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Basic information

  • Area: 171.01 km² (66 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +380 32
  • Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
  • Population (EST): 735,000
  • Official language: Ukrainian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Lviv – Places to Visit

Old Town

No trip to Lviv is complete without a visit to the historic Old Town centre. The beautiful cobbled streets and outstanding examples of architecture have been recognised by UNESCO who placed the city on the World Heritage Site list in 1998. Several notable monuments and buildings include the green-roofed Dominican Church, Market Square, a statue of King Danlyo and the outdoor Culturological Museum.

Lviv Theatre of Ballet and Opera

This beautiful theatre was originally constructed between 1897 and 1900 on architectural plans designed by Zygmunt Gorgolewski. The theatre is built out of an number of local construction materials in a Baroque and Renaissance style, while stunning oil paintings cover the ceilings and walls giving the theatre a unique festive appearance. Special ballet and operatic performances are held regularly at the theatre, for which tickets can be purchased online or at the on-site box office.

Market Square

Market Square is both the heart of soul of Lviv city; it is home to an abundance of historical buildings in both Gothic and Renaissance styles, along with a number of superb restaurants and cafes. The square dates back to the late 14th century when it was planned by the Polish king Casimir III. Market square also features important mythological monuments and sculptures, and a fountain in each corner. The square provides the perfect place to dine al fresco, or to enjoy a speciality cocktail whilst watching the world go by.

Potocki Palace

One of the biggest and perhaps most impressive buildings in Lviv is the Potocki Palace, which is located on Korenika Street. The Palace was originally constructed as an urban seat for the Potocki aristocratic family in the 1800’s. It features an impressive and unusual design, built on plans by the architect Louis de Verny who mimicked a traditional French hôtel particular. Nowadays the old mansion is used as a culture and Arts centre known as the Arts Palace, which allows visitors to explore the interiors, and view important pieces of art relating to Ukraine's rich cultural heritage.

Blessed Virgin Fountain

This beautiful fountain was originally constructed in 1848, but was recently restored in 1997. Many locals gather to light candles, lay flowers or pray in front of the fountain, while tourists take photographs and admire its unique design. The Blessed Virgin Fountain is located in Market Square.

Lviv History Museum

The enormous Lviv History Museum is home to over 350,000 objects relating to Ukraine's culture and history, including coins, weapons, artwork and tools. The historical items are spread over 3 buildings in Rynok Square, and a day ticket includes admission to all these venues. Various exhibitions are held throughout the year, for more details about what’s on during your visit check the museum website.