Zhovkva Tour from Lviv – Short Day Trip

Discover a small city with an amazing history in a 6 hour trip from Lviv

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Zhovkva is a real gem and invited visitors to discover its past as a bustling commercial town and residence of many Polish noblemen. Book this tour to get a great overview of the town by visiting the local castle and learning more about the history of Zhovkva in the castle’s museum. Walk over the Renaissance market square and learn everything about the Jewish history of the city. Finish the Zhovkva Tour with a visit to the Unesco World Heritage wooden church and find out all about its architecture.


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Zhovkva is only a stone throw from Lviv and our Zhovkva Tour is a great way to get to know it. This small town that was largely built by Polish noblemen was once a bustling commercial center. It’s castle and the beautiful Rynok (market square) account of those busy Renaissance times. It also used to be the center of a fairly large Jewish community, whose main synagogue you can still discover.

Fine Renaissance architecture and a great view on our Zhovkva Tour

In its heydays, Zhovkva was a bustling commercial town. A place where pottery artisans, glass blowers, goldsmiths and weavers were producing some of the finest crafts of the region. The richly decorated and well-preserved houses, especially around the Rynok are witnesses of those times. The castle now houses the museum of the city history and from here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the whole town and the architecture mainly from the Renaissance but also from several other periods that left their traces in Zhovkva.

Explore the Jewish heritage of Zhovkva

Until the destruction of the Jewish community and the extermination of the Jewish people of Zhovkva by German soldiers and their local helpers, Zhovkva had more than 6000 Jewish inhabitants, roughly half the population of the city. They met in many synagogues, which now for the most part are only represented by the once majestic Zhovkva Main Synagogue that was built in the typical style for the region. The interior is completely lost but the walls and the hall are preserved. We will take you to explore this treasure and wander through the streets of the former Jewish quarter, with many houses still being preserved. It is in Zhovkva that you can find the East West Street, the road on which many of Phillippe Sands’ relatives lived that he accounts for in the book with the same name. The Shoah is also visible in Zhovkva, when visiting the mass grave that the Nazis created for the town’s Jewish population (on request).

See a UNESCO World Heritage church

Most astonishing for internationals standards might be the Holy Trinity Wooden Church Zhovkva, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage of Western Ukraine. The amazing iconostasis is one of the best artworks in the state and a masterpiece of the Zhovkva Painting and Carving School of Ivan Rutkovych.

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Pick up
We pick you up by car or minivan to take you on your day trip. We will meet you directly at your accommodation if your accommodation is not in a restricted area.
Zhovka Wooden Church
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage wooden church of Zhovkva

Touch the amazing wooden architecture and see what people build with their bare hands and almost entirely without metal already more than 300 years ago in the Holy Trinity Wooden Church of Zhovkva.

Zhovkva Castle
Walk across the Renaissance Market Square

Wander across the Renaissance Rynok Square of Zhovkva and climb the stairs of the local history museum in the castle to enjoy a view over this charming little town. Learn everything about it's history and the important people that played a role here.

Ukrainian Borsch
Enjoy a local lunch

Eating some Ukrainian food in Zhovkva just is a must. Join us for some tasty borsch and vareniki at a local restaurant and get to know the treats of Ukrainian cuisine.
The lunch is included if you update to a Premium Package!

Zhovkva Synagoge
Discover the Jewish past of Zhovkva

Visit the remaining Zhovkva Synagogue and let our guide show you the once important buildings the Jewish community in town. See which places Philippe Sands describes in his book "East West Street".

Lviv Transfer
Drop off
We will safely bring you back to your accommodation in Lviv. If you wish to get dropped off somewhere else, we will try to make that possible too.​

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