Did not have enough time to catch the sight of Kiev while landing? Then visit Kiev in Miniature. It takes 30 minutes to go around the mini-city and get a bird’s eye view over the handcrafted buildings. The streets are spacious enough to have a look at the architecture in detail and take pictures from unexpected angles. It is unusual and exciting at the same time to find yourself three times taller than exhibits.
Brovarsky Ave, 9V, Kyiv, Ukraine, +380 44 516 46 10
The extraordinary construction in front of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine is located on the top of a steep precipice. For this reason, from one side the building has three floors and six from another. It was created under the project of architect Vladislav Gorodetsky at the beginning of the 20th-century. The roof and façade are plastered with mysterious creatures: underwater animals and trophies of hunters. Legend says that the house was built in memory of the architect’s daughter, who drowned because of unhappy love.
Bankova St, 10, Kyiv, Ukraine, +380 44 255 73 33
The initial collection of the museum traces back to 1943 when Kiev recycling factory was established. A lot of people brought useless things there, which later proved to be unique and interesting. For example, one of the first vacuum cleaners, soviet analog cameras and even a set of tools for torture. The exhibition is divided into two parts: inside and outside the building. Antique shops would envy the factory, as the oldest showpiece is 200-years-old.
Yevhena Malaniuka St, 112, Kyiv, Ukraine, +380 44 517 3963
People queuing from early morning to late at night for the perepichka is a fascinating phenomenon in Kiev. The line stretches for at least 100-meters (328-feet) and moves fast. The street food dish is made of dough and has a sausage inside. It would seem it was too simple but too delicious. The recipe has remained the same for 30 years. If you’ve yet to decide how to spend some free time, here is the answer.
Lysa Hora in translation from Ukrainian means a mountain without plants or trees. It has not faced any changes for hundreds of years. According to myth, witches and other mystical creatures used to meet on the spot for the coven. They kindled fires, danced around it and performed rituals. Nowadays, the mountain is an attractive place for tourists and curious locals. People climb there to watch the sunset or have a picnic. The energy is strong and the panorama is fascinating.
Nothing seems to be more romantic than a sky full of stars. In large cities, it is rarely possible to enjoy its clear view. The Planetarium is a pleasant way out. Not only educational programs are offered, but also fiction ones about astronomy and geography. The height of the dome is 11.5-meters (37.7-feet), which allows for demonstrating 6,500 stars of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Life on the Sun, Venus, Mars or Jupiter is closer than ever before. The screenings are impressive so be ready to meet with the future.
Velyka Vasylkivska St, 57/3, Kyiv, Ukraine, +380 44 338 19 91
A tradition to plunge into the ice-hole was spread in the year of 988 with the Christianization of Kievan Rus. A lot of Ukrainians follow it, as they believe in three things: the body heals, the sins leave and the spirit becomes stronger. The crazy ones prefer to do it for fun in order to test their willpower or join family and friends. In case of illness, this activity is prohibited. On January 19, the water is icy and it’s freezing cold in Kiev.