With its 13 golden cupolas Kiev’s oldest church is one of the city’s most visible landmarks. Climb to the top of the huge bell tower for great views.
Every tourist visiting Kiev should go to a performance at the National Opera of Ukraine.
The Golden Gate of Kiev is a fortification that was part of the ancient city walls. It was built in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, Grand Prince of Kiev, but subsequently fell into disrepair and was buried underground.
Situated around 12 km south of Kiev, the Pirogovo open-air museum is one of the best in Ukraine. Numerous villages are scattered around the large grounds, each representing a different region of the country.
This Orthodox Christian monastery attracts pilgrims from all over the world. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate it. The place is stunningly beautiful and boasts many interesting features.
Andrew’s Descent is one of the oldest and most popular streets in Kiev. Although it enjoys a reputation as the city’s most artistic street, much of it is lined with souvenir stalls selling Soviet paraphernalia.
Essential tourist information
Kiev and Ukraine have a humid continental climate, characterised by large seasonal temperature differences, with harsh winters and fairly hot summers. Spring and autumn are brief but pleasant.
Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries. The city is not without its dangers and annoyances.