7 must do’s when visiting Kiev
Are you going to visit Kiev? Then this information is just right for you. In this article, we will talk about the most necessary things that need to be done when visiting Kiev. It’s like climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, trying a herring in Amsterdam or visiting the Park Guell in Barcelona. Kiev is full of surprises; the city with more than 1500 years of history will conquer you with the beauty of its architecture, insanity of nightlife and friendliness of locals.
1. Climb the highest point of Kiev
In every city in the world, there are such places from which the city is seen in full view, and Kiev has such bird view sights. The simplest to reach and not the most breathtaking is the viewing platform near the arch of Friendship of Peoples. It has a beautiful view of the river station and the Dnieper River. More interesting is the site of the bell tower of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The 96.5 meters high tower located on the hill will let you see Kiev in all its glory. For those who love extreme sports, we suggest climbing a 102 m girl … in the truest sense of the word. You could see this beauty greeting the guests of the capital from the plane.
2. Try to find secret bars
This is a special kind of location. If you do not want to risk, hire local guide – she will guide you through the dark side of the city. One of these secret bars is Pink Freud. To get there, you first need to pass the arch, decorated with graffiti with images of Freud in various hypostases. This is how you reach a separate yard. The central place here is the bar, so that from any place you could see the actions of bartenders. There is a functioning fountain nearby. Murmuring of the water creates a special atmosphere. In the inner hall, there is a second bar and a kitchen. Pink Freud has the most detailed bar menu I’ve ever seen. Dogs and Tails is another interesting bar. This is exclusively American story. The interior truly reflects the mood of the 20-30-ies: brick walls, columns, high ceilings. The spirit of modernity was brought with the help of paintings and slot machines. The bar menu meets the highest demand – its variety will satisfy even the most demanding drinker.
3. Try the national Ukrainian food – vareniki, borsch and Kiev chicken
It will be different from anything you’ve tried before. Of course, if you have already visited other CIS countries before, there will not be. First order borscht. Traditional Ukrainian meals have a lot of pork, and a real Ukrainian red borsch is cooked with pork. If you do not eat pork, then the alternative will be a green borsch with veal. In addition, dumplings with meat, potatoes or cabbage, as well as pickles are worth trying. Вo not deny yourself the pleasure of tasting Ukrainian vodka, or even better – hrenovuha. If you do not want to get drunk with lightning speed, then start with Ukrainian liquors. Popular Kiev restaurants with Ukrainian food: Spotykach, Opanas, Kureni, Kanapa, Pervak, Ostannya Barykada.
4. Visit the Museum of Corruption – the former residence of the ex-president
This is how we call the former residence of the ex-president of Ukraine, who fled three years ago after the massacre of Maidan activists during the revolution. Now the museum is a huge territory of 140 hectares and a beautiful house where the president lived; inside every detail is covered with gold. On the one hand, now it’s a beautiful area for walking, on the other – a reminder of the problem of corruption in our country.
5. Take a walk along the Andrew’s Descent
Andrew’s Descent is a special place in all respects. Firstly, it is a historical street. Here is the house where the author of “The Master and Margarita” Mikhail Bulgakov lived. Up the street, you’ll find St. Andrew’s Church, built in 1754 by the famous architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It’s worth to visit the Museum of one street. Secondly, Andreevsky Descent is a souvenir market. Here you can buy a traditional Ukrainian outfit – embroidered suits and cloth, and women’s national jewelry: namysto, wreaths with ribbons, as well as paintings, souvenirs, handicrafts, crockery, handmade covers. Thirdly, we advise you to drink a cup of coffee on the Descent to feel the spirit of the old city.
6. Go down into the caves of the Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra and visit the St. Sophia Cathedral
The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the oldest monastery of the times of Kievan Rus. The first monks-hermits settled on these slopes back in 1051! Each of them wanted to cloister for prayer. This is how the caves, far and near began to appear. The monks dug underground cells with their own hands, and they lived there until the end of their days. Now it is a unique shrine. The length of all underground labyrinths is almost 700 meters (!). Relics of 124 saints rest in the caves. Centuries pass, and the relics remain incorruptible. All the year round the monastery welcomes tens of thousands of pilgrims coming from different parts of the world to heal. The pearl of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the Assumption Cathedral (locals know it as Uspenskiy Cathedral), the first stone church on the territory of the monastery.
Another holy place in Kiev, the pride of the country, and the whole of Europe is the National Sanctuary Complex “Sophia of Kiev”. Be sure to visit St. Sophia Cathedral, it was built in the XI century. It strikes with its decoration and magnificent mosaics. If you get to the viewing platform of the bell tower, you will definitely love amazing panoramas: the Sophia Square, the monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky, the St. Michael’s Golden-domed Monastery – all Kiev spreads before your eyes! Take binoculars, delicious tea and camera with you and enjoy the picturesque view.
7. Buy the branded “Kiev Cake”
Ever since the times of the USSR, “Kiev Cake” was the main souvenir that the guests of the capital took home to their relatives. Its recipe is kept in the strictest secrecy. You will not find such a delicacy anywhere else! You can find this masterpiece of confectionery art with hazelnut and oil cream in most supermarkets. Tip: you’ll eat the cake very fast, so do not hesitate to buy two at once.
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