The city of Lviv lies in the centre of Europe. Having a population of around 730000 people, it is the 7th largest city in Ukraine as well as one of the leading cultural and educational centres. Indeed, 38 Lviv universities and institutions with a total of 130000 students produce around 30000 highly educated graduates every year, the majority of which specialize on IT, Engineering, Applied Sciences and Foreign Languages. Throughout the centuries, Lviv has been a city where different cultures live side by side, resulting to many historical monuments and buildings of different architectural styles (Lviv Opera Theatre, Rynok Square, Latin Cathedral, Dominican Church, etc.) The historical and cultural richness of Lviv's city centre has earned it a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. For more information, please visit http://lviv.travel/en/index
Lviv is the charming city located on the west side of Ukraine. Since its vivid history, the city is full of diverse symbols of different historical periods. You can see the old colorful buildings in the center, paving stones, indicative monuments and lots of little tricks which are known by locals only.
The historic city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lviv is a unique combination of Western and Eastern cultures.
The most famous street is Rynok Square. It has been the center of the political, public, cultural, and commercial life of the city for 500 years; it is the heart of Lviv, the setting of the historical beginning of the Europeanization of Ukraine. Surrounding it are about fifty unique architectural monuments dating back to the 16-20th centuries. Another well-known building is the Lviv Opera House – an architectural gem of Lviv, built in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1901. A bunch of churches and cathedrals, parks and other entertainment leaves a great impression and good memories. Just rambling streets or exploring museums, you always take your great time to spend in there!
The city is the Ukrainian center of chocolate and coffee. Today Lviv is a paradise for sweet tooths. The city boasts of dozens of places, where wonderful coffee and hot chocolate are prepared, and where a variety of sweets are made on location. Places to taste beer, liquors, national cuisine are found everywhere. Various festivals, for example, the Chocolate festival or the Wine and Cheese festival, Jazz performances, theatre events, concerts and many more catch the breath and carry away.
11 FACTS ABOUT LVIV:
1. Name. The city was founded around 1256 by King Danylo Halytskyi, who named it after his son – Lev (Lion in Ukrainian language).
2. Currency. The national currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia (UAH). Lviv is well equipped with ATMs that support basic payment systems such as Visa, Maestro, and Master Card.
When exchanging money, you may be required to provide a copy of your passport or the copy will be made for you on the spot. This is stipulated in Ukrainian legislation.
3. Language. The state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian. Many of Ukrainian citizens (especially younger ppl) have a general level of knowledge of English. Hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, many shops, and services will be able to offer you information in English, German, Polish.
4. Alcohol and Tobacco. In Lviv, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places, and drinking is not permitted in open public areas. Restaurants, bars and clubs have separate, rooms for smokers and non-smokers.
You may purchase alcohol in the shops only upon reaching 18 years of age. Between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. alcohol may be obtained only in pubs/bars/restaurants.
5. Opening hours. The shops are usually open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Historical landmarks and museums, as a rule, are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but on selected days may open later.
6. Road Traffic. Ukraine is a right-hand traffic country. The speed limit in the city is 60 km/h, outside the city – 90 to 120 km/h. (130 km/h on selected highways).
7. Tipping. If you enjoyed the service provided in a café/restaurant or a hotel, it is customary to leave a tip of about 5-10% of the bill. Sometimes the tips will be included in the bill, but this will be indicated on the menu.
8. In the Center of East Europe. The city is located 50 km from European Union border. Around 500 km separate Lviv from three capitals: Kyiv (Ukraine), Warsaw (Poland), Budapest (Hungary).
9. City of students. Each 5 in Lviv is a student. There are around 170 thousand of students and 26 universities. The biggest two are the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and “Lviv Polytechnic” National University.
10. Lviv is a “Silicon Valley” of Ukraine. A lot of software and product companies outsource their business to Lviv. Not a common fact that special effects for “Spiderman”, “Harry Potter”, “The Halk” and other are made here. Also, according to KPMG, is one of the most perspective city for IT development.
11. A new touristic mecca of East Europe. Annually number of tourists is growing at 15-20 %. Last year a million tourists visited Lviv.
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