Solo Female Travel to Kiev, Ukraine - Things I've Done

Have you ever thought of travelling to Kiev? I had those notions of travelling to this European city for months until I've finally hit the button and purchased the flight ticket to the capital city of Ukraine. I must say, I was slightly nervous. Not only I was going to a less-touristy part of Europe, it was again one of the trips I was travelling alone (Jerry is not that into visiting cities). And you know what, the trip turned out really cool and Kiev is definitely worth visiting! Let's have a look what I've done in the Ukrainian capital city.

Solo Female Travel - Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine

Solo Female Travel to Kiev - Things I've Done

There is a direct flight from Zurich to Kiev by Swiss Airlines, so I thought why not taking advantage of that. I boarded the plane and 3 hours later I was in Kiev! So these are the things I've done and seen:

The Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti)

Once arrived, I went to the main and the most famous square in Kiev - Maidan Nezalezhnosti - also called  the Independence Square. Since 1990, when the independence's movement started in Ukraine, this square was often used for political and protest campaigns. Nowadays, it seems to be the center of all the happenings. There were lots of street acts and different kind of stands. I liked the atmosphere there!

Things I've Done in Kiev - The Independence Square
Things I've Done in Kiev - The Independence Square
 Things I've Done in Kiev - The Independence Square
Things I've Done in Kiev - The Independence Square

The Khreshchatyk Street

The main street in Kiev with a length of 1.2 km is called the Khreshchatyk street. I really liked walking down this street, observing the people, admiring the historical houses and just observing the street vibe. There were many coffee stands and shops which also gained my attention. I had to walk this street every day in order to reach different sights in various parts of the city :)

Things I've Done in Kiev - Khreshchatyk Street
Things I've Done in Kiev - Khreshchatyk Street

One of the coffee stands in Kiev - it seems I have a vibe with cities which have so many coffee stands ;)

Things I've Done in Kiev - Coffee Stands
Things I've Done in Kiev - Coffee Stands

So cool, this guy was playing drums in the middle of the Khreshchatyk street! Since I love drums, I stopped and just listened for a while :)

Things I've Done in Kiev - Khreshchatyk Street
Things I've Done in Kiev - Khreshchatyk Street

Here are some photos I took from the buildings - I found them quite picturesque:

Things I've Done in Kiev
Things I've Done in Kiev
Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine
Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine
Things I've Done in Kiev - Cool Cafes
Things I've Done in Kiev - Cool Cafes
Things I've Done in Kiev - Buildings
Things I've Done in Kiev - Buildings

Zoloti Vorota

Zoloti Vorota, also named the Golden Gates of Kiev, was the main gate in the 11th century fortifications of Kiev. It's a beautiful sight and I was happy I visited it.

Things I've Done in Kiev - Zoloti Vorota
Things I've Done in Kiev - Zoloti Vorota

Zoloti Vorota from another angle:

Things I've Done in Kiev - Zoloti Vorota
Things I've Done in Kiev - Zoloti Vorota

There were so many small cute parks with again, coffee stands :) Ah, just perfect for me. 

Things I've Done in Kiev - Beautiful Parks
Things I've Done in Kiev - Beautiful Parks
Things I've Done in Kiev - Cool Cafes
Things I've Done in Kiev - Cool Cafes
Things I've Done in Kiev - Beautiful Buildings
Things I've Done in Kiev - Beautiful Buildings

Saint Sophia's Cathedral

Another sight in Kiev which I found to be very stunning is the Saint Sophia's Cathedral. It is one of the World Heritage sites, built back in 1037 by an old Russian Prince called Yaroslav the Wise.

Things I've Done in Kiev - Saint Sophia's Cathedral
Things I've Done in Kiev - Saint Sophia's Cathedral

St. Michael's Monastery

I remember sitting on a bench in a small park and starring at the beautiful St. Michael's Monastery. I really enjoyed just relaxing and doing nothing, since my feet hurt due to walking around the city for many hours.

Things I've Done in Kiev - St. Michael's Monastery
Things I've Done in Kiev - St. Michael's Monastery
Things I've Done in Kiev - St. Michael's Monastery
Things I've Done in Kiev - St. Michael's Monastery

Wondering what camera we use to make these photos? Here's the link.

Mariyinsky Palace

I was also impressed by the Mariyinsky Palace - it's the official ceremonial residence of the president in Ukraine. Apparently, it was badly damaged during the World War I but nowadays with its baroque style it grabs the attention.

Things I've Done in Kiev - Mariyinski Palace
Things I've Done in Kiev - Mariyinski Palace

Water Museum

There is this Water Museum, built in the middle of 19th century. It educates about the water supply system in Kiev. Apparently it is really worth visiting it, since its exhibitions are really informative and interactive. I missed this one! Just in front of it, there was a cute coffee stand and a small restaurant. 

Things I've Done in Kiev - Water Museum
Things I've Done in Kiev - Water Museum

Mariinsky Park - Love Bridge

Once in Kiev, I wanted to see the famous Love Bridge in the Mariinsky Park. And indeed, it was worth it. I saw many locks on the bridge, a symbol for eternal love. 

Things I've Done in Kiev - Love Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Love Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine
Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine

Volodymyrska Hill - Monument

Aww, this park was lovely! So much greenery! :) I walked all those little small paths in the park leading from the top of the hill, where my hotel was, down to the river and I enjoyed it so much! I stumbled upon the scenic monument to St. Volodymyr, which is symbol of Kiev and therefore often appears in paintings.

Things I've Done in Kiev - Volodymyrska Hill - Monument
Things I've Done in Kiev - Volodymyrska Hill - Monument
Things I've Done in Kiev - Volodymyrska Hill - Monument
Things I've Done in Kiev - Volodymyrska Hill - Monument

Friendship of Nations Arch

That a must-see in Kiev - the Friendship of Nations Arch! It was built in 1982 in order to celebrate the 1,500th anniversary of the Kiev city and the 60th anniversary of the USSR. There are a lot of people meeting up here and there is a beautiful viewpoint nearby. I was really fond of this spot!

Things I've Done in Kiev - Friendship of Nations Arch
Things I've Done in Kiev - Friendship of Nations Arch
Things I've Done in Kiev - Friendship of Nations Arch
Things I've Done in Kiev - Friendship of Nations Arch
Solo Female Travel - Things I've Done in Kiev
Solo Female Travel - Things I've Done in Kiev
Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine
Things I've Done in Kiev, Ukraine

The wonderful view near the Friendship of Nations Arch:

 Things I've Done in Kiev - Viewpoint
Things I've Done in Kiev - Viewpoint

Monument to the Magdeburg Rights

This monument is located near the Dnipro river and is known as the oldest monument in the city! I used to pass it every time I decided to walk from my hotel to the waterfront. There are quote many stairs to conquer but it is well worth it!

Things I've Done in Kiev - Monument to the Magdeburg Rights
Things I've Done in Kiev - Monument to the Magdeburg Rights

St Nicholas Naberezhny

The Church, built in 1863, located at the waterfront is another sight, I took photos of while strolling along the Dnipro river.

Things I've Done in Kiev - St Nicholas Naberezhny
Things I've Done in Kiev - St Nicholas Naberezhny
Things I've Done in Kiev
Things I've Done in Kiev

Parkovyy Mist Cherez Dnipro - Bridge

The Parkovyy Mist bridge reminded me of the Brooklyn bridge in New York. It seemed to be the centre of all the happenings: There were two bungee jumping spots on the bridge, people were running, meeting up with others and of course there were tourists taking photos of the lovely scenery.  

Things I've Done in Kiev - Parkovyy Mist Cherez Dnipro - Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Parkovyy Mist Cherez Dnipro - Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Parkovyy Mist Cherez Dnipro - Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Parkovyy Mist Cherez Dnipro - Bridge

Luckily, I was on the bridge just for the sunset. That was a fantastic experience and I think also the moment when I fell in love with Kiev! I would highly recommend it! Go and enjoy the sunset from the bridge and take some lovely photos. 

Things I've Done in Kiev - Viewpoint from the Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Viewpoint from the Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Viewpoint from the Bridge
Things I've Done in Kiev - Viewpoint from the Bridge

Municipal Beach Central

When I crossed the bridge I stumbled upon a beach - yes, a beach, in Kiev! Who would have though, right? There was a lot of going on - people playing volleyball, having a barbecue, some teenagers were drinking and smoking (hehe), others were even swimming in the river! Such a cool place - if I'd lived here, I'd come here every Friday, I guess! :) So make sure to visit this beach!

Things I've Done in Kiev - Municipal Beach Central
Things I've Done in Kiev - Municipal Beach Central

Why Kiev Is Worth Visiting

It was surprising to me, how much I liked Kiev. Beside Tallinn, I'd place Kiev onto the list of one of my favourite European cities! It is such a green city with lots of parks and benches to sit down and observe! Another thing which impressed me were the various scenic viewpoints. As the city is quite big, one could enjoy the views of the city skyline from various parks, terraces, towers etc.

 

If you like history, the city has a lot museums and monuments which educate about the difficult times in the past. 

 

What is more, Kiev is not an expensive city on comparison to the majority of other European cities! Check the prices here.

 

Also, the food was really delicious - you really see the impact of the neighbouring countries such as Turkey. There were many bars with shisha and I ate a lot of hummus and falafel - like we did in Turkey and also Georgia.

 

What about people? They were friendly and open. However, not everyone speaks English but more than I expected - in comparison to Belarus, it was way better :)

Is It Safe to Travel Alone to Kiev?

Yes, yes, it is! It's not necessary to address this, you'll be fine! Don't worry to much, it's just one of those lovely cities in Europe. I completely felt safe while exploring the city and even at night I felt secure. No problems at all. 

Travel Insurance

Do you need a travel insurance for your trip to Kiev? When we go travelling, we usually use World Nomads.

Where to Stay in Kiev

I chose to stay at the Kropivnizkogo Mini-Hotel. Although the entrance looks a bit spooky, the rooms are really spacious with all the facilities one needs. Also the location is really good - just a few minutes from the main road - the Khreshchatyk street. For a luxury accommodation I'd check out the Senator Maidan Hotel!

 

You can check for further hotels here:

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What was your experience in Kiev? Would you recommend the city to others? Or are you planning to go? Let us know in the comments below!

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