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Things to do in Lviv in 3 days

29.06.2021
Lviv in 3 days: what is worth seeing
© Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Lviv is a city with a centuries-old history. Every house and alleyway here is imbued with a special atmosphere. When you come here for the first time, you will walk with your eyes wide open and not believe that you are in Ukraine.

Seated statue of liberty
Sitting statue of liberty in Lviv © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Our article will tell you what to see in Lviv in three days and what sights and places to visit. And the first thing we would like to say to those who want to visit the city of Lviv in May is that you should book your accommodation in advance because this weekend it will be very "hot."

Day One

We start our walking tour of Lviv. First, we need to refresh ourselves and recharge our emotions, so we go to Kryivka.

Kryivka

Kryivka is a unique establishment that is rather famous not so much for its cuisine (although it is good here) as for its setting. Kryivka is a hideout of soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). Here you can see a collection of military equipment, German grenades, grenade launchers, radio stations, and encryption machines. There, among all these military riches, you can try "half a meter of sausage," krovianka, kulish, herring, and of course, drink horilka, liqueur, and kvass.

places to visit in Lviv - cafe Kryivka
Kryivka © Serhii_Tesliuk_Tesla / Shutterstock

It's not so easy to find Kryivka as there are no signs. But we will give you a hint — it is located right opposite the City Hall. There you'll see an apartment building and a basement with an inconspicuous door. Knock, and a military guard will open the door and ask for the password. And the password is "Glory to Ukraine!", after the guard answers, "Glory to the Heroes!" you will be served liquor and allowed to continue through the narrow corridors of the restaurant. You should treat everything with humor. They love tourists and always offer delicious food and entertainment.

Entrance to cafe Kryivka
Secret entrance to Kryivka without a sign © Mikalai Drazdou / Shutterstock

Another feature of Kryivka is that the restaurant is open around the clock. So if you come to Lviv early in the morning or late in the evening and do not know where to go, feel free to go to Kryivka.

Address: Rynok Square, 14

Car with a machine gun in a cafe Kryivka
UPA car in cafe Kryivka © OLEGOLEGOLEG / Shutterstock

Lviv High Castle Park

High Castle Park is one of the favorite places not only for tourists but also for residents of Lviv. It is located on Zamkova Hora (hill). From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. And if you come here early in the morning, you can enjoy not only the panorama but also the silence, which adds romance.

what to see in Lviv - High Castle Hill
High Castle Park © Vera Petrunina / Shutterstock

The first mention of Lviv in the chronicles of 1256 is linked with Castle Hill. And the park was arranged in the XIX century on the site of the High Castle, which was a defensive fortress and repository of weapons.

Address: Zamkova St.

what to do in Lviv - Climb the Castle Hill
Castle Hill © Dizfoto / Shutterstock

Lviv Coffee Manufacture

It is impossible to visit Lviv and not have a cup of coffee in a coffee shop. Walking through the city center, you will always find yourself next to a coffee shop, so you can't miss it. You can have a seat on the terrace with a transparent roof, near the window in the hall itself, or go down into the mine, wearing a helmet and drink coffee there.

Coffee Manufacture -  bags with coffee
Lviv Coffee Manufacture © Fotokon / Shutterstock

When you look at the menu, you are overwhelmed by the variety of coffees — coffee mulled wine, coffee dessert with cream, liqueur, and nuts, sealed coffee, which is very popular. You can have Lviv cottage cheese cake or apple strudel for dessert. It's so delicious that you want to prolong the pleasure.

must see in Lviv - Original coffee preparation
Making coffee in an art cafe © Dizfoto / Shutterstock

The menu also has meat and hot dishes, appetizers, salads, spirits, and cocktails. Everything is delicious and hearty.

Address: Rynok Square, 10

Entrance to the museum-cafe "Lvivska kava" on Rynok Square
Entrance to the museum-cafe "Lvivska kava" © Kristi Blokhin / Shutterstock

Lviv City Hall

The City Hall is located in the city council building. You have to climb a steep staircase with 408 steps to get a bird's-eye view of Lviv. But when you do, you will have a stunning view of the city. When you look at this beauty, you will notice that there are no billboards, banners that spoil the view in the old part of Lviv, and it's delightful!

places to see in Lviv - City Hall
Lviv City Hall © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Interesting facts:

  • There is a clock on the Lviv City Hall that was made in 1852 in Vienna. This clock is considered one of the oldest in Ukraine.
  • Every day, at noon, the Lviv anthem is played from the tower.

Address: Rynok Square, 1

Town Hall on Rynok Square
Town hall in Lviv © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Dominican Church

One of the symbols of Lviv's decoration is the Catholic Dominican Cathedral, constructed in the XVIII century. One can characterize it by its grandeur and solemnity. It has the inscription on the pediment "SOLI DEO HONOR ET GLORIA," which means "Honor and glory to God alone."

Dominican Church at night with illumination
Dominican Church © D.Bond / Shutterstock

The interior of the cathedral is exquisite and luxurious. The dome depicts the saints of the Dominican order, and the altar part depicts the four apostles. The cathedral is a striking representative of the Baroque style.

Адрес: Rynok Square, 1

Dominican Church interior
Dominican Church © makalex69 / Shutterstock

The First Lviv Grill Restaurant of Meat and Justice

After you've worked up an appetite by walking, head to this establishment, which is located at Valova st., 20. The only disadvantage you should be warned about is the huge queues, especially if you go during holidays. But if you are willing to wait, your suffering will be rewarded with a juicy kebab, beefsteak, sausage plate, bograch, and fragrant grilled vegetables.

things to do in Lviv - go to the Grill restaurant Meat and Justice
Restaurant "Meat and Justice" © Inspired By Maps / Shutterstock

We won't write the legend of this place. We'll just say that it's so delicious that the next day you'll be thinking, "Why have I eaten so little meat?"

Address: Valova st., 20

Grilled meat and vegetables in Grill Restaurant of Meat and Justice
The First Lviv Grill Restaurant of "Meat and Justice" © Inspired By Maps / Shutterstock

Gas Lamp

If you can't stand the line at Meat and Justice, then go to Gas Lamp. However, it's worth going there anyway. This restaurant museum is dedicated to such an invention as the kerosene lamp, which became famous in 1853 thanks to Ignacy Lukasiewicz and Jan Zeh, employees of the pharmacy "Under the Gold Star." You can find the restaurant at Virmenska St, 20. You will see the sculpture of Lukasiewicz at the table with a kerosene lamp (one of the inventors) next to the restaurant, and if you look up, you'll see Jan Zeh looking out of the window. Guests will be welcomed at the entrance and will be led through dark corridors. The cuisine here is Ukrainian — meat board, pickled vegetables, pork sausage, salo. You can also try drinks from the test tubes — liqueurs, medovukha, hrenovuha, and even kerosinovka. Since it is not just a restaurant but also a museum-restaurant, there is an exhibition of kerosene lamps (almost the largest in Europe).

Address: Virmenska St, 20.

Sculpture of Jan Zech at the entrance to the pub-museum Gas Lamp
Sculpture by Jan Zech © Nick_Nick / Shutterstock

Day Two

After resting and gaining strength for walking, we go to an extraordinary place — the cemetery. Many more fascinating places are waiting for us after that.

Lychakiv Cemetery

Lychakiv Cemetery is also called the open-air museum since almost every tomb is a true work of art. The history of the cemetery began in 1786, when Lviv was the capital of Galicia. And the first burial dates back to 1657.

best places to visit in Lviv - Lychakiv cemetery
Lychakiv Cemetery © IreneSol / Shutterstock

There are 23 chapels-tombs belonging to wealthy families, 2,000 tombs, 500 reliefs, and figures. In general, there are about 300,000 burials in the cemetery. The writer Ivan Franko and the author of "Chervona Ruta" Volodymyr Ivasiuk are buried here.

Being here, you will admire the sculptures and tombstones. Some of them were made by famous architects — Anton and Johann Schimzer, Hartmann Witwer, Parys Filippi, Feodosia Brizh, and others.

And if you want a more intense experience, come here for a tour at night. The illuminated paths and the ringing silence will make a strong impression.

Address: Mechnykova St, 33

Crypt in Lychakiv Cemetery
Lychakiv Cemetery © Artem Yampolcev / Shutterstock

Latin Cathedral

The most beautiful Latin Cathedral is located in the center of Old Lviv. Its spire is 67 meters long, so you can easily find this place. The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary had been building for 100 years! The construction began in the XIV century. Throughout its existence, the cathedral's appearance has changed; the most significant restoration took place at the end of the XVIII century when the temple acquired the features of the Baroque and Rococo styles popular at the time. It's a real must-see!

Address: Katedralna Square, 1

Latin Cathedral in winter
Latin Cathedral © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock
Interior of the Latin Cathedral
Interior of the Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary © Serhii Khomiak / Shutterstock

Jesuit Church (Saints Peter and Paul Garrison Church)

On the same street, a stone's throw from the Latin Cathedral, is the Church of Peter and Paul of the Jesuit Order. It was built in 1610 - 1630. Since then, almost nothing has changed in the exterior and interior of the temple. In the XVIII century, a tower was attached, which is the highest in the city.

Church of Peter and Paul at night
Jesuit Church © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

The Jesuit Church is interesting for its dungeons, where you can see the remains of the princely walls of the XIV century, artifacts, frescoes, and a sarcophagus with an inscription that confirms that it was made for Archbishop Nikolai Vizhitsky.

Address: Teatralna st. 11

Saints Peter and Paul Garrison Church
Jesuit Church in Lviv © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

The Most Expensive Galician Restaurant (Masonic Lodge)

The Masonic Lodge restaurant is in the same building as Kryivka, and there is no sign here either. But he who seeks will always find. After you enter, you may be handed some crumpled paper or something else — don't be frightened and be sure to keep it until you pay the bill. When you pick up the menu, you will see prices with lots of zeros — for this reason, it is the most expensive restaurant in Galicia. But if you show that piece of paper they give you at the entrance or a card of the Locale network, your discount can reach 90%.

Address: Rynok Square, 14

Rynok Square

You will always come back to Rynok Square while walking in Old Lviv. Its architecture is typical for Central European cities of the Middle Ages. After a large-scale fire in 1527, there are no old wooden buildings left, only cellars. Italians, Ruthenians, Germans, Armenians, Poles, and Jews who lived in Lviv took part in the restoration.

Rynok Square
Rynok Square © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Today we can see in the architecture what was formed before the XIX century. Four fountains are installed in the corners of the square — the Fountain of Adonis, the Fountain of Amphitrite, the Fountain of Neptune, and the Fountain of Diana. The houses-attractions around the market square include the Bandinelli Palace, the Black Stone House, the Venetian House, the Lubomirski Palace, and the Andreolli Passage.

Early morning in Rynok Square
Rynok Square © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Lviv Opera

The Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, named after Solomiya Krushelnytska, is one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe, on a par with the Vienna and Odesa operas. You will see the figures of Love, Life, Glory, Art, Victory on the facade of the building.

best things to do in Lviv - visit Opera House
Lviv Opera House. S. Krushelnitskaya © Triff / Shutterstock

There is a large mirrored hall inside, decorated with paintings symbolizing the changes of the seasons. The hall has a chandelier of precious materials. A second floor has preserved the chambers of Emperor Franz Joseph. You can go to the theater just for a tour, but it is better to take a ticket for the performance. You will be impressed.

Address: Svobody Ave, 28

Interior of the Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Masoch Cafe

After a full day of sightseeing, you can enjoy a spicy evening at the Masoch Art Café. The atmosphere here is inspired by the works of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch — whips, handcuffs, leather whips, interesting chairs with surprises, bras, and erotic photos. Opening the menu, do not be frightened, and do not blush — dishes and drinks are also related to the theme of sex and masochism. If desired, the waiter will put a collar on you or spank a lash (in the evening).

By the way, there is a full-length sculpture of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch at the entrance. You can reach into his pocket and find something interesting.

Sculpture of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch in front of a cafe in the Old Town of Lviv
Sculpture of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch in front of the entrance to Cafe Masoch © Fotokon / Shutterstock

We want to draw your attention that the place is not for visiting with children. Of course, you guessed it after the description.

Address: Serbska St, 7

Masoch Cafe interior
Masoch Cafe © Inspired By Maps / Shutterstock

Day Three

Usually, check-out from your hotel or apartment takes place in the first half of the day. But what can you do if your train is only in the evening? Our advice is to leave your things at the train station and go sightseeing from there.

The Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth

This cathedral is the highest in Lviv, with a height of 85 meters. It is made in the Neo-Gothic style and is striking in its beauty. The cathedral was constructed in the early XX century and was called St. Elisabeth Church in honor of the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I — Elisabeth. In 1991, the cathedral was transferred to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and renamed.

Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth
The Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

Elements of North German and French Gothic architecture were used in the construction. The church amazes with its portal with a large rose in the center, sharp spires, vertical space inside.

Address: Kropyvnytskoho Square, 1

Interior Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth
Art Deco marble altar of St. Olga and Elizabeth © Havoc / Shutterstock

George's Cathedral

The St. George's Cathedral is a gem of the Ukrainian Baroque and the main sanctuary of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. For a long time, it has been the residence of the Greek Catholic metropolitans. The very first cathedral on St. George Hill was built during the Galicia-Volhynia princedom. The current temple ensemble was built in 1770. The oldest bell in Ukraine, dating back to 1341, is located in the bell tower.

St. George's Cathedral - the pearl of the Ukrainian Baroque and the main shrine of the UGCC
George's Cathedral © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock

The St. George's Cathedral, together with the ensemble of the historic center of Lviv, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Address: Ploshcha Svyatoho Yura, 5

Inside the Greek Catholic Church of St. George
The interior of the Church of St. George © P A / Shutterstock

House Of Legends

The House of Legends restaurant is located a block away from Rynok Square on four floors in an old house. Each room keeps a secret.

The facade of the restaurant House of Legends with a dragon
Facade of the restaurant "House of Legends" © Taras Verkhovynets / Shutterstock

For example, the room of the legend of Lviv sidewalk has samples of sidewalks from different epochs, and the room of Lviv time has an exposition of historical clocks. The cuisine is homemade, but the prices are medium.

Address: Staroievreiska St, 48

Retro car on the roof in "House of Legends"
Car on the roof of the restaurant "House of Legends" © Ruslan Lytvyn / Shutterstock
Cage with restaurant "House of Legends" visitors
One of the halls of the restaurant "House of Legends" © Fotokon / Shutterstock

Lviv Handmade Chocolate

Despite the fact that the network of shops is now opened in many cities in Ukraine, it is definitely worth a visit in Lviv. It is impossible to pass by the abundance of chocolate products, aromatic coffee and coffee cocktails, and sweet souvenirs.

Addresses: Serbska St, 3; Sichovych Striltsiv, 5; Stryiska Street, 30 (King Gross Leopolis shopping mall); Lyubinska Street, 168 (Lviv International Airport).

Facade of a chocolate factory in the historical part of Lviv
Lviv Handmade Chocolate © Fotokon / Shutterstock
Girl makes chocolates in Lviv Handmade Chocolate
Lviv Handmade Chocolate © Sun_Shine / Shutterstock

Liqueurs from Lviv

Bring some Lviv in a bottle of liqueur. There are more than 20 kinds of liqueurs from Lviv — medovukha, kalhanovka, citrus, prune, coffee ones, and much more! There are different sizes of bottles, and they offer you to taste them before buying. Be sure to stop by.

Address: Ruska Street, 3

Lviv liqueurs
Liqueurs from Lviv © Sharon Wildie / Shutterstock
Large selection of Lviv liqueurs
Liqueurs from Lviv © Sharon Wildie / Shutterstock

We hope our little guide will help you decide what to see in Lviv in three days. Walking through the streets, you will feel absolutely happy, because there is so much beautiful and interesting, imbued with history and mysteries.

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