There is a reason why the majestic city of Lviv is marked by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, with plenty of art, culture, and music, as well as its perfectly preserved regional churches, castles, and distinctly Ukrainian customs.
Lviv's beautiful churches and buildings have been revived, restored, and fortified. When you walk through the city, you'll see such monuments to history as Boim Chapel, Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth, and the Armenian Cathedral of Lviv.
At the top of Castle Hill sits the Lviv High Castle. The castle itself is in ruins, but you can capture views of the city, especially at sunset, from the observation platform located atop the kurgan.
You'll find the city comes alive at night. Check out Metro Club and the Millennium Club for beats and people you simply can't miss.
Lviv's museums portray the various works of art, the movements, and all the culture that has unfolded in this spot. Of particular note are The Lviv National Museum and Lviv Museum of Religious History.
A favorite pastime of locals, visiting the "bania" or local bath/steam-house and sauna is a social activity. The experience ends with a (optional) beating of an olive branch bouquet and a dip in cold pools.
The best time to visit Lviv is April to October, especially if you prefer the warmer weather, when the spring turns to summer and the temperatures rise to around 75 - 84.
International travelers will land at the Lviv International Airport (LWO), a mere 4.3 miles from the city center. From here, take a taxi for ₴100 or a mini-bus for ₴4.
There are multiple domestic train routes heading into Lviv from Kiev, Vinnitsa, and Odessa using the Intercity +, a high-speed train.
Coming in from Warsaw will require a border crossing; use the DK17 to get into Ukraine and continue on. Coming from Kiev, use the Е40 and М06.
To get from cities like Warsaw to Lviv, use companies like Flixbus or Autokar Polska. Fares vary based on day of travel but start at around ₴382.
There's no place better for a luxury stay than the Grand Hotel. Modest accommodation can be found at Hotel Volter, and budget travelers will love Coffee Home Hostel.
Frankivskyi District - this district was named after writer and social activist Ivan Franko. Besides its historical architecture, Frankivskyi has parks, the Altai lake, and residential areas.
Shevchenkivskyi District - named after the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, this district has many Soviet-style apartment blocks, and is close to the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Lychakivskyi District - this eastern neighborhood is home to many churches, buildings, and the picturesque Pogulyanka Park, perfect for summer picnics!
Locals use a combination of mini-buses, trams, and trolleybuses. The former costs ₴4 and the latter two cost ₴2.
Taxis are plentiful in Lviv but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Try and agree on a fixed price before you get in. If the taxi is metered, try asking the driver to run the meter rather than negotiating a fixed price. On average, fares start at a flat rate of ₴35 and it's ₴3 per mile thereafter. If you call and book a taxi ahead of your journey the fare will be cheaper than hailing one from the street.
Rent a car in Lviv from well-known providers like Budget and Avis. Rates start at ₴604 a day for a standard, 4-door compact car.
There are multiple malls in Lviv. Take your pick from among the Dobrobut Shopping Centre, Magnus Shopping Center, or King Cross Leopolis and Auchan Hypermarket, to name a few.
A quart of milk costs ₴17 and a dozen eggs will cost you approximately ₴24.
For authentic Ukrainian cuisine, like a hearty bowl of bohrach or banosh, check out Trapezna Idey. Mains cost from between ₴50-100.