Traveler Tips for Sightseeing in Lviv, Ukraine
- What to see? Lviv is Ukraine’s cultural capital: more than 50% of the country’s cultural artifacts and monuments are in Lviv and the surrounding region.
- Why visit? In 1998 Lviv’s historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its rich architecture and history of cultural and religious diversity. All of Lviv’s Old Town (over 120 hectares) is an outdoor museum, so you don’t even have to visit a museum to see wonderful cultural artifacts. And if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Lviv.
- What to do? From cultural and religious history exhibits and tours, to live performances at the famed Lviv Opera House, there’s a full calendar of events year-round. Here are just a few things to do during your visit to Lviv.
- Tourist season. Summertime is the peak tourist season, but visitors also come for festivals that occur year-round and the big holidays–New Year’s and Ukrainian Christmas in early January are especially popular with tourists.
- Lots of walking. Many sights are outdoors; so bring some comfortable shoes and plan to do a lot of walking along historic streets like Prospect Svobody and Virmens'ka Street.
- Where to stay? When choosing your accommodations keep in mind that most attractions are easy walking distance from the city center and its Rynok Square.
- Museums. Lviv museums are rather small with a low admission price; so with a little planning it’s possible to visit several in one day.
- English language. Not all museums and sights are “English friendly,” however if you plan ahead, this shouldn’t affect your visit at all.
- Guided tours. You can find excellent English-speaking personal tour guides at reasonable prices and group tours are a good option for budget travelers and large groups.
- DIY. Plenty of tourist sights in Lviv are accessible for independent do-it-yourself tourists.