Kyiv is a rather challenging city for those who like riding a bicycle. It stands on numerous hills and when you walk in the city centre it’s ups and downs all the time, it gets especially fun in winter. Of course, it is not as extreme as in Istanbul but still.
The legend says that Kyiv was built on three hills by three brothers… But don’t fall asleep, I am not going to tell you the whole story. The best part is that these hills are in the very centre and you can actually get away from the crowd not even using any transport. My favourite two are Starokyivska (Old Kyiv) and Dytynka hills.
Starokyivska is more crowded – there is a historical museum here, but this is not what attracts people. The green lawn before it is very popular among locals who come here to play music, play frisbee or just to chat and drink wine. There’s also an ancient pagan worship place. On Sunday mornings you can see neo-pagans worshiping and sacrificing bread and fruits to their gods. Nearby is a wooden idol to one of their gods Perun (the local counterpart of Zeus).
For some privacy with a view you can go down the stairs in the middle of adjacent Peyzazhna alley to a tiny hill Dytynka. This is one of my favourite places, we often have picnics here, and I even had my birthday party here a couple of times. The view is the best at night.