The Best Things to See and Do in Lutsk

Entrance to Lubarts Castle
Entrance to Lubart's Castle | © Gena3108 / WikiCommons
Maria Sibirtseva

The lovely city of Lutsk is an important destination for those who want to explore the history and regional particularities of Ukraine. Located in Western Ukraine, it is one of the country’s spiritual centres, with a large number of churches, cathedral and monasteries. Not surprisingly, it is also called a little Rome.

Explore Lubart’s Castle

Lubart’s Castle is the most well-known attraction in Lutsk and one of the greatest castles in the country. The 14th-century fortification is a monument of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania epoch in Ukraine. Built by Russian-Lithuanian Prince Lubart, it is also referred to as the High Castle. On the territory of the fortress, there’s also a cultural complex consisting of several museums: the Art Museum, the Bells Museum, the Books Museum (more on this below) and the Weapons Museum.

Kafedralna Street, 1A, Lutsk, Ukraine, +380332724588

Lubart’s Castle

Visit Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral

Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church. This remarkable Society of Jesus (Jesuit) legacy appeared in Lutsk in the 17th century. It is built in the Renaissance and Classicist styles and, luckily, has been preserved in the pristine fashion to this day. Moreover, Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is considered to be the highest Jesuit church in Eastern Europe, which rises 26 meters (85 feet) into the sky. The Lutsk Dungeon, located under the church, is a must-see spot and is free to access (see below).

Kafedralna Street, 6, Lutsk, Ukraine, +380332 721 412

Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral

Descend into the Lutsk Dungeon

In addition to the regular streets and avenues, Lutsk’s underground passages are no less interesting. Their roots trace back to the 15th and 17th centuries. During Jesuit times, they were used as a jail, as cellars to store goods and a place for sacred objects. Meanwhile, during the Second World War, the dungeon became a bomb shelter. Nowadays, these unusual three-story dungeons, located under Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, are draped in mystery and legends, which you can hear during the guided tour to these underground areas.

Kafedralna Street, 6, Lutsk, Ukraine, +3800332724588

Stroll the city centre

Lutsk is an ancient city that has a typical Old Town. There are historical monuments and souvenir stalls, cobblestoned streets, beautiful fountains and green spaces. Among the main attractions are Lesya Ukrainka Park (a favourite destination of locals), Chartoryiskykh Tower (a Lutsk fortification), the central market with traditional Ukrainian goods like salo (pork fat), the Pharmacy Museum and the Choral Synagogue (an old synagogue with a defence tower). Located close to each other, these sights will help you get a general idea about the city’s history and everyday life.

Lutsk Old Town, Lutsk, Ukraine

Cascade of fountains in the park

Learn about regional icon art

The Volyn Icon Museum (Volyn is a historical region in Ukraine) is an interesting venue for fans of the sacred art. It features an impressive collection of more than 1,500 items: icons of the 17th–19th centuries, crosses, liturgical books, sacred sculptures and utensils. There’s also a unique chapel hall, where visitors come to see the Kholm Icon of the Mother of God, whose origin dates from the 11th century. The museum holds presentations, meetings, concerts of chamber music and spiritual singing performances.

Yaroschuka Street, 5, Lutsk, Ukraine, +380332243412

Wander around the Lutsk Zoo

If you’re travelling with children or would like to get away from the crowded city, the Lutsk Zoo is a lovely place to visit. It was established to preserve rare species of animals in Ukraine and to acquaint locals and tourists from all over the world with the unique nature of Volyn. In total, more than 40 species of fauna, 88 animals and 35 birds can be found here. In addition to the overall zoo space, there’s also a small contact zoo, where kids can touch and feed the animals.

Hlushets Street, 7, Lutsk, Ukraine, +380332248153
A post shared by 🌌Nadya (@together_11_forever) on Jun 28, 2018 at 11:29am PDT

Get inspired by the Books Museum

The Books Museum in the Lutsk Castle is a venue that everyone, from children to adults, will enjoy. The majority of the collection is composed of antique books, the oldest of which is over 350 years old. There are three rooms with different exhibitions. The first one goes into the publishing history of Europe, showcasing the 15th-century printing press. Other rooms have a variety of printed editions of the six most famous printing houses of Eastern European countries. Special attention should be paid to the rare exhibits like the 1644 Gospel book.

Kafedralna Street, 1, Lutsk, Ukraine, +380332724588

Marvel at the house of architect Golovan

Located on the banks of the Styr River, the so-called House with Chimeras (similar to the one in Kiev) is the most unusual attraction in Lutsk. The architect Mykola Golovan has been working on it for over 30 years. Currently, it is adorned with about 500 sculptures in a variety of styles, from Gothic and Renaissance styles to classic and fairytale pieces. The greatest object is the bas-relief depiction of all the sculptor’s family members on the pediment of the house.

Liuteranska Street, 9, Lutsk, Ukraine

House of architect Golovan

Gaze at the greatness of the Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church is one of the city’s youngest attractions, which was built in the early 20th century. Completed in the Neo-Gothic style, it has the same name as the street on which it is situated. In Soviet times, the church was used as a secular building, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was handed over to the Baptists. Thus, it is a Baptist church at the moment. It is located some distance from the city centre of Lutsk, yet its spire makes the church an easily visible attraction from afar.

Liuteranska Street, 16, Lutsk, Ukraine

Lutheran Church
culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.