Kyiv is a treasure trove of ancient Ukrainian culture, complete with 950 churches, cathedrals and monuments dotting the city. Come to the capital of Ukraine to explore top attractions such as St Andrew’s Church, the MM Hryshko National Botanical Garden, the Mariyinsky Palace and the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, with its underground catacombs.
Learn about Ukraine’s World War II history at this mammoth museum complex, which lies on the hills of Pechersk by the Dnieper River. Aside from its striking Motherland Monument, the museum has 18 different galleries that catalogue its torrid war history. Browse more than 300,000 items, ranging from official military documents and weapons to personal photographs and diaries belonging to soldiers. Outside, you can roam the museum’s collection of Soviet jets, tanks and sculptures from WWII and the Cold War era.
Lysa Hora, otherwise known as Bald Mountain, is a popular hiking destination with a peculiar past. It’s linked to stories of the occult, featuring in Slavic folklore as a mystical mountain where witches and paranormal creatures gathered. Do a little exploring today, and you might find carved statues of pagan deities.
Kim Gregory contributed additional reporting to this article.