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Top 20 Things to Do in Kyiv

 

 

1. Visit St. Sophia Cathedral and climb the belfry

 

 

Known for its beautiful architecture, St. Sophia Cathedral is a popularly visited landmark in Kyiv. When you visit the cathedral, be sure to see the Bell Tower, ornamented in white stucco molding and a brilliant turquoise background. The tower is complete with 20 bells; the most famous of these being the Mazepa Bell, commissioned by Hetman Ivan Mazepa. This bell is located on the second tier of the tower and weighs 13 tons!  

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24 Volodymyrska Str. 70 UAH

 

 

 

2. Go roller skating in Mariinskyi Park

 

 

Mariinskyi Park is famous not only for Mariinskyi Palace, but is also a meeting place for Kyiv skaters and skateboarders of all ages. Either alongside the Dynamo stadium or opposite to the open-air theater, you can always find young skaters zooming past. Even if you do not skate, you can walk down the shady paths or relax by the beautiful fountains that fill Mariinskyi Park.

 

Mariinskyi Park Free entrance

 

 

 

3. Make a wish near the fountain in the courtyard of St. Michael’s Monastery

 

 

Dedicated to the patron saint of Kyiv, Archangel Michael, St. Michael’s Monastery was built in the early 12th century. In the courtyard of St. Michael’s Monastery you will find the Wish Fountain. It is predicted that if you wet a coin and it sticks to the fountain, your wish will come true. One could claim that the secret lies in the surface force, but it is you who decide whether to trust the mysterious power of the fountain or not.

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8 Triokhsviatytelska Str. Free entrance

 

 

 

4. Walk along Landscape Alley

 

 

Opened in May 2011, this park is a must-see attraction to the residents and visitors of Kyiv. The park consists of creative sculptures, and imaginative art installations that are created by Ukrainian designers. Unique, cultivating, modern, and beautiful are only some words that can be used to describe the sculptures in the park.

 

2 Volodymyrska Str. – 34 Velyka Zhytomyrska Str. Free entrance

 

 

 

5. Walk along Andrew’s Descent (Andriivskyi Uzviz)

 

 

Being one of the oldest streets in Kyiv, Andrew’s Descent connects Kyiv’s uptown with the historic commercial district. The descent was likely originated in the 18th century after St. Andrew’s Church. Andrew’s Descent is often called “Kyiv Montmartre”. Today, it is a major tourist attraction, widely known for selling paintings, folk art, and souvenirs.

       
"Kontraktova” metro station; or from St. Michael’s Monastery to Desiatynna Str. Free entrance

 

 

 

6. Kiss your sweetheart on the Lovers’ Bridge

 

 

Built in 1910, this pedestrian bridge connects Khreshchatyi and Miskyi Park. Actually called “Parkovyi Bridge”, it is more commonly referred to as “Lovers’ Bridge”. Here you will find happy couples celebrating their romance by locking inscripted padlocks onto the bridge to secure their love forever.

       
Petrivska Alley Free entrance

 

 

 

7. Visit Museum of Miniatures and see the masterpieces of Mykola Siadrystyi

 

 

Come visit the Museum of Miniatures and see the masterpieces of the talented Mykola Siadrystyi. Siadrysyi was able to create fine-scale miniatures, some smaller than a poppy seed, with incredible detail and accuracy. The most popular work of Ukrainian master is a shoed flea which is made of gold. Its width is 60 microns (the diameter of a human hair). Siadrystyi’s works are so small, they can be seen only under a microscope!

       

9 Lavrska Str.
The museum is located in the territory of National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical Cultural Preserve 

10 UAH

 

 

 

8. Play chess with grandmasters or read a book in T. Shevchenko Park

 

 

 

Whether in the warm summer or brisk winter, you will always find chess players in Taras Shevchenko Park. You can join and try your hand at playing chess, too. In addition, “Free Library” has recently appeared in the park. If you like reading in the open air under the rays of the bright sun, this place is for you.

       
60 Volodymyrska Str., opposite to T. Shevchenko University Free entrance

 

 

 

9. Visit the deepest metro station in the world – “Arsenalna”, and the most beautiful metro station in Europe – “Golden Gate”

Currently, the deepest metro station in the world can be found in Kyiv. “Arsenalna” station is located 150 meters belowground. This attributed to Kyiv’s geography where the high bank of the Dnipro River rises above the rest of the city. It is believed that it is an absolute world record among other subway stations which were put into operation. “Arsenalna” was opened in 1960 and is among one of the first metro stations to be built in Kyiv. The station got its name after Arsenal factory located nearby. 

 

 

In addition, “Zoloti Vorota”, the 29th station of Kyiv Metro, is worth visiting during your stay in the capital of Ukraine. The station was placed on the list of “15 of the Most Beautiful Subway Stops in the World” according to Bootsnall Travel. Moreover, in 2013 it became one of the most beautiful metro stations in Europe according to “The Daily Telegraph” newspaper. “Zoloti Vorota” metro station was opened in 1989. The station features a number of mosaics, granite floors, and marble columns.

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Metro stations “Arsenalna”, “Zoloti Vorota” 4 UAH

 

 

 

10. Taste Chicken Kyiv in one of the local restaurants

 

 

Chicken Kyiv is a popular breaded cutlet dish of boneless chicken breast pounded and rolled around cold garlic butter with herbs, then breaded and either fried or baked. Ukrainian in origin, this dish is named after the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv. Try delicious Chicken Kyiv in any city restaurant which offers Ukrainian national cuisine.

 

 

 

11. Take a boat trip along the Dnipro River

 

 

A boat trip along the Dnipro River will make a nice break in the mapping route. Nothing will help you relax better than enjoying beautiful Kyiv scenery. While admiring the views of the Dnipro River, you will plunge into the distant and unforgettable times of our country’s history and will be able to enjoy the views of modern Kyiv including Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Monument to Volodymyr the Great, Vydubytskyi Monastery, Andrew’s Church.

       
Metro station “Poshtova Ploshcha”, berth №8 From 11:00 a.m. till 07:00 p.m. – 60 UAH
After 07:00 p.m. – 80 UAH

 

 

 

12. Visit one of the largest museums in Ukraine

 

 

National Museum of the History of Great Patriotic War is one of the largest museums in Ukraine (over 300 thousand exhibits) that covers 10 hectares. The memorial complex was opened in 1981 to commemorate the German-Soviet War of 1941-1945. Some of its popular exhibits include “The Flame of Glory”, a site with World War II military equipment, “Alley of the Hero Cities”, and the statue of the Motherland (62 meters high).

       
24 Lavrska Str. Free entrance to the territory

 

 

 

13. Walk in the caves of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra with a candle in hands

 

 

Founded in 1051, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is one of the main spiritual centers of the Orthodox Christendom. There are 100 stone buildings (40 architectural monuments) in the monastery’s territory including churches, museums, and libraries. Kyiv-Perechersk Lavra is also a burial ground for many important historical and religious figures. Those who visit the caves take a candle to guide them through the underground labyrinths. The religious and solemn experience makes a lasting impression on visitors.

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Near Caves    
Far Caves Entrance fee (the Upper Lavra): 15 UAH
Entrance fee (the Lower Lavra): free

 

 

14. Plunge into the Medieval times

 

   

 

“The Kyivan Rus Park” is a unique reconstruction of one of the most famous and mysterious medieval cities of Eastern Europe – Ancient Kyiv of the 5th-13th centuries. It has been reconstructed in the size of its historical center, known as Detynets of Kyiv. Spectacular shows and performances, battles of knights, traditional music and authentic cuisine will allow you to feel the atmosphere of the ancient city. Moreover, “The Kyivan Rus Park” may offer you an exciting horse riding and hot air balloon flights.

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Kopachiv Village, Kyiv Region 100 – 150 UAH

 

 

 

15. Taste sausage rolls in one of the oldest city fast-foods – "Kyiv perepichka"

 

 

The Kyiv perepichka, sometimes described as the immortal Ukrainian hot dog, is nothing more than a sausage wrapped in deep fried dough. The perepichka is the perfect snack while out and about and on the go. While the line may be long, visit here for the authentic perepichka experience. A quick tip – a perepichka tastes best with tomato juice!

       
3 B. Khmelnytskoho Str. 6 UAH

 

 

16. Taste “Lakomka” ice-cream in the city centre

 

 

You will find many shops, cafes and restaurants where you can taste a delicious ice cream. However, “Lakomka” is the most popular ice cream among Kyiv citizens and its visitors and can be found at many kiosk locations. This tasty cold wonder will make your walk around the city more pleasant on a hot day. There are four flavors to choose from that can be perfectly combined with each other: vanilla, chocolate, lemon and blackcurrant. In addition, you can add a chocolate glaze, peanuts or fruit syrup on top!

       
1/3 Horodetskoho Str. and 20-22 Khreshchatyk Str. near “Maidan Nezalezhnosti” metro station; 
11/7 Khreshchatyk Str; 17 Khreshchatyk Str; 27/29 Khreshchatyk Str.;  
40/1 Khreshchatyk Str. (“Teatralna” metro station);
20 UAH

 

 

 

17. Feed squirrels in the park of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI)

 

 

Those who like red animals can find them in the park of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI). If you care about the cutest creatures of Kyiv green zone, you may feed them or make a feed box. Squirrels especially need our help during the cold season.

       
Peremohy Avenue (“Politekhnichnyi Instytut” metro station) Free entrance

 

 

 

18. Look into the Golden Gate

 

 

Being a historic defensive fortress of Kyivan Rus of the 11th century, this city attraction is one of the most popular sights among Kyiv visitors. During ancient times, the Golden Gate formed a strong link of fortifications at the front entrance of Kyiv. By 1750, the protective fortress was in extremely poor condition. In hopes of preserving the historic monument, there was a conservation movement to preserve the historic gate. Renovation and restoration works were carried out and in 2007 the Golden Gate was reopened to the public. At present, everyone can visit the ancient gate and find out why it is called “Golden”.

       
40a Volodymyrska Str. 15 UAH

 

 

 

19. Visit Roshen factory and buy a famous Kyiv cake

 

 

“Roshen” is a true paradise and the first place to go for your sweet-tooth. You will be surprised by the large selection of sweets they have to offer: candies, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, waffles, marshmallows and more! In recent years, the factory challenges stereotypes that high-quality sweets are produced only abroad. In the “Roshen” shop you can buy one of Kyiv symbols – Kyiv cake. It consists of two egg-white churned cream, layered cakes, stuffed with nuts. The surface of the cake is decorated with various creams and the top is sprinkled with walnut crumbs. Yum!

       
29/1 Khreshchatyk Str. (near the Bessarabskyi market)    

 

 

 

20. Visit a famous "Hedgehog in the fog"

 

 

A “Hedgehog in the Fog” monument, dedicated to the main character of the same-name animated cartoon, is located in one of Kyiv squares. The hedgehog is sitting on a stump holding a bundle in his hands as if he is setting off on a journey. Produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in 1975, “Hedgehog in the Fog” was recognized as one of the best animated films of all times. This is one of the favorite monuments of Kyiv for residents and tourists who are familiar with the hedgehog story.

       
Intersection of Zolotovoritska Str., Reitarska Str., and Heorhiivskyi Lane     

 

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