How to get there: Walk down from Khreshchatyk Avenue towards European Square.From there, climb up a small hill to reach Kyiv Academic Puppet Theater and the Dnieper River banks.

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Dating back to the glorious times of Kievan Rus, St.

Sophia Cathedral remains an outstanding architectural landmark and tops the most-visited list of sights in Kyiv. Its 11th century mosaics are captivating and you can’t keep being amazed at how ancient history presents itself here: in every stone, a bell tower with great views of the city and an amazing interior full of paintings over 1000 years old.

Since at Active Ukraine we are dedicated to bring you the most authentic and real experiences, we’ve made a short list of awesome things to do in Kiev, that will hopefully serve you as a great starting point for falling in love with Ukraine’s capital.

Completely off-the-beaten track, this small church is as old as time, dating back to 12th century.

An unprecedented tragedy at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant is the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Pripyat, the town closest to the reactor (3 kilometers distance), was home to 49,000 residents before the disaster, mostly the families of the plant workers; now no one lives there.

The ghost of this tragedy will hunt Ukrainian people for a long time, and 1986 is forever carved in the national memory. It tells the enchanting and rich history of Ukraine’s capital, through the story of its most famous street – Andriyivsky Descent.

If you don’t have a chance to go for a tour of Chernobyl site itself, you can learn more about the catastrophe in Kyiv’s most interesting and engaging museum. What they say: I didn’t imagine that this tiny museum, which costs pennies to enter, could be so engaging and informative. The Descent, or called by local people – Andriyivsky Uzviz, is a small down-hill street that used to connect the Upper Kyiv with the more commercial district of Podil, located on Dnieper River Banks.

From there take a trolleybus #27 till Olena Teliha st. Not only they are located right next to Kyiv’s majestic Dnieper River.

They also have wonderful architectural landmarks, like Mariyinsky Palace, gorgeous building of Kyiv Academic Puppet Theater, and Lover’s Bridge – popular among newly-weds.

How to get there: You can either take a metro to Kontraktova Square and from there walk up the Andiyivsky Descent, or you can take a more traditional route – walk down from Independence Square, towards Hyatt Hotel, then walk along Volodymyrska st until you finally reach the Descent.