Lviv – world heritage at the foot of the Carpathians
Founded in 1256, at an intersection between East and West, the city has been a home to various ethnicities throughout the centuries. Languages, such as Polish, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Armenian, Yiddish and Austrian German were all spoken at some point. The eventful history of Lviv, that was largely spared the destruction of the Second World War, can be seen in the city’s architecture. For this reason, the city’s historical centre exhibits the enclosed building development of not only the Renaissance, but also Baroque, Neoclassicism, Historicism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Today, tourists, business travellers and, in particular, the many students bring the city – at the foot of the Carpathians and in 2012 host to the UEFA European championship – to life.