Kiev Daily Life, Kiev

Kiev is a city with numerous interesting and intriguing places to visit during the day. Some of them are old and preserve hundreds of years of history and some are brand new and modern. Kiev itself is a city full of contradictions, thus making it more interesting.
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Kiev Daily Life Map

Guide Name: Kiev Daily Life
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: Cathy
Verhovna Rada

1) Verhovna Rada

Verkhovna Rada is Ukraine's parliament. It was first established in 1938 as the national parliament of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Verkhovna Rada meets in a neo-classical building on Kiev's Hrushevskoho Street. The building adjoins a picturesque park and the 18th century Mariyinsky Palace, designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, which serves as the official residence of the President of Ukraine. After the transfer of the capital of the Ukrainian SSR from Kharkiv to Kiev in 1934,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maidan Nezalezhnosti

2) Maidan Nezalezhnosti (must see)

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the Ukrainian for “Independence Square”, is the place which lies at the heart of Kiev. This is by far the most important and grandest square of the Ukrainian capital which has been a part of the city scape since the 10th century and seen its progression over time. In the course of the centuries, the square, much as its name, has changed a lot, without detriment to its spirit, though. Originally, the place was called Perevisyshch. Later, in the 18th century, it became...   view more
Kiev City Council

3) Kiev City Council

The Kiev Rada (City Council) is the seat of the local municipal government. The current law allows citizens of Kiev to elect their representatives into the City Council, pursuant to which 120 people are delegated every five years to regulate the city's affairs.

The Council headquarters is housed in a 10 story neoclassic Stalinist-style building, which is located on Khreschatyk, the central artery of Kiev and its commercial, administrative and cultural hub. The Council building was...   view more
Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama

4) Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama

The Lesya Ukrainka Theater is a drama theater located in the old part of Kiev, at the convergence of Pushkinskaya and Bogdana Khmelnitskogo Streets, just a few steps from Khreschatyk, Kiev’s main street. The history of this theater, initially named Ivan Franko, commenced in 1891, when the first drama show was staged here. In 1919, the theater was reorganized and changed its name, only to be closed down several months later. In 1920, it resumed activity and in 1926 was made the Russian State...   view more
Bessarabsky Indoor Market

5) Bessarabsky Indoor Market (must see)

The Bessarabsky (Bessarabian) Market lends its name to the square it lies upon, at the south-western end of Khreshchatyk in Kiev. The indoor market provides commercial space for local farmers and agricultural producers. It was built between 1910 and 1912 by architects Gai and Bobrusov, with the exterior designed by students of the famous architect, F. Balavensky. At the time of its inauguration, the market featured 31 shops and 165 stalls. Today, it contains 387 stalls and 59 outlets fitted with...   view more
Arena City

6) Arena City

The Arena City is a top-notch entertainment complex situated on Khreshchatyk Street, right behind the Bessarabskiy Market. The facility comprises a beer house, which brews four types of beer (unfiltered, filtered, dark and wheat); a cabaret bar; a karaoke bar with four rooms for those who wish to show off their singing talents; a restaurant with live music, serving local and international cuisine; and a sports arena where fans come regularly to cheer for their favourite teams and athletes. By...   view more
Taras Shevchenko University

7) Taras Shevchenko University

Kiev National University (KNU), aka Taras Shevchenko's University, is the third oldest and most academically acclaimed institution for higher education in Ukraine. It offers tuition in 15 faculties and five institutes to over 20,000 students.

KNU was established in 1834 by order of Nicolai I, Emperor of Russia, and was named initially Saint Vladimir's University, in honour of the monarch who baptised Kievan Rus. Upon inauguration, the university had only one faculty - of Philosophy...   view more
Shota Rustavelli Park

8) Shota Rustavelli Park

The Shota Rustavelli Park's opening took place in 2007. A competition for the best project was organized and the winners were Volodymir Imerlishvily and Nikolay Gyauri - sculptors. A talented architect, David Yakobshvili, also won the contest. The design of the park is very special; it consists of rock chairs and sculptures. Shota Rustavelly, the author of the famous "The Knight in the Panther's Skin", in memory of whom this park was created, was a great Georgian poet and...   view more
Palace of Sports

9) Palace of Sports

The Palace of Sports was constructed in 1960, marking Ukrainian constructivist architecture. It hosts the best concerts and sporting events. The most famous singers and bands have performed here. Even the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 took place in the Palace of Sports; this attests to its importance. Exhibitions and fairs are also often organized here. The venue can seat up to 60,000...   view more

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev is a city with such a wide diversity of architectural styles from various periods of time. The best European, Russian and Ukrainian architects and artists worked on the buildings of the capital of Ukraine. Some of the elements are absolutely unique and can be seen exclusively in Kiev. Some of the most famed architects who contributed to the city's beauty and originality are Vikentiy Beretti, Emilio Sala and other talented masters. The architecture tour is organized in the Lipki district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

The Pechorsky district is one of the most interesting and picturesque sites in Kiev. Its southern section has several important monuments, sites and monasteries. The Botanical Garden occupies a big chunk of the Pechorsky district and includes some other hot spots listed in the current guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Religious Tour of Kiev

Religious Tour of Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Kiev Museum Walking Tour

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Some sources say that Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra (Sichnevogo Povstannya Street, 25) was initiated in 1051, when Reverend Anthony arrived there. He, together with some of his followers, built an entire complex composed of caves and monasteries. When the monks moved to a monastery which is on Lavra's territory, the caves were utilized as burial sites. Nowadays it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

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