Lviv in 48 hours. To see the most interesting!

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So, you’ve decided to spend a weekend in one of the best cities in Ukraine – Lviv. In this article I will tell you how to see and love (and it certainly will happen, just believe me) Lviv in 48 hours and to have fun!

The majority of all tourists and visitors begin their acquaintance with the capital of Western Ukraine with the Lviv railway station.

You’re already in Lviv, western Ukraine’s beautiful city, the cultural capital. No hurry and no fuss here, so instead of running and looking for a taxi or public transport, raise your head up and enjoy the beauty of the Lviv railway station. It is the first station on the territory of modern Ukraine. The first train arrived to this station in 1861. A station building, in its current form, began in 1902 and was completed in 1904.

From the train station, there are shuttle buses, taxis, trams in different directions.

l1Two stops by tram number 9 or 10 (stop street. Bandera) or 7-10 minutes walk and you will find yourself near the Church of Olga and Elizabeth.

On the north side there is access to the observation deck. First, you go up winding stone extent that the above are replaced with metal. I’ll be honest – it is terrible, but it’s worth it. Upstairs you step out onto the balcony, Pointed enveloping dome of the temple, going around on it, enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Olga and Elizabeth Church is open daily from 8.00 to 20.00

Exit to the observation deck: Monday – Saturday: 12.00 – 17.30 Sunday: 13.30 – 17.30.

The road to the city-center goes through the oldest city park in Ukraine – park named after Ivan Franko (people call it the Kostyushko Park, and sometimes the Jesuit garden or Poezuitsky garden). The history of the park goes to the XVI. Then the rich Lviv citizen laid garden. Brick factory, brewery, pub, summer theater, pavilions, gazebos, fireworks area, carousel, and even swimming pools – that only was not this cozy picturesque shaded area. It survived until today only pergola rotunda that was built in the central part of the park in 1836.

Ivan Franko Park is surrounded by University Street, Krushelnytska Street., J. Matejko Street and November’s rank Street.

There is one more jewel of the city on the November rank street. The building, the interior of which is in hundreds of l2movies and TV shows, immortalized on the set of the photos – House of Scientists. Also known as casinos – the nobility, the Count, noble, popular, casino Gerhard. Luxurious interiors have been saved, and the main attraction of this building is the grandiosely decorated central staircase, lightness and elegance of which is complemented by a glass dome. D’Artagnan went up this staircase to the Cardinal to play a chess game in the famous film.

Location: House of Scientists, November Chin st. , 6

Entrance fee: 15 UAH. ($ 0.6)

l3When you reached the main street – Svobody Avenue – Stop for a moment and look around. On the left side the Opera House, on the right – a statue of the Virgin Mary and the monument to Adam Mickiewicz. Close your eyes and imagine how 200 years ago on the site of the central alley was the flowing river, and the townspeople just take a walk, and not by their feet, but on their boats. At the site of the monument to Mickiewicz was the island, where the river divided into two streams. Rill crowned with a statue of the Virgin Mary was flowing on this island. The statue was brought from Munich by the Countess Severina Baden in 1862. The modern statue of the Virgin Mary is a copy, and the original still kept in the church of St. Andrew. In 1887-1888 Poltva river has been covered with concrete vaults, according to the project of the engineer Vaclav Ibiansky.

The culmination of the construction in the city center was the  City Theatre in 1900 (now the Opera House). Lviv Opera House still remains the main attraction of the city and an important asset of national significance. Explore the impressive interiors of the theater, if you didn’t plan to visit any play, still you can stroll the luxurious halls of the building  for a small fee (10 UAH., Or $ 0.5).

Address: Svobody Str., 28

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12.00 – 21.00

Nearby is the Opera Theatre there is the Maria Zankovetska Theatre, the building was built in 1842 and at that time was the third largest theater in Europe.

Theatre Address: Lesi Ukrainky Str., 1

On the square in front of the Maria Zankovetska theater there is the well known souvenir market – Vernissage and in the buildings, which are located nearby, the shops and art galleries with creations of the local artists. I recommend you to look for a souvenirs here: jewelry, lamps, figurines, and more.

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The logical conclusion of today’s walk will be the visit to Vysokyi Zamok on the Zamkova Gora, the highest spot of the city (413 m. Above sea level). The whole Lviv in full view from here. On the observation deck goes a spiral walkway, it is illuminated, but still i recommend you to walk there at the daytime, in order to fully enjoy the city view.

l4The next day in Lviv I suggest you start with a walk through the grove Shevchenko – the ethno-park, located in a picturesque hilly area. You get transferred in the Western Ukrainian village of 18-19 centuries. The territory of the open-air museum is divided into six ethnographic zones, each of which has a 15-20 of folk architecture: churches, residential and business premises, everyday objects, farm implements and craft tools, vehicles. The decoration of the museum is the old wooden church of St. Nicholas, which is about 300 years old.

Address: Monastic mountain Str., 1

Opening hours: 10.00 – 17.00

Public transport: Shevchenko grove, can be reached from the city center by the tram number 2, 6, 7, 10, bus number 18, 47A, minibuses number 24, 29, 36, 39, 50.

Near the Shevchenko grove, on the Mechnikov Str., is the main entrance to the old Lviv cemetery. Do not be afraid, l5today is a state historical-cultural museum-reserve “Cemeteries”. Here you can put flowers on the grave of Vladimir Ivasyuk, Ivan Franko, Markian Shashkevych, Krushelnytska and many other prominent figures.

In the city center we go to the majestic architectural monument of the late Baroque with an unique sculptural decoration – Dominikansky cathedral (now the Greek Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist). In the 13th century Dominicans founded a monastery here, at the request of the wife of Prince Lev Danilovich, Hungarian princess Constance. From 15 to mid-18th century Gothic church was here.

In 1748 due to an emergency condition of the cathedral was dismantled and in its place built a temple that you see today. In the church there are numerous tombstones, some of them still remain from the time of the Gothic predecessor.

Address: Muzeyna sq., 1

The nearest public transport stop: Podavlenie Street. Russian str.

l6Next to the Dominican church is a very nice shop where you can find the perfect gift from Lviv, Lviv candle manufactory.

Address: pl. Museum 1

Opening hours: 9.00 – 19.00

A few steps from here look out the only monument in Ukraine smile, concurrently the smallest monument in Lviv – Fish on a pedestal.

Next, we head to the Armenian Cathedral. This is a unique monument of Eastern culture in European spaces. A perfect combination of architecture of Armenian shrines, Roman-Gothic style of Western Europe and old Ukrainian architecture of Galich (1363-1370). While Armenians have played an important role in the trade with the East, and the Armenian community in Lviv was the largest in Europe, after Venice and Amsterdam. The temple complex was built over the centuries and now includes a courtyard, paved with tombstones, carved wooden chapel, the former palace of the Armenian archbishops, the Armenian bank.

Address: Armenian Str.  7/13

l7And now we go to the Market Square – the center of the political, social, commercial and cultural life of Lviv for 500 years. Lviv medieval patricians, building houses on the market square, commissioned the design of their homes mainly in the Italian architects. In the majority of old stone houses and still live Lvov.

Sculptures of ancient heroes of Neptune, Diana, Amphitrite and Adonis adorn each of the four fountains located on the square (1810-1814). Since there until 1944 actively conducted trade, the water from the fountain used for washing greens, fruits and vegetables, drinking horses.

Not overlooked Chorna Kamyanitsya (Rynok sq., №4), Palace Kornyakta (Rynok sq., №6), which has an exquisite interior Italian courtyard where summer cafe and evening classical music.

At the corner of Rynok  Square (Pechatna str., 2 st. Stavropigiyska 1) placed the oldest pharmacy (1735) in Lviv and the only museum in Ukraine pharmacy “Under the Black Eagle”. Along with conventional modern medicine pharmacy in Lviv museum you can buy branded medicines – “iron wine” – tonic drink sold only here.

Lviv City Hall – the central building of the Market Square, its history has been a place of location of the local authorities. And now is the seat of the Lviv City Council. Certainly raised to the top of the Town Hall.

Opening hours: 9.00 – 17.00

I hope these two days you are convinced that you are always in Lviv will be welcomed, is not prompt and delicious way to feed. Remember – you are always welcome to the city!

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