Day 2 of our trip was jammed packed full of fun! It started with a buffet breakfast at our hotel. I must say that the hotel we stayed in was phenomenal and exceeded expectations. It was centrally located, had a buffet breakfast with eggs to order, a great bar, and heated toilet seats. Ladies and gents, if you have not experienced heated toilet seats, it is something that I highly recommend if given the opportunity:)
The concierge had given us a map of the area and circled various items of interest for us to explore when we checked in the day before. We decided to go to High Castle, which is actually ruins of a castle on top of a hill with a fantastic view of the city of Lviv. We took an Uber there, as it was quite a walk from the hotel. The Uber was super cheap (I think less than $3 USD) so we were fine with that. We ended up doing a lot of walking around the hill to get to the top of High Castle, so we did get our exercise in that way.
Our next stop was Pototski Palace, which we randomly saw on a magnet in one of the souvenir stands on High Castle. Yep, we saw a picture of a palace that was in Lviv and said, “let’s go here.” So we did. Pototski Palace was well kept and had a ton of beautiful artwork for us to enjoy. For an entrance fee of less than $4 USD per person, it was well worth the time and money to visit.
After a busy morning hiking up the hill and exploring a palace, we worked up an appetite. Lucky for us, I noticed on the map that the concierge gave us that there was an Asian food festival going on at one of the local parks that afternoon, so we walked there to check it out. In addition to Asian food, there was barbeque, local vendors selling crafts and honey, and archery.
Once we had our share of bites, beverages, and ice cream, we headed to the Lviv Opera House. We paid less than $4 USD for a self-guided tour, and were so impressed that we decided to come back a couple of hours later to see a performance. We ended up seeing the opera Don Pasquale.
After the performance we went to a Mexican restaurant for tacos and margaritas. We walked back enjoying the town lit up at night. The next day we headed back to Kyiv on the express train. All in all, it was a wonderful holiday in a beautiful city. I would definitely come back to Lviv again!