View of Lviv, Ukraine, from Town Hall Tower, on March 11, 2017.
Travel to Lviv from Kyiv
Published: March 28, 2017
Trip to Lviv from Kyiv:
An Indescribable Place,
Described through Photos Weekend or Longer Trip Price: $150 inclusive for three days
Best way to get there: Train
Worth it: Absolutely
When I stumbled off the night train at six a.m. in Lviv, the far western Ukrainian city, I was already beginning to understand just what makes the city so special. Every Ukrainian person who I informed about my upcoming trip to Lviv promptly squealed with delight and told me that Lviv is a “real” European city. At first I was confused by this. Was Kyiv not a real European city? Though already in city’s still dark streets I could observe the difference. Cobblestoned streets, a distinct lack of skyscrapers, archways and monuments as far as the eye could see.
As the trip continued, my understanding of what makes Lviv so unique grew, as did my love for the strange (not so little) little city. After spending a weekend there, I can confidently say it will remain in memory as one of my best trips to date. Lviv’s appeal is hard to describe with words; it is best experienced firsthand. In case you can’t pick and go right now, I have the next best thing for you below: photos.
Rebekah Welch is a senior at University of Montana in Missoula. She is a double major in Russian and Journalism with an emphasis on photography. She is studying Russian language at NovaMova in Kiev, and am also working for the school as an intern, creating a photoblog. After a semester abroad, she hopes to become fluent enough in Russian that she can work as photojournalist throughout Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Although she loves this area of the world, she has a passion for journalism and will go wherever the story takes her.