Birthplace of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukraine's capital, Kiev, is a fascinating city with a diverse cultural heritage and a varied choice of attractions. Steeped in history, it is home to more than 1,000 churches, intriguing historical sights and medieval monuments. Although it is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, visitors will also discover an irresistible contemporary arts scene and exciting modern architecture. Most of the city sits around great expanses of parkland and gardens, loaded with walking trails and havens for recreational activities. The city is also a dynamo of Eastern European culture offering an array of events and concerts throughout the year.
Things to do in Kiev
During your stay in Kiev you can admire the city's remarkable architecture and stately landmarks, learn about the Cossacks and take a stroll in one of the many parks and gardens. Boat cruises along the Dnipro River glide past picturesque views of the city and hot air balloon flights soar over the Kyivan Rus Park. Whether you choose to trace the city's history or embrace its cutting-edge culture, at some point you'll need refuelling so don't miss out on trying Kiev's delicious cuisine.
On a trip to Kiev be sure to:
Stroll through the green sanctuary of Kiev's verdant parks and gardens
Walk down Andrew's Descent, a popular street lined with souvenir stalls and small galleries
Witness some of the world's smallest objects on display at the Museum of Miniatures.
Visit the iconic Brezhnev's Daughter, Kiev's Motherland Monument
See a football match at the Olympic Stadium
Visit Pechersk Lavra Kiev (Caves Monastery), a complex of churches and museums
Visit the Church of the Assumption, originally built in the 11th century and rebuilt in 2000
Admire the magnificent gilded domes and ancient mosaics of St Sophia's Cathedral
Shop for local produce in the vibrant Bessarabsky Market
People watch from a café in the Independence Square, once a focal point of Ukraine's Orange Revolution
Passengers travelling to Kiev may land at either Boryspil International Airport or Kyiv International Airport. Boryspil is the country's largest airport, while Kyiv International Airport is closer to the city centre.
Kyiv International Airport is located about 5 miles south of the city centre.
The easiest way to get to the city centre from the airport is by taking a taxi, available outside the terminal building. There is also a choice of local buses that leave from outside the airport and car rental agencies are located inside the terminal.