Top ChoiceChurch in Kyiv

St Sophia's Cathedral

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...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Kyiv

Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra

Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra

Tourists and Orthodox pilgrims alike flock to the Lavra, set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River in Pechersk. It's easy to see why tourists come: the monastery's cluster of gold-domed churches...

Top ChoiceFortress in Kamyanets-Podilsky

Kamyanets-Podilsky Fortress

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 mishmash of styles. But the overall impression is...

Top ChoiceClub in Kyiv

Closer

Closer

More than just a nightclub, Closer is a bohemian tour de force that epitomises Kyiv's emergence as a hub of creativity and counterculture. Heavily influenced by Berlin's community of 24-hour party people, Closer...

Top ChoiceStreet in Odesa

Prymorsky Boulevard

Prymorsky Boulevard

Odesa's elegant facade, this tree-lined, clifftop promenade was designed to enchant the passengers of arriving boats with the neoclassical opulence of its architecture and civility, unexpected in these parts at...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Vinnytsya

Wehrwolf

Between May 1942 and July 1943, Adolf Hitler paid several visits (accounts vary) to his regional military headquarters in a vast bunker 8km north Vinnytsya. Code-named Wehrwolf, it was a top-secret facility under...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Chernivtsi

Chernivtsi University

Chernivtsi University

University buildings are often called 'dreaming spires', but Chernivtsi's is more like an acid trip. This fantastic, Unesco-listed red-brick ensemble, with coloured tiles decorating its pseudo-Byzantine,...

Top ChoiceCemetery in Lviv

Lychakivsky Cemetery

Lychakivsky Cemetery

Don't leave town until you've seen this amazing 42-hectare 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lviv

Lvivarnya

Revamped in 2017, the museum belonging to Lviv's brewery is an impressive, modern experience, a world away for the rickety post-Soviet repositories of the past found in many Ukrainian cities. The well-presented...

Top ChoiceCastle in Mukacheve

Palanok Castle

Built atop a 68m-tall volcano, Mukacheve's highlight is this dramatic castle that pops up from the surrounding plain west of town, like something in a fairy-tale fantasy. This 14th-century fortress, famous as the...

Top ChoiceSquare in Kyiv

Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Be it celebration or revolution, whenever Ukrainians want to get together – and they often do – 'Maidan' is the nation's meeting point. The square saw pro-independence protests in the 1990s and the Orange...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Odesa

Potemkin Steps

Potemkin Steps

Fresh from a controversial renovation, which changed its original outlook, the Potemkin Steps lead down from bul Prymorsky to the sea port. Pause at the top to admire the sweeping views of the harbour. You can...

Top ChoiceUkrainian in Kharkiv

Plasticine Crow

If you've been to Lviv, this is one of those – ‘emotional restaurants’ – again. Hungry? Get some theatre for starters. To come in, you'll first have to confront a ‘janitor’ character who will be helping you to...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Kyiv

St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

Looking from St Sophia's past the Bohdan Khmelnytsky statue, it's impossible to ignore the gold-domed blue church at the other end of proyizd Volodymyrsky. This is St Michael's, named after Kyiv's patron saint....

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Kyiv

Skvorechnik

Skvorechnik

It's hard to characterise this beachfront hippie haven on Trukhaniv Island. It derives its name from the smattering of raised wooden chill-out huts that dot the grounds. While you can rent these out, Skvorechnik...

Top ChoiceMarket in Kyiv

Kurazh Bazar

Kurazh Bazar

Kurazh Bazar is a fantastic monthly weekend flea market on Kyiv's left (east) bank. You'll find some 400 vendors selling all manner of new and used clothes, antiques and bric-a-brac, in addition to plenty of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Ternopil

Museum of Political Prisoners

A block back from bul Shevchenka, this former KGB prison is where several prominent members of UPA and OUN were held, tortured and shot in the years of Soviet repression following WWII. The prison only closed in...

Top ChoiceSquare in Lviv

Ploshcha Rynok

Ploshcha Rynok

Lviv was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1998, and this old market square lies at its heart. The square was progressively rebuilt after a major fire in the early 16th century destroyed the original....

Top ChoiceGallery in Kyiv

PinchukArtCentre

PinchukArtCentre

The rotating exhibits at this world-class gallery feature elite names in the world of European contemporary art and design, all financed by billionaire mogul Viktor Pinchuk. Works by world giants like Antony...