It’s the Eurovision final on Saturday (May 13) with the UK entry being performed by Lucie Jones, but how much do you know about what to see and do in Kiev, where the contest is being hosted?
Here are some top tips:
1. Explore Kiev’s oldest church
The golden domed St Sophia’s Cathedral was built from 1017–31 and inside still features some of the building’s original mosaics and frescoes, and Byzantine decor.
2. Discover how green the city is
Kiev has many parks, and two of the best are Mariyinsky and Khreshchatyj Parks which run alongside the Dnieper River. Take a wander and you’re likely to come across beauty spots, Mariyinsky Palace, the Kyiv Academic Puppet Theater, and Lover’s Bridge.
3. Shop for arts
Andriyivsky Uzviz – or The Descent – is a steep street that is architecturally fascinating (think 18th century buildings and baroque churches), but is best known for hosting an arts bazaar. Pick up trinkets and learn some Ukrainian crafts.
4. Spot the small stuff
Check out the Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (the Eastern Orthodox Cave Monastery) to see a whole collection of tiny artefacts and curiosities, including a caravan of camels inside the eye of a needle.
5. Go drinking and dancing
Kiev is famed for its nightlife, and throughout the city, you’ll easily find welcoming drinking bars and clubs where people happily dance until dawn.
6. Visit the Chornobyl Museum
The Chornobyl Museum is a harrowing but important space for learning about and understanding what happened when the Chornobyl power plant reactor No 4 exploded in April 1986. From specimens to videos, you’ll discover the impact of the accident, and for those who are interested, tours operate to the Chornobyl exclusion zone.
7. Wander down Sculpture’s Alley
Built by architect Avraam Miletsky, Sculpture’s Alley is packed with modern art that you can peruse at your leisure – and makes a great photo opp!
Have you been to Kiev before? What did you love about the city? Tell us in the comments below