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Lviv Parks

Yaroslava Yaroslavska

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 Parks in Lviv are an integral part of the culture and life of the city, the formation of its microclimate. The history of Lviv's parks is surprisingly unique. The arrangement of parks in Lviv took place simultaneously with its development and formed three unique green rings. It is a chain of parks, squares, green promenades and suburban forest parks. We think that having discovered the amazing city parks; you will get to know Lviv better.

Ivan Franko Park

 

 Lviv is known not only for its unique architecture - but it is also home to the oldest city park in Ukraine - Ivan Franko Park. The park's history dates back to the XVI century when the territory belonged to the family of patricians Scholz-Wolfowitz and the Venetian consul Antonio Massari.

Then the park was owned by the Jesuit Order for 160 years, hence the historical name - "Jesuit Garden". The park is laid out in a landscape style, which still illustrates the bright landscape frame. Today, Ivan Franko Park is the most popular place for students, sports or yoga, cosy evening walks and more.

Governor's shafts

  Another green oasis is located in the city centre. Park "Na Valakh" was built on the site of Lviv's fortifications in 1816. In the middle of the park is the Powder Tower building, now the Center for Architecture, Design and Urbanism, where exhibitions, presentations, and lectures often take place. Park "Na Valakh" is famous for its old chestnut alley and sports infrastructure in the centre of Lviv. Nearby is a modern Heavenly Hundred Heroes memorial, which offers a unique view of the city.

Stryiskyi Park

 Stryiskyi Park in Lviv is a real work of landscape art created by the genius gardener Arnold Roering. The park was opened in 1894 when Lviv became the centre of the international exhibition.

More than 40,000 trees were planted! The entrance to the park opens with a decorative arch and then a special aesthetic - a picturesque lake with swans. In the centre of the reservoir is also a statue of a mermaid by the famous sculptor Yaroslav Motyka. Above the lake is a greenhouse with a garden of exotic plants. There is also a children's railway.

High Castle

  The park on Castle Hill in Lviv got its name from the fortress, which existed in the days of King Danylo. The park was designed in 1835. It is one of the few parks in Lviv, consisting of two terraces. The upper observation deck is the highest point of Lviv, which offers a magnificent view of the entire city. And in the park, there is the main TV tower, which can be seen from all corners of the central part of the city and is often a landmark. We recommend enjoying the incredible panorama of Lviv.

Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Central Park of Culture and Rest

 

  Lviv Park was established in 1951. The most popular place for city events and festivals. There is a lot of entertainment for visitors here: attractions, summer theatre, cafe, rugby stadium, etc. In the park, we recommend riding a Ferris wheel and admiring the green landscape.

Znesinnia

  In the city of Lviv, parks form a whole system of landscape objects. One of them is the park "Znesinnia", created on the territory of ancient forests of suburban settlements. As early as the 19th century, the Austrian Emperor Joseph II created his land here, which is still called "Kaiserwald".

  On the park territory is one of the most popular tourist locations - the Clementii Sheptytskyi Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life (Shevchenkivskyi Hai). You will not be indifferent to the "Home of rescued animals", where hundreds of animals are in rehabilitation.

Pohulianka

 

 Pohulianka is a place in the Lychakiv district of Lviv, which includes a forest park of the same name. The Poltva River originates here, and old beech forests still grow. Pohulianka differs from other Lviv parks. There is a kind of natural wildness. Real forest, natural springs, small lakes - this is exactly the place where you can experience nature in the city.

Zalizna voda

 

  Another park in Lviv was founded in 1905 by the famous gardener Arnold Roering. Among the people of Lviv, the park was known for its sources of high iron content, hence its name. Numerous old trees, about 150 years old, have been preserved in the park. Today the park is a good place for leisure, romantic walks, and observations of local flora and fauna.

Piskovi Ozera

 

  Cosy shore, clean ponds, well-maintained walking paths, all this is about another Lviv Piskovi (Altaiski) ozera park. The park was founded in Lviv in 1923. It was the first specialized cross-country sports park in Ukraine. As before, in the park, you can often see Lviv residents running or walking their pets.

Horikhovyi Hai

 

 Horikhovyi Hai Park is an attractive place of rest for residents of the surrounding districts of Lviv. The park was founded in the 1970s, and the name comes from the wild walnut garden on the side of the Sakharova and Boikivska streets. In recent years, the park has changed significantly. There is a modern ecological play space, and there is a film centre - Lviv Film Center, on the roof of which are arranged open-air screenings.

Snopkivskyi Park

 

  Snopkivskyi Park has distinct features of a sports park. This is because in the 1960s the largest stadium in Lviv at that time was built here, which was named "Druzhba" (now - "Ukraine"). At the same time, they laid the park. Extensive chestnut, linden and maple alleys have survived to the present day. There are interesting locations for visiting with children - The ecological and Naturalistic Center and Arboretum.

You can download the online booklet Lviv Parks here.

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