Lviv Architecture Walking Tour, Lviv (Self Guided)

Lviv has many historical buildings, such as churches and palaces. The city's architecture will show you the best of European styles from various periods. While walking through the streets of Lviv you will see baroque, renaissance and classic architecture. Take this self-guided tour to explore the majestic architecture of Lviv.
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Lviv Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lviv Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Ukraine » Lviv (See other walking tours in Lviv)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: vickyc
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St. Anthony's Church

1) St. Anthony's Church

St. Anthony's Church, established in 1718, is one of the Roman-Catholic churches in Lviv. Though it was rebuilt, it preserved the baroque elements in its architecture and the interior design. The elegant staircase of the church is decorated with beautiful statues. The bell tower, the statues and the staircase are some of the best examples of rococo architecture in Lviv.
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Korniakt Palace

2) Korniakt Palace (must see)

The Korniakt Palace on Market Square in Lviv is a prime example of the royal kamienica, or townhouse. The palace was originally built by architect Piotr Barbon. Construction of this elegant Renaissance palazzo was completed in 1580. The Polish-Lithuanian ruler remodeled it into a palatial residence, with spacious rooms and an audience hall. In 1908, the Sobieski Palace became home to the Jan III museum. It is now part of the Lviv History Museum. The royal chambers are used for exhibiting Rococo furniture and clocks, a collection of medallions, and precious silverware.

Operation hours: Thursday - Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm

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Black House

3) Black House

The Black House, or Czarna Kamienica, is a remarkable Renaissance building on the Lviv Market Square. It was built for Italian tax-collector Tomaso Alberti in 1577. The architect was probably Piotr Krasowski. The Lviv Historical Museum has been housed in the Black House since 1926. The façade is lined with sandstone which has darkened over the years to black-brown. The front exhibits some fine decorative ornamentation. Jan Lorencowicz, having acquired the house in 1596, added another store and opened one of the town's first pharmacies on the ground floor. The uppermost store was added in 1884.

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Bandinelli Palace

4) Bandinelli Palace

Palazzo Bandinelli is a late Renaissance townhouse facing Market Square in Lviv,. It was built in 1589 by a pharmacist Jarosz Wedelski, and in 1634 it was bought by a Florentine merchant, Roberto Bandinelli, known as the founder of the first post office in eastern Galicia. That office was housed in the building from 1629 onward, and was closed in a few years when the business became unprofitable. The house was considerably renovated in 1737-1739. In the 19th century Palazzo Bandinelli was used as a bookshop and a meeting place for the local literati. The Soviet authorities gave the house to the Lviv Historical Museum which had the building thoroughly repaired and restored.

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City Hall

5) City Hall (must see)

City Hall of Lviv is set in the middle of the famous Market Square. This old building dates back to the 14th century. It has a high tower that was added in 1619. Later the tower was rebuilt in the style of Viennese Classicism. The City House is a brick building with an inner yard. There are sculptures of lions at the entrance of the City Hall; they are the symbols of Lviv.
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Potocki Palace

6) Potocki Palace (must see)

The Potocki Palace in Lviv was built in the 1880s as an urban seat of Alfred Józef Potocki, Minister-President of Austria. No cost was spared to make it the grandest nobleman's residence in the city. The French architect Louis de Verny elaborated all of Beaux-Arts stylisic devices to produce a hypertrophied imitation of a French hôtel particulier. An open, parklike setting was scored to give the mansion a sense of depth. At the turn of the century the parkland gave way to a network of apartment buildings.

The palace itself was adapted for holding wedding ceremonies in 1972 and subsequently underwent restoration. In the 2000s the President of Ukraine appropriated the palace as one of his residences. Some of its architectural motifs were borrowed by the next-door exhibition hall (inaugurated in 1996).

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Stefanyk Scientific Library

7) Stefanyk Scientific Library

The Stefanyk Scientific Library of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine is a beautiful building that is an example of Classicism architecture. The building was built in 1651—1677 as a monastery building in Baroque style. Today you can see the Corinth columns and portico. There is a monument to Stefanyk at the entrance to the library.
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Sapieha Palace

8) Sapieha Palace

The Sapieha Palace is an architectural monument of Lviv. It was built as a Chateaubriand mansion in 1870s. During the Soviet times the palace was used as a school. In the 1990s the palace was restored and the office of preserving the historical and architectural monuments of the city is housed there. The palace is elegantly decorated and is clearly seen from the street as it has an ornamental iron gate.

Walking Tours in Lviv, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Lviv

Create Your Own Walk in Lviv

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lviv is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Section of Lviv Walking Tour

North Section of Lviv Walking Tour

In the north section of Lviv, you will find some enlightening museums and beautiful churches. Memorials dedicated to Jews will tell you the story of the darkest period in the history of this nation. This self-guided tour will lead you through the top tourist attractions in the north part of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Churches Walking Tour in Lviv

Churches Walking Tour in Lviv

Lviv is an old beautiful city with many churches in impressive buildings with majestic interiors. Some of the churches are architectural monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take this self-guided tour to see the most beautiful churches of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Monuments and Statues of Lviv Walking Tour

Monuments and Statues of Lviv Walking Tour

The city of Lviv has many historical monuments that make it a living history. Monuments and statues are dedicated to outstanding Ukrainians that contributed to the cultural development of Lviv and played important roles in its history. Take this self-guided tour to discover the rich history of Lviv through its great monuments and statues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
East Lviv Walking Tour

East Lviv Walking Tour

The eastern area of Lviv has some great historical monuments that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will find more memorials in this part of Lviv than in any other part of the city. Take this self-guided tour to explore the interesting places in the eastern part of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
West of Lviv Walking Tour

West of Lviv Walking Tour

While the Old Town of Lviv is interesting, the area away from it is as well. Majestic churches, art galleries housed in beautiful palace, with splendid architecture and interior design, and historical monuments such as the old citadel all await you. This self-guided tour will take you to the most worthwhile places to visit in the area west of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Museums Walking Tour in Lviv

Museums Walking Tour in Lviv

Lviv's rich history is preserved in its numerous museums that are located throughout the city. The most famous museums such as the National and Historical museums, are set in the Old Town of Lviv. This self-guided tour will lead you through the diverse museums of this beautiful city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lviv for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lviv has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lviv, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.