Walking around Lviv, Ukraine. Lviv is the largest city in Western Ukraine with more than 700.000 inhabitants. The city boasts historical and cultural treasures from different parts of history.
Lviv is a real treasure in Eastern Europe. For visitors from Western Europe, the price level is still very low, while food and accommodation are excellent. There are a lot less tourists than in places like Prague, Budapest or Krakow. The charming and beautifully restored old town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The atmosphere is very relaxed and people are welcoming. It is one of my favorite cities in Europe and reminds me a lot of my hometown – Graz, Austria.
Lviv was a multicultural city under Polish rule for many centuries. It is also known as Lemberg in German, as the city was under Austrian rule from 1776 to 1918. It was again called Lwów under Polish rule from 1918 to World War II, when the city became part of Soviet Union. Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the city has been called Lviv (Львів).