a variety of candies with fabulous fillings to a copy of the Lvov City Hall- all made from chocolate and weighs a whole 11.5 kg! A favorite is the chocolate Kama Sutra.

2. Visit the Kriivka. A legendary restaurant styled in the forest cache of the UPA Ukrainian soldiers. The interesting authentic interior design with automatic rifles and machine guns gets completed with the real Ukrainian cuisine. The dishes listed on the menu are sure to send a smile across one’s face. With such dishes having funny names like “freaks with a gun”, “hacked to pieces” among others. And as a warning one must not forget the code slogan to gain entry to the restaurant: “Glory to Ukraine!”, or else the strict security guard won’t let you in.

3. Visit the Lvov Opera and Ballet Theatre. One of the most famous and most beautiful opera houses in Europe. Its foundation stone was laid in 1897. The interior of the theatre is more beautiful than the outside. Even if you do not support opera productions or do not have enough time for it, getting in the building makes an unforgettable experience.

4. Take a walk in the “High Castle” park and climb the highest spot of the town. A 130-meter hill towers above the city. It was artificially made in the late 19th century in honor of the anniversary of the Union of Lublin. Thus in Lvov appeared this magestic observation deck that overlooks the magnificent panoramic views of the city. This hill is sorrounded by the green “High Castle” park, which gives the comfort of cool land and old trees right in the middle of the city.

5. Climb the tower of the Lvov City Hall. After going through 408 steps, it is also possible to get a bird’s eyeview of the city. The Hall is one of the city’s symbols which boasts of a gigantic mechanical city clock, just like the ones in Vienna. The clock has been operational for more than half a century.

6. Visit the glorious Lvov coffee inns. Small cozy cafes are a business card for the city. These places made it be famously referred to as the coffee capital of Ukraine. Traditional Ukrainian coffee is usually brewed on Cezve- hot sand which lets the coffee to heat evenly. Even though this method of making coffee is labourious, the end result is worthy it.

7. Visit the pharmacy museum. In the historic district of Lvov, around the Market square is a house which has for centuries been the pharmacy of the town. Initiated in 1775, here you can find old pharmacy tools and instruments; first hand machinery for the manufacture of tablets, the press for juice extraction from herbs, antique cash registers, the alchemist laboratory among other things.

8. Visit the House of Scientists. This former aristocratic casino is located in the downtown area.The refined interiors  were used in the filming of famous motion pictures, including the legendary film “The Three Musketeers.”

9. Visit the Masoch – Cafe. This could be dangerous for some people. The interior is appropriate for the theme. Filled with the various tools of masochistic pleasure, shade of red lamps, chair laced corsets and of course the “male” and “female” chairs with the corresponding surface relief. Served here are thematic dishes with names such as “sensual body”, “test of the masochist”.

10. Take a walk through Lychakiv Cemetery. This is an intergral part of the city with an unconventional cemetery atmosphere. Founded in 1786, the cemetery is one of the oldest and most grandiose in Europe. There are more than 3000 rock tombs most of which are historic and cultural sites and with high artistic value. The oldest preserved tombs are the Lychakova dating between 1787 and 1797. The cemetery is so vast that one can easily get lost. On one of the richest tombs one can hear the chains ringing. From these chains the coffin is hung!


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22 Responses to “Top 10 Things To Do In Lvov”

  1. BostonBloke says:

    You can clearly see the Polish influence.

  2. xmz says:

    Godlewski it is rather not ukrainian name, isn’t it ?

  3. hawaiian says:

    No surprise. This city was built by Poles.

  4. IamI says:

    Only after II WW it became a Soviet Russian for almost 50 years. Worth to know, because all of the museums and monuments are not of Ukrainian origin.
    Don’t want to discuss the whole story about the UPA “Army”, as yes – they fight again Nazis, but also their homicide to civilians is proven. Then I’d rather avoid terms like “hacked to pieces”, as they in real hacked to pieces thousands of unarmed peasants, women and children included. Shame to make fun of that.

  5. IamI says:

    Indeed, Lvov is very beautiful city, but worth to mention that it’s Ukrainian for just 20 years out of twelve centuries. Originally settled by Leasars (pre-slovian tribe), then owned by russian-origin Rurik house, finally became a city (Ius municipale magdeburgense) in XIV century under Kingdom of Poland, then Res Publica. The city was always multi-religion and multi-national, inhabited by Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Jews, Hungarian, Tartar, Armenian, German and many other nations.

  6. scud-werfer says:

    Aura Dione on first Picture :-)

  7. Grzgrz says:

    “Influence” is an understatement. Aside from the UPA place all the architecture shown dates back to the days when this was a Polish city. Glad to see it flourish under the new rule.

  8. akira says:

    if you’re writing a blog in English,do not use a Russian name for Lviv!

  9. Mors says:

    In Lviv you can see splendour of ancient Polish commonwealth

  10. Matlok says:

    I would love to go to Lviv, what a fantastic looking city! Coffee, Chocolate, lots of history, Sounds like a great vacation!

  11. Bogdanov says:

    Bitter Poles on the prowl…

    • adfasd says:

      Poles came by this bitterness honestly, no?

    • IamI says:

      Just wonder – what would you say, if Poles would have called “Polish” the third largest city of your country, being in your country for centuries and Polish for only 20 years. Just imagine and read the history first, then discuss. That’s why we all bitterly laugh of calling Lwow ‘Ukrainian city’. And UPA is a different and cruel story.

  12. Mariel says:

    Beatiful pictures, many thanks! Sorry by my english.
    I’m asking me if anybody kows a song of 1940/1941 that says something like this (in russian) “We’ll Meet again in Lvov, My Love and I”
    I want to get the lyrics, if the song was real.
    Thanks in advance, Mariel

  13. Maria says:

    Lviv was never truly Polish. The Poles stole it. It was originally built by Danylo of Halich who was Rus and the people later became Ukrainians. Sure the Poles added stuff but that’s what happens when you colonize a city. You Poles need to get over it; you’re not getting it back. As for the nazi’s, there were a lot of guilty people on that one in a lot of countries. What was the saying one Jewish man said “Poles learn antisemtism with their mother’s milk?” Clean up your own house first.

    • K. says:

      maria stop repeating bs after jews, learn history my dear we were the country that had the most Jews of whole europe and they had the best conditions over here if it wasnt for adolf we would still be that multicultural. if Lwów wasnt Polish it aint Ukrainian either,and if we stole it you soviets did well to steal it back. we dont want it back but u people start taking care of our cementeries and pay homage to Poles that died for Lwów i.e. during WW2. and for God’s sake stop being so cocky.

  14. grwz says:

    Hmm you forgot mention about the most important thing – Lviv (Lwów) was a Polish City, all these monuments in the top are made by Polish Colture. Ukraine just after WW2 adopted to “them reality”. Thank U, goodnight.

  15. Lviv says:

    Does not matter who build some monuments..and something else lviv is an ukrainian city .. very cultural and patriotic city.(sorry for my english)

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