Lviv in a glance
Quick facts about Lviv
Official language: Ukrainian
Population: 757,500 people
Area: 182.01 km2
Time zone: Eastern European Summer Time, GMT +2
Geographical position: Located in the western part of Ukraine, 70 km from the EU border and 160 km from the eastern Carpathian Mountains.
Climate: Lviv has a temperate Continental climate with soft winters, wet springs, mild summers, warm and dry autumns. The average temperatures are –3.4°C in winter, +17.5 °C in summer and +11 °C in the nearby mountain regions. The first record of Lviv as a city was made in chronicles in 1256.
Founder of Lviv: King Danylo Halytskyi, who named the city in honor of his son Lev.
The cultural capital of Ukraine. The historic city center (120 ha) is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city has unique architecture preserved throughout the centuries.
Currency: hryvnia ₴ (UAH). You may exchange currency at hotels, banks, and currency exchange kiosks. Credit cards are accepted in most places. ATM machines are widely available.
Top city attractions
The Ensemble of Rynok Square
Rynok Square was the center of political, social, cultural and commercial life of the city for 500 years. There are 44 buildings which represent different styles with the City Hall in the middle. In 1998 the Rynok Square, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Lychakiv cemetery is a historical state museum. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in Europe created in 1787, a necropolis of intelligentsia from all over Europe. Among notable people buried here are: Stefan Banach, Zygmund Gorgolewski, Ivan Franko, Solomiya Krushelnytska and many others.
Potocki Palace is a majestic edifice in French Neorenaissance style of late 19th century, designed by French architect
Louis d’Auvergne (1880). Today the Palace is a part of Lviv National Art Gallery. European art of 14th–18th centuries is represented here by the best works from the Gallery’s collection.
Churches of Lviv
The first church in Lviv was built over 700 years ago. Now in Lviv there are about 120 churches, many monasteries
and chapels. It is the only city in Ukraine with such a big number of sacred places. Today in Lviv all denominations
of Christianity communities are represented.
Lviv State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Solomiya Krushelnytska
The Lviv Opera House is an architectural gem of Lviv, built in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1901, and one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. Zygmunt Gorgolewski – famous architect in Europe, the author of many monumental buildings in Poland and Germany – designed the building.
Lviv Coffee Shops
The tradition of coffee in Lviv started back in 18th c. with the arrival of Austrians. Throughout the centuries it has settled and became a part of Lviv’s life. Nowadays, coffee is an everyday ritual for Lvivers and a special attraction to Lviv’s tourists.
Chapel of the Boim Family
A famous and unique late Renaissance monument; it has no analogues, neither in Ukraine nor in the rest of Europe.
Lviv open-air museum, an ethnic park that exhibits Ukrainian houses of the past brought from different regions of Ukraine.
High Castle Park
An old park on the hill towering above the city, ruins of an old castle, the observatory, and breathtaking scenery.
The Armenian community, one of the oldest in Lviv, had formed over a period of many years a centre for its national life in Lviv. Its unique architecture portrays the original spirit of this Eastern Christian culture.