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Things to do in Kiev

St Michael's Gold Domed Monastery crowns the Old Town, from which cobbled Andriyivskiy Uzviz leads to picturesque Podil, home to The Chernobyl Museum. Main street Kreshchatyk leads south to Lypky where The House with Chimeras (the Horodetsky House) nestles among the area's other architectural gems. Further south, historic Pechersk hides mummified monks in the ancient Kievo Pechersk Monastery. Most museums open 10am-5pm. Note that many have different prices for Ukrainians and foreigners.

The Kievo-Pechersk Lavra, Kiev. © Ivan Sedlovskyi
A Chernobyl ambulance at The Chernobyl Museum, Kiev. Photo by Justin Stahlman, Flickr - stahlmandesign

The Chernobyl Museum

Nuclear meltdown

The Chernobyl Museum, in the old mercantile quarter of Podil, is a moving memorial to the April 1986 nuclear disaster, with declassified records and photos, stuffed mutant animals, and the identity cards and histories of many victims.


UAH10; children & students UAH3

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 10am-4pm


1, Prov Khoryva, Kiev 04071


+38 044 417 5422


Kontraktova Plosha Metro

The Kiev Fortress, Kiev. Photo by Jeremy Edman

The Kiev Fortress

Political history of fortress

The 19th-century Kiev Fortress, south of town in Pechersk, has a gruesome history. Its Kosy Kaponir - now a museum - was a political prison in the early-20th century, and the Lysa Hora (Bald Mountain) was an execution site.


UAH14; concessions UAH2.50

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5pm


24a, Hospitalna, Kiev 01133


+38 044 288 2359


Palats Sportu Metro, then two stops by trolley bus 14 or marshrutka (private minibus) 14

Rodina Mat, Kiev. Photo by Dmitrij Oleynyk

Rodina Mat

Motherland memorial

Facing the River Dniepr in downtown Pechersk, the 62-metre-high Rodina Mat (Motherland) statue honours Ukraine's estimated 7.5 million victims of the Second World War. A lift to the top offers citywide views, and its military equipment museum entertains all ages.


UAH10; students UAH3; children UAH1. Access to observation tower UAH50. Museum of Military Equipment UAH2

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Exhibition of Military Arms and Equipment: Daily 9am-7pm


44, Ivan Mazepi Vulitsa, Kiev 01015


+38 044 285 9452


Arsenalna Metro then trolleybus 38 or bus 24


Museum of the Great Patriotic War Website

St Michael's Cathedral, Kiev. Photo by Mike Wood

St Michael's Gold Domed Monastery

Ancient religion remade

Originally dating from the 11th century, St Michael's Gold Domed Monastery's Cathedral, in the heart of the Old Town, was rebuilt in 2001, having been demolished by the Soviets in 1934. Its bell tower museum records its full history.



Opening Hours

Daily 8am-8pm


6, Trokhsvyatitelska Vulitsa, Kiev 01601


+38 044 278 89 56 ecclesiastical academy; +38 044 279 2248 monastery


Kreshchatyk or Maidan Nezalezhnosti Metro


St Michael's Gold Domed Monastery Website

House with Chimeras, Kiev. © Irene Azernikova

The House with Chimeras (the Horodetsky House)

Surreal Style Moderne architecture

The elegant Lypky district offers many architectural landmarks, but The House with Chimeras built in 1904 by an architect determined to prove the potential of concrete is the most surreal. It is currently the President's private residence.


Free: the interior is not open to the public

Opening Hours

24 hours: the interior is not open to the public


10, Bankova Vulitsa, Kiev 01024


Kreshchatyk or Teatralnaya Metro

The Kievo-Pechersk Lavra, Kiev. © Ivan Sedlovskyi

Kievo-Pechersk Monastery

Sacred caves, mummified monks

South of the centre, in the parkland lining the River Dnieper, the Kievo-Pechersk Monastery (Lavra) dates from 1051. While its grounds include numerous cathedrals and museums, visitors flock to its underground caves, containing the mummified bodies of its earliest monks.


UAH16; concessions UAH8; students UAH13

Opening Hours

Oct-Mar: daily 9.30am-6pm; Apr-Sep: daily 9am-7pm


25, Sichnevoho Povstannia Vulitsa, Kiev 01015


+38 044 255 1109; +38 044 255 1173


Arsenalna Metro then trolleybus 38, bus 24, or various marshrutka (private minibus) including numbers 66 or 470


Kievo-Pechersk Lavra Website

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