Top things to do

Castle in Lutsk

Lutsk Castle

Lutsk's 14th-century castle stands surrounded by ornate 17th-century churches and homes and is in fairly decent shape for a Ukrainian fortress. Known as Lubart's Castle after the Lithuanian prince who ordered it bui…
Church in Lutsk

Trinity Church

The main Orthodox church in Lutsk dates from 1752 and is a much more atmospheric affair than the Sts Peter's and Paul's Cathedral, not having been stripped of its gilding and icons by the Soviets. The interior is pe…
Ukrainian in Lutsk

Korona Vitovta

The idea behind Lutsk's grandest restaurant came from a recipe book – unearthed during an archaeological dig – that belonged to the cook of King Vitovta of Lithuania. The current chef remains as faithful as possible…
Pub Food in Lutsk

Brave Schweyk

Named for the famous fictional Czech soldier Švejk (Schweik in German) in Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek, this place harks back to the novel's Austro-Hungarian era with its mix of sausages, goulash, pigs' knuc…
Pub in Lutsk


The best, most atmospheric watering hole in town boasts a dark tavern-like hall with long benches and a stage for local weekend strummers to perform, two quieter seating areas for daytime imbibing, and a beer menu p…
Ukrainian in Lutsk

Teatralne Kafe

The Theatre Cafe is a cheap 'n' cheerful self-service canteen where chirpy dinner ladies plate up Ukrainian comfort food plus the odd foreign invader such as pizza. There's also good coffee, a dessert section and be…
Cultural in Lutsk

Polessian Summer Folk Festival

This festival of folk dance and music takes place throughout summer at various venues around Lutsk, including Lutsk Castle.
Music in Lutsk

Artjazz Festival

Organised by the Lutsk Jazz Club, this is one of Ukraine's best jazz festivals and takes place at Lutsk Castle and in the city of Rivne.
Fiesta in Lutsk

City Day & Independence Day

Lutsk City Day falls in the third week in August, around the time of Ukrainian Independence Day, making this a great time to be in town.
Music in Lutsk


Alternative music festival with a nationalist twist held just outside Lutsk. Attracts some of the biggest names in Ukrainian rock.