Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Traveling to Ukraine and wondering about things to do in Kiev? Ukraine’s capital is ancient and modern. It’s a city equally loyal to old farmer and newly-rich businessmen on fancy jeeps, to quiet blissful parks and hectic highways, to tip-top supermarkets and old bazaars, and to any traveler who approaches it with an open mind and a heart for adventures.

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Ukraine

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

In ancient times Kiev was compared to Jerusalem. The city was the site for the pilgrims and even now its considered to be an important religious center. The city of Kiev is a cradle for churches and you spend an entire day visiting these beautiful monasteries.

1.)St. Andrew’s Church

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

St Andrews church

Atypical in its beauty and elegance, the St. Andrew’s Church, stands on a hill in the historic center of Kiev. It is one of the most glorious Orthodox temples in the Ukrainian capital.
Legend has it that Christian tradition Apostle Andrew prayed here and made a cross on this hill, when he visited the site in 1st century A.D. He made a prophecy that a beautiful city would sprawl here and that’s how Kiev was born.

2.) St Michael’s Monastery

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

St Micheal Monastery

It is a golden-domed monastery very close to the city center and was founded in the 11th century . It’s an orthodox monastery and is one of my favorite in the Kiev. With its golden dome and sky blue color, it is truly the most beautiful monastery in Ukraine.

3.)St. Vladimir’s Cathedral

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Vladimir

St. Vladimir’s cathedral is the main church of Kiev. The wall paintings inside the cathedral were made by very prominent 19th-century artists of that time. The pilgrims can pray to the relics of Santa Barbara there.
The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Prince Vladimir, who baptized Russia and made Christianity official state religion.
There are daily prayers between 5 pm – 8 pm and during my 3-day stay, I made sure to attend the prayers every evening.

4.)St. Sophia Cathedral

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

St Sophia

St. Sophia Cathedral remains an outstanding architectural landmark and tops the most-visited list of sights in Kyiv. It’s beautiful, serene and calm. The name of the cathedral comes from the Greek word “Sofia”, which means “wisdom

5.) Eat Traditional Ukrainian food

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Borscht

Borscht is the most popular soup of Ukrainian cuisine that got its name from the most important ingredient, beets, called in old Slavic, borsch.
There isn’t any reliable information about borsch origin, but the mention of it dates back to Cossack times (XV-XVI centuries).
The legend says that the first-ever borscht was cooked during the two-month siege of Cossacks fortress, occupied by the Turkish army.
In order to feed four hundred people, Cossacks collected everything edible around (vegetables) and added it to meat broth. The course was nourishing, quick, easy and tasty enough to become popular and permanent in Cossacks and then Ukrainian and European ration.

6.)Independence Square

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Maydan

Also known as Maydan among Ukrainians is one of the top things to do in Kiev. Maydan is the heart of Kyiv and the heart of Ukraine. Walk along its beautiful fountains, take a photo in front of its questionably beautiful Statue to Ukrainian Independence. It also has an underground mall and there are lots of cafes around the square.This should be your starting point .

 

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7.)Hotel Ukraine

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Hotel Ukraine

If you are thinking about where to stay, I would strongly suggest Hotel Ukraine. It is in the heart of the Kiev and all the main attractions are just walking distance from the hotel. Breakfast is to die for and the staff is very friendly.The hotel has its own nightclub and bar.
Make sure you get the Front facing room to get the best views of the city.

8.) Khreshchatyk Street 

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Kreshchatyk Street

It’s the main street of the city and stretches around 1.5 Kms.
Along the street are the offices of the Kiev City Council, the Main Post Office, the State Committee of Television and Radio Broadcasting, the Central Department Store, the Besarabka Market, the Ukrainian House, and others. It also has lots of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

9.)Deepest Subway Station In The World

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Arsenalna Station

At Arsenalna metro stop you’ll be able to see the deepest subway station in the world. At 105 m deep it would make for a great nuclear bunker or just a good place to ride a really long escalator. It takes almost 5 minutes to get to the bottom.

10.National Opera House of Ukraine 

Ukraine; Things to do and places to see on a Kiev Layover

Opera

Every visitor should once visit the national opera house of Ukraine.The tickets are cheap, the performances are great and the orchestra was mind-blowing.Even if you don’t think you’ll like ballet or opera, it’s a cheap way to find out.

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Karanveer Gauttam

BABA

Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

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