Life in Lviv
Lviv is the cultural capital of Ukraine
There is no other city in the world like Lviv, as the centre of the city lies on the European watershed, which divides rivers flowing into the Baltic Sea and Black Sea (correspondingly the Bug River and the Dnister River).
Lviv today is a geographical, cultural, educational, economic centre of the region, which encompasses 20 areas (rayons). Lviv is also a centre for high quality services; the city has been using old traditions of trade and mediation, which have become the destination of the city at the crossroads.
10 things you can’t help but do in Lviv!
To see the wonderful view of the city from the top of the Ratusha (City hall)
The observation deck on the City hall was opened in 1851. The present City hall is 65 meters high and has 408 stairs. A top the tower there is also one ofthe oldest clocks in Ukraine made in Vienna which is approximately 160 years old. For Lviv citizens and guests this is like a look at a fairytale. Here one can enjoy the marvelous views of the ancient city, dream and make a wish.
Address: Lviv City Council, 1 pl. Rynok(4th floor). Working hours: Daily from 9.00 till 17.00.
To try the taste of Lviv beer
Lvivske is the oldest brand of Ukrainian beer that has been produced since 1715. Lviv beer was also known in Europe. Especially such types of beer as «Bawar», «Porter Іmperial», «Exportowе» were appreciated for their taste and quality. The beer “Lvivske” has been brewed according to the traditional recipe that has not beenchanged for almost 300 years. Tasting this hop drink one can touch the glorious past of Lviv city. To plunge into the history of production and consumption of this drink you can visit Lviv Museum of Brewery.
Lviv Museum of Brewery – 18, Kleparivska St., tel. (0322) 294-80-65, 294-80-26
“Chmilnyi Dim Roberta Domsa” – 18, Kleparivska St.
“Bilyi Lev” (“White Lion”) – 15, LesiUkrainky St.
To go up the High castle hill
The path along Kryvonosa Street and High Castle park will lead us to the Castle mountain. It is currently the highest point in the city, 413 meters above the sea level.The castle stayed from the 13th century to the late 19th century and was the main defensive fort of the city during its existence. In the 19th century the destroyed castle was taken apart and new items were built in its place. The fortification was strengthened, trees were planted on the hill's slope, and a park was constructed. On the place where the castle once stood, a Union of Lublin Mound was constructed in 1869, dedicated to the 300-years of the Union of Lublin. Currently, an observation platform is located atop the kurgan. And in 1957, a 141-meter tall television tower was constructed on the top of the hill.
To visit any festival in the city
To feel a special Lviv atmosphere and discover local history and culture one should visit at least one of the festivals in Lviv. No matter which season you will come, you will have a feeling of holiday for the rest of the year. There are more than 50 festivals in the city for every taste: either Jazz or Chocolate or Coffee festival, no matter what you choose you will plunge into the atmosphere of joy and holiday
To try Lviv chocolate
The history of chocolate in Lviv started during medieval times. And now together with beer and coffee, it is one of the main gastronomic treasures that attract the guests of the city by its old traditions. Already in 19 c.Lviv chocolate was distributed all over the Europe. Together with every chocolate bar the city gives you emotions and feelings born in Lviv.
The places where you can try good chocolate are:
“Freska”, 9 Krakivska St.
“ Lviv chocolate factory”, 3 Serbska St.
“Kentavr”, 34 pl. Rynok St.
“Veronika”, 21 prospektShevchenka
“Tsukernia”, 3 Staroyevreiska St.
To try a unique Lviv coffee
The history of coffee in Lviv began in 18 c. with the Austrian Empire. Austrians opened a lot of coffee houses and confectionaries, bringing the traditions and all the details of coffee making. Coffee became more and more popular in various circles of society and very soon Lviv “fell ill” with coffee mania. Lots of years have passed since that time but the love to coffee didn’t fade away: Lvivians are still coffee connoisseurs and all the coffee houses are full of the pleasant aroma of this black drink.
The addresses of cozy coffee houses:
Videnskakaviarnia(Viennese coffee house) – 12,prospektSvobody
Svitkavy – 6,pl. Katedralna
Shtuka – 8,Kotliarska St.
Virmenka – 19,Virmenska St.
Veronika – 21, pr. Shevchenka
Zolotyidukat – 20,Fedorova St.
Mapa – 16,Halytska St.
Tsukernia – 3,Staroyevreiska St.
Freska – 9,Krakivska St.
Dzyha – 35,Virmenska St.
Café 1 - 5,Katedralna St.
Kopalniakavy (Coffee mine) – 10 pl. Rynok
To listen to Lviv trumpeters
Trumpeters appeared in Lviv in the 14th century with the introduction of Magdeburg right when one of the attributes of municipality was trumpeting. Not so long ago this tradition was renewed and on the weekdays at 12 o’clock from the City hall this sound of trumpet arises over the city. On the weekend one can see and listen to trumpeters every hour from 9.00 till 21.00.
To wander in the Lviv courtyards
Lviv courtyards are enigmatic labyrinths where you want to wander again and again; only 10 footsteps from the central part of the city and you come to another reality and time. Here you feel yourself as an adventurer and never know before what you will find: either half broken stained-glass window or forgotten superscriptions, chiseled winding stairs or God-forsaken cars.
One of such mysterious courtyards is on the Old Rynok square, on 2 Kniazia Leva St.
To take a picture with the highest monument in the city
The monument of chimneysweep is located on the roof of the old house on 48, Staroyevreiska Street. This chimneysweep is holding an empty cylinder under his arm. And a few meters from the monument there is a pipe where restaurant guests can get on and throw a coin into the cylinder. The coin falls into the slot and through the pipe to the chest with “jewelry”.
Address: the themed restaurant “Dim Legend” (“The House of Legends”), 48, Staroyevreiska St.
To find Lviv lions
What animals are the most common in Lviv? It’s clear that lions are: fearsome, smiled, sleepy … there are even winged lions and a lion with two torsos. Everyone has its own historical place in the cozy nooks of Lviv streets. If you have decided to find them, here are some hints for you:
1. 1 Rynok Square
2. 14 Rynok Square, “Venice Stone House”
3. 4 Rynok Square, “Black Stone House”
4. 4 Ruska St.
5. 8 Ruska St.
6. 20 Ruska St.
7. 4 Pidvalna St.
8. 10 Halytska Square
9. 6 Kniazia Romana
10. 11 Halytska St.
11. 1 Katedralna Square
12. 2 Katedralna Square
13. 25 Rynok Square
14. 28 Rynok Square
15. 31 Rynok Square
16. 38 Rynok Square
17. 7 Virmenska St.(the gate)
18. 12 Svobody Prosp. ("Videnska Kaviarnia" (Viennese Cafe))
19. 2 Sichovykh Striltsiv St.
20. 1 Universytetska St. (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv)
21. 5 Sviatoho Yura Square (St. George Cathedral)
22. 50-52 Chuprynky St.
23. 27 Kopernyka St.
24. The High Castle