Hi. My name is Ketrin. And I am from Ukraine.
As we know, because of Covid-19 many people have their plans ruined particularly refering to travel.
That’s why I would like to take a short overview of the ancient city where I live. I hope that I inspire you to add Kyiv to your bucket list and one time you will visit it.
I would love to help you arrange your trip and make it memorable.
Kyiv is an ancient city in Eastern Europe and there are still disputes among scientists about the year of its foundation.
Nowadays you can see a green city with beautiful landscape, wonderful views, different monuments, churches, cozy parks…
The major street of Kyiv is Khreshchatyk, its lengths is about 1,2 kilometers. There are many cafes and restaurants, where you can try national dishes (as borscht, chicken Kyiv, varenyky and other varieties of Ukrainian cuisine), fashion stores, souvenir shops and so on.
The next sightseeing to see is a pedestrian-bicycle glass bridge. It was built only in 2019. The length of the bridge is 210 meters. Here you can take the photos and enjoy the panoramic view of Dnipro river and the right and left banks of the city.
One of the oldest and historical districts of Kyiv is Podol. The main street is Andriyivskyy Descent. Every day a crowd of tourists have a rest in cafes and restaurants, visit museums, cinemas, fairs with work of handmade and pictures by different artists, here you can buy something as a souvenir.
The main feature of Andriyivskyy Descent is St. Andrew’s Church XVIII century, designed by Italian architect.
On this place there were wooden and stone churches, which were constantly destroyed and re-built. It is impossible to pass by without noticing it on a hill. It attracts many tourists with its grace and style.
Everyone who visited this place has a photo in front of St. Andrew’s Church, where, by the way, the famous film “For Two Hares” was shot, which became popular among millions of viewers.
And I also recommend you visit Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – is one of the oldest monasteries founded in the times of Kyivan Rus in 1051. Throughout history, the monastery was destroyed and plundered more than once, and each time it was restored.
On the territory of the monastery there are fourteen Orthodox churches, as well as seven museums. There are caves here that the monks dug up to a depth of 15 meters, every year they are visited by a huge number of tourists. In the caves the relics of the saints are kept, to touch them for believers is of great importance.
It is argued that the caves at that time could connect with the monasteries of neighboring cities. If you want to go down to the caves, you can take a guided tour, or walk independently. Another attraction of the monastery is the Great Bell Tower (96 meters high), to go upstairs, you need to overcome 374 steps. Entrance to the territory of the monastery is free, but visiting museums and the bell tower will cost a couple of bucks.
One of the most frequently visited places in Kyiv – is the National Botanical Garden named after Hryshko, it attracts people because of its extraordinary beauty of nature. More than 10 thousand of various plants are placed on 130 hectares. The square is divided into so-called areas, where you can stroll through Central Asia, and then get, for example, to the Caucasus or the Far East. Thousands of visitors come in the spring to admire a large number of magnolias, various types of tulips and lilacs.
An incredible view opens from the observation platforms of the botanical garden, from where you can see the Dnipro and the Vydubitsky monastery. An area of 30 hectares is occupied by a dendrarium, where unique trees from all over the world grow.
The greenhouse complex is also worth visiting and get acquainted with fruit plants of the tropics and subtropics: palm trees, rubber plants, cacti and many others.
Also, you will be surprised at the Rosary, one of the largest in Ukraine, which is open to the public from June to October.
If you are tired of walking around the city looking for sights… What could be better than a fresh breeze on a boat.
Every day, from morning to evening, ships depart from the river hourly. Choose any ship to your taste and go for impressions. Before you board the ship, plan the route and time that you spend on the road, because there are different directions and the time can take from 2 to 8 hours.
Having sailed a bit from the pier, you already have a beautiful view of the city and the picturesque Dnipro islands.
On the boat in the evening there are discos, so here you can not only admire the evening city, but also spend time with joy and fun.
After traveling by boat, you will have a surge of energy and good mood.
There are many other sights in Kyiv, but I have described only a small part.
I want you to add this beautiful city to your bucket list.
Feel free to contact me if you need a tour about the city.