I live in Poland, so visiting Lviv (Ukraine) may not seem like a big deal but for me it
was. This was the first time in my life I was about to travel all by myself, without any
plan. I packed my navy suitcase and went for an adventure! There is something very
special about Lviv. Some kind of nostalgy, out-dated romanticism, maybe a little bit of
a bohema vibe. The city has a multicultural history, and you can see how it has
blended here. What else? Delicious cuisine and Secessian architecture. The historic
city center put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. All of this should convince you to
visit this place.
Lviv is waking up slowly. As a day goes by, streets are getting crowded and loud,
filled with tourists, coffee tables and street performers. Every visitor can find
something special for himself. But no matter what your favourite activities are you
have to spend some time at The Market Place. It is a central square of the city.
The square is rectangular in shape, around the square there are 44 tenement
houses, which represent different architectural styles, from Renaissance to
Modernism. Right in the middle the Town Hall is situated. It’s worth making a little
effort, so spend 20 UAH (Ukrainian currency), climb 306 steps and see a beautiful
view from the top floor. During the day you must sit in one of the cozy coffee houses
and try delicious Ormian caffee. When the night comes I recommend going for wine
or liquor tasting.
If you are keen on history and architecture, you won’t be bored- there are numerous
churches in Lviv (especially: Latin Cathedral, Armenian Cathedral, Dominican
Church, The Bernardine Church and Monastery, Jesuit Church), Lviv Opera and
Ballet National Academic Theatre and its surroundings and the High Castle.
If you are a foodie- you would be pleased to know that Lviv is, in my opinion, one of
the best places for a food trip for every backpacker. City centre is filled with bigger
and smaller restaurants, some are fancy, at some you will see only local people,
some are for traditional cuisine lovers.
You don’t have to worry about accommodation or transport. Since more and more
tourist are visiting Lviv every year it’s well organized and rather cheap.
And do take part in free walking tour. It’s great. See you there!
Author: The Brown Nomad
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