If you ask me, Kiev Ukraine is one of the most overlooked capitals of Europe.
I was lucky enough to live in Kiev the capital of Ukraine for six months and had the time to embrace the culture and meet amazing people. I fell in love with its mix of historical, industrial and modern personalities. It should definitely be included on your bucket list.
Here are my reasons why you need to pack your bags and head to Kiev Ukraine!
1. Kiev is inexpensive
One of Kiev’s advantages as a travel destination is it’s cheaper than most European capitals. You can do so much even on a tight budget. If your budget isn’t too tight, you’ll be able to try luxuries that you couldn’t back home. The hotels, food and transportation are definitely affordable! I suggest that you use the metro or the Uklon app to get around fast and cheap.
2. Beautiful museums and cathedrals
If you are a fan of museums and cathedrals, then going Kiev is perfect. Allow me to give you a quick list to choose from.
- The National Art Museum of Ukraine
- The Museum of Ukrainian Folk Art
- The Museum of Western and Oriental Art
- Pinchuk Art Centre
- Ivan Honchar Museum
- Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II
- National Museum – Preserve
- Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum
- National Historical Museum of Ukraine
- Kiev Archive Museum of Transitional Period
- Ukraine State Aviation Museum
- Kiev Fortress
- Building of the Pedagogical Museum
- Water Museum
As for the cathedrals, there are many. Here are just a few:
- Saint Sophia’s Cathedral
- Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Caves Monastery
- Patriarchal cathedral of St. Volodymyr
- Andrievsky Church
- Cathedral of the Dormition of Theotokos
- Refectory Church
- St. Panteleimon’s Cathedral
3. Kiev Ukraine has a rich history
Legend has it that Kyiv was founded by three brothers, Kyi, Shchek, Khorv, and their sister, Lybid. Since then, the city has experienced a mixture of ups and downs. In fact, some of the chaos it went through greatly affected the city’s image to the whole world. Nevertheless, the locals know that they can do something about it, that they can help in regaining Kyiv’s glorious days. And that is pretty much obvious with new establishments and tourist spots Kiev offers to its travellers.
A lot of people think that Ukrainians are not friendly because they always sport a serious face and that they rarely smile. Well, that’s actually a fallacy. I have met locals and they are very fun to be with. They are hospitable and treat guests warmly. The sweet people are one of the reasons I would come back to Ukraine if I get the chance.
5. Kiev nightlife is considered of the best in Eastern Europe
With amazing and unique bars, restaurants and people to enjoy the night with, I can say that Kiev nightlife is one of the best! Here are some options to choose from.
- Alchemist Bar
- Pink Freud
You can find more things to do in Kiev Ukraine from my post over at Hippie in Heels.
Have you been to Kiev Ukraine or would love to visit? Share your experiences and expectations!