Austrian Lviv: A Guided Tour of "Lemberg"
- St. George's Cathedral: This beautiful example of Rococo architecture boasts a facade with detailed sculptures and columns, an entrance portal protected by two saints, and one of only eight copies of the Shroud of Turin.
- House of Scientists: Two figures of Atlas appear to be holding the second floor balcony while also adorning the entrance to this once a former casino, built in 1889 by Viennese architects. The interior decor and carved oak staircase are stunning.
- Opera House: This Neo-Renaissance gem was completed in 1901 and features allegorical sculptures of the muses and three winged bronze figures representing drama, comedy, and tragedy.
- Ivan Franko Park: garden created by Jesuit monks in the 17th century was redesigned in 1854 into the beautiful park you see today and named after him Lviv's most honored native son.
About this Lviv Tour
Most of the architecture you see today in Lviv has its roots in the Austrian empire, that ruled Lviv from 1773 to 1918 and turned what was then called Lemberg into a thoroughly Western European cultural center. Among the principal examples of that transformation is the Austrian-style architecture of the House of Scientists, which, despite its somewhat self-explanatory name, has quite a colorful reputation.
It's called the House of Scientists today because it's owned by the Lviv Regional Union of Education and Science Workers. But one upon a time, this palatial building served as a casino for aristocrats. The interior of the building is richly appointed with a marble fireplace, luxurious chandeliers, and a piano played by a descendent of Mozart. The vivid red silk wallpaper in the Red Room does seem to have a bit of bordello to it. The grandest feature of all is the magnificent carved oak staircase that dominates the lobby; above it, a circular glass roof provides an accent of natural lighting.
There are church icons so strikingly beautiful and emotionally powerful that they can elicit tears from those who see it. But at the Cathedral of St. George, the icon , it weeps. According to legend, of the statue of the Virgin Mary of Terebovlya shed tears for 40 days to alert the town’s people of impending Turkish siege in 1663, and cried a second time before a siege by Sweden in 1704.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Dress in layers as the weather can be changeable. Leave the high heels behind and choose to wear your flat shoes. Your feet will appreciate it. Bring some local currency for any souvenir purchases. Your guide can make some recommendations.
Travelers must walk approximately 2.5 miles over cobblestones and other varying terrain. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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