Kyiv is a very lucky city: having such an excellent location – is a great fortune. Settled on several hills on a steep bank of the Dnipro River, the city is surrounded by greenery with golden domes of ancient churches on the background. Its breathtaking views and magnificent landscapes impress travelers from the first sight.
Kyiv was founded more than 1500 years ago; for centuries it has been one of the greatest and the most influential European cities. It got through many historical events and nowadays it is a city with rich history and culture.
What things to do are the most popular in Kiev?
First of all, if you want to learn more about its main sights, the best way is to take Kyiv city tour with local professional guides. You will be able to get all essential information about the history, culture and the main Kyiv landmarks.
The must-see tourist attraction of the city is Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the National Historic-Cultural Sanctuary mainly famous for the Kiev Cave Monastery. It was founded in the 1057 year and became one of the most popular tourist spots. Except for the Cave Monastery, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra includes a great number of museums, architectural monuments of the 11th-19thcentury, exhibition halls. It is worth to visit Kyiv Pechersk Lavra with a professional guide and enjoy the greatest treasury of Ukrainian culture.
A great pastime is to have a walk in Kiev parks and fall in love with the most picturesque places in the city. Visit St.Volodymyr Hill – a park in the heart of the city renowned for the breathtaking views. Another magnificent place is Mariyinsky Park which is famous for great observation platform and stunning Baroque palace of the 18th century. Spend some time on Lanscape Alley – a beautiful Landscape Park with cute animal sculptures and amazing views of Old Kyiv.
Be sure to visit an outstanding Golden Gates and St. Sophia Cathedral, the most ancient building in Kyiv, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site; walk down St. Andrew’s Descent, one of the oldest and the most popular street in Kyiv; have a look at St. Andrew’s Church, which is a jewel of Ukrainian Rococo; stroll through the center of the city – Khreshchatyk street, Maidan Nezalezhnosti and European squares, where the main political events took place.
Restaurants and Cafes
After a day of sightseeing, relax in one of the Ukrainian restaurants and try delicious local food and drink. You could also take a Kiev restaurants tour and learn more about Ukraine cuisine and culinary traditions with an experienced guide.
Spend a lovely evening in Kyiv Opera Theatre and enjoy an outstanding performance of the best Ukrainian artists. Kyiv Opera House is placed in the heart of the city and considered to be one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance building in Kyiv.
The great idea for relaxing is to take a boat trip on Dnipro River and to enjoy Kievlandmarks far from the bustling streets. The tours start everyday upon request from the Kyiv River Port.
A perfect destination for a delightful outgoing is a picturesque Open-Air Pirogovo Museum. Far from the noise of the city, surrounded by the peaceful nature, the museum displays a lot of country houses, wood churches, household items, clothes of the 18th–20th century.
Have a trip to Mezhihirya and visit one of the most popular tourist attractions over the past few years – Museum of corruption. Mezhihirya is a residence of former Ukrainian president Yanukovych; nowadays it is opened for everyone.
One of the must-visit places in Kiev is the Mikhail Bulgakov museum, located in the mysterious house #13 on Andriyivsky descent. It’s the building, where the great author lived with his family, and which was described in the famous Bulgakov’s novel The White Guard.
The museum looks like frozen in time apartment, which owners got out for a while and will be back soon. The exhibition located in seven rooms and devoted to the writer’s life and work. A part of the exhibits tells about the real life of Mikhail Bulgakov and his family. Another part of exhibits, painted white, devoted to the life of fictional characters from The White Guard novel.
As you can see, Kyiv is a very diverse city with a rich cultural heritage. Visit Kyiv and spend an unforgettable vacation in one of the most beautiful European city!