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If you ask me, Kiev Ukraine is one of the most overlooked capitals of Europe.

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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.


Soviet era sculptures don’t get more communist than this…

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View over Podil, Kyiv

View over Podil, Kyiv

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

Here are my reasons why you need to pack your bags and head to Kiev Ukraine!

1. Kiev is inexpensive

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

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.

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Why Kiev the Capital of Ukraine should be on Your Bucket List

Kiev Plataforma market

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2. Beautiful museums and cathedrals 

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

St. Michael’s Church Kyiv

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.

Art Museums 

  • 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

History Museums 

  • 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

Transportation Museum

  • Ukraine State Aviation Museum

Cultural Museum 

  • Kiev Fortress

Infrastructure 

  • Building of the Pedagogical Museum
  • Water Museum

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

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
Andrievsky Church

Andrievsky Church

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.

The founders of Kyiv in Maidan Square

The founders of Kyiv in Maidan Square

4.The locals are friendly

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

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.

Why Kiev the Capital of Ukraine should be on Your Bucket List

5. Kiev nightlife is considered of the best in Eastern Europe

Why Kiev the Capital of Ukraine should be on Your Bucket List Why Kiev the Capital of Ukraine should be on Your Bucket List

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
    • Paravoz

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  • Pink Freud

You can find more things to do in Kiev Ukraine from my post over at Hippie in Heels.

Discovering Kiev, Why the Capital of Ukraine should be in Your Bucket List

Have you been to Kiev Ukraine or would love to visit? Share your experiences and expectations!

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