21 Mar 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Lviv's historic centre is well-deserving of its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
This is a jewel of a town. Lviv located about thirty miles from the Polish border (it was actually part of Poland years ago) is an extremely well preserved town of cobblestone narrow streets and pastel houses. It also is known for being progressive in the arts and culturally rich - it has a fantastic opera house. The old town is not listed as a UNESCO Heritage site. The statue of the much loved Ukraine poet Taras Shevchenko stands front and center where many people gather.
Considered Ukraine's most elegant city, Lviv is also its most European. A gorgeous ensemble of architectural styles, Lviv's charm lies in its slight romantic decay and artful building details. Less than an hour from the Polish border, Lviv is Ukraine's gateway to Europe and its history and people's mentality have always looked west. The city's UNESCO World Heritage listed center includes a mix of neoclassical architecture upon rococo, baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic styles. There are some museums and sights around, but enjoying Lviv is mostly about strolling its streets and drinking coffee in its cafes or beer in a beer hall. For a superb view above the city, climb the 65-meter high ratusha (town hall) or make the climb up the High Castle Hill for sunset. There is also an up-and-coming beer scene in Lviv, so explore that corner of the city after you've hit the coffee houses.
Substantial city in the western Ukraine. Also spelled Lvov. Historical capital of Gallicia. Have not been back in 20 years, but was impressed when I visited in 1988.