Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Kyiv

Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra

Tourists and Orthodox pilgrims alike flock to the Lavra. Set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River, the monastery's cluster of gold-domed churches is a feast for the eyes, the hoard of Scythian gold …
Top Choice Church in Kyiv

St Sophia's Cathedral

The interior is the most astounding aspect of Kyiv's oldest standing church. Many of the mosaics and frescoes are original, dating back to 1017–31, when the cathedral was built to celebrate Prince Yaroslav's victory…
Top Choice Historic Site in Bakhchysaray

Chufut-Kale

Rising 200m, this long and bluff plateau houses a honeycomb of caves and structures where people took refuge for centuries. It's wonderful to explore, especially (gingerly) the burial chambers and casemates with lar…
Top Choice Palace in Bakhchysaray

Khans' Palace

When she was busy ordering the mass destruction of Bakhchysaray's mosques in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Catherine the Great spared the Khans' Palace. Her decision was reportedly based on the building being '…
Top Choice Notable Building in Chernivtsi

Chernivtsi University

University buildings are often called 'dreaming spires', but Chernivtsi's is more like a trip on LSD. This fantastic, now Unesco-listed red-brick ensemble, with coloured tiles decorating its pseudo-Byzantine, pseudo…
Top Choice Square in Kharkiv

Ploshcha Konstytutsiyi

If you are looking for a meeting point in Kharkiv, nothing beats the spot under the giant thermometer that adorns Istorychny Muzey metro exit to pl Konstytutsiyi. Just west of the square, the gleaming domes of the P…
Top Choice Street in Odesa

Bul Prymorsky

Sooner or later everyone gravitates to this tree-lined pedestrian zone with replica 19th-century gas lamps, park benches and more photographers armed with a small zoo of animals with which to have your photo taken. …
Top Choice Cemetery in Lviv

Lychakiv Cemetery

Don't leave town until you've seen this amazing cemetery, only a short ride on tram 7 from the centre. This is the Père Lachaise of Eastern Europe, with the same sort of overgrown grounds and Gothic aura as the famo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Odesa

Vul Derybasivska

Odesa's main commercial street, pedestrian vul Derybasivska, is jam-packed with restaurants, bars and, in the summer high season, tourists. At its quieter eastern end you'll discover the statue of José de Ribas. Thi…
Top Choice Fortress in Kamyanets-Podilsky

Kamyanets-Podilsky Fortress

Built of wood in the 10th to 13th centuries, then redesigned and rebuilt in stone by Italian military engineers in the 16th century, K-P's fortress is a complete mishmash of styles. The name of the bridge is slightl…