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Lviv High Castle

Enjoy the best cityscapes from Lviv's highest point

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The High Castle (Vysokyi Zamok) is probably Lviv's most popular tourist attraction, besides its countless bars, pubs, and restaurants. Located in the central part of the city, this lookout at 1,355 feet (413 m) above sea level offers unparalleled views of the beautiful city of Leo. You can hike to the top during any season of the year, but spring through fall, namely April to October, is a more favorable time thanks to more amiable weather and vivid palettes. In contrast, the walkways might get slippery, and panoramas somewhat dull in the wintertime.

You can get to the Lviv High Castle park from Downtown Lviv by foot in 15 minutes, if you're in a good shape. If you step off Rynok Square, follow along Drukarska, Vicheva, Kniazia Leva, Uzhhorodska, and Zamkova Streets. Another route lies through Ruska, Pidvalna, Maksyma Kryvonosa, and Zamkova Streets. The second way passes picturesque spots, such as Na Valakh Square and the Memorial of the Heavenly Company Heroes. As you reach the park, you're up for steep ascent to the mountain peak, which might be challenging for the elderly and people with heart or blood pressure problems. But you can always enjoy somewhat less impressive views from the lower observation deck.

Leo I of Halych was the first to build fortification structures on Castle Hill. The historical castle served as Lviv's main defensive fort between 1,250 and until its demolition in 1,869. During its existence, it was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. But as of today, you can see only some ruins, in particular the remnants of the South Wall.

When the High Castle was disassembled for the last time, the slopes of Castle Hill were fortified with myriad of deciduous trees. Now, you can climb to the observation deck set atop the hill via one of the two walkways tucked amidst the lush woods: either via an iron staircase or a paved path, spiraling upwards.

Lviv High Castle is also famous for being home to the iconic 463-foot (141-m) tall television tower, constructed in 1,957. It can be observed from many points throughout the city during both day and night, when it's beautifully lit up.

Situated along the side of Lviv High Castle, there's another gorgeous area you can continue to explore, which is the city's picturesque trails in the Kaiserwald neighborhood, set westwards of the park. Check out the famed Lion's Hill and Lysa Hora, and proceed to Shevchenko Grove (Shevchenkivskyi Hai Park Museum). You might fairly spend an entire day exploring this beautiful natural area. Also, note that one of the best times to climb the viewpoints must be at the golden sunset hours. All the spots listed in the read are marked on the map, from which you can book nearby accommodations.

Last updated: by Olha Savych