We don't have a street map yet (it's in work), so please avail
yourself of any map of central Lviv to follow this tour.
This tour is designed with the one-day tourist/businessman in mind. We sacrifice
many worthwhile sights of this beautiful city in the interests of saving
time, so you'll want to return to see more of L'viv at a leisurely pace some
Be prepared for frequent stops and have your camera ready --
L'viv's charm will captivate you at every turn.
Lviv is a beautiful city that rivals any European locale for its charm.
The city is historically rich and its architecture compares with the best
that Europe has to offer.
Prospekt (Boulevard) Svobody:
Lviv Opera Theatre in the name of Ivan Franko
#15 - Ethnographic Muzeum
#13 - Grand Hotel
Our tour begins in the center of town at our favorite (and most easily
located) landmark -- the L'viv Opera Theatre in the name of Ivan Franko.
You will find it at the north end of Prospekt Svobody (a.k.a. Freedom
Boulevard), a tree-lined median strip with a statue of Taras
Shevchenko. This little park is a favorite meeting place for locals.
A place where you will see chess players and on-lookers deep in thought
about the next move on the board, a well-known spot for demonstrations,
an easy place to arrange to meet one's friends.
Starting at the Opera Theatre, move south (2 blocks) along Prospekt Svobody
along the west side of the street. At the corner, #15 Prospekt Svobody,
you will find the Museum of Ethnography and Applied Arts. Here's your
first shop-op for gift items to bring back home. The kiosk on the ground
floor has lovely locally made items for sale at reasonable prices. The Museum
itself has a rich collection of artifacts, and when last we were there,
the top floor displayed a fantastic array of Pysanky ("batiked" Easter eggs). We weren't quite able to figure out the Museum's system of
"donations" as we were asked to pay small additional fees as we entered
the various galleries in the museum.
Continue south from the museum (same block), and stop to make note of #13, our favorite
hotel and restaurant, Grand Hotel. Go back there for lunch and/or dinner.
The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere lovely with windows
overlooking the Prospekt. The last time we were there, men were required to wear jackets
(the restaurant provided one), but ties were optional. During dinner in the
evening, an excellent Ukrainian band provided pleasant musical
entertainment. Don't be afraid to ask them to lower the volume if it gets too
Still on the west side of the street, keep going south and you will find
yourself at Ploscha (Plaza) Mytskevycha where you will see a
monument to author Adam Mickiewicz. On your side of the
plaza, make a note of #1 - Hotel George (transliterated - Dzhorzh),
formerly the Intourist Hotel. I stayed here back in the 70's,
and fondly recall the old world charm of this wonderful hotel. Take a
moment to step inside for a glimpse of the majestic staircase.
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Ploscha (Plaza) Mytskevycha:
#1 - Hotel George (translit.: Dzhorzh), formerly the Intourist
Halytskiy Rynok (bazaar)
Follow the sidewalk turning east into Halytska Ploshcha and don't cross
to the other side of the plaza. After crossing a couple of small streets,
you'll find yourself at vul. Kniazia Romana and
on your right you will see the entrance to the Halytskiy Rynok (bazaar).
Do walk in to see the goods that local farmers and residents are selling.
Everything from fresh fruit (in season) to flowers to knit hats are offered
for sale here -- a perfect foto-op.
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Teatral'na vulytsia (Theatre Street):
#10 -- Druzhba bookstore
Now, cross to the opposite side of the plaza, and swing back towards Prospect
Svoboda, but move north along the parallel street (one block east of
Pr. Svoboda) called Teatral'na vulytsia (Theatre Street). At the very
bottom tip of Pr. Svoboda where it meets Teatral'na vulytsia, you will
find yourself standing in front of the bookstore Druzhba at #10 Ploscha
Mytskevycha. This is a good place to purchase maps and books for
Walking north on Teatral'na, go one block and turn into a little
street on your right called Staroyevreys'ka vulytsia. As you follow the
building wall on your left side, you will arrive at the Boyim Chapel,
easily recognized by its ornately carved stone walls
and heavy doorway. The chapel is built into the structural edifice of
Roman Catholic Cathedral at Ploscha Katedral'na. The chapel interior
is spectacular and well worth a few minutes of your time to take in the
carved walls and decorative cupola.
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Ploscha Rynok (Old Market Square)
#4, 6, 24 -- Museum of History
#20 Pid Levom
After exiting the chapel: <either> turn right and return to Teatral'na
to continue north 1 block then east (right) 1 block <or> turn leftwards as you
exit the chapel, following the walls of the cathedral to
Halyts'ka vulytsia, where you turn left and go north one block. Either path
will bring you to the corner where the streets open up into Lviv's Ploscha Rynok (Old Market Square)
with structures that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Follow the square to the right along the south side. Pass the restaurant
Cafe Pid Levom (Cafe Under the Lion) at #20 Ploscha Rynok, notice the
marvelous detail in the building facades and in particular the portals as
you walk around the square. #1 is the City Hall, and make special
note of the Museum of History which is housed in three of the buildings at
#4, #6 (Korniakt Tower), and #24.
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Vulytsia Lesi Ukrayinky
Swing around the north side of the square, and head back to the northwest
corner of the square where you'll pick up Krakivs'ka vulytsia. Turn
right and follow Krakivs'ka north for 3 blocks, until you
reach vulytsia Lesi Ukrayinky. There you will find a small park which
hosts the Art Market, an open air bazaar where you might just pick up
the best deal (another shop-op if you haven't found exactly the right gift
for family and friends) on whatever you buy in L'viv: traditional
embroidered costumes, antique books, stamps, money, pins, jewelry, posters,
and of course, paintings. Be sure to get here early as some merchants like
to get home in plenty of time for dinner.
Turn one block west and you'll see that you've come full circle to the back
side of the Opera Theatre
where you started. You'll have passed by all kinds of shops, and interesting
places to eat if you do this little tour, so it could take anywhere from
a mere 2 hours to an entire day if you're a browser to complete this walk.
If you're fortunate enough to spend another day in L'viv, we recommend these
other points of interest:
any church you come across, especially Sobor Sviatoho Yura (St. George
Cathedral) at #5 Ploscha Sviatoho Yura, near the southwest end of vulytsia
Lychakivskiy Tsvyntar (Cemetery) - fabulous monuments, many
well-known Ukrainians are buried here, among them poet Ivan Franko. Tourists
are welcome to walk along the designated paths to view these marvelous memorials.
The Cemetery is situated tothe east of the city, and tram #7 will drop you
right at the gate.
Ivan Franko University on Universytets'ka vulytsia.
National Muzeum on vul. Drahomanova for 15th and 16th century icons.
For more travel hints and photos of L'viv be sure to visit Jerome Simpson's
Six Days in Ukraine.
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