After stepping into the streets of Kiev, I knew that I had discovered my favorite Eastern European city. I have a feeling of wanting Kiev-after all, read a lot of information before leaving for Ukraine, the purpose is to understand the city.
m very happy to come to Kiev and really understand the history of this country.I think too many travelers hear the word Ukraine.
And their thoughts immediately fall into tragedy or turmoil. The Chernobyl disaster was the largest nuclear power plant accident in history. During the Soviet Union famine, about 3.15 to 7.18 million Ukrainians died from this incident.
But Ukraine has been moving forward and the economy is recovering. Apart from the strange political posters everywhere, the Crimean crisis has basically no effect on the tourists in Kiev. There is no reason to be shocked to visit Kiev, Kiev is one of the safest capitals I have visited.
In fact, Ukraine has a large population-roughly equivalent to the size of Texas. Kiev is the capital of the country, a rising city, and it is developing rapidly. There are new business openings everywhere, catering to the new generation of locals in Kiev, who are more mobile than past generations and more excited about the future of their country.
Trendy coffee shops and trendy cafes are emerging in almost every block. Street art is everywhere.
But at the same time, Kiev’s old methods continue. Old-fashioned trams roamed the poor streets, and old subway cars roared on dilapidated tracks. The stately, golden-domed cathedral is everywhere. They stand high above the city of Kiev, reminding you that Kiev has been an Orthodox area for centuries.
A week-long tour in Kiev will give you enough time to see some of Kiev ’s main attractions, but if you want to live like a local, you may need to consider longer. I lived in this city for a total of 5 days. So I can spend more time sorting out the guide to the wonderful things to do in Kiev. I will give you some suggestions.
Rent a car in Ukraine
Ukraine is a big country, as big as Texas. Renting a car allows you to see a lot of things easily. Kiev has good public transport and can help you reach your destination quickly. Public transportation outside Kiev is challenging and troublesome, and many rural roads are in disrepair. Therefore, renting a car can alleviate some troubles.
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Where to go when visiting Kiev in Ukraine.
There are many things to do in Kiev. In fact, getting a Kiev pass allows you to visit this wonderful city at a discount or even free price in some cases. The Kiev Pass will take you to museums, restaurants, etc.click here
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
As you can see from the photo below, you may now know where the name of the monastery comes from. You can find St. Michael ’s Golden Monastery near St. Andrew ’s Church, and to be honest, both are equally spectacular. Bright colors and golden domes.
St. Andrew’s Church
(St. Andrew’s Church) was built in the 1700s and is a Baroque-style building, a must-see attraction when visiting Kiev. The church is covered with the most intricate details, from golden decorations to the church ’s charming dome. St. Andrew’s Church is one of my favorite churches in Kiev. You can walk around the church, St. Andrew’s Church is built on a small hill. There you will find a way to enjoy the view of the city, especially during sunrise and sunset, it is a great place to overlook the city.
Golden Gate(Музей Золоті ворота)
A gate in the ancient city wall of Kievan Rus (now Kiev, the capital of Ukraine). This name is also used in the modern theater next to it. The gate was built in the middle of the 11th century and is one of the three major constructions of Yaroslav, the wise prince of Kiev. It is generally believed that the design of this gate refers to the same-named gate of Porta Aurea in Constantinople. In 1240, under the offensive of the troops of the Golden Horde of Batu, the city gate was partially destroyed.
Vozdvizhenka is a residential area, built in the early 2000s, located in the historical center of Kiev, at the intersection of Kozhumiatska, Dehtiarna, Honcharna and Vozdvyzhenska streets.
The residential area reproduces a part of old Kiev. These houses were built in the architectural style popular at the end of the 19th century: mainly Baroque and “Kiev” Art Nouveau style, with Gothic style. Although it was built in 2000, it is very beautiful and there are many shops on both sides of the street. I spent a wonderful afternoon there.
About Maidan Nezalezhnosti – Independence Square.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) literally means Independence Square, the central square of Kiev, which has a long history. Independence Square has been the seat of many political rallies and killed more than 100 people during demonstrations at the Euromaidan revolution in early 2014. Many travel bloggers recommend visiting the square, but from my personal point of view, I don’t think it is a good place.
Every country has its own unique history and sad past. I hope you know that not all bright appearances represent happiness. Ukraine is a country with many stories.
If you are going to this square! ! ! !
Please do not take photos with pigeons.
Please don’t take a photo with Winnie the Pooh.
If you want to know why, please leave me a message.
The Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War-（Батьківщина-Мати）
To get here, you either need to use the public transportation system, otherwise Uber, because it is located a little further away from the center of Kiev. The Motherland Monument is part of the Ukrainian National History Museum during World War II, and you can find it under the statue. Rodina Mat itself is worth a visit. Shooting the statue in some special weather conditions will have unexpected effects.
Pechersk Monastery（Києво-Печерська лавра）
It is a monastery in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The monastery was built in 1051, when Ukraine was in the era of the Grand Duchy of Kiev. From the Middle Ages to modern times, the monasteries have had a huge influence on the religion, education and academics of Ukraine. In 1990, the cave monastery and Hagia Sophia were included in the world cultural heritage
This monastery has a long history and is the place to visit when visiting Kiev.
The saint’s corpse in the cave.
The Mezhyhirya Residence is an estate in Ukraine where Viktor Yanukovych lived when he was Prime Minister and then President of Ukraine and is now a museum displaying Yanukovych’s luxurious lifestyle. Yanukovych lived in the estate from 2002 to 21 February 2014, when he fled the country during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.
The luxury of this villa makes me feel that I am from a backcountry.
Mayak（Маяк）This is the best place to watch the Dnieper River. If you go when the weather is fine, there will be a windfall.
Experience local life
If you are looking for some trajectory of local life. Then you might go to “Bessarabsky Market”. I can safely say that you are wasting precious time. If you naively believe that Kiev citizens go shopping here. Then unless there are only 1,000 people left in Kiev.
“Bessarabsky Market” is too small.
Novus super market
NOVUS is a fast-growing national supermarket chain and the most dynamic and progressive food retail company in Ukraine. NOVUS business development has three directions-store, distribution and import. This is how the company thrives. The first supermarket NOVUS opened in 2009. About 5 chain stores are added every year.
I prefer this store to buy things in Ukraine, the goods are relatively complete. There are about 10 branches in Kiev. The biggest one is here.
вулиця Здолбунівська, 7Г, Київ, 02000
If you like reading old books, or an antique lover. Then don’t miss this place. You can find some good things, but it takes time and a bit of luck.
I have to say that this is definitely the highlight of the whole city. The essence of a trip to Ukraine. Hidden gem.
You can even find medieval books, medals of Soviet soldiers, and statues of Lenin and Stalin.
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