The tourism site VirtualTourist has released its destination list, The Top 10 European Cities to See Now. And, at the very top is a Ukrainian city that brims with old-world charm, Lviv. The cities on the list were chosen by votes from the site’s editors and members. There are a number of great reasons this unique Ukrainian destination tops the list. A few of the top ones:
Supremely Walkable Layout
Lviv’s center is very compact and vibrant, with a number of lively squares. The editors recommend starting with Rynok Square in the center of the city, and go on a self-led walking tour of the nearly 50 architectural monuments that surround the area.
Lviv is Ukraine’s city of festivals, with many occurring every month. Whether your passion is music, theater, food, coffee or wine, Lviv has a festival for you. Check the city’s website when planning a trip to find out what will be going on when you are in town. In July, one of the top festivals is Night Lviv, with includes theater shows, a fire show and over 100 night tours that spotlight the beauty of the city after dark.
Great Food and Drink
Lviv is known for its rich chocolate, charming baked goods and delicious, dark coffee. Be sure to check out meals at area cafes or splurge on one of the high end restaurants.
Lviv isn’t the only Ukrainian city to draw attention as a tourist destination. In 2012, TripAdvisor called Kyiv one of the top 10 destination cities for Old World charm. And, National Geographic Traveler called scenic Crimea one of their top 20 New Year’s Eve destinations.
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