Full day Secession in Lviv (not bookable due to the war)
From: 500 €
During this comprehensive full day private tour you will discover the most interesting Lviv buildings from the Art Nouveau era, both in the city center and in the New World area.
Your tour will will be guided by an experienced tour guide that is an Art Nouveau expert because we want you to discover the beauty and history of Art Nouveau in the city of Lviv in the best of the ways. In order to design this tour our guides have had the support of the best academic Art Nouveau experts in Lviv.
Lviv is one of the most beautiful and unknown cities of Europe and has a collection of neo-Renaissance, Eclectic and Secessionist villas and palaces. Our tour focuses 100% in its Art Nouveau heritage and includes nice architecture and interior design but it goes beyond just admiring it. Architecture, Art and Design at its best.
Not only Barcelona, Paris or Vienna can pride themselves on gems of the Art Nouveau movement, but Lviv has got also a number of unique monuments of the world importance.
With more than 760 years of history this Ukrainian town is truly a city for the ages, and its layers of neoclassical, rococo, baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture bear witness to its long and storied history. Lviv was a main city in Galicia, an important country within the Austrian monarchy. Our guide will look further in this issue, asking herself about issues like these ones:
- Can this art be considered a bourgeoise style or an style supervised and led by the center of the Monarchy as a way to impose its dominance.
- Is Art Nouveau in Lviv a representation of a local expression of Ukrainian nationalism and culture or should it be defined as simple satellite of Viennese Secession as a way to express dominance and control from the Austria-Hungarian Monarcy to its periphery?
If you have a passion for Art Nouveau and want to see all Secession Lviv has to offer, this tour is definitely for you.
Duration: 7 hours.
Departure time: From 8.30am to 11.00am.
Prices according to size of your private group – Special price to help the Ukranian guide rebuild its business:
1 – 6 PAX = 500€
7 – 15 PAX = 700€
+15 PAX – Please Contact Us
The first part of this 7 hours tour (4 walking and 3 by minivan) will be around the city center. We will start by visiting the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe. To get a kickstart of the historical and cultural framework of Art Nouveau in Lviv you can have a conversation with your private guide in its cozy cafeteria while you have a coffee or tea.
The café is located in one of the many buildings designed by the famous architectural bureau of the Ukrainian architect Ivan Levynskyi. These apartment buildings were built for the city’s budding middle class in the early 1900s. Each is adorned with its own floral motifs, which are repeated in ceramic tiles, stained-glass windows and decorative ironwork.
We will start with the beautiful former “Dniester Insurance Company” building. We will continue our visit in the historical city to appreciate other buildings like the former Prague bank, Galician Land Credit Society and other banks.
Our tour guide will give you plenty of historic references and tell you lots of interesting stories about these and other buildings that will inform and inspire you as no other. The Armenian Virgin Mary’s Dormition Church frescoes is a hidden gem for all Art Nouveau lovers. We will also enter the Stauber’s Building to see the beautiful secession stained-glass window.
Then we will go the Shevchenko Avenue and Chaikovsky Street to see the former building of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and we will see other buildings like Segal’s Building and others nearby. We may also visit the Museum of Ethnography that displays interesting pieces of Art Nouveau, both local and international.
The second part of the tour will be into the New World area of the city and it will take around 3 hours. We will explore the following streets: Kotlyarevskoho, Generala Chuprynky, Levynskoho, Konovaltsya and Metrolohichna streets. We will see lots of interesting Secession buildings and our licensed guide will tell you all about them.
Our tour can guide you in English, French or German. Please select your desired language for the tour in the scroll below the calendar.
Pickup and Drop Off
The starting point for this tour is the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Bohomoltsia street. Alternatively our guide can pick you in your hotel if it is in the city center (Modern hotel, Atlas Deluxe, Chopin, Rudolfo, Vintage, George).
As the second half of the tour will be done using a minivan the tour can end in a place of your choice within the city center. All the group will leave the minivan together.
Local certified guide expert who is in love with Art Nouveau.
Wireless radio guide system when the group is larger than 7 people.
Transport with Mercedes minivan – model Vito, Sprinter or similar.
The visit to the Museum of Ethnography is optional if there is time and the customers wish to enter. The average entrance fee is around 30 UAH (about 1 to 1,50 euro).
Food, drinks or souvenirs during the tour.
In the event that you have difficulties while booking (not availability for your desired date/time,…) or that you have any additional query please tell us right now visiting the CONTACT section or clicking HERE.
Because we will walk around as many as 7 km we recommend you to wear comfortable shoes.
The maximum size of the group is 15 people, but the ideal size is less than 7 people.
Danylo Halytskyi International Airport Lviv (LWO) pick-up and/or drop off is possible and we can arrange transport at an affordable price (around 20€ for groups up to 7 people and 30€ for groups up to 15 people). Please provide your flight and time you arrive/depart.
Most of the hotels and restaurants recommended to clientes of the tour are eclectic with some modern decor, but we will also inform on Art Nouveau ones existing in the city.
If you can spend a full day discovering Lviv’s Art Nouveau we highly recommend you this private tour. If you only have the morning you can alternatively join our Half Day Secession Private Tour (Click for more information).
Lviv in northwestern Ukraine is one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau cities in Europe and a part of the Galician Art Nouveau movement in Central Europe.
Lviv with its collection of neo-Renaissance, Eclectic or Secessionist villas and palaces legitimizes itself as a place of Western influence; as, in addition, it has considered itself the `cradle of Ukrainian nationalism`, Lviv implies the connections between the latter and the former in the attempt of rejecting the Russian contribution to the Ukrainian nation-building.
During the tour we your guide will reply to questions like this one: Is Art Nouveau in Lviv a representation of a local modernist network which should not be defined as simple satellite of Viennese Secession as a way to express dominance and control from the Austria-Hungarian Monarcy to its periphery?
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