Kiev, in Kiev - Central Ukraine, is a place that approximately 2,800,000 people call home.
From Kiev, Chisinau, Moldova is 250 miles (402 kilometers) to the south from here and Vilnius, Lithuania is about 370 miles (595 kilometers) to the northwest.
It’s impossible to know what makes a place tick until you know its past; thankfully, Kiev has carefully preserved some of its most significant historic sites. Babi Yar and Kiev Monastery of the Caves are two of the area's premier historic sites. House with Chimaeras and Karaite Kenesa are also popular stops for insights into bygone days.
Some of the more popular civic spaces in Kiev are Independence Square and Kontraktova Square. Find a bench and spend a hour people watching before heading off to explore the area’s other attractions.
Explore the more dramatic side of Kiev at it’s acclaimed concert venues. For a great nights entertainment, take that someone special to the National Philharmonic and the Kiev Opera House.
Among the main local exhibit spaces are the Chernobyl Museum and the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, where visitors can pay a visit for a couple of hours of inspiration. Walk the halls, study the collections or just savor the quiet space.
Some of the most photographed historical sites in Kiev are the religious buildings that have faithfully stood here for many generations. The Saint Sophia Cathedral and the St. Volodymyr's Cathedral are two of Kiev’s best examples. Enjoy the reverential atmosphere of these remarkable places.
Kiev is a dream destination for lovers of art so while you are here, make the time in your itinerary to visit the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Museum of Western and Oriental Art. These are two exhibit spaces to take the family for an afternoon of cultural exploration. Stroll around and enjoy the quiet or find a guide to better understand the art displays.
Enjoy window shopping and do some people-watching in some of the local shopping venues such as Besarabsky Market and Bolshevik Shopping and Entertainment Center. These are two of the best centers for fashion and food buffs who visit in the city.
Take a little time to honour the sacrifices and bravery of Kiev’s past residents at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This important place of remembrance provides a fascinating glimpse into the proud military history of Kiev.