Kiev is a diverse cultural center and it has three million inhabitants. It is a capital that stretches over hills and islands surrounded by the river, all connected by bridges and underground lines.
On 9-13 May, Kiev is the host city for the 62nd Eurovision edition. So, with this event, the independent and free search engine momondo.ro proposes tourists a city break here. Momondo’s specialists have selected 11 of the city’s places worth visiting and experiencing if you decide to come here this weekend.
Discover peace in Lavra pilgrimage place
Kiev-Pecherska Lavra is a complex of monasteries built in one of the central quarters (Pechersk). It is considered one of the most sacred Orthodox places in the country. Anyone who loves the environment will appreciate the fact that cars are forbidden in this area. You’ll discover a peaceful atmosphere alongside an architecture preserved by UNESCO and protected by the local government. Here, the bell tower places you in one of Kiev’s highest points.
Take a walk on the Landscape Alley
The Landscape Alley is a delightful path through the hills of Kiev. Start your tour in front of the National History Museum and keep it on the winding path of about one kilometer. You will pass by St. Andrew’s Church (built in Baroque style) and you will admire a lot of contemporary art objects. Not far away from here, you’ll find one of the oldest pedestrian streets in Kiev, Andrew’s Descendant. It is full of souvenir stands, shops and restaurants.
Get lost in Podil neighborhood
Situated along the banks of the Dnieper River, Podil is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Kiev. Podil is classy, it has its own historical objectives and presents an old beautiful architecture. At the same time, it has a young soul with shops and bars. The artistic events will always find a place here.
Lose yourself in the crowds in Taras Shevchenko Park
In Taras Shevchenko Central Park (named after the famous Ukrainian poet and painter) you will meet all the city’s inhabitants enjoying sunlight and forest air. Take a break from the tumultuous city center and hide in the shadow of one of the secular trees.
Take a tour in Chernobyl
It surprises you or not, but find out that Chernobyl, the space once considered one of the planet’s lethal places and a forbidden area, is now a popular attraction visited by thousands of visitors every year. They are not allowed to enter the Forbidden Zone alone, so it is best to book one of the many organized tours.
Enjoy some Ukrainian folk in Pyrohiv
After you get tired by the urban agglomeration, take a day tour at Pyrohiv. This neighborhood located in the southern outskirts of Kiev hides the Popular Architecture Museum and Rural Life in Ukraine, a huge park where folkloric architecture specific to all Ukrainian regions is represented.
Eat in modern style at Ostannya Barikada
If you thought to try something of Ukrainian food, then you are not allowed to go home without having passed by Ostannya Barikada. This restaurant is hidden in Globus Mall under Maidan Nezalezhnosti – the central Kiev market that had global attention during both the Orange Revolution of 2004 and Euromaidan Revolution in 2014.
Lunch like a Tatar at the Sofra restaurant
Sofra Restaurant is owned by a Crimean Tatar family. Here you can find incredible big portions of Plov (lamb with rice), Shashlik (shish kebab) in the menu and perhaps the most elegant coffee serving in the city.
Watch ruin of a picturesque beauty, River PORT
At the River PORT you will be accompanied by fantastic urban landscapes. This bar is located in the old river port, overlooking the rusty Soviet docks, the industrial port constructions and the half-destroyed bridge.
Where to sleep
Momondo‘s specialists recommend two places:
Sleep under the roof of Dream House Hostel
Hostel Dream House is probably the most welcoming hostel in Ukraine. You’ll find it on the main street we’ve mentioned earlier, Andrew’s Descendant. Inside, there is Café Druzi that has excellent food.
If you want a fancy stay, choose the 11 Mirrors Design Hotel
11 The Mirrors Design Hotel is the only hotel- boutique in the center of Kiev. It is characterized by excellent service and high abundance. Positioned in the old center, the hotel is owned by the famous boxing champion, Wladimir Klitschko.
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