Lviv Things to Do

  • Svit Kavy Coffeehouse
    Svit Kavy Coffeehouse
    by ainsleigh
  • Lots of pedestrian areas
    Lots of pedestrian areas
    by ainsleigh
  • Strolling the winter streets of Lviv
    Strolling the winter streets of Lviv
    by ainsleigh

Most Recent Things to Do in Lviv

  • ainsleigh's Profile Photo

    Lviv Christmas Markets

    by ainsleigh Updated Nov 23, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Christmas is a perfect time to visit Lviv, and the Christmas markets are a great place to take in the festivities. There are rows of little huts selling souvenirs like crafts and kitschy stuff, food and drinks. Almost every fourth hut sells coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks like "med" to help you keep warm. The food we had was tasty and there are lots of different things to try; see my other tip about street food in the "restaurants" section. The Christmas grain pudding called "kutia", a rice and meat dish called "plov" and the grilled kovbaca are our favorites.

    Of course, you'll need to dress warmly as the average temperatures can be around -1 C to -6 C, but you can always plan to stop into a few coffeehouses and pubs around the markets to warm up. In the evening all the colorful lights are absolutely beautiful. The party starts early and goes late, and there's music, dancing and a skating rink set up. On Orthodox Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, January 6th and 7th, there are live concerts and dance performances, and thousands of people turn out to celebrate.

    Christmas Market on Prospect Svobody, Lviv Christmas Market along Prospect Svobody, Lviv Christmas Market at Ploshcha Rynok Christmas Market at Ploshcha Rynok Christmas Market along Prospect Svobody, Lviv
    Related to:
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Historical Buildings

    by hunterV Updated Nov 21, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    George Hotel at 1 Adam Mickiewicz Square is another historical building in downtown Lviv. It was built in 1901 according to the design of Vienna architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. This four-storey hotel was designed in Neo-Renaissance style. The hotel building is adorned by allegorical sculptures of continents: Europe, Asia, America and Australia. Also, you can see a bas relief of St.George over the main façade of the building. The bas relief was designed by Antoni Popiel after the sketches of Leonard Markoni.
    In Soviet times the hotel was called Intourist and was designed for foreign tourists. Its restaurant used to be a fashionable place in Lviv then. In 1995 the hotel got back its historical name.

    George Hotel  1 Adam Mickiewicz Square, Lviv George Hotel  1 Adam Mickiewicz Square, Lviv George Hotel  1 Adam Mickiewicz Square, Lviv George Hotel  1 Adam Mickiewicz Square, Lviv George Hotel entrance, Lviv, Ukraine
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Adam Mickiewicz Square

    by hunterV Written Nov 21, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Adam Mickiewicz Square is located downtown between Virgin Mary Square and Galician Square. The square got its name in 1944 and was called Virgin Mary Square before.
    The monument to Adam Mickiewicz, the national poet of Poland, was erected here in 1904.
    Sculptor Antoni Sulima Popiel created the monument as a massive column with a sculpture of the poet whom Genius is giving a lyre.
    There are several historical buildings in this square: George Hotel, former Europe Hotel (now Ukreximbank building, Jonasz Sprecher building at 8 Adam Mickiewicz Square (a Galician skyscraper completed in 1921). Sprecher building is sometimes called the Titanic of Lviv owing to its huge and impressive scale and design.

    Adam Mickiewicz Square Adam Mickiewicz Square Adam Mickiewicz Square Adam Mickiewicz Square Adam Mickiewicz monument on my Lviv map
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Transfiguration Church

    by hunterV Updated Nov 21, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Transfiguration Church is well-known among the Temples of Lviv. It is considered to be one of the largest churches in Lviv.
    The church building dates back to the end of the 19th century. It was constructed by Silvester Havryshkevych, a well-known Lvivian architect (1833-1911), an author of numerous church buildings and their renovation work.
    The icon “Transfiguration of the Lord” occupies an honorary place in the church.
    You can reach this church, if you walk from market Square along Krakivska Street to the Opera and Ballet Theater.

    Transfiguration Church, Lviv, Ukraine Transfiguration Church, Lviv, Ukraine Transfiguration Church, Lviv, Ukraine Transfiguration Church, Lviv, Ukraine Armenian Street, Lviv, Ukraine
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Historical Park

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ivan Franko Park is one of the largest and oldest parks in Lviv and in the entire Ukraine. It is close to Dniester Hotel. Its area is about 15 hectares. It was called Kostiushko Park in Polish times.
    It is famous for its centuries-old oaks and maples still growing there.
    There is a huge Ivan Franko monument at the entrance to the park.
    Here is A 3D Tour of Ivan Franko Park.

    Ivan Franko monument  at the entrance to the park Ivan Franko monument  at the entrance to the park Ivan Franko Park Ivan Franko Park Ivan Franko Park
    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    House of Seasons

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I saw this house on my way to Dzyga Arts Gallery.
    This house at 23 Armenian Street enjoys great popularity among the visitors too. This building houses Lviv National Arts Academy now. It dates back to the first half of the 19th century. It’s a four-storey house with an outstanding facade.
    You can see symbolic depiction of seasons, Zodiac signs and the image of Chronos – the God of Wind.
    The Ukrainian sculptor Gabriel Krassutsky depicted people’s customs and endowed his bas reliefs with humor.
    The inscriptions are in Latin and are taken from Vergilius.
    The inscriptions read,
    “SPRING: do not lose your time and let the strong oxen plow the fertile fields”;
    “SUMMER: “When it is very hot, it is time to mow the wheat”;
    “AUTUMN: “Presents you with colorful fruit”;
    “WINTER: “In cold weather the peasants live by their harvest and have feasts”.
    The image of Chronos leaning against a hemisphere is very attractive indeed.
    The hemisphere serves as a sun clock.
    Unfortunately it does not always operate due to the changeable and rainy weather in Lviv.
    A comment about this house

    House of Seasons, Lviv, Ukraine House of Seasons, Lviv, Ukraine House of Seasons, Lviv, Ukraine House of Seasons, Lviv, Ukraine
    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Travel in Time

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is what you could do when you pay a visit to Potocki Palace.
    This old palace used to belong to Polish aristocrats, but now it is the culture and arts center called Arts Palace.
    Different exhibitions and conferences are held here. You can't help admiring the 16th century decor here. You can simply forget your daily stress and enjoy your visit.
    This "time travel" palace is open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

    Arts Palace (Potocki Palace), Lviv Arts Palace (Potocki Palace), Lviv Arts Palace (Potocki Palace), Lviv A museum in the palace courtyard Arts Palace (Potocki Palace), Lviv
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Symbols of History

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The majestic monument to Taras Shevchenko was unveiled on August 24, 1992, when the first anniversary of the Ukrainian independence was celebrated.
    You can see the statue of the poet reciting his poems and an impressive bronze pylon to the left of the figure. The twelve-meter-high decorative pylon is adorned with numerous allegorical bas reliefs on both sides, depicting the history of Ukraine. The pylon is called The Wave of the Ukrainian Revival. The bas reliefs depict figures symbolizing several literary heroes of Shevchenko’s works and also famous Ukrainian historical figures.
    The pylon has a peculiar feature: a hole in its upper part. That hole is, in fact, the nimbus of Virgin Mary depicted on the upper part of the Wave. The image of the Mother of God is symbolically rising above all the allegorical figures.
    This square is a place of numerous rallies held in Lviv during city festivals or at weekends and a meeting place of many friends and sweethearts.

    Shevchenko monument, Lviv, Ukraine Shevchenko monument, Lviv, Ukraine The Wave of the Ukrainian Revival The statue of Taras Shevchenko, Lviv, Ukraije Walking along Liberty Avenue
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Stroll Along Liberty Avenue

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Liberty Avenue ("Prospect Svobody" in Ukrainian) is the most elegant and the most prestigious street of Lviv.
    It is only 650 meters long. Lots of old style apartment houses, stores, cafes. bars and hotels are located in this street. The avenue has a very busy traffic and hence the air seems to be rather polluted.
    You can take a stroll along the green alley located between the two sides of the street.
    It starts from the fountain at the Opera and Ballet Theater and finishes at Adam Mitskevich Square.
    There is a monument to Taras Shevchenko in the middle of this alley. The monument was created by the sculptors Andriy and Volodymyr Sukhorski and the architects Yuriy Dyba and Yuriy Kromey.
    It was dedicated on August 24, 1992, on the first anniversary of independence of Ukraine.
    A lot of local men like to sit at the benches here and play chess or droughts.

    Walking along  LIberty Avenue, Lviv Shevchenko monument, LIberty Avenue Liberty Avenue, Lviv Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater Mitskevich Square, Lviv
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Discover Some Local Ethnography

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Ethnography and Artwork Museum occupies the building of the old savings bank in the main street.
    This is where you can fill up your gaps in the knowledge of the customs and traditions of the inhabitants of this area.
    The museum building used to belong to Galicia Savings Bank before. The front unit looks very important. It is adorned by the sculpture of Flourishing Galicia. The sculprure has a crown on her head and Lvivians often call it Liberty of Lviv. So Lvivians have their own Statue of Liberty.
    The foyer looks very refined too. You can see the sculpture of Fortune heaping her gifts on the hardworking people. This sculpture and the magnificent décor are the remnants of the old savings bank.
    The entrance is at the corner of two streets, which considerably increases the number of visitors, as our guide explained. She even quoted the increase amount of people: thus it increased by 45%.
    The Ethnography Museum is open from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. You can find out about the life of several ethnic groups who live in Lviv region: the Lemkos, the Boykos and the Hutsuls.
    The museum has a lot of exhibits: tools, folk musical instruments and clothes.
    Also, they have a rich collection of pysankas – painted wooden Easter eggs. Besides, if you are lucky, you can see the process of making a pysanka.
    You can also see the products of local craftsmen here.
    The museum has an interesting collection of clocks and watches from all over the world and from different epochs.
    You can take a look at the stalls of Ravlyk arts gallery located in the entrance hall of the museum opposite the old carriage. They have a lot of Lviv related ware on sale there. Ask the stalls attendant Ms.Oxana and tell her I said hi.

    The Ethnographical Museum building Inside the Ethnographical Museum Inside the Ethnographical Museum The dome with Lvivian Statue of Liberty Inside the Ethnographical Museum
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Garrison Church

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    St.Peter and St.Paul’s Cathedral occupies the building of the former Jesuits Cathedral now and is one of the biggest sights in Lviv.
    The cathedral was built in Lviv in 1610-1630 by Giacomo Briano (1589–1649), a Polish Jesuit and an architect. It was the first Baroque monument in Lviv at that time and is one of the biggest Ukrainian cathedrals. In 1723 a Jesuits college building was erected next to the cathedral.
    There is a memorial plaque that reads Bohdan Khmelnitsky used to study there.

    The former Jesuits’ Cathedral located at 11 Theater Street is a huge religious building. It is 41 m long, 22.5 m wide and 26 m high. The official name of this building is St.Peter and St.Paul’s Cathedral. It was sanctified and transferred to the Greek Catholic Church on December 6, 2011, on the Ukrainian Army Day as a garrison church.

    The cathedral is also famous for its murals created in 1741-1749 by father and son Eckstein: Francisk and Sebastian Eckstein, artists from Morava.

    The building of the former Jesuits’ Collegium is next to the cathedral. Next to the Jesuits’ Collegium’s building you can see a piece of the old city fortification wall that adjoins the building at one side.

    You can visit the cellars of the former Jesuits Cathedral on an excursion “Underground Lviv”.
    Archaeological excavations are being made in the cellars of the former Jesuits Cathedral.

    Former Jesuits Cathedral One ofthe sculptures at the wall Former Jesuits Cathedral The building of the former Jesuits Collegium At the entrance
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Meet the Municipal Executioner

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    During your visit to St.Andrew's Church (former Bernardine Monastery) turn right, facing the entrance and walk into the monastery courtyard past a chapel with a saint's figure on its top. Here, inside the courtyard, you can meet a city executioner. In fact, there are two of them, who are "on duty" there every day, changing one another day after day.
    For a small donation (UAH 10-20) you have have your picture taken with Personally, I met Andriy the Executioner, who turned out to be a strong and nice gentleman. He told me interesting stories from the Middle Ages. I found out that the city did not have many prisons at its disposal and many cases ended with a death sentence. Moreover, Lviv executioners had a special privilege: there were not made to wear a head mask, like their "colleagues" in all European cities.
    If you are lucky, the "executioner" will share his "business card" with you.

    Meeting the Meeting the Meeting the The business card of the Bernardines Monastery courtyard
    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Visiting Former Dominican Monastery

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2014

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Soli Deo Honor et Gloria – These are the words of the inscription above the main entrance to the church. They were taken from 1 Timothy 1:17:
    Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
    (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.)
    The former Dominican Monastery at 1 Museum Street is now Holy Eucharist Greek Catholic Church (since 1997).
    The architectural complex consists of the former Roman-Catholic Dominican church erected in 1764, the cells of monks (built in 1556-1778) and a belfry erected in 1865.
    It is an architectural monument of Baroque style included into the UNESCO list.
    It was a Roman-Catholic Dominican church until the Second World War. In the godless Soviet times the architectural complex housed a vocational school for printing workers and regional archives. In 1972 a museum of religion was dedicated here. The museum of religion still occupies a part of the former monastery at present.

    The construction of the church began in 1749. The project was developed by Jan de Witte, a Polish military engineer and architect. The church facade was finished by Sebastian Fesinger, one of the chief representatives of the Lviv Rococo. His sculptures are preserved in the interior.
    The interior is very impressive. You can see wooden Rococo sculptures of Dominicans who were proclaimed as saints. The chief altar is adorned by four figures of apostles.
    You can see the famous emblem of the Dominican Order under the window of the first floor: a dog lying on the Bible and holding a flaming torch in its mouth. The flaming torch was considered to be a symbol of the Holy Inquisition. The Dominican Order was known to be in charge of the Holy Inquisition affairs from 1232 until the late 18th century. This image appeared owing to the play of words. The monks of the order were called Dominicanes, that is, followers of St.Dominicus (1170-1221). However, the same word can be translated as Domini Canes – “Dogs of the Lord”. The monks did not mind this name and were even proud of it.

    Former Dominican Monastery The interior of the former Dominican Monastery The interior of the former Dominican Monastery Domini Canes - the emblem of the order Former Dominican Monastery
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Black Stone House

    by hunterV Updated Nov 19, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The name of this house sounds as "Chorna Kamianytsia" in Ukrainian. This house belongs to the architectural gems of Lviv too. It is is called an exceptional architectural monument of Lviv.
    Out of all the forty-four houses located around the City Council building this one is sure to catch your eye.
    Its construction began in 1588. It was built of local gray sandstone. They say it was very colorful at first like many other houses in the area.
    The imposing black color must be a product of century-long absorbtion of smoke and dust, although I don’t see why all other houses have not turned black like this one. Was it simply painted over? I know it’s a rhetorical question.
    This building belongs to the historical museum now.

    Black Stone House, Market Square, Lviv Black Stone House, Market Square, Lviv Market Square, Lviv Market Square, Lviv City Council, Market Square, Lviv
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo

    Marvel at City Monuments

    by hunterV Updated Nov 19, 2014

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lviv is rich in different monuments.
    I admired several of them:
    - the monument to St.George the Dragon Slayer;
    - the monument to King Daniel of Galicia, the founder of Lviv;
    - the monument to Virgin Mary;
    - the monument to Adam Mitzkevich, a great Polish poet (1798-1855).

    The monument to St. George the Dragon Slayer was erected on Hryhorenko Square in 1999 by sculptors Andriy and Volodymyr Sukhorski.
    The monument rises in front of the current building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and is dedicated to the memory of all those who have died in the struggle against crime.

    Daniel of Galicia was an ancient Russian prince who later became a king.
    The official foundaton year is 1256 when the first written mention of the city was made.

    Adam Mitzkevich monument stands proudly in Mitzkevich Square.
    Mariacka Square (St.Mary Square) was chosen as the location for the monument.
    The monument was created by the Polish sculptor Anthony Popel.
    The monument construction began late in 1903 under the direction of architects Alfred Zachariewicz and Jusef Sosnowski.
    Adam Mitzkevich monument was dedicated on October 29, 1904.

    In the early postwar years the presence of a religious symbol downtown was at odds with the atheist principles of the Soviet authorities. The Virgin Mary statue was dismounted and moved, first to the Boim Chapel, and later to the Bernardine Church.
    A fountain was installed instead of the original statue.
    The statue, or rather a copy of the statue, returned to its original site on October 14, 1997.
    The original statue remains in the Church of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle.

    St.George monument, Lviv King Daniel monument, Lviv King Daniel monument, Lviv Adam Mitzkevich monument, Lviv Virgin Mary monument, Lviv
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Lviv

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

42 travelers online now

Comments

Lviv Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Lviv things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Lviv sightseeing.

View all Lviv hotels