Bored of never ending parties in Lviv? Have a spare day and don’t know what to do? A day trip from Lviv to see the ruins of polish castles is a great adventure… especially because it also involves a bit of offroad!
The “złota podkowa Lwowa” (in English – the golden horseshoe of Lviv) route takes you through 3 castles and one church. The route is 175 km long, takes like 4h of driving and has the shape of a horseshoe, if you were wondering where does the name come from. Lwów – Olesko – Pidhirtsi – Zolochiv
The first stop is 75 km away from Lviv and is 700 years old Olesko castle, the birthplace of Polish king Jan III Sobieski. You should know him because of his victory over the Turks at the 1683 Battle of Vienna (cross it!) vodka named after him. The castle was built on a hill and from the road it looks really impressive. Sadly, coming closer to it it’s easy to notice that it’s slowly falling apart. Inside you can find the Lviv Art Gallery.
Really easy to miss – the castle isn’t visible from the road, there’s no sign saying: ‘congrats, you’ve made it!’, the only clue you’re next to it is an incredible church. Once you park you will realise that the castle is opposite it, hidden behind trees.
There were at least two couples getting married that day on the castle terrace and we still could buy tickets and basically walk around them during their ceremony. It was quite crazy.