Lviv is an impressive city in all respects that has managed to stay away from the Soviet influence that prevails throughout Ukraine thanks to its location. Throughout its history, the city has the exclusive atmosphere of Central Europe, and offers unique experiences to its visitors in everything from architecture to gastronomy. If you want to get detailed information about the city’s rich history and splendid architecture, you can give priority to your visit to the places listed in Lviv list during your holiday.
What’s all things to do in Lviv?
Lviv Attractions & Important Tips
- Market Square (Rynok Square)
- Town Hall and Ratusha Tower
- Opera House
- Lychakiv Cemetery
- Potocki Palace
- Lviv High Castle
- Pharmacy Museum
- Dominican Cathedral and Monastery
- Armenian Cathedral of Lviv
- Virmenska Street
- Kornyakt Palace (Italian Courtyard)
- Boim Chapel
- Lviv Chocolate Factory
- Lviv Coffee Manufacture
- Shevchenka Avenue
- Bernardine Church
- Museum of Lost Toys (Yard of Lost Toys)
- Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life
- St. St. George Cathedral
- Ivan Franko Park
Map of Lviv Attractions
Lviv City Center Hotels & Tips
I will share a lot of important information and advice during the Lviv article, but beware of them;
Where to stay? The historic center of Rynok Square and the Opera House and its surroundings is the best place to stay in the city. Details Where to stay in Lviv You can read my article.
Hotel recommendations: Some of the most popular hotels in Lviv are: 3 ★ Modern Art Hotel, 4 ★ Astoria Hotel, 5 ★ Nobilis Hotel.
Things to do: You can relax by booking some of the most popular tours in the city before your trip
If your aim is to feel the historical texture, you can write the flashy Market Square in the first place in Lviv.
The square was built in the second half of the 13th century, when Prince Leo I occupied the throne of Galicia. One of the factors that make the area worth seeing is the scene of many important events for both Polish and Ukrainian history.
While the entire city was dominated by Gothic architecture, the Renaissance style was preferred in the design of most buildings during the 16th century post-fire renovation.
From the Latin Cathedral, you can start your stroll through the square decorated with statues depicting Adonis, Neptune, Diana and Amphitria. Then you can visit the palaces of Bandinelli, Sobieski and Lubomirski.
The square is home to many eating and drinking places ideal for a break, and finally you can spend time in the town hall and the magnificent tower.
Hotel Recommendation: 5-star Grand Hotel Lviv Luxury & Spa is one of the most popular and popular facilities in this area.
Lviv City Hall, which had to be rebuilt repeatedly due to fire disasters throughout its history, was originally built in 1357 using entirely wooden material. The construction process of the western part, which can be considered as new, was completed between 1491-1504.
The work, in which the 4-storey structure gained its present appearance, began in 1827 and ended in 1835. During the last reconstruction process, the classical style of Vienna was adhered to.
Ratusha Tower, which is the name of the highest municipality building in Ukraine and bearing the signature of Architect A. Bemer, offers its guests an amazing view of the city with its 65 meters height. Of course, in order to watch this view, you first need to climb 350 wooden stairs.
The Lviv Opera House, which can accommodate 1,100 people at the same time, is the biggest attraction in the country.
It was built between 1897 and 1900 as a result of drying the swampy area on the banks of the Poltva River.
In the building, designed by Architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski, performers from various countries as well as the national opera and ballet ensemble are performing throughout the year.
The interior decoration is at least as attractive as the architectural details on the outside, you can visit the building by taking tickets for the night of the performances or by guided tours organized by local operators. Guided tours usually take 1 hour.
Lychakiv Cemetery, which you can reach by taking the tram number 7, was established in 1787 in accordance with the imperial order to move all the grave sites outside the city center. The 42-hectare Gothic-style cemetery was designed by Karol Bauer, who led the University of Lviv Botanical Garden at the time.
The area where approximately 400 thousand graves are located is the eternal resting place of the influential figures in both the city and the history of the country.
Ivan Franko, General Roman Abraham, and Architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski, who led the initiation of local language reform movements, are among the names with graves in the area.
The cemetery also includes the monuments of the National Army of Ukraine, the Martyrdom of the Defenders of Lviv, the 1863 January Rebels Hill, and special places dedicated to historical events.
The Palace of Potocki, now in the service of the President of Ukraine, was built in the 1880s as a residence for Prime Minister Alfred Józef Potocki.
At the design stage of the palace, where no expense was avoided, the French architect Louis Dauvergne preferred to copy the partic Hotel particulier ‘structure. Thus, the Baroque structure had an “H” shape when viewed from above.
Another reason I recommend you to add the palace to your list of Lviv attractions is that the European Art Museum of the Lviv Art Gallery operates here. While visiting the ground floor, you can see the Statue of the Virgin Mary from the 16th century.