Pechersk / Ancient Kyiv - Podil
Volodymyrska str., 7, office 1; Kyiv
Choose one of 2h walking tours: Pechersk - the most beautiful buildings or Ancient Kyiv - Podil.
Pechersk district – the most beautiful buildings in Kyiv
Kyiv is known for its churches: Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia Cathedral, and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. However, there are many more beautiful buildings that are located in Pechersk district. Pechersk was always aristocratic, “golden” district of Kyiv. On the way you will see 2 beautiful panoramic views and famous stadium FC “Dynamo”.
Our journey will start with the main street – Khreshchatyk. We will pass through Passage – a street of various luxury boutiques, and then we will walk up to the most unusual building in Kyiv – the House with Chimaeras (Gorodetsky House). On this unique house you can see fantastic creatures and wild animals that appear in unexpected places that sometimes they look like alive. This house can be easily attributed to be a masterpiece. On the way you will have a look at Chocolate house, which truly looks like real chocolate bar (its owners were sugar barons). Further, you will see other mansions of Kyiv celebrities – one of them was built in Italian Middle Ages style, another one under the guise of unusual architecture kept secrets of KGB. Every single house of Pechersk has its own history and highlight: the House of Wipping Widow and Klovsky Palace, House of National Bank of Ukraine and House of Writers.
We will make a short stop next to Mariynsliy Palace in order to enjoy the view of Kyiv.
Further we will pass through Mariynsky park and the Bridge of Love to huge “rainbow” – People’s Friendship Arch. On the way we will have a look at couple of buildings that remind castles – it will be interesting for you to get to know what is inside now. Surely we will see FC “Dynamo” stadium which is now named after Dynamo’s trainer Valeriy Lobanovsky.
Being back to Khreshchatyk, we get to the city center; young people enjoy spending their time there and time passes really fast. Khreshchatyk has also lots of legends and stories: walking from European square to the main square Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), we will get to know the most interesting of them.
Start: metro Khreshchtyk
Finish: Maydan Nezalezhnosti
Ancient Kyiv – Podil district
This is the most popular walking tour in Kyiv. On its way many main heritages are located. You will get to know the most interesting aspects of 1500 years of Kyiv history.
Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine, since the beginning of time it is mighty and invincible city, invites you to take a closer look at it!
Let’s start our journey with the Golden Gates – the main gates of ancient city. Next to it there is a monument to Yaroslav Mudryy – the legendary governor of Kiev Rus. Then the St. Sophia Cathedral and monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsckyy are waiting for you.
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, white marble monument to Princess Olga, Apostle Andrew, Cyril and Methodius.
Starokyivska Mountain and foundation of Desyatunna church, place “from where the Rus land started”. Then you will see beautiful St. Andrew’s church – the best and finest representative of Ukrainian baroque and joking monument to unfulfilled love. It is impossible to visit Kyiv and never visit Andrew’s Descent – here you can buy everything from souvenirs to art masterpieces.
Podil is the living history of Kyiv, its legend, mixture of ancient and modern aspects. Podil is also famous for its amazing festivals and fairs. Here you can find Kontraktovuy house, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and other historical monuments. In the end of this tour you are very welcome to continue your journey on the boat from Kyiv River Port (extra).
Start: metro Zoloti Vorota
Finish: Kontraktova square
This tour is available in English, Russian, German and other languages.