The High Castle Park
The High Castle Park (Uzhhorodska and Knyazha Streets): an old shady park on the hill towering above the city, ruins of an old castle, the viewing platform, and breathtaking sceneries
The highest hill in Lviv (413 meters above the sea level and approximately 130 meters above the level of suburbs) was built artificially in the end of the 19th century in honour of the Union of Lublin. And so Lviv obtained a viewing platform the likes of which can not be found elsewhere in Europe. The views from this platform will not leave anyone who dared go up there indifferent.
The stone lion which used to stand near the City Hall is now on guard at the foot of the artificial barrow. This lion is more than 400 years old. A fragment of the wall of the castle which stood on the hill since the 14th century can be found nearby.
A huge alley of age-old chestnut trees runs along the lower terrace of the High Castle Park. A memorial stone has been placed here in honour of the victory of Polish King Jan III Sobieski over the Turkish army in 1675 on Lysenytsky Fields which can be seen from this place.
The chestnut alley ends with a small gardener’s house (1892) surrounded by many exotic plants. An artificial cave with the inscription reading “August 15, 1841” was placed here as a decoration for the park in mid-19th century. The cave’s entrance is guarded by two 17th-century stone lions from the old City Hall. They hold shields with the coats of arms of Lviv patrician families. This cave was once called “The Suicidal Cave” because people who fell in love but could not be together due to circumstances of life committed suicides here.
The High Castle Park is also unique due to its location on a high wooded mountain right in the centre of the large city, and so there’s only a 10-15-minute walk from the noisy streets to the coolness and cosiness of age-old trees where nothing reminds of the bustling urban life.