The golden-domed capital of Ukraine is a scenic, bustling city that tends to surprise first-time visitors. There are so many places to visit in Ukraine’s capital that it’s hard to choose the starting point. To experience the most authentic and real Kiev, follow our list of awesome things to do in this hidden jewel of Eastern Europe.
Kiev is ancient and modern. Dating back to the 5th century, the city is a crossroad of Kievan Rus’ ancient heritage, Soviet legacy and global contemporary trends. Complex history and culture are harmoniously synchronized in this ancient city where East meets West. There are many amazing attractions in achievable distances from each other. Visit the architectural landmarks, like Mariyinsky Palace, Kiev Academic Puppet Theater and Golden Gate (Zoloti Vorota).
Climbing to the top of the 102 meter, stainless steel Motherland Monument (Rodina Mat) is an unforgettable experience, available for only few people per day! You will need a private guide to take you up the steep ladders and narrow passageways. At the top observation deck, located on the the shield of the monument, you can open a tiny window to see an impressive panorama.
How to get there:
Check out the cheap flights to Kiev that we’ve found! For example, Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizzair is offering nice deals from some of the European cities to the capital of Ukraine.
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What to do in Kiev:
- Discover the Soviet Kiev >>
Immerse into the Soviet history through the landmarks of that time. Start with Rodina Mat’, a city’s defender and the most prominent building of Brezhnev’s time. Discover what Stalinka or Khrushchevka is, get to know the neo-classical style of Verkhovna Rada, go to the Exhibition of Achievements of Ukrainian SSR and other iconic sights.
- Learn how to prepare local food and drinks >>
Food lovers can try their hand at cooking an authentic local dish with an Ukrainian chef during a customized Open Kitchen Master Class at the professional restaurant kitchen with a renowned Ukrainian chef. Choose a dish, learn how to cook it and savour what you have cooked.
- Discover the street art of Kiev >>
Explore the hidden murals, the places of recent history and art. Visit Kiev Fashion Park at Peizazhna Alley and see some undisclosed courtyards known for their secret art and stories.
- Recreate yourself in the traditional Ukrainian sauna bath >>
Take time to regenerate your body and mind in the local “banya”. This Slavic sauna type is a popular place of recreation since the 11th century. It uses the wet steam and the tradition to slightly hit each other with “vinyky” – dried branches and leaves to improve the circulation.
- Explore Ukrainian ethnic culture >>
Visit a traditional Ukrainian village, where you will discover traditions and lifestyle of a typical Ukrainian countryside. Try your hand at pottery, painting or blacksmithing during a master class with an Ukrainian craftsman.
Where to stay:
We recommend you to stay at excellent 5* 7 Sky Hotel (Seventh Heaven Hotel) for only €27 / $30 per double room. This top rated hotel provides comfortable 5-star accommodation in Kiev. It also features room service, a shuttle service and a 24-hour reception. Guests staying at the hotel can enjoy the stylish rooms that provide a refrigerator, slippers and a mini bar. All offer tea and coffee making facilities, a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV. 7 Sky Hotel is a convenient base to discover nearby Kiev Pechersk Lavra and National Bank of Ukraine. House with Chimaeras, Saint Sophia Cathedral and Verkhovna Rada are only an easy car ride from the hotel.
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