Lviv City Guide

Lviv used to be called by its Russian name “Lvov”when the Soviet ​Union ​controlled it, and before that “Lemburg” when it was part of Poland

A ​Viennese pastry and delicious coffee is a typical breakfast leftover from when this city was a ​part of the Austro Hungarian Empire

Lviv is Ukraine’s second largest city, known as the cultural capital of Ukraine, it benefited from ​a rich multi-cultural mix as major trading center between east and west dating back to the 14th​century. Jews, Armenians, Greeks, and German immigrants came in along with the occupying ​powers, leaving a historical city center that is filled with an unusually rich collection of  ​baroque and renaissance era churches and homes, as well as a lifestyle that is closer to Europe than Ukraine’s eastern, Russian influenced  cities.

Lviv and its citizens also represent a center of Resistance: cultural and political. In ​spite of centuries of occupation . Lviv is known for being the heart and soul of Ukrainian language and ​culture, even during the Soviet years when Russian was the official language taught in schools, and many aspects of Ukrainian culture were banned.