Start/finish points of the tour: Lviv city, Rynok square.
Level: beginner, amateur.
Duration: 4-5 hours.
General distance: 35 km.
Route of the trip: Rynok Square – Staryi Rynok square – High Castle park – Znesinnya park – Shevchenkivskyi park (The museum of Folk architecture and life in Lviv) – Proffesorska colony – Chortovi skeli (The Devil’s rocks) – Medova pechera – Pogulyanka park – Rynok square.
Tour cost, individual tours in English:
500 UAH per person (4-6 persons in a group);
620 UAH per person (3 persons in a group);
860 UAH per person (2 persons in a group);
1200 UAH per 1 person.
bike rent – 220 UAH per person;
entrance tickets to the Skansen museum – 50 UAH per person.
We start our bike tour from the Old Rynok square heading up to the High Castle. It is currently the highest point in the city, 413 meters (1,355 ft) above sea level. The castle currently stands in ruins. The panorama of the whole city can be observed from there. From the Castle hill, we go to the Znesinnya park, green area of the city with the highest hills and the railway road. In the middle of the park, there is a Shevchenko’s park, the Lviv Skansen with the old wooden houses and green valleys.
Through the Professor’s colony, we are heading to the Vynnykivskyi park. The main interesting sites of the park are the artificial lake and the Devil rocks (“Chatovi”). We ride along the forest paths to the lake, where we can stop for a rest. Then cross the road from Vynnyky village to Lviv, go up about 300-400 m, and overcome another 200 m right to the Devil rocks. The name “chatovi” is associated with the guards (“chatovi” in Ukrainian), who were sitting on the rocks and watching if the Tatars approach the city.
The current name is partly taken from the legend about the devil, who was carrying a stone to throw it on the St. George Cathedral. But he was afraid of the bell, fell under the heavy load, and sank into the ground. We are going back to Lviv through the park reconstruction of which almost completely reproduced its original appearance. Nowadays Pohulianka is a forest-park with the well-arranged central alley (which we will go along up to the beginning of Kytaiska str.) and the lakes around.