Every year, Europe gathers to embrace the love of music and song. Often with hilarity and sometimes with controversy, the Eurovision always gets people talking, and this year it travels to Kiev. If you’re lucky enough to be witnessing this tuneful extravaganza, then you’ll also want to check out the best sights of Kiev and what better way to introduce them to you, than with some classic Eurovision winning song titles!
#1 ‘Take Me to Your Heaven’ – Sweden 1999
The jaw-droppingly beautiful St. Sophia Cathedral is a must-see attraction with UNESCO World Heritage status. Featuring 11th-century mosaics and paintings that are over a thousand years old, you’ll be staggered by the history that seeps through every pore of this magnificent cathedral. An incredibly calm and spiritual visit awaits you here when you travel to Kiev.
#2 ‘Hallelujah’ – Israel 1979
The caves of Kiev are a top attraction, along with the magnificent church that stands proudly on the hill overlooking the Dnipro River. The Kiev Cave Monastery features an impressive Bell Tower and will take some time to visit as it’s a large complex. The catacombs can be wandered by candlelight for those who aren’t afraid of the dark and the monks that are buried there. The site boasts UNESCO World Heritage status too and is considered a deeply religious and sacred place.
#3 ‘All Kinds of Everything’ – Ireland 1970
The Museum of Miniatures is the perfect place to see the unimaginable and be amazed. The world’s smallest book? They have it. A procession of camels in the eye of a needle? You’ll see it here. The Museum proves that great things do indeed come in small packages so make sure you ‘squeeze’ this attraction into your itinerary.
#4 'Making Your Mind Up' – United Kingdom 1981
Kiev is an incredibly green capital city, and the tough decision will be which park to explore first. There are literally dozens of them situated along the river and you’ll find interesting landmarks along the way such as the majestic Mariyinsky Palace and the romantic Lover’s Bridge. So, pack your walking shoes and enjoy the scenic side of this vibrant metropolis.
#5 ‘In Your Eyes’ – Ireland 1993
Feast your eyes on the largest collection of contemporary art in Eastern Europe at the Pinchuk Art Center. The gallery is right in the heart of the city, and with exhibitions covering four floors, you’ll be sure to find something to fall in love with. Enjoy some refreshments at the Sky Art Café on the top floor offering great views of Kiev. Even better, there is free entry to the gallery.
#6 ‘Only Teardrops’ – Denmark 2013
A sombre subject but the National Chernobyl Museum provides an engaging and respectfully informative account of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The disaster in 1986 deeply affected the area and will forever form a part of Ukrainian history. The Museum costs little to enter, and for such a small place, it packs a punch in terms of visitor experience.
#7 ‘Euphoria’ – Sweden 2012
You’ll feel nothing but a warm fuzzy feeling as you visit the Sculptures Alley in Kiev. It has the reputation of being the kindest place in Kiev as it’s full of wonderful, modern art sculptures which has been growing since it was built in the 1980s. It will raise a smile and is a must-see part of the city.
#8 ‘Fairytale’ – Norway 2009
The Museum of One Street tells a fascinating tale about the importance and significance of Andriyivsky Descent. The capital’s most famous street, it connected the areas of the city and has a rich history. It’s full of notable landmarks and holds an art bazaar featuring crafts from shops and local artists. A great spot for ordering a horilka and watching the world go by!
#9 ‘I Wanna’ – Latvia 2002
Whatever you want to do, you can find it in Kiev, even if that includes water sports! Kiev has numerous riverside beach areas from which you can launch into watery fun or just lie back and catch some rays. The Hidropark has been specially created for entertainment on the banks of the River Dnieper and boasts boating, restaurants, sports facilities and more.
#10 ‘Wild Dances’ – Ukraine 2004
We end this list with a tribute to Ukraine itself. If the wild is calling you, then set your spirit free with a visit to Golosiyivsky Forest - or go for the blissful Park of Eternal Glory. One of many Kiev green spaces, both have cascading lakes and thick trees, offering a haven of tranquillity in the center of the city. Travel on the tram or hire a bike and feel the wind in your hair in the great Ukrainian outdoors!