The Ukrainian town of Lviv is a true melting pot of cultures. The Western Ukrainian town has been part of three different empires during its history, which has given it a mixture of architecture, history and style. Travellers will love Lviv; everyone will find something to enjoy.
The city, the seventh-largest city in Ukraine, has been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union during its long history. It is now part of an independent Ukraine.
The UNESCO-listed Old Town will woo visitors with its Renaissance buildings, cosy cafés and many museums. If you need to recharge your energy, head to the many cafés in the town to sample some of the best coffee in the Ukraine and beyond -- they even have a festival that's dedicated to coffee here. Maybe you need something sweet? In that case, you should head to the town's own chocolate factory to see it being made and more importantly, to taste some.
Things to Do
Lviv has so many things to do that you will be tempted to extend your stay. Here are a few ideas of places to go:
Explore a UNESCO-listed Old Town
The Old Town has retained elements of its different aspects of its history. Travellers can see medieval, baroque and renaissance building styles in the town. If you sit in Market Square, you can see many of the styles in this one place. You can also see evidence of the different communities that have lived there, for example on the Armenian Street.
Learn about Lemberg
Lemberg, as the city was known in Yiddish, had a Jewish community dating back to the 10th Century. Before the Second World War, there were 97 synagogues and a community population of 140,000 people. The city's Jewish museum remembers this community, most of which was murdered in the Holocaust.
A sweet visit
If you have a sweet tooth, you will want to visit the city's chocolate factory. On the tour, you will see how the chocolate is made and have a chance to try it. The factory also offers master classes for aspiring chocolatiers. See more at [https://www.chocolate.lviv.ua/en/chokolyadna-ekskursia/].
Calendar of Events
Lviv has so many events that some call it "a town of festivals". Here are few to plan your visit around:
Coffee Festival. The town is well known for its coffee and it holds an annual festival to celebrate the drink in September. Travellers can visit an exhibition to see innovative ways to make a cup or try different coffees at the fair. There is even a coffee bike ride. See more at [http://www.coffeefest.lviv.ua/en/].
Night Festival. During this festival held in July, museums and galleries open their doors throughout the night. There are also outdoor performances by theatre companies.
City Day. On this day in May, Leopolitans (as the city residents are called) march through the streets in the Grand Street Parade. There are also sideshows and stalls selling food and drink. The main focus of the events is Rynok or Market Square.