What can you do in the Kiev region?

Jerom Rozendaal discovers that it is not easy to take a holiday in the Kyiv region.

“As thousands of city dwellers flock to the Crimean black sea, or the Carpathian mountains during the traditional Maisky holidays, I find myself having a hard time figuring out where to spend three free days in or around Kiev.

Therefore,  I appeal to all readers of bluetoyellow to send me some suggestions for day trips and excursions in the Kiev region.

Previously, I spent my free days in one of the old bungalow resorts that remain from the Soviet times, like this one in Teteriv: http://bluetoyellow.com/2012/04/30/turbasa/. However besides shaslik (BBQ) and wonderful nature, these resorts offer little amusement.

The tourism infrastructure in the Kiev area is under-developed and this is a pity because the area has a lot to offer, like the Kiev Sea for instance.  In fact, some days ago I acquainted myself with the beauty of this reservoir north of Kiev, by driving around it.

The massive reservoir, which is clearly visible from space, was formed in 1960-1966 as a result of the Kyiv Hydroelectric Power Plant dam being built at Vyshhorod.

Today it is mainly used for hydroelectricity generation, industrial and public consumption, and irrigation.

My colleague Ian, also last summer by cycling there from Kiev. You can read about that trip here: http://bluetoyellow.com/2012/05/24/a-trip-to-vyshgorod-and-the-kyiv-sea/

Anyway, now that  I’ve seen the Kiev sea and the Teteriv resort, what can I do?  What can I find in the Kiev region?, where can I do during my days off?, and how can I entertain guests when they visit?

Please use the comments field below to share your ideas and help me discover the undiscovered.  If I go, I will take my camera and report back here.



Below are the pictures from Jerom’s latest adventures:

One thought on “What can you do in the Kiev region?

  1. You can go to Chernihiv http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernihiv
    It’s not far, its historical center is not large, but very picturesque.
    Here is a list of all churches there (ukr.) uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Храми_Чернігова
    Must see:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Monastery_(Chernihiv) – has a high belltower
    Dytynets (Дитинець) – once the fortified part of the city, now is a wonderful park with ancient buildings. View from the Val (Wall) is great as well!

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