Lviv is one of the beautiful and attractive cities in the western Ukraine, around 70 kilometres from the border with Poland. However, traces of its Polish and Austro-Hungarian heritage are evident in its architecture, which blends Central and Eastern European styles with those of Italy and Germany. In addition, in the High Castle Park, the mountaintop ruins of a 14th-century castle provide panoramic views of the city’s green-domed churches and the surrounding hills.

No doubt, at this time winter looks good on Lviv. Moreover, this western Ukrainian gem of a city may well be the best destination in the whole of Ukraine to enjoy the snowy season plus, the romance of narrow medieval streets, the cosiness of fragrant coffee shops, the beauty of its architecture – all these things turn Lviv into a fairy-tale winter getaway.

Enjoy the Christmas markets on Lviv

European Christmas markets are the beautiful places where winter magic happens, and the main one in Lviv is no different: it’s a must if you’re visiting the city in December means in the winter time. However, rows of small wooden houses grace the spectacular Ploshcha Rynok, a square dotted with colourful baroque and Renaissance buildings. If you are entering the market in Lviv then you’ll be engulfed in traditional Christmas fare, from cute souvenirs and handmade crafts to cinnamon-infused mulled wine and local delicacies such as Shashlyky (grilled-meat skewers) and Mlyncy (small thick pancakes).

Winter panorama of Lviv

Undoubtedly, Lviv’s cathedrals and cobblestones are enchanting, but if you really want to see the city in all of its winter glory you should seek out the best viewpoints. As in example, start in the centre with a climb to the top of the 65m-tall tower of the Ratusha for a breathtaking vista over the Old Town, with its labyrinth of medieval streets and the bell towers of churches glistening in the snow and after then, combine a Ukrainian culinary experience with a rooftop view at quirky Dim Lehend restaurant. Finally, for a great outdoor walk that will reward you with the most impressive panorama of the city surrounded by wooded hills, head to the top of High Castle Hill (about 2km from Ploshcha Rynok).

Delicious hot chocolate

If you are in Lviv, you simply can’t escape the alluring scent of chocolate and rightly so, as this is where Lviv Handmade Chocolate trademark started, and then spread all over the country flawlessly delivering the sublime product for cocoa lovers. However, the central Lviv branch is most popular among locals and visitors alike year-round, during winter it’s particularly enjoyable to while away an afternoon people-watching and slowly sipping the delicious melted chocolate or a spiced drink.