Kyiv – Off the Beaten Track

The majority of tourists travelling around the world stick to the same tour schedules. They listen to their Guide’s sightseeing suggestions truly believing that this is the ultimate way to see the city. But being trapped in a crowd of noisy tourists with cameras is definitely not the best way of exploring the city’s true colors. If you are willing to discover Kyiv off the beaten track we suggest you follow our tips.


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Kyiv Observation Deck

To get a great view of the city we advise you to climb up a 25-storied building called Kyiv Observation deck.

Observation decks are usually the most popular places among tourists in any city of the world but Kyiv is an exception. This place was opened only 4 years ago on top of the housing estate on the 25th floor. There you may enjoy the stunning panorama of Kyiv. You may also drink a cup of coffee, chat with friends anduse binoculars for the better view of the city’s attractions.

Address:  4a, Chervonozoryanyi Avenue

Opening hours: Weekdays 12 a.m. – 10p.m

The entrance fees:  adults 50 UAH,students and schoolchildren 25 UAH

Kyiv fortress

Kyiv fortress is the main part of the unknown Kyiv. It was constructed in several stages; the main construction was between 1830-1850th. It was during that time when Kyiv became the most fortified big city in Europe. Nowadays it is hidden in the very center of the city. On its territory there is a museum dedicated to the history of Kyiv Fortress. Uniforms, weapons and maps are also represented in it. Stroll on one of the most historical parts of the city and go to the museum to learn more about it.

Address: 24a, Hospitalna Street

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on Mondays

Free entrance


It’s an open-air museum where you may touch living history and try real Ukrainian outfits.  The museum consists of different buildings built according to their original household functions. They are: storehouses, sheds, stables, cellars, barns, cart-houses. And they all reproduce the traditional Ukrainian landscape. On famous national holidays you may find lots of people there dancing in traditional clothes and singing songs. When you’ll be visiting MamajevaSloboda don’t forget to drop by “Shynok” (Ukrainian restaurant), where you may taste our delicious cuisine.

Address:  2, MykhailaDontsa Street

Opening hours: daily 10 a.m. till 12 a.m.

The entrance fees:

For adults – 40 UAH

For students and schoolchildren – 10 UAH

Trukhanov Island

For those of you visiting Kyiv in summer we suggest you go to Trukhanov Island.

During summer time it is the best place for going on a picnic,enjoying summer festivals, listening to good music, drinking beer and simply enjoying yourself. During Euro 2012 it was the place where Swedish fans lived. The Island is even registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest camping in the world for hosting Swedish fans. As a proof one may nowadays see a monument to Swedish fans on Trukhanov Island.