The icon of the Annunciation of Korsun, which was re-named the Annunciation of Ustyug in Russia, is an ancient pre-Mongolian icon from the Kyivan Rus era. Different sources say it was created around 1022 in either Kyiv or Korsun (modern Ukrainian: Khersones). The icon was taken to Moscow by Ivan the …
Lviv is a gorgeous city in Ukraine, which attracts tourists from all over all year round. The city’s center has been part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list for decades. The area has survived quite a few battles and foreign governments ever since it was first founded in the early 1200s.
Monks have been secluding themselves from the world for more than a millennium in the caves of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where 120 mummified brothers lie in glass-covered coffins along the low, sloping corridors.
Kiev, Ukraine is brimming with culture and history and makes a great budget family-travel destination. We share a weekends worth of best things to do in Kiev, Ukraine with kids, plus where to stay in Kiev and the city’s best restaurants.
Ever heard of Lviv? Nope, nor had I before I started my trip to Ukraine and began learning more and more about this gorgeous gem of a city located in the west of the country. A UNESCO World Heritage listed town, Lviv, with its great culinary offerings, artistic flavour and coffee obsession sounded right up my street and with the ability to hop onboard a romantic night train from Kiev to get there, I knew it was going to make the perfect accompaniment to my time in Ukraine’s capital. And Ukraine being Ukraine, I also had an inkling that Lviv…
Ukraine is a country frequented by many visitors or traversed on the way to another European destination. Ukraine is rich in culture and many architectural sites, along with green areas, forests and abundant rivers. Unfortunately, this country has a history of military struggles, demonstrations and conflicts, the last of which was half of Crimea being annexed by Russia. However, even today you can visit and enjoy a variety of beautiful cities and districts that give extraordinary experiences to any traveler from anywhere, and these are the 10 most recommended places to visit in Ukraine:
1. Olesko Castle, Lviv
Olesko Castle can be found on the top of a green hill in the Lviv district, and although it was built in the 13th century, it is very well preserved to this day. Although the area around it may seem quiet and pastoral, it is a structure that became the focus of a political battle in the 14th century when Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary claimed ownership of the land on which the castle stood and wanted to gain sole control over it.
Through years of political upheaval and economic turmoil, Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, has remained a vibrant, engaging place to visit. For travelers, its food and culture rival the best of Europe at a fraction of the price.
Here’s more on why this often overlooked destination should top your getaway list.
Maidan: This square was the site of deadly protests in 2014 that ushered in the country’s pro-European revolution. It’s now a bustling tourist hotspot surrounded by shops, restaurants, an evening fountain show, the towering Independence Monument and the Instagram-ready I Love Kyiv sign.
Saint Andrew’s Church: This 18th century Baroque stunner by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli is worth a visit. Afterward, head to the nearby Landscape Alley, a whimsical sculpture park and kids play area. I dare you not to snap a selfie with one of the massive mosaic creatures.
St. Sophia’s Cathedral: The gold- and green-domed UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an impressive collection of original 11th century mosaics and frescoes.
Urban Dictionary defines ‘extra’ this way: “over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior, doing the absolute most.”
Extra. The word rattled around my brain throughout my time in Kiev.
With such a rich, fascinating history, this capital city of Ukraine has had hundreds of years to do the absolute most at every turn: their churches are the most ornate, their parks are the most artful, and their fashion is distinct, chic, and affordable.
The streets are filled with these ultra (some might say… “extra”) fashionable people. In short, Kiev is extra AF in the best way.
Eager for Tourism
All of Ukraine is open and eager for tourism now, but Kiev has the biggest airport and, therefore, the largest international presence.
That said, avoid Ukraine Air if possible. If Kiev does the most, this airline truly does the least.