Exploring Lviv

Lion Awards 2010

Issue 30, December 2010.
The best of the past year in Ukrain’es cultural capital

Exploring Uzhgorod Ukraine’s Central European enclave

Issue 29, November 2010.
Hidden far away behind the Carpathian Mountains is one of Ukraine’s most picturesque and hospitable cities
Kevin Taylor, Group Vice President, World Travel Awards Udo Heine, Managing Dire

Lviv hotel named Ukraine’s No. 1

Issue 28, October 2010.
Early October saw Lviv’s Leopolis Hotel named as the 2010 Hotel of the Year at the prestigious annual World Travel Awards. Leopolis Hotel General Manager Udo Heine spoke to Lviv Today about what this breakthrough means for the hotel and for the Lviv region hospitality and tourism sector in general.

Dry nights ahead for Lviv drinkers New local regulations will ban all over-the-counter alcohol sales after 10pm

Issue 28, October 2010.
In a bid to combat a rising tide of alcoholically fuelled anti-social behaviour in the city, the Lviv authorities recently unveiled new regulations restricting the sale of alcohol from 22.00 until 10.00 daily. The new regulations, which will not affect licensed premises such as bars and restaurants but will instead target kiosks, convenience stores and supermarkets, are part of broader efforts in Lviv to address the problem of alcohol abuse and make the city a more pleasant place to be at night. Retailers have promised to challenge the legality of the new regulations in the courts, but the move has been warmly received by cultural figures and tourism sector representatives who see it as a civilizing step towards modern European norms.

History of a Lviv Street

Issue 26, July 2010.
Exhibitions at Lviv’s Center for Urban History of East Central Europe generally focus on the history of cities and their inhabitants, as refected in social and everyday life, culture, and art. The new double exhibition “Bohomoltsia Street” and “Doors Open” is a fresh example of this approach.

Europe’s Wild East

Issue 26, July 2010.
Ukraine has so far largely failed to capitalise on the huge potential it has as a tourism destination, but while the majority of the country’s ski resorts and beach complexes remain some way off the international pace, there is considerable progress being made in niche sectors such as eco-tourism. Lviv region’s Carpathian Mountains are at the forefront of this eco-holiday sector growth, with its unspoiled nature and stunning landscapes offer the perfect quick fix to the big city blues.

Lviv’s Ethno Fest Summer of Love

Issue 26, July 2010.
Any budding social anthropologists searching for the key to a modern Ukrainian national identity need look no further than the country’s flourishing ethno-folk subculture. This eco-friendly and somewhat pastoral passion for ancient Ukrainian styles, riffs and motifs is visible in everything from pop music to high street fashions, but nowhere more so than when traversing the annual summer season of Ukrainian ethno festivals. These fun and unpretentious outdoor festivals have been attracting increasingly large numbers from all age brackets for the past decade to what are essentially celebrations of an eternal Ukrainian spirit which transcends the grubby politics of the post-independence age. Fittingly, this folklore fiesta phenomenon has its roots in West Ukraine and remains very much centred on the country’s unofficial cultural capital, Lviv

Review: Lviv’s summer terrace scene

Issue 25, June 2010.
Throughout the centuries Lviv has changed hands and experienced more war than any other city in Europe, but throughout it all it has always remained a place instilled with a sense of bohemian bonhomie. This ambience is surely best experienced in the laid back environs of one of the city’s ever-growing number of stylish and inventive summer terrace options. Lviv Today took a look at the 2010 summer terrace scene and found a scene bustling with creativity and more than ready to step up to the challenge of Euro 2012.

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.