Traveling to Ukraine and wondering about things to do in Kiev? Ukraine’s capital is ancient and modern. It’s a city equally loyal to ‘babushka’s and newly-rich oligarchs on fancy jeeps, to quiet idyllic parks and bustling highways, to top-notch supermarkets and farmers’ bazaars, and to any traveler who approaches it with an open mind and a heart for adventures.
PRAY OR MEDIDATE AT ST. CYRILL’S MONASTERY
Completely off-the-beaten track, this small church is as old as time, dating back to 12th century. 800 sq.m of stunning frescoes have been restored in late 1970 and showcase just a small bit of what this church must have been like in 1187. Paintings of the famous Mikhail Vrubel take you into a different world. And the fact that the Monastery is away from the main tourist sites in Kyiv will make the experience even more humbling and inspirational.
STROLL ALONG THE GREEN SCENERY OF KYIV’S PARKS
Kyiv is no doubt a green capital, and has dozens of beautiful parks for short walks. Mariyinsky and Khreshchatyj Parks are among our favorites in the list of things to do in Kiev! Not only they are located right next to Kyiv’s majestic Dnieper River. They also have wonderful architectural landmarks, like Mariyinsky Palace, gorgeous building of Kyiv Academic Puppet Theater, and Lover’s Bridge – popular among newly-weds.
LEARN MORE AT NATIONAL CHERNOBYL MUSEUM
An unprecedented tragedy at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant is the world’s worst nuclear accident. Pripyat, the town closest to the reactor (3 kilometers distance), was home to 49,000 residents before the disaster, mostly the families of the plant workers; now no one lives there. The city of Chernobyl is only 4 kilometers to the south of the reactor. High radiation levels forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from the region surrounding Chernobyl. The ghost of this tragedy will hunt Ukrainian people for a long time, and 1986 is forever carved in the national memory. If you don’t have a chance to go for a tour of Chernobyl site itself, you can learn more about the catastrophe in Kyiv’s most interesting and engaging museum. A must in our list of things to do in Kiev!
GO CYCLING IN GOLOSIYIVSKY FOREST
If you are into outdoors and would love a more adventurous exploration of Kyiv, take off to one of its green areas! Golosiyivsky Park is a unique nature park with its cascade lakes situated right in the central part of Kiev. An enchanted forest, picturesque natural landscape and fresh air will immediately help you forget your daily troubles.In the minds of many believers Golosiyivskiy Park and forest are also strongly associated with Golosiyivsky desert, where pilgrims come not only from Ukraine, but also from other countries. Pushcha – Vodycia is Kyiv’s by far most popular rest area. A land of forests, small ponds and lakes, and even a tram line that takes you along its pine trees! Rent a bike and set off for green escape, only minutes away from busy Kyiv streets. Add cycling to your growing list of things to do in Kiev!