Situated in the west of this vast country, within easy travelling distance of Central European cities such as Kraków and Budapest, Lviv is the city to head for if you want a taste of Ukraine.
It revels in a mixture of Central European influences: Habsburg and Polish, Catholic, Orthodox and Armenian, with its architecture and magnificent churches reflecting this eclecticism. Ukraine regularly features on the list of cheapest destinations in Europe, and with a growing supply of backpacker hostels, appealing coffee houses and quirky bars, this is an extremely budget-friendly city with a refined edge.
Where to stay
Best for location to the city centre: Lviv Central Jam Hotel
Best for style on a budget: Taurus Hotel
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Daily budget: Basic €40, occasional treat €60
Drink: Horilka (vodka; 50ml shot) €1
Food: Ukrainian borshch €0.80
Hostel/budget hotel: €8/€30
Travel: Train: Kyiv–Odesa €10; bus: €18
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