Exploring Lviv

Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over One of Ukraine’s Most Magical Cities

Issue 111, April 2018.
Kamyanets-Podilsky is known as Ukraine’s ‘Pearl-on-the-Stone’ thanks to its postcard-worthy 12th Century fortress on the banks of the Smotrych River canyon. A national monument since 1928, the river forms a natural moat, ensuring that the fortress wouldn’t look out of place on a Game of Thrones set. The nearby Old Town boasts of 170 historical monuments, a tribute to its thousand-year heritage as a crossroads of medieval trade routes. Different cultures and peoples have brought their own traditions and architecture to one of Ukraine’s oldest cities, and you can still find Polish, Ukrainian, and Armenian markets.

Ukraine’s Forgotten Icon of Impressionism

Issue 107, December 2017.
Kharkiv artist Mykhailo Tkachenko was whitewashed by the Bolsheviks but is finally being rediscovered

Big Plate a Big Part of Lviv’s Culinary Landscape

Issue 105, October 2017.
Each year thousands of tourists from around the globe come to Lviv to indulge in the city’s ancient spirit, relax and, of course, visit our many local restaurants to experience our culinary tradition. What you might not know is that Lviv has a long history as some venues were hospitably welcoming guests hundreds of years ago!

FlixBus in Ukraine!

Issue 104, September 2017.
Europe’s popular FlixBus extended its network to Ukraine in July with routes from Kyiv, Rivne, Zhytomyr, and Lviv to destinations in Poland and the Czech Republic. The long distance bus operator connects cities and towns throughout Europe for excellent prices. Since launching its first route in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become a leading operator in Europe with its extensive route network and innovative ticketing system. The company’s green busses comply with the highest safety and environmental standards, so travelers get a sustainable and convenient alternative to private transport.

The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise

Issue 102, June 2017.
Ukrainian culture is filled with rich traditions and a variety of noteworthy landmarks that attract travelers from all over the globe. The picturesque Dniester Canyon, stretching across three Western Ukrainian regions, is rightly called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine. At 250 km long, the landmark is one of the longest ravines in Europe. The Dniester Canyon impresses not only with its immensity, but also with breathtaking natural landscapes that include rocky cliffs, caves and grottoes covered by green forests, peculiar islands, and fascinating waterfalls.

Western Ukraine is an Ecotourism Gem

Issue 102, June 2017.
Tired of the big city and bored of trying to get through the rushing crowds? Then it’s time for you to flee the asphalt jungle and take a breath of fresh air in nature’s solitude. Plunge into the crystal clear waters, discover the jewels of untouched nature, and behold the beauty of a forgotten world of traditions and a slow pace of life. Feel reborn before heading back into the urban scene. Tourism streams like ‘ecotourism’, ‘rural tourism’, ‘green tourism’, and ‘agro tourism’ are relatively new in Ukraine, but they are already marvellously established. So why not look at relaxing your body and soul in the countryside on your next vacation?

Spotlighting Lviv’s Entrance Halls

Issue 99, March 2017.
When we speak about Lviv’s wonderful architecture, the image that usually comes to mind is the building’s façade. But you know what they say – “The space within becomes the reality of the building”. ‘Behind Lviv’s Entrances’ is a new book that takes an intimate look at the interiors of 50 of the city’s most remarkable buildings.

Leaping Fires on Ivan Kupala Day: Summer Solstice the Ukrainian Way

Issue 91, June 2016.
If you’ve spent any time at all in the country, you’ll know that nobody in the world likes to celebrate as much as Ukrainians. There are events to mark your name, your profession, your religion – even the season – and in June another unforgettable celebration is coming to a community near you: Ivan Kupala Day. This one has it all – fire-jumping, mythical plants, superstitions about marriage – it’s like Ukrainians have taken their favourite parts from all their other celebrations and rolled them into this fantastic festival. Even though it’s celebrated on July 6-7, the event is Ukraine’s way of marking the summer solstice (which actually takes place on June 20th this year). Like many other holidays in Ukraine, this one has been celebrated for centuries, dating back to pre-Christianity Ukraine. And much like the famous Ukrainian Easter Eggs, this festival’s traditions can be traced back to the pagan rituals of the time. This is among the country’s most “folksy” festivals, so be sure to grab your camera and be on the lookout for some of these inimitable rituals…

All Aboard! Riding the Lviv to Budapest Train

Issue 87, February 2016.
Travelling from Lviv to Budapest with Ukraine Railways is a real pleasure. The international train and carriage itself carries a fine sense of romance and intrigue from a bygone era with its graceful, old-fashioned décor and charm. This daytime venture takes you through two contrasting lands – the spectacular Carpathians hills and valleys of Ukraine and the majestic Puszta flatlands of Hungary – before arriving at Budapest approximately 14 hours later. It is worth noting that in either direction the service no longer operates overnight, unless one travels to or from Kyiv.

Touring Lviv’s Iconic Sights with Pro Lviv!

Issue 85, December 2015.
Did you know that the Galician capital was already a popular winter sports destination by the 1910s? For example, figure skating was already well-established by the end of the 19th-Century thanks to the efforts of the Lviv Skating Association (LSA) and the Sokol Ukrainian-Polish Gymnastic Association.