People in Kiev are totally in love with outdoor leisure. As soon as the warm weather season begins, they grab their ground mats, picnic baskets, and grill utensils, and set out for a picnic. An integral part of a cookout for locals is beautiful surrounding landscapes. So, here are the places in Kiev that are perfect not only for a lovely barbeque, but also for perfect scenery.
Trukhaniv Island is a legendary part of Kiev, which during the daytime serves as a lovely spot for a picnic or sunbathing, and at night transforms into a crowded party venue. There is a separate zone on the island where you can have a holiday cookout and take part in some sports activities on a sports complex called X-Park. Closer to sundown, a modest picnic can turn into a cheerful rave in the UBK beach nightclub. By the way, the view from Trukhaniv Island over night time Kiev is incredible.
Another picture-perfect picnic spot in Kiev is Zamkova Hora, or Castle Hill as it translates into English. It is also quite a quirky location, because if you go deeper into the forest on the hill, you may come across a couple of ancient stone tombs and crypts, as in the 19th century there was a cemetery nearby. But those who do not believe in superstitions aren’t bothered and come to the spot to see the fabulous sunset and have a bite to eat. The view of the landscape over the oldest district in Kiev – Podol – is definitely worth it.
The Landscape Alley is a path connecting the city centre and historic area of Podol. It is always crowded with locals and tourists for many reasons. It is lined with statues by local contemporary designers, and you can marvel at artsy statues and monuments of Kiev designers and listen to street musicians playing along the route. Moreover, the view that opens from the Landscape Alley is breathtaking. The neat buildings of Vozdvizhenka Street – a fashionable shopping and dining area – and Zamkova Hora’s scenery is a harmonious combination of an urban landscape, especially in autumn.