Exploring Lviv

Lviv streets in English

Issue 24, May 2010.
For foreigners who do not read the Cyrillic alphabet navigating round Ukraine has always been a Herculean task and a major psychological barrier. Luckily this challenge will now be considerably less daunting thanks to a new initiative to erect English language street signs throughout Lviv as part of efforts to boost the West Ukrainian city’s reputation as a trail-blazing tourism focus.

Lviv Pharmacy Museum - a living time capsule

Issue 23, April 2010.
The art of medicine frst came to medieval Lviv in the 13th century when Constance, the wife of Prince Leo, founded a pharmacy and hospital within the grounds of the Dominican Monastery. However, for most Leopolitans the city’s medical history remains intrinsically linked to the building which to- day houses Lviv’s Pharmacy Museum.

Lviv’s Latin Landmark

Issue 22, March 2010.
Churches and cathedrals dominate the Lviv skyline and serve as the spiritual reservoir of the city’s ancient soul. Lviv’s geopolitical position as a major Eurasian crossroads has served to make the city a place where faiths meet and intermingle, creating a religious mosaic unlike anything found elsewhere in Europe.

La Piazza - The place where Lviv meets

Issue 21, February 2010.
After months of anticipation Lviv recently welcomed the arrival of stylish new restaurant ‘la Piazza’. Located on the fourth floor of Lviv’s new ‘Opera Passage’ luxury shopping complex.The motto of the venue is ‘The place where Lviv society meets’ and the management of ‘La Piazza’ emphasize that their primary ambition is to create a venue which will live up to this billing and become part of the very fabric of Lviv society.

Defending Ancient Lviv

Issue 21, February 2010.
Like most of Europe’s great medieval cities, Lviv has a rich legacy of fortifications within the architectural ensemble of the Old town area. In the centre of modern Lviv the city’s medieval arsenal. Today’s Lviv arsenal building houses a museum and is a well-known as a local landmark but it is actually the oldest of three surviving arsenals and can be traced back to 1430.

Literary Lviv

Issue 20, January 2010.
Lviv has always been a city of great literary pretensions and was the home of the region’s first printing presses in the sixteenth century. You will encounter a monument to the godfather of Lviv’s printing scene, Ivan Fedorov, on Pidvalna Street close to Lviv’s book market.

Love in Lviv on St. Valentine’s Day

Issue 20, January 2010.
Lviv is one of the most dreamily romantic cities in Eastern Europe with its ancient cobbled streets and enticing archways leading into a thousand and one intimate courtyards. The fairytale capital of West Ukraine is rich in romantic legend and has inspired architects, writers, noblemen and playwrights for centuries. This was the scene of legendary romances between Polish aristocrats and Ukrainian beauties, a city where Venetian ambassadors would become bewitched and Habsburg dukes unmanned. It was also once the home town of the infamous Mr. Masoch and the setting for many of his erotically-charged tales, giving rise to the modern-day concept of masochism. Today’s Lviv is just as seductive as it was in centuries past, and as the city prepares to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day 2010 we look at a few of the most appealing local options as you plan how to spend the most romantic holiday of the year!

Lion Awards - The best of Lviv

Issue 19, December 2009.
2009 has been an exciting and challenging year in Lviv which has seen the West Ukrainian capital named as Ukraine’s City of Culture before receiving less welcome international headlines in November as the centre of a brief swine flu panic. Despite a general global economic downturn which has hit all of Lviv’s key EU trade partners hard, 2009 has seen more and more international companies looking to invest in the region and establish Lviv offices, with the tourism and outsourcing sectors proving particularly attractive. International carriers including Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines have added Lviv to their list of destinations in 2009, marking a symbolic step for Lviv Airport towards an increasing role as a regional air travel hub. Meanwhile, plans for the new-look terminal building have been approved and an international construction group chosen to handle the massive building works that when completed will transform Lviv Airport from a post-Soviet backwater into a leading regional air hub.

Touring Lviv’s iconic sights on unique Wonder train !

Issue 18, November 2009.
As more and more tourists are discovering, Lviv is a magical city where every street holds immeasurable treasures that reflect an ancient and cosmopolitan heritage dating back 750 years. Lviv annually welcomes more than one million tourists, and as the city modernises and prepares to host Euro 2012, this figure is set to rise every year. New services and leisure options are constantly springing up to cater for the growing tourist trade, but few have proved as popular as the city’s iconic ‘Wonder Train’, which offers visitors the chance to see the very best of Lviv from the comfort of a state-of-the-art German-made tourist train!

Back to the Future in Soviet Lviv

Issue 18, November 2009.
Seventy years ago this autumn the Soviet Union’s Red Army marched into West Ukraine and seized the then-Polish administered regional capital city Lviv. This annexation, which was part of the secret clauses in Stalin’s euphemistically named August 1939 non-agression pact with Adolf Hitler, marked the beginning of a fifty- year Soviet reign that, although interrupted by the cataclysms of WWII and the West Ukrainian nationalist insurgency which would smoulder on until the 1950s, was to have a massive impact on the face of Lviv and change the way the city grew and developed forever.