Lviv is a city of 717000 inhabitants in western Ukraine, about 60km from the border to Poland
. It is the most important business centre of Western Ukraine.
Lviv was founded as a city in 1250 by King Daniel of Galicia on the site of a 5th century settlement. Having suffered destruction by the Mongols in 1261, it was rebuilt in 1270 and later prospered as an administrative, religious and commercial centre due to its favourable geographical position. Lviv was not destroyed during World War II and therefore has a well preserved historic core.
Nowadays most buildings in the old town are built in Baroque and Neoclassical styles. There is a small pedestrian area around the Rynok, the market square with the town hall building, with a number of large churches. Along Svobody avenue there is an extended square with a park, with the Opera house at one of its ends. The ensemble of the historic centre of Lviv has been a UNESCO world heriatge site since 1998.
How to get to Lviv
Lviv has an international airport and a train station. It can also be reached by car.
There are many hotels in and near Lviv, most of them bookable via the international booking portals.