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Must-see places when visiting Kiev

Kiev or Kyiv according to Ukrainian spelling is the largest city in Ukraine. It lies on both banks of Dnirpo (Russian spelling Dnieper) River and has plenty of interesting places for sightseeing. Below we have collected must-see Kiev attractions that one should not miss if he wants to feel the spirit of this old city.

 

Must-see places when visiting Kiev

 

 

If you type in Google something like ‘places to see in Kiev’ or ‘things to do in Kiev’ you’ll find many travel guides which would offer variety of places and activities. It is clear almost immediately that Kiev has many attractions for those who love churches, architecture, museums, monuments etc.

Visits to these spots will help you to see diversity of Ukrainian capital and come home with bright memories.

So, here comes number one.

 

1 – See Kiev in miniature

See Kiev in miniature

Mini Independence Square

The park ‘Kiev in miniature’ was opened in June 2006. In contrast to “Mini-Europe’ in Brussels, this park features only Ukrainian capital city.

All 48 miniatures were created with such love and attention to details that one can hardly find difference between real buildings and their copies. This is great because you can explore attractions of Kiev in several hours and then choose which of them you would like to see in real size.

 

After you explore mini-Kiev get ready to catch luck by the tail of crocodile.

2 – House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky house

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky house

Architecture Vladislav Gorodetsky is called Antoni Gaudi of Kyiv for his extraordinary architecture style. The house with Chimaeras is located across the street from Presidential Administration on Bankova Street and since 2005 it has been used as presidential residence for official diplomatic meetings.

Despite its official (and quite boring) usage, this building will attract your gaze with its extraordinary figures of exotic animals and hunting scenes.

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky house

In early XX century architecture Gorodetsky wanted to demonstrate possibilities of concrete and decorated the house with ample variety of figures.

It is said that figure of a crocodile brings luck to the one who finds it. So, be attentive!

House with Chimaeras or Gorodetsky house

As soon as you catch you portion of luck get ready to go back to 11th century.

 

3 – Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

This monastery complex is included into the World Heritage of UNESCO and into the list of 7 wonders of Ukraine. History of Kyiv Lavra dates back to 11th century.

Yes, yes, some things you see in this complex existed before Norman conquer and first lectures in University of Oxford! Monks prayed in their caves before the first crusades. It is said Lavra was founded in 1051.

This little town in the heart of Kyiv has 14 Orthodox churches, friary (monastery for men exclusively), 7 museums, one of first printing houses in the territory of Kievan Rus.

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

People come here to feel themselves closer to God, ask for help or simply admire the ancient beauty.

Keep in mind that women must cover their heads before entering the territory. Skirts are required as well.

 

If you enjoy exploring old architecture, the next item will give you an idea.

4. Learn more about Kyiv history in Golden Gate museum

Learn more about Kyiv history in Golden Gate museum - must-see kiev

Golden Gate is another symbol of Ukrainian capital. In times of glory of Kievan Rus Golden Gates not only protected the old town, they also served as main entrance.

Learn more about Kyiv history in Golden Gate museum

In XVIIth century the Gates were almost destroyed and reconstructed only in late XXth century. In the museum you will see remnants of this ancient defense building.

 

Want to explore some more history? The next item in our list is tailored for you!

 

5. Dive into atmosphere of old Kyiv in One Street Museum

Dive into atmosphere of old Kyiv in One Street Museum

If you take a trip to Kyiv walking down Andrew’s Descent is a must. Another name of this place in Andriivsky Uzviz. This rough street is lined with restaurants, museums, souvenir sellers.

Dive into atmosphere of old Kyiv in One Street Museum

If you feel you still haven’t got enough of old Kyiv atmosphere One Street Museum will be perfect for you! This place is fully dedicated to history of Andrew’s Descent and offers lots of interesting stories for everyone.

 Panorama view of museum here.

Want some fresh air and great panoramas? Go to any Kyiv street and raise you head to spot the attraction which continues this list.

 

6. Motherland statue will be your guide

Motherland statue will be your guide - must-see kiev

In order to find this museum you only need to watch up because its main symbol – Motherland Statue – is visible from any spot in Kyiv. This statue is 102 meters high which is even more than Statue of Liberty. This huge monument is part of museum of Great Patriotic War. Its exhibitions will lead you through Ukrainian story in WWII, Nazi occupation and liberation of our country.

Motherland statue will be your guide

While the museum itself is attraction for men (it’s hard not to take several pics of yourself standing next to huge tank or sitting in helicopter), women might like wonderful panorama views of Kyiv.

 

If you want to know more about Ukraine in XXth century, the next item on our list will give you a clue.

 

7. Chernobyl virtual tour

Chernobyl virtual tour

History should be remembered to avoid the same mistakes. That is why National Museum of Chernobyl was created.

Chernobyl virtual tour

It is fully dedicated to very sad page of Ukrainian history – Chernobyl catastrophe. This museum will take you into virtual excursion to Pripyat – town near Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant – and other settlements that were abandoned after the terrible catastrophe.

Visitors of museum say it has a very powerful emotional impact.

 

If you feel you’ve got enough of history, the next items will take you closer to the present moment.

 

8. Khreshchatyk and Maidan – must-see Kiev attractions

Khreshchatyk and Maidan

Khreshchatyk Street and Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) are places of great hope where history was written. Central Street of Kyiv and its main Square have witnessed many events that changed Ukraine.

Khreshchatyk and Maidan - must-see kiev

On weekends Khreshchatyk becomes a pedestrian zone. You can stroll along the street, visit Maidan to see memorials dedicated to Revolution of Dignity, light a candle in memory of fallen sons of Ukraine.

 

If you feel like there has been enough of museums and exhibitions its high time to turn you eyes upon natural beauty. Keep scrolling down to find our what we offer.

 

9. Mezhyhirya – bright sample of vanity in public access

 Mezhyhirya

 Mezhyhirya

Mezhyhirya or the so-called museum of corruption is a place which became available to public only since late February 2014 when former president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich fled to Russia after Maidan Revolution.

 Mezhyhirya - must-see kiev

This splendid place is a bright sample of political vanity and offers many attraction from shooting range to yacht pier.

 Find more information and take virtual tour here.

Yes, you are approaching the end! And the last but not the least offer is to…

 

10. Admire green scenery in Mariyinsky Park

Mariyinsky Park

At last, if you admire Baroque architecture, Mariyinsky Palace will be great for you. This palace was built in XVIIIth century and today serves as official ceremonial residence of Ukrainian President.

Mariyinsky Palace Kiev

Next to it there is Mariyinsky Park which is a great place to have rest and admire nature in Kyiv.

Mariyinsky Park

This were 10 interesting spots that must be seen if you take a trip to Kyiv. Ukrainian capital has much more places to offer and we’ll definitely keep discovering them.

What was your experience of visiting Kyiv? What fascinated you there? Leave a comment down below to tell us!


3 thoughts on “Must-see places when visiting Kiev”

  1. Alina

    Travelling to Ukraine is much better with private guide, especially by car. We tried this last August with my 3 friends with Go2ua interpreters travel agency. They covered from airport transfer and most of all our tour to Kiev,odessa, Tiachiv and Kamenets-Podilskiy. My friends and I shared the cost was even cheaper than renting a car and going on your own.


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