Travel Guide Europe Ukraine Lviv

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Introduction

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Lviv is a city in the (north)west of Ukraine with around 750,000 inhabitants living in the city and about 1.5 million in the total metropolitan area. The city used to be called Lemberg in German language. Capital of the historical region of Galicia, Lviv is now regarded as one of the main cultural centres of today's Ukraine.

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Neighbourhoods

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Sights and Activities

The historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The historical heart of Lviv with its old buildings and cobblestone roads has survived World War II and ensuing Nazi and Soviet occupation largely unscathed.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Lviv has a continental climate with warm, sunny summers and cold winters with regular snow. Average temperatures in summer are around 20-25 °C during the day and 12-14 °C at night. Winters see highs around zero and lows around -5 °C. The absolute records though stand at 36 °C and -30 °C to give an idea about extremes. Precipitation average just about 750 mm a year with most of that concentrating in heavy showers in summer. Winters are slightly drier.

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Getting There

By Plane

Lviv International Airport (LWO) has flights to/from Kiev, Naples, Tel Aviv, Simferopol, Tivat, Burgas, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Timisoara, Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Munich, Istanbul, Athens, Antalya, Heraklion, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zadar, Moscow, Dalaman, Dubai, Hurghada, Dortmund, Milan and Venice.

By Train

Currently several trains cross the nearby Polish–Ukrainian border (mostly via Przemysl in Poland). There are good connections to Slovakia (Kosice) and Hungary (Budapest). Many routes have overnight trains with sleeping compartments.

By Bus

Check Eurolines for international bus connections.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

The Lviv tramway now runs about 220 cars on 75 kilometres of track. Previously in bad shape many tracks were reconstructed in 2006 and even more are due to be reconstructed. The price of a tram/trolleybus ticket is 1.25 UAH (reduced fare ticket is 0.60 UAH, e.g. for students). The ticket may be purchased form the driver.

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Eat

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Drink

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Sleep

Upscale

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Work

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Local phones work well in Kiev, but not in Odessa - most people use phonecards. 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.

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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Accommodation in Lviv

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