Best things to do in Kiev
Find out more about those top places in Kiev
Flanked by Europe’s one of the major rivers called Dnieper, the fascinating city of Kiev is the most populous city and the capital of Ukraine. Located in country’s north central part, the city has a great infrastructure and a modern and developed public transport system. With various religious sites, exquisite architecture, amazing churches, magnificent museums and theaters, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Ukraine. The heart of the city is the ancient upper town which was rebuilt after the war but it is also the area which has most of the extant historical buildings. The Kiev Monastery of the Caves and Saint Sophia Cathedral, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the top historical places in Kiev. The colorful and splendid street art of Kiev makes it even more attracting. High and luxurious apartment buildings, the churches’ spires and golden domes give the city a breathtaking sight. This colorful city which once survived the Chernobyl explosion (one of the worst nuclear plant explosions in the history of mankind), WWII and the famous revolution of Ukraine, is the cultural, industrial and educational center of Eastern Europe.
The Kiev Pechersk Lavra as called the Kiev Monastery of the Caves is one of the seven wonders of Ukraine and a significant historical place. It was founded in 1051 AD and is famous for its mysterious underground caves and spiritual atmosphere. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Saint Sophia Cathedral.
This Cathedral in Kiev, which took almost two decades to complete, is another historical site and one of the most famous landmarks of Ukraine. Its magnificent interior including beautiful frescoes and mosaic is a breathtaking sight. Don’t forget to climb the cathedral's bell tower to get one of the best and most beautiful views of Kiev.
With the awe-inspiring Soviet architecture, the National Complex Expocenter of Ukraine is one of the best and must visit places in Kiev. The famous and dominating Pavilion number 1 building with golden statue on top, is surely a gorgeous sight. What’s more, the Expocenter has a swimming pool, beautiful wooden paths and it offers delicious street food.
The huge Motherland Monument is a part of “National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War”, which was opened in 1981 as a tribute to Soviet Union’s victory in World War II. The foundation of the sculpture is built from about 3000 tons of metal. This giant monument which took 3 years to complete, is easily visible from various places in Kiev.
Located near the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, this beautiful garden is one of the best tourist destinations in Kiev. The park has a sculpture of the famous poet Taras Shevchenko. It may be a small park but its peaceful environment, colorful flowers and magnificent trees make it one of the most favorite places of locals and expats in Kiev.
Explore the abandoned city of Chernobyl on a 1-day group tour from Kiev and experience incredible emotions within the exclusion zone of a former disaster site. Benefit from travel arrangements, such as permits to enter the exclusion zones and more.