Things to Do in Lviv, Ukraine
An Introduction to the City
Lviv is a beautiful city in western Ukraine and today serves as one of the main cultural centres of the country. It is a moderately sized city of about 730,000 so it is easy to get around and makes for a great place for either a city break or the perfect destination for backpacker’s who want to get off the beaten track for a bit and enjoy a city which is not yet completely overrun by tourism. However, there are still plenty of things to do in Lviv and you certainly won’t be getting bored!
Full of history and culture, Lviv is home to some of the finest churches and museums in Ukraine. It also has an extensive old town and a fantastic café culture, making it the ideal place to stroll around during warm summer days enjoying a coffee or a beer in the afternoon.
Getting to Lviv
Lviv is served by an international airport though there are currently no budget flights from the United Kingdom. If you are backpacking around Europe then the best and cheapest way to get to Lviv is generally by bus with frequent connections to a number of major cities.
Accommodation in Lviv
Lviv has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Backpackers would likely feel right at home in the Kosmonaut Hostel but if you are on a tight budget and want some privacy, there are plenty of other options such as the Hotel Lviv. You can find plenty of accommodation options and reviews all over the Internet including some on my site.
Entertainment in Lviv
You certainly won’t be getting bored in Lviv with an abundance of unique and particularly special entertainment options. No visit to the city would be complete without a night spent at the infamous Kriyivka bar, decorated in a Ukrainian WW2 partisan theme where you have to tell a doorman toting a submachine gun the password so that you can get in! Lots of fun indeed, and particularly unique.
There is also no shortage of nightclubs in Lviv and being a highly active student city and home to one of the country’s best universities, there truly are some great options for enjoying the lifestyle and meeting the locals.
When the weather is fine as it frequently is during summer, you should spend the evenings at one of the many bars and restaurants down Svobody avenue or even go to a ballet or concert in the beautiful Opera House at the end of the avenue.