Since the Middle Ages many nationalities and ethnic groups have lived in the territory of Western Ukraine. Germans were one of them. The first written documents that had mentioned the German settlements in Western Ukraine date back to the 13th century. The Germans took an active part in trade and cultural life; German merchants had a great impact on the development of such cities of Western Ukraine as Lviv, Sambir, Drohobych, Kolomya, Chernivtsi. The next influx of Germans to Western Ukraine came with the Habsburg rule of Galicia in 1772. According to official data, there were around 200 thousand Germans living in Western Ukraine at that time. Though the Germans left Western Ukraine before WWI and WWII, nowadays one can find many historic traces of Germans in Western Ukraine.
DAY 1 LVIV Arriving Lviv – the “city of lions”, the heart and soul of Western Ukraine, its largest city and one of Ukraine`s most important cultural, academic and economic centres.
Transfer from the Munich flight to hotel. Ukrainian Dinner with Folklore Show at Ukrainian style restaurant.
DAY 2 LVIV – JOSEFSBERG – BRIGIDAU Following breakfast the full day guided tour to Josefsberg (known as Korosnica) and Brigidau (known as Laniwka), Ukraine tracing the ancestral roots of tourists’ families. Josefsberg is located in the former province of Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, 65 km, and southwest of Lemberg (now Lviv). One of the highlights of the tour is to visit the Josefsberg Church (former Lutheran, now Ukrainian Catholic), the former German cemetery and walking around this village.
Following picnic lunch the trip continues to the village of Brigidau, where there are a former German Church (in very good condition), former German graveyard and a lot of well-preserved old German houses, and then to Konigsau with unique pentagonal planning – the only one in Europe. Return to Lviv.
DAY 3 LVIV –JOSEFSBERG After breakfast trip to Ternopillia (Dornfeld), Shchyrets (Rosenberg), Dolynivka (Felizienthal) – the former villages of the Shchyrets area.
Return to Lviv and lunch at one of local restaurants.
In the afternoon visit to the Open – Air Museum of Ukrainian Culture and Mode of Life at the Shevchenkivsky Hay. This is an ethnographic excursion which features authentic 15-16th century villages relocated from various parts of Western Ukraine. There are a large number of 18th – 20th centuries wooden cottages, churches, farmsteads and windmills, many with beautiful gardens and preserved interior furnishings.
DAY 4 LVIV After breakfast a sightseeing tour of LVIV, known as “The City of Lions”, which includes visit to Vysokyy Zamok (High Castle) hill with an unforgettable panorama of the entire city, a leisurely walking tour of old part of the city, preserved as a living museum: Rynok (Market) Square with the City Hall (Ratusha) and unique architectural ensemble, Pharmacy Museum which is located in the building where 250 years ago, and the main street with the magnificent Opera Theatre.
A tour to Lviv would not be complete without a visit to Lychakivsky Cemetery. This cemetery is the museum of memorial plastic arts and is the pantheon of the Ukrainian, Polish, Austrian cultures. Outstanding men of art, scientists, composers and participants of military action from the 20th century are buried there. Opera or ballet performance at the Lviv Opera Theater.
DAY 5 LVIV Flight to Munich. The end of the tour.
The price includes:
- Accommodation: 4/3-star hotel
- Half/full board meals upon request
- Sightseeing and visits according to the program
- Coach transportation through the itinerary
Museums entrance fees, guide’s escort, folklore show