Lviv Castles Day Trip – The Golden Horseshoe
Visit the magnificent castles of Lviv region and enjoy stories from nine centuries
Some of Ukraine’s most famous castles are surrounding Lviv. On an easy day trip from Lviv our Buddies will bring you there and show you a good time. Touring the so-called Golden Horseshoe is a great opportunity to get in touch with the history of the countryside of Galicia and explore the Lviv castles on an easy day trip.
Highlights of Lviv Castles Day Trip – The Golden Horseshoe
Our Basic Tour is the budget-friendly option for those who want a high-quality tour but no extra thrills
for 1 person, each additional person: 15 Euro
With our Premium Tour Package you get the best service all inclusive and you can just relax and enjoy the tour
for 1 person, each additional person: 30 Euro
See the park and exhibition at Olesko Castle
The Golden Horseshoe around Lviv consists of three castles, that come from similar time periods. They had their heydays mainly in the 16th and 17th century. But each of the castles has their own story and can be quite different when you are up for finding the details.
Once a fortress in the times of the Kyivan Rus and later completely abandoned, this was the castle where Polish king Jan III. Sobieski was born. Throughout the centuries this place stood on a hill in the middle of the plain and flat region and gives a great view over the surrounding area.
Lunch break with local food
After exploring the treasures of Olesko Castle, we will have time to enjoy some local foods. There are 2 choices here to taste some Ukrainian local specialities:
- Olesko Castle Restaurant: The restaurant in the castle offers great local Ukrainian dishes and is styled like a medieval royal hall to eat at. Great for Borsch and Ukrainian dishes
- Shashlik Grill: Many people enjoy a stop at a local truck stop on the way. It's right on the Highway Kyiv-Chop. That sounds strange but many of our guests enjoy to eat here because it's were many people stop on their way to have lunch. They have freshly grilled Shashlik, which never disappoints.
You decide where you want to eat. If you prefer the restaurant we will reserve before, if you like the truck stop, we will just stop there.
Prices for the lunch are only included in the Premium Tour Package!
Ghost stories and beautiful endeavours in Pidhirtsi Castle
Often photographed, beautiful Pidhirtsi Castle is partly in neglect and only slowly being brushed up. Come with us and enjoy the many details this castle has to offer. Without a guide it will be not possible to find out all the secrets this place has gathered over the centuries. But don't worry: We got you covered. Also with us you will be sure not to miss the beautiful church nearby and find the best angles to take a picture of this enchanting place!
Zolochiv Castle - Lovenest and short trip to the Orient
The most prestigious and well-preserved of the Lviv Castles of the Golden Horseshoe, the castle of Zolochiv still boasts a lot of history. Also built by a member of the famous Sobieski family with slave labor provided by Crimean tatars, the complex beauty of this place needs some explanation. The Rotunda, which is called the Chinese Palace houses an exhibition of artefacts from many Oriental countries - quite unique for a remote place in Western Ukraine.
What guests say about this tour
We visited three castles in the Lviv region. From the beginning, the customer service was very flexible and responsive. Our guide was phenomenal and had so much knowledge to share, not only about the castles, but also the history of the region and the influence left by each culture (Polish, Jewish, German, Soviet) in Lviv. Our driver, was professional and pleasant.