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Kyiv

N 50°27.253', E 30°31.613'
2012-08-01,2018-05-10
http://visitkyiv.travel/
Our rating: 8.80
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Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. It's a large city by European standards and attractive in terms of tourism. We can say this with confidence.

Articles about Kyiv:
The Independent (UK)

Kyiv is unique in its location: the city is divided in two by one of the longest rivers in Europe - Dnipro. There are huge green islands in the middle of the river. For example, the area of ​​the Trukhaniv island is 4.5 square kilometers, which exceeds the area of the Central Park in New York.

Kyiv from a plane
Kyiv from a plane ©Yuriy Buriak

The right bank of the Dnipro is located on the hills that offer a lot of great views of the left bank as well as the Podil and Obolon districts. All major landmarks are located in the central part of the city, and you can explore all of them on foot.

Great panorama of Kiev
Great panorama of Kiev ©Yuriy Buriak

Sunrises in Kyiv are very beautiful, but it's almost impossible to see the sunset. The best option is the roof of the high-rise building on the left bank. We have already rented various roofs several times, there are lots of offers on the Internet. Although if you are not speaking russian / ukrainian better ask your local friends to make a booking for you.

It is also possible that in recent years some panoramic restaurants have opened and we have no info.

Sunset in Kiev from high-rise building on the left bank
Sunset in Kiev from high-rise building on the left bank ©Yuriy Buriak


Sunset in Kiev from high-rise building on the left bank
Sunset in Kiev from high-rise building on the left bank ©Yuriy Buriak


Sunset in Kiev from high-rise building on the left bank
Sunset in Kiev from high-rise building on the left bank ©Yuriy Buriak


View of the belfry of the Lavra from the left bank
View of the belfry of the Lavra from the left bank ©Yuriy Buriak


View of the Motherland from the left bank
View of the Motherland from the left bank ©Yuriy Buriak

Don't miss a chance to go down into the Kyiv subway (metro): it's extremely deep. Be sure to visit the Arsenalna metro station. This is not the most attractive station, but the deepest in the world. Another interesting form of transport is the cable railway (funicular), the lower station of which is on the Poshtova Square.

A lot of promo videos about Kyiv were filmed before the Euro 2012 (link 1, link 2 (3D)). In 2014, we also shot our video about Kiev in timelapse format.

Kyiv Maps
Electronic maps of Kyiv: http://map.meta.ua/en/kiev/, http://maps.visicom.ua/en/, http://maps.google.com/
Kyiv metro map
Kyiv tram map

Scheme of public transport in Kyiv
Scheme of public transport in Kyiv ©@Kostya Cherepovsky

Our map of Kyiv attractions is here. Must-see places are marked with red. Places marked with green are worth visiting if you have time, and those marked with yellow are for real travelers that enjoy not only the popular attractions.

Our article about viewpoints and observation decks of Kyiv 

Our Routes Around Kyiv:

All routes are planned to minimize the climbs uphill. Brief description:

Routes ##1 and 2 are required when visiting Kyiv. The second route applies to many places that tourists don't usually visit with a group due to lack of time. Route #3 runs around the center and is suitable for most tourists. Route #4 is more for the fans of interesting and non-touristic streets. Route #5 passes the Obolon Waterfront. There's no old architecture there, but the place is beautiful, and the same refers to the route #7. Route #6 is for those who want to walk in the forest right in the heart of megapolis. Routes ##8 and 9 are not for a wide range of tourists and are more suitable for "urban explorers".

Our recommended routes around Kyiv


View Kyiv landmarks on a larger map

1. Downtown 1 (12 km)

This is the main route visited by most tourists. However, usually the route is shorter; therefore, if you have no confidence in your walking abilities, you can reduce it or split for two days.

The route starts from the top exit from the Khreschatyk metro station, on the Instytutska Street. Cross the road and go to the observation deck near the Zhovtnevyi (October) Palace.

Viewpoint near the October Palace
Viewpoint near the October Palace ©Yuriy Buriak

Then pass through the bridge to the observation deck above the "Globus" mall.

The observation deck at the Independence Square
The observation deck at the Independence Square ©Yuriy Buriak

Go down through the mall to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square).

Public space on the Maidan during summer time.

Independence Square
Independence Square ©Yuriy Buriak

And in the evenings the fontains are turned on

Kyiv fountains on the Maidan
Kyiv fountains on the Maidan ©Yuriy Buriak


Kyiv fountains on the Maidan
Kyiv fountains on the Maidan ©Yuriy Buriak

Pass the square and walk up the Sophiyivska Street. You will come to the Sophiyivska Square, monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsky and Sophiyivskyi (St. Sophia) Cathedral.

Sofia cathedral and bell tower
Sofia cathedral and bell tower ©Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsky
Monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsky ©Yuriy Buriak

It's possible to climb its bell tower of St. Sophia Cathedral.

Panorama of Sofia Square from the Bell Tower of St. Sophia Cathedral
Panorama of Sofia Square from the Bell Tower of St. Sophia Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak


View of the St. Michael's Cathedral from the Bell Tower of St. Sophia Cathedral
View of the St. Michael's Cathedral from the Bell Tower of St. Sophia Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak

Next you can turn left and walk 300 meters to Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate). Then go to the Mykhailivskyi (St. Michael's) Cathedral and Mykhailivska (St. Michael's) Square.

St. Michael's Goldenroof Cathedral
St. Michael's Goldenroof Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Princess Olga
Monument to Princess Olga ©Yuriy Buriak

Then walk to Andriyivska (St. Andrew's) Church along the Velyka Zhytomyrska and Volodymyrska streets. Go upstairs to the church and find an observation deck behind it.

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew's Church ©Yuriy Buriak


Andriyivska (St. Andrew's) Church
Andriyivska (St. Andrew's) Church ©Yuriy Buriak


View from observation deck near the Andriyivska (St. Andrew's) Church
View from observation deck near the Andriyivska (St. Andrew's) Church ©Yuriy Buriak


Andriyivskyi (Andew's) Descent
Andriyivskyi (Andew's) Descent ©Yuriy Buriak

Then go down the beautiful Andriyivsky (Andrew's) Descent. If you have powers left, climb to the Zamkova Hill and watch beautiful landscapes.

View of St. Andrew's Church from the Zamkova mountain
View of St. Andrew's Church from the Zamkova mountain ©Yuriy Buriak


Andriyivskyi (Andrew's) Descent
Andriyivskyi (Andrew's) Descent ©Yuriy Buriak


Andriyivskyi (Andrew's) Descent
Andriyivskyi (Andrew's) Descent ©Yuriy Buriak

You will come to the Kontraktova Square. Find the "Samson" fountain, arcade, monuments to Skovoroda and Sahaidachny. In the house #24 on the Sahaidachnoho Street there's a self-service restaurant "Puzata Hata" with national cuisine and interior. Here you can relax and have a good dinner.

Assumption Church in the Podil district
Assumption Church in the Podil district ©Yuriy Buriak


Kontraktova Square
Kontraktova Square ©Yuriy Buriak

The Sahaidachnoho Street leads to the Poshtova Square. Here you can approach the waterfront (at the moment (2013) the waterfront is under reconstruction) and then use the funicular to reach the hill. Walk through the Volodymyrska Gorka (Vladimir's Hill) Park. Don't miss the monument to Vladimir the Great.

Monument to Vladimir the Great
Monument to Vladimir the Great ©Yuriy Buriak


Sunrise in Kiev
Sunrise in Kiev ©Yuriy Buriak

Go down to the Evropeiska Square. Cross the road through an underpass and go to the observation deck near the Friendship of Nations Arch.

Arch of Diversity
Arch of Diversity ©Yuriy Buriak


The observation deck near the arch of Friendship
The observation deck near the arch of Friendship ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak

Walk up the stairway to the Kreschatyi Park. Turn left and go to the children's puppet theater and light and music fountain. Return here in the evening. Behind the theater is the Water Information Center that will be interesting for both kids and adults.

Then cross the Bridge of Lovers and go around the Dynamo Stadium to the Mariyinsky Palace. During the last 5 years the palace was under reconstruction, so I cannot say for sure if you can visit it. On the left side of the palace is Verkhovna Rada, a workplace of 450 deputies of Ukraine. Right in front of the palace is the Mariyinsky Park.

Fountain in the Mariyinsky Park
Fountain in the Mariyinsky Park ©Yuriy Buriak


House of Polyakov (early 20th century)
House of Polyakov (early 20th century) ©Yuriy Buriak

Go through it, then go to the Hrushevskoho Street, pass the Arsenalna metro station and walk to the Park of Glory. There you will find the Eternal Flame, a monument to Leonid Bykov and a spinning metal ball with Kyiv churches. There are also stunning views of the Dnipro left bank.

Monument to Leonid Bykov
Monument to Leonid Bykov ©Yuriy Buriak

And of course don't miss a controversial monument to the victims of Holodomor (Famine) made by ex-president Viktor Yuschenko. The cost of its construction is nearly $100 million!

Next stop is the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. Even if you don't plan to visit the Lavra, you should visit a museum of miniatures located on its territory right near the entrance.

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra ©Yuriy Buriak


Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra ©Yuriy Buriak


Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra ©Yuriy Buriak


Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra ©Yuriy Buriak

Continue straight forward until you see a huge Motherland statue. This is the final destination. The statue is located in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. There's a beautiful view from the observation deck nearby.

View of Kiev from the Motherland
View of Kiev from the Motherland ©Yuriy Buriak

And if you still have energy, you can climb to the top of the shield.

Statue of Motherland
Statue of Motherland ©Yuriy Buriak


Motherland Statue in Kyiv
Motherland Statue in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak

Return to the bus stop and take the bus #24 to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) or the trolleybus #38 to the Arsenalna metro station. Although the first route is long, you've seen not all interesting places of Kyiv, so you should follow the route #2.

2. Downtown 2 (10 km)

The route starts from the deepest underground station in the world, Arsenalna. Go through the Mariyinsky Park, and near Verkhovna Rada cross the road and walk down the Shovkovychna Street to the Chocolate House (#17). It's an interesting building that resembles a chocolate bar.

Chocolate House
Chocolate House ©Nastya Myronets

Go back and in the yard of the house #20/8 on the Instytutska Street find a sculpture of a female bear with cubs.

Sculpture of a female bear with cubs
Sculpture of a female bear with cubs ©Nastya Myronets

On the Instytutska Street turn left; you will see a gorgeous building of the National Bank of Ukraine.

National Bank of Ukraine
National Bank of Ukraine ©Nastya Myronets


Turn left to the Bankova Street. Near the Administration of the President is one of the most interesting buildings in Kyiv: the House with Chimeras. Search the facade for numerous figures of animals. The house is open to the tourists, but only by appointment. To the left of the house there's a small staircase, which you can use to walk down to the Ivan Franko theater.

Go down the Gorodetskoho Street, walk one block, turn left to the Zankovetskoyi Street and then enter the Kyiv Passage where you will find several sculptures.

Monument to architect Gorodetsky
Monument to architect Gorodetsky ©Nastya Myronets


"NAIV" benches in the Passage ©Nastya Myronets

Go forward and turn left to the Khreschatyk Street. Continue to the Bessarabska Square and then to the Lva Tolstoho Square. Cross the street through an underpass and go about 200 meters along the Lva Tolstoho Street. Turn right into the Shevchenko Park with a monument to the greatest writer and poet Taras Shevchenko, after whom the Ukrainian National University was named. In this park you will also find a small fountain in the form of the Black Sea and the "Classic Babooshka" sculpture.

Classic Babooshka (elderly woman)
Classic Babooshka (elderly woman) ©Nastya Myronets

On the other side of the park cross the road and walk one block down the Shevchenko Boulevard. Again, cross the road and walk to the Volodymyrskyi (St. Vladimir's) Cathedral and the Leontovycha Street. Get to the Bogdana Khmelnytskoho Street, then turn right, walk two blocks and turn left near the National Opera. In several minutes you will reach the Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate). Near the Golden Gate try to find three cats - a monument, a wooden one sitting on a tree, and a cat made of forks, also on a tree.

Cat made of forks
Cat made of forks ©Yuriy Buriak

According to an urban legend, Panteleimon the Cat rescued people from a burning cafe located nearby, but died himself.

Panteleimon the Cat
Panteleimon the Cat ©Yuriy Buriak

Then walk down the Yaroslaviv Val Street to the Honchara Street and turn right. Note the house #1 on the Yaroslaviv Val Street. People call it "The House of Baron Shteingel" although this Baron never lived there. If you're lucky, then you can talk to the guard and he'll let you inside the house.

House of Baron Schteingel
House of Baron Schteingel ©Yuriy Buriak

Interiors of a house on 1 Yaroslaviv Val St.
Interiors of a house on 1 Yaroslaviv Val St. ©Nastya Myronets

Interiors of a house on 1 Yaroslaviv Val St.
Interiors of a house on 1 Yaroslaviv Val St. ©Nastya Myronets

Walk one block to the Honchara Street and turn right again to the Reitarska street. In the courtyard of the house on 9 Reitarska Street there's a cage with three huge tame ravens. However, the door to the courtyard is sometimes locked.

Ravens on 9 Reitarska St.
Ravens on 9 Reitarska St. ©Nastya Myronets

In the little park near the turn to the Georgiyevsky Lane is one of the most touching installations of Kyiv, Hedgehog in the Fog.

Hedgehog in the Fog
Hedgehog in the Fog ©Nastya Myronets

Go along the Georgiyevsky Lane to the gate of Zaborovsky, then turn right to the Striletska Street.

Zaborovsky Gate
Zaborovsky Gate ©Nastya Myronets

Walk one block to the wooden sculpture of a ballet dancer and a house with a mosaic of huge children's faces. In general, Kiev has recently turned into a global capital of "murals", we visited hundreds of cities in different countries and seen anywhere so many great pictures on the walls. Find here map of all the pictures.

House with a mosaic of children's faces
House with a mosaic of children's faces ©Yuriy Buriak


Ballet dancer
Ballet dancer ©Yuriy Buriak

Move on to the Velyka Zhytomyrska Street, turn right and go almost to the Lvivska Square. Before the square turn right to the Peizazhna (Landscape) Alley. It's a beautiful place with lots of modern sculptures loved by Kyiv citizens.

Cats on the Peizazhna (Landscape) Alley
Cats on the Peizazhna (Landscape) Alley ©Nastya Myronets

Walk along the alley to the Historical Museum. Not far from the museum grows the oldest tree in Kyiv, a century-old lime-tree. Go past the tree to the Volodymyrska Street and then to the Mykhailivska Square and the Tryohsvyatytelska Street. Turn to the Kostyolna Street and in 2 minutes you will reach the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square).

3. Around the Downtown (10 km)

The route starts from the Pecherska metro station. Walk down the Lesya Ukrainka Boulevard and turn left between the houses ##12 and 14 to the Kyiv Fortress. Go through the gate and climb the hills. From the top there are great views of Kyiv and the Olympiyskyi National Sports Complex.

Fortress of Kyiv
Fortress of Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak

Then walk down the quiet Hospitalna Street, past the President Hotel. Use the the stairway to go down to the Palats Sportu (Sports Palace). Pass it and go down to the Esplanadna Street. Cross the road and go around the Olympiyskyi along the fence. Here the finale of the Euro 2012 was held.

Olympiyskyi National Sports Complex
Olympiyskyi National Sports Complex ©Yuriy Buriak

On the Velyka Vasylkivska (Chervonoarmiyska) Street turn left. Go straight to the huge Mykolayivskyi (St. Nicholas) Church: the only church in Kyiv built in European style. On the other side of the road there's a small park with "Euro benches."

Benches devoted to integration with Europe
Benches devoted to integration with Europe ©Nastya Myronets

Return to the Velyka Vasylkivska (Chervonoarmiyska) Street and turn left to the Saksahanskoho Street. Pass several blocks and turn right to the Tarasivska Street. Then cross the road and walk in the Fomin Botanical Garden. Go through the garden and then to the Shevchenko Boulevard near the Universytet metro station.

Walk down the Shevchenko Boulevard to the Pobedy Square with the circus building. Cross the road and go along the Honchara Street to the intersection with the Mykhaila Kotsyubynskoho Street (don't confuse with the Yuriya Kotsyubynskoho Street). Shortly before the turn you will find a large wooden sculpture of Pinocchio. 

Pinocchio sculpture
Pinocchio sculpture ©Yuriy Buriak

And if you walk a little further along the Honchara Street you will find the Flying Cow sculpture (as of 2013, the sculpture is absent).

Flying Cow
Flying Cow ©Nastya Myronets

Walk along the Mykhaila Kotsyubynskoho Street to the Bogdana Khmelnytskoho Street and turn left. On your way visit a small Honchar Park with unusual wooden sculptures.

Face carved in a tree in the Honchar Park
Face carved in a tree in the Honchar Park ©Nastya Myronets

Along the Bogdana Khmelnytskoho Street go to the Teatralna metro station. Near the house #37/2 right down the street you will see the sculpture "Grand Piano in the Bushes" that was set for Frederic Chopin anniversary.

Grand Piano in the Bushes, a sculpture devoted to Frederic Chopin's anniversary
Grand Piano in the Bushes, a sculpture devoted to Frederic Chopin's anniversary ©Yuriy Buriak

4. Along the Artema and Velyka Zhytomyrska Streets (4 km)

The route starts from the Lukyanivska metro station. Walk along the Artema Street to the Bekhterevsky Lane, then turn left. In the yard of the house #8 stand the ruins of the house where the Ukrainian writer Ivan Nechui-Levytsky used to live.

Ruins of the house where the Ukrainian writer I. Nechui-Levytskyi used to live.
Ruins of the house where the Ukrainian writer I. Nechui-Levytskyi used to live. ©Nastya Myronets

Go to the end of the lane to approach the Pokrovsky female monastery and house #14. There are small "antique" sculptures near this house.

"Antique" sculptures near the house #14 on the Bekhterevsky Lane ©Nastya Myronets

Use the stairway near the house to walk down and then go through the arch to the Kudryavsky Descent. Go up to the Artema Street and continue moving toward the downtown.

After the Lvivska Square walk to the Velyka Zhytomyrska Street. The street is beautiful, with many interesting old buildings and free from tourists. Then pass the Mykhailivska Square and go to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti along the Mykhailivska Street.

5. Obolon and Obolon Waterfront (5.5 km)

Obolon district is known for the brewery located in its territory. If the wind blows in the direction of the Dnipro when you exit the metro, you will feel the smell of malt lingering throughout the area.

The route starts from the Minska metro station. If you want to visit Dreamtown, one of the largest shopping mall of Kyiv, you can go to the Obolon metro station and walk inside the mall to the Minska metro station. The interior is very interesting: the mall is divided into zones and each zone has its own unique design. The most interesting area for me is the movie zone. In the second part of the mall between the Minska and Heroiv Dnipra metro stations is Ukraine's largest indoor water park.

From the Minska metro station walk along the Marshala Tymoshenka Street and move toward the Dnipro, a large church and houses with red roofs. The Obolon Waterfront is right behind the church to the right.

Obolon promenade in Kyiv
Obolon promenade in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak


Obolon promenade in Kyiv
Obolon promenade in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak


Obolon promenade in Kyiv
Obolon promenade in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak

A huge part of the Stalin tunnel under the Dnipro river.

Obolon promenade in Kyiv
Obolon promenade in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak


"Stalin subway" remains ©Nastya Myronets

Behind the tunnel is the Natalka Park, which was built in 2018.

Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment
Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment ©Yuriy Buriak


Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment
Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment ©Yuriy Buriak


Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment
Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment ©Yuriy Buriak

During our walk the park was still actively built.

Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment
Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment ©Yuriy Buriak

The parts near the bridge were just being prepared.

Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment
Natalka Park on Obolon Embankment ©Yuriy Buriak


Northern (Moscow) Bridge in Kyiv
Northern (Moscow) Bridge in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak

Near the last tall buildings in front of the bridge there is a garden of stones and sculptures. (N 50 29.461 E 30 31.732).

Stone Park on Obolon Promenade
Stone Park on Obolon Promenade ©Yuriy Buriak


Stone Park on Obolon Promenade
Stone Park on Obolon Promenade ©Yuriy Buriak


Stone Park on Obolon Promenade
Stone Park on Obolon Promenade ©Yuriy Buriak

Earlier (in 2017) in the house on Obolon Embankment,1 (N 50 29.471 E 30 31.654) it was possible to rent a roof with beautiful views. Not sure if this option exists now.

View of the North Bridge in Kyiv
View of the North Bridge in Kyiv ©Yuriy Buriak


View of the evening Obolon embankment
View of the evening Obolon embankment ©Yuriy Buriak

Go to the Heroiv Stalingradu Avenue and then to the Stepana Banderi Avenue. From the bus stop take any transport to the Petrivka or Obolon metro stations. If you're not tired yet, you can walk over the North (Moscow) Bridge and explore the route #6.

For those who like to walk, you can go further along the unequipped embankment along Naberezhno-Rybalska street to the metro station Poshtova Square, start is here N 50 29.171 E 30 32.030.

Non-equipped embankment along Naberezhno-Rybalska Street
Non-equipped embankment along Naberezhno-Rybalska Street ©Yuriy Buriak

6. Trukhaniv Island (6 km)

This route is quite unusual for a big city. You will walk five kilometers through the forest park in the Kyiv downtown. So far I have seen such a place only in one European city - the English Garden in Munich.

The route begins in the middle of the North (Moscow) Bridge, N 50 29.446 E 30 32.500. You can go under the bridge to see how big it is. Then just walk along the island, there's a lot of paths there. You will pass two bridges, lakes, and will end up on the pedestrian bridge over the Dnipro. You can approach the parachute tower, it works now. If you walk in summer, keep in mind that there's a lot of beaches everywhere around the island.

Cross the pedestrian bridge and turn right - in 600 meters you will reach the Poshtova Ploscha (Post Square) metro station.

7. Rusanivska Waterfront (4.5 km)

There are not many interesting places On the left bank of the Dnipro in Kyiv. One of them is the Rusanivska Waterfront. This is one of the first projects in the world where the entire city district was built on alluvial soils. Now everyone knows about artificial islands in Dubai, but the first project was done in Ukraine in 1961.

The route starts from the Livoberezhna metro station. Exit the metro to the right in the traffic direction and go along the Rayisy Okipnoyi Street to the first bridge over the canal. Then go down the waterfront (inside the channnel) and start walking.

When you reach the last bridge, turn left to the Rusanivska Naberezhna Street. The design of this area is quite new and beautiful. Around the middle of the street there are public transport stations on both sides of the road from where you can drive to the Livoberezhna or Osokorky/Pozniaky metro stations.

Rusanivska Waterfront
Rusanivska Waterfront ©Nastya Myronets


8. Tatarka and Vozdvyzhenka (7.8 km)

This route is also quite unusual and not for a wide range of tourists. Tatarka is the historical district of Kyiv built in the second half of the 19th century. In the 20th century almost all original buildings were demolished.

The route starts from the Lukyanivska metro station. Turn left and walk along the Melnykova Street. Before turning to the Hertsena Street visit a small park with a fountain. Continue along the Hertsena and Ovruchska streets to the Podilsky Descent. Turn left and walk 300 meters. Turn to the path along the stone wall. Look to the right and you will see panoramic view of Podil and Obolon, which isn't widely known even among the Kyiv citizens.

Panorama of Podil and Obolon districts from the Podilsky Descent
Panorama of Podil and Obolon districts from the Podilsky Descent ©Yuriy Buriak

Then you can return to the Ovruchska Street and go further, or just cross the road and climb the hill on the other side.

Down the hill
Down the hill ©Yuriy Buriak

You will end up on the Nagirna Street. This is one of the places in Kyiv where time stopped long ago. On the left goes down the Smorodynskyi Descent. This is a secret street loved by taxi drivers. Most people who drive along the Podilsky Descent are not even aware of another old cobbled road nearby.

"Secret" Smorodynskyi Descent ©Yuriy Buriak

Continue along the Nagirna Street to the Otto Schmidta Street. Right behind a minimarket on the left a small road runs between the detached houses. This road will lead you to another unknown viewpoint with Podil panorama.

Panorama of Podil and Obolon districts
Panorama of Podil and Obolon districts ©Yuriy Buriak

Return to the Otto Schmidta Street and continue along the Nyzhneiurkivska Street. After about 500 meters there will be a stairway on the right. Go upstairs and then turn left along the Lukyanivska Street. To the left you'll see a mosque that is also unknown to many Kyiv citizens.

Mosque of Mercy
Mosque of Mercy ©Nastya Myronets

There's a small lane between the houses ##37 and 39. This is yet another corner where time stopped. We also found a hippie bus nearby.

Hippie bus
Hippie bus ©Nastya Myronets

Walk down the Olegivska Street. You will come to Podil and the Verkhniy Val Street. Turn right, approach the intersection and cross the road on the left. You are near the entrance to Vozdvyzhenka, a luxury residential complex built in European style.

Vozdvyzhenka
Vozdvyzhenka ©Yuriy Buriak

The Vozdvyzhenska Street is small. In the middle is Ploscha Mystetstv (the Square of ​​Arts). Walk to the end of the street, turn left and go around the "Vozdvyzhensky" hotel  to reach the Andriyivskyi (Andrew's) Descent. Turn left and go straight to the Kontraktova Ploscha metro station.

9. Along the Frunze Street + Priorka (10 km)

This route, as well as the 8th, isn't designed for a wide range of travelers and is suitable for those who just like to explore the city. The route starts near the Kontraktova Ploscha metro station. Walk along the Kostyantynivska Street to the Zhovten (October) cinema and then turn left to the Schekavytska Street. Walk one block and turn right to the Frunze Street. Then everything is simple: just go straight along the tram line.

Touristic tram with a cafe inside
Touristic tram with a cafe inside ©Nastya Myronets


On your way you will see the Spartak Stadium, a monument to a tram near the tram depot and a pub designed like a tram.

Retro tram monument near the tram depot
Retro tram monument near the tram depot ©Nastya Myronets

This pub is designed like a tram.
This pub is designed like a tram. ©Nastya Myronets

The pub signboard is designed like a signboard on public transport stations in Kyiv.
The pub signboard is designed like a signboard on public transport stations in Kyiv. ©Nastya Myronets

There's a monument near the house #109. A boy stands and reads a posting on the wall. In this area announcements calling all the Jews to gather near Babyn Yar were posted. More than 100 thousand of Jews were killed by the Nazis in 1941-1943.

Monument to the Babyn Yar tragedy
Monument to the Babyn Yar tragedy ©Nastya Myronets

At the point where the Frunze Street transforms into the Vyshgorodska Street, a historical district called Priorka begins. There's a small park on the left; you can walk there.

Berezovyi Gai (Birchwood) Park
Berezovyi Gai (Birchwood) Park ©Yuriy Buriak


Berezovyi Gai (Birchwood) Park
Berezovyi Gai (Birchwood) Park ©Nastya Myronets

Walk a little forward and to the right you wil see the center of young naturalists. You can enter the territory, there are a park and a mini zoo inside.

Center for young naturalists
Center for young naturalists ©Yuriy Buriak


Center for young naturalists
Center for young naturalists ©Nastya Myronets

Near the modern residential complex "Parkove Misto" on the Osypovskoho Street grows the oldest oak in Kyiv (700 years).

After another 200 meters turn into the Shevchenko Park. The park goes uphill, walk to the top. In this park we found squirrels and hedgehogs.

©Nastya Myronets

Hedgehog
Hedgehog ©Nastya Myronets

Exit the park on the other side down the Krasytskoho Street. Go straight along the lake to the Kobzarska Street and then turn left. Near the next lake to the right there's a park with a very unusual name "Kin Groost" (Throw Away Your Sadness). The title attributed to the events of 1787, when on the way to the Crimea the Russian Empress Catherine II and her favorite, the famous statesman and military leader Grigory Potyomkin, stopped in Kyiv.

One day, according to legend, the Empress decided to walk along the ponds and took Potyomkin with her. He was in bad mood and suffered from headache. But Catherine felt happy and enjoyed the beauty of this place. Trying to cheer up the gloomy companion, she said something that was recorded by her courtiers and included in the history of Kyiv: "Grigory! Throw away your sadness. Look at this beauty!"

On the other side of the park go to the Soshenko Street and ​​the Tarasa Shevchenka Square. From this point you can get to the metro by public transport.

Other Places not Included in our Routes:

Puscha-Vodytsia. Forest resort that can be reached by trams ##7 or 12 from the Tarasa Shevchenka Square or by tram #12 from the Kontraktova Square. The most part of the tram route runs right through the forest! There are many lakes in this place; we often come here for a picnic.

Syrets Arboretum. 43 Tyraspolska Street. Unknown park near the Syretska metro station.

Babyn Yar. In 1941-1943 more than 100 thousand of Jews were killed there by the Nazis. There's a huge monument in the park.

"Mamaieva Sloboda" Skansen. New and rather unknown outdoor museum dedicated to the Cossacks. Located in the Otradnyi Park.

National Aviation Museum. Located near the Zhulyany airport.

Golosiyivskyi Park. Large park in the Golosiyivskyi district of Kyiv that is perfect for skiing and cycling. There is a large lake where you can go boating.

Golosiyivskyi Forest. Forest park with lakes in the Golosiyivskyi district of Kyiv where the Golosiyivska Pustyn Monastery and a baptistry with healthy water are located. Borders on the Golosiyivskyi Park and National Exhibition Center (ex-Exhibition of Economic Achievements). It's easier to go to the forest through the exhibition center (Vystavkovyi Tsentr metro station).

Bicycles can be rented directly at the entrance to the Exhibition Center (N 50 22.828 E 30 28.663). In the high-rise building on the other side of the road is the restaurant Mr. Cat which offers views of the surroundings from its balcony.

View from the restaurant Mr. Cat around the Exhibition Center
View from the restaurant Mr. Cat around the Exhibition Center ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the restaurant Mr. Cat around the Exhibition Center
View from the restaurant Mr. Cat around the Exhibition Center ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the restaurant Mr. Cat around the Exhibition Center
View from the restaurant Mr. Cat around the Exhibition Center ©Yuriy Buriak

Gryshko Botanical Garden. Large botanical garden of Kyiv. You can get there on foot from the Druzhby Narodiv metro station along the Bastionna Street. Or from the Pecherska metro station by the bus #62 or trolleybus #14. Or from the Palats Sportu metro station by the trolleybus #14.

Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Pyrogovo Museum of Folk Architecture and Life 
Observation Deck on Chervonozorianyi Avenue
Flower Show in Kyiv in the Park of Glory
Zhukiv Island
Feofania Park

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