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L'viv

Travel Guide Europe Ukraine L'viv

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Introduction

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.

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Sights and Activities

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.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Behind the CastlePotelyts'ka, 4Guesthouse75
Central Low Budget Backpackers Hostel 'Roxelana'Generala Chuprenke 50/4 'ГенералHostel78
Central Square Hostel5 Rynok SquareHostel90
Hills View ApartmentTarnavskoho Street, building #55Apartment-
Hostel KurmanovichKurmanovich str, 9Hostel-
Hostel MisterHostel5 Bankivska Str.Hostel-
Lemberg hostelKhorvats'ka str.3 apt.18Hostel90
LeoCity Hostel15 Konopnitskoy str Level 3Hostel-
LeoCity Rynok Square13 Rynok Square, apr.13, code 457 (press simultaneHostel-
Live LvivSichovykh Striltsiv 4Hostel-
Old City Park AppartmentPiskova str,17Apartment-
Old Ukrainian Home HostelLepkogo str.12Hostel76
Ratusha Apartment16/10 Rynok SquareApartment-
Retro Hostel Shevchenko16, Shevchenko Ave.Hostel-
Ruska street hostelRuska str, 3/5Hostel-
Rynok Square ApartmentSecond Floor, Building #16, Rynok Square, Lviv, UkApartment-
The Kosmonaut Hostel1st. Floor, Sichovykh Striltsiv 8 (СічовихHostel-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Post

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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