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Basic information

  • Area: 839 km² (323.9 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +380 44
  • Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
  • Population (EST): 2,819,566
  • Official language: Ukrainian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Kiev – Places to Visit

Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery

This fascinating historical site was built by Kiev monks back in 1051 and is the most holy place in the Ukraine. The caves on the site are burial grounds for monks. The Lavra is the centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity and is also one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. It is worth booking onto an English-speaking guided tour to receive the full experience as there are very little signs in English.

Saint Sophia Cathedral

This cathedral is one of the city’s most famous landmarks for its stunning architecture and fascinating history. Taking over 9 centuries to build, it is also one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. The uniquely painted interior contains mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century.

Park Peremohy – Victory Park

A popular site for outdoor lovers. During the winter seasons, the lakes freeze over and ice fishermen and children with roller-skates are a frequent site. The summer months attract a greater amount of visitors for swimming and sunbathing, with the daytime temperatures reaching between +30-35C. Victory Park is easily accessible, located near Darnytsia subway station.

Khreshchatyk Street

Khreshchatyk is the main street in Kiev, and although it was completely destroyed during the world war, it has been renovated thanks to the period of Ukraine’s independence. The street has been restyled in the neo-classical Stalinist architecture and is now a popular destination for both citizens and tourists. Khreshchatyk Street is closed off to transport and reserved for pedestrians during weekends and public holidays so that everyone can enjoy the many stores, cafes, restaurants and markets located within it.

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Situated in the hills of the Dnieper River, it is one of the Ukraine’s largest museums, featuring over 300,000 exhibits. As well as educational, the museum is located amongst fascinating surroundings, centred around the city’s most famous ‘Motherland’ statue. The memorial complex contains World War 2 military equipment, the armaments used by the Soviet Union, as well as its portrayal of the terrors of the Nazi occupation and courage of the home front.