Lviv in 2014 Top Ten List of Places to Visit

Well-respected British travel publication, The Rough Guide, has ranked Lviv as number five in its 2014 list of top ten cities in the world that are worth visiting. With its rich culture, ancient history and scenic setting, Lviv has plenty to offer visitors who take the time to explore it. Among the city’s many attractions are its museums and art galleries, with the most notable of these being the Lviv National Museum, incorporating the National Gallery. The museum is home to more than 140,000 items and boasts the largest collection of medieval sacral art, with items from the 12th through to the 18th centuries, including manuscripts, icons, decorative metal art, paintings and richly embroidered fabrics.

Three botanical gardens, sixteen natural monuments and more than twenty beautifully landscaped public gardens and parks are scattered throughout the city. Dating back to 1773, the Ivan Franko Park is the oldest park in the city, with many of its enormous trees having been planted between 1885 and 1890. A more modern ‘green zone’ is the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Culture and Recreation Park, featuring a concert hall, stadium, open-air stage, cafés and restaurants, as well as a Ferris wheel. With more than 200 species of trees and plants, Stryiskyi Park is a nature-lover’s paradise and is considered to be one of Lviv’s most picturesque parks. Graceful swans gliding on a lake fringed with willow trees complete the perfection of Stryiskyi Park.

Energetic adventurers will enjoy Znersinnya Park where visitors can hike, cycle, skateboard and go fishing. The park has numerous geological, botanical and historical features and includes an educational center offering training to pupils and students on natural environment monitoring and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Music is a very important aspect of Lviv’s cultural scene and the city boasts one of the most important music colleges in Ukraine, the Lviv Conservatory. There is a factory in Lviv manufacturing stringed musical instruments and in addition to the renowned Lviv opera, the city has symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and other musical groups. Prominent figures in Lviv’s musical history include flute virtuoso and composer Albert Franz Doppler (1821-1883), classical pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski (1892-1993) and opera star Salomea Kruszelnicka (1872-1952), who resided in Lviv in the 1920s and 1930s. Present day music talent from Lviv include a cappella musical group Pikkardiyska Tertsiya, 2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner Ruslana, and Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy.

Certainly, there are many reasons to visit the city of Lviv – so why not take the advice of The Rough Guide and start making your plans to travel to Ukraine in 2014.