Kiev is the capital of beautiful Ukraine. The old town is full of wonderful buildings with gleaming golden domes and impressive cathedrals. Kiev has a long history and there is so much to see and do in the city that even a week is not enough to experience and discover everything. A city trip to Kiev is definitely worth it. We have put together for you a number of the highlights that you should definitely not miss when visiting Kiev!

What to see in Kiev

  • There’s a huge amount to see and do in Kiev, but first you’ll need to find your accommodation. Kiev is a big city with lots of neighbourhoods to stay in, but some of the more popular ones for tourists include Pechersk, Podil and Shevchenko. Choose your accommodation at the same time as you book your Kiev cheap flights by using Ryanair rooms.
  • Room sorted, it’s time to explore Kiev! There are countless beautiful pieces of architecture throughout the city, mostly churches and cathedrals with stunning gilding and brightly painted towers. If you pick only one of these to discover in more details make it the Pechersk Lavra Monastery, which is actually a complex of over 28 hectares and is host to cathedrals, catacombs and caves which you can explore.
  • Many people who visit Kiev decide to make the day trip to Chernobyl, the site of a disastrous nuclear event in 1986. It’s a slightly morbid tour, with creepy and abandoned buildings making up the exhibits in an uninhabitable museum, but it’s fascinating to many who want to learn more about the history of the event, what went wrong, and how it can be avoided in future.
  • Andrew’s Descent is a busy street in Kiev, and its oldest street too. It’s a long cobbled street lined with galleries, cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. It’s a touristy area, but should absolutely be part of your itinerary when you book your Kiev flights.
  • Don’t miss a trip to Independence Square either, the central meeting place of Kiev.

What to eat in Kiev

Make sure you try borscht in Kiev. The Ukrainian version of borscht is served rich, hot, meat heavy and delicious. Golubsty – cabbage leave stuffed with rice and meat – is another popular dish here. Khinkali is actually a dish from nearby Georgia, but these big fluffy dumplings are pretty good in Kiev too and worth seeking out.

Kiev has a lot of excellent restaurants serving modern European cuisine too, and dining in the city is a great experience where you get a lot of bang for your buck.

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