Exploring Lviv

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.

Starry, Starry Lviv Night

Issue 84, November 2015.
Take Your time and find out about Astronomical Observatory of Lviv’s Ivan Franko National University

Touring Lviv’s Iconic Sights with Pro Lviv!

Issue 83, October 2015.
Find out more about the great Leopolitan and Master of Aphorisms – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, who lived and worked in Lviv and who is well known as the unrivaled master of paradoxes and aphorisms. His legendary “Unkempt Thoughts” collection became folklore long ago and was repeated in various versions even without reference to the author.

Touring Lviv’s Iconic Sights with Pro Lviv!

Issue 82, September 2015.
Lviv has always been known for its extraordinary people – from doctors and merchants to kings and soldiers. The beauty of the city has always drawn remarkable artists, poets, and writers – such as the one we’d like to tell you about today – the great Leopolitan and Queen of Aphorisms – Ms. Iryna Wilde. It is known that “brevity is the ******of wit”. It’s true – concise, yet witty aphorisms have a way to, like a flash of lightning, strike the spark and ignite the human imagination to new ideas. They have one advantage over the novel – they are always read until the end.

Go Below – Western Ukraine’s Underground Adventures

Issue 81, July 2015.
There is always something new to discover about our country; we never stop learning and exploring new wonders of nature. There are endless opportunities for adventure travel in Ukraine, for people of all ages and fitness levels as local adventure travel companies offer tourists numerous fun-filled activities from hiking to rafting, to skiing and horseback riding. Adventure travel in Ukraine provides you with a unique way of seeing this beautiful country. Above ground, the mountains, rivers, animals and birds keep us mesmerized, but what few know is that there is a world underground that is worth exploring and studying. Speleology is the study of caves and other underground karsts. What interests speleologists is the history, physical structures and the life forms that are found in these underground realms. Speleology and caving go hand in hand, becoming an attraction in Ukraine and an activity that many enjoy. As you enter a cave you are transported to an alien world with its own climate, plant and animal life. A variety of sport non-equipped caves can be investigated along with the tour operator's experienced instructors. The amazing underground formations of stalagmites and stalactites with leave you breathless.