Lviv, or Lvov, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 700 years old and at the same time modern seems to be Lvov to everybody walking down its narrow cozy streets with unique architecture. Highly interesting history of this amazing city dates 7.5 centuries. Lvov was founded in the middle of XIII century and became the capital of the principality of Halych-Volhynia. Thanks to its unique geographic location the city became the leading trade centre of Eastern Europe. In the course of time Lviv turned into a real architectural pearl, a centre of book-publishing, handicrafts and arts. Since Ukraine has been declared independent, Lviv is regarded as a cultural and mental capital of the country.
There are more then 2,000 architectural memorials, museum collections, theatres and ancient parks which are connected with the history of origin and development of the city and the country.
During excursion you will have the possibility to walk down the Market square regarded as the centre of political, cultural, social and trading life of the city; to visit a unique wooden church dated XVII, the Museum of folk architecture and every day life, Lvov Historical Museum, the Bernardinskiy Cloister, the Dominican Cathedral, the Roman-Catholic Jesuit Church of Peter and Paul.
Worth seeing is a very interesting monument of the later Renaissance - the Chapel Boimov which is unique not only in Ukraine but in European architecture too. The chapel is famous for its interesting energy. An employee of museum told that once she forgot a basket with apples in a corner and suddenly came across it in one and a half year. It was astonishing to find out that the apples remained fresh, juicy and aromatic.
The interest of city guests is attraced by the oldest chemist’s shop in the city changed into a unique in Ukraine museum where they can have a look at the old pharmaceutical equipment being used by the medieval chemists. The collection of chemist’s dishes, tabletting machines of different ages, old scales, plantcutters, medieval herbariums is displayed here. It is possible to buy ordinary modern medicines along with a 'specialty of the house'– 'the iron wine' – a tonic drink being sold only here, in the Chemist’s-museum of Lviv.
Take a trip to Lviv and you will fall in love with this wonderful and beautiful city. It does not matter where are you from –everybody finds here something to his liking and wants to come back to Lviv once.
For two days in -mid-May, the city of Lviv enjoys jazz, pop and rock music, folk dancing, and theater on the street. It’s a family affair, with numerous activities and a huge street parade-carnival for the kids. The Capital of Handicrafts festival is at the same time in Rynok Square, while Victory Day is on May 9.
|Behind the Castle||Potelyts'ka, 4||Guesthouse||-|
|Central Low Budget Backpackers Hostel 'Roxelana'||Generala Chuprenke 50/4 'Генерал||Hostel||-|
|Central Square Hostel||5 Rynok Square||Hostel||81|
|Hills View Apartment||Tarnavskoho Street, building #55||Apartment||-|
|Hostel Kurmanovich||Kurmanovich str, 9||Hostel||-|
|Hostel MisterHostel||5 Bankivska Str.||Hostel||-|
|Lemberg hostel||Khorvats'ka str.3 apt.18||Hostel||-|
|LeoCity Hostel||15 Konopnitskoy str Level 3||Hostel||-|
|LeoCity Rynok Square||13 Rynok Square, apr.13, code 457 (press simultane||Hostel||-|
|Live Lviv||Sichovykh Striltsiv 4||Hostel||-|
|Old City Park Appartment||Piskova str,17||Apartment||-|
|Old Ukrainian Home Hostel||Lepkogo str.12||Hostel||-|
|Ratusha Apartment||16/10 Rynok Square||Apartment||-|
|Retro Hostel Shevchenko||16, Shevchenko Ave.||Hostel||-|
|Ruska street hostel||Ruska str, 3/5||Hostel||-|
|Rynok Square Apartment||Second Floor, Building #16, Rynok Square, Lviv, Uk||Apartment||-|
|The Kosmonaut Hostel||1st. Floor, Sichovykh Striltsiv 8 (Січових||Hostel||-|
Internet develops quickly in Ukraine, and therefore, today it is no problem to get access to the world wide web - both wired and wireless. There are more access points in big cities, nevertheless there are also some in small settlements. The majority of Ukrainian hostels and hotels of different level have Wi-Fi points, which allow visitors to use high-speed Internet. Most Ukrainian restaurants and many cafes are equipped with internet access points, there are also Wi-Fi zones in terminals of the international airports. You may also access Internet from your cell phone, if your device supports GPRS or one of the 3G standards. All cellular carriers in Ukraine offer access to the mobile internet. Moreover, it's usually no problem to find Internet-cafe in Ukrainian cities. "Ukrtelecom" company offers Internet access as well. Its offices are easy to find in any town of Ukraine. The cost of one hour of Internet access usually doesn't exceed €1-2.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international phone code for Ukraine is 380. The general emergency phone number is 112 and there are special ones for fire -(101), police (102), ambulance (103) and even gas leaks (104).
Although cell phones are becoming more and more popular, a lot of people still use phonecards and this might be a good and cheaper option for travellers as well. If you are here for any length of time it is worth investing in a local sim-card for your mobile. No major international mobile operators exist in Ukraine (yet) so if you have Vodaphone or T-mobile (etc) your phone may not work here. Kyivstar and MTS are the biggest Ukrainian operators.
Ukraine Poshta is the national postal service of Ukraine (website is rather slow and not always working). Unfortunately, the postal service in Ukraine is unreliable or at least inefficient and slow. Most packages get stolen or searched for things that can be sold. Post offices exist in all cities and towns and postcards can be sent quite safely, but the service may be slow. Like many other businesses, post offices are open from around 9:00am to 6:00pm with a lunchbreak between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, though opening times may vary. Smaller ones in rural towns keep shorter hours, while the largest ones in Kiev are usually open very late, during weekends or even 24 hours! If you want to send a letter or postcard and buy stamps, just queue up at the line where you see envelops and cards. Be prepared to wait a while, also regarding the time it takes to send a postcard to Europe (a week) or the USA (two weeks), let alone places further afield. Always send letters by airmail (avia in Ukrainian). For faster (but more expensive) sendings of parcels, try companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.
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