Kiev is the Ukrainian capital and is one of the biggest European cities. For over 1,500 years, t6is stunning city has been standing on hills overlooking the Dnipro River. Since then, the city has become a valuable center in East Europe attracting visitors and investors from all over the world to its natural, economic, and tourism potential.
At Simply Kiev, we will help you discover and appreciate this gorgeous city. It is truly one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. You will find here some of the oldest and magnificent churches and other architecture, incredible cafes, and restaurants, delectable food, vibrant nightlife, the friendliest and most welcoming people, among many others.
A city center is a safe place. Many ex-pats say that they have never had any problem in the years they have lived here.
Kiev also rivals Paris as the most romantic city in Europe. Even in the coldest nights, you will see hundreds of lovers holding hands while walking arm down the major streets. If you want to feel romance, Kyiv is the place to be. If you are single, take heart. You can still enjoy people-watching or making friends – there are many gorgeous and beautifully dressed locals and tourists strolling around Kiev.
The main street of Kreschatik features wide sidewalks. One side of this street is layered with two-tiered sidewalks. Hundreds of aged chestnut trees line the street where thousands of people walk or sit romantically on benches.
Kiev is a nice city to spend your holiday. You will need to spend one week or more to experience what the city has to offer. For starter, see the superbly preserved Orthodox churches. The heart of Kyiv is the colossal Saint Michaels Cathedral, as well as the beautiful complexes of Saint Sophia Cathedral, which was patterned after the Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople.
And whatever you do, make sure you visit the Perchera Lavara. It is an entire complex of churches occupying an entire hill that has catacombs of mummified priests.
There are many things to experience in Kiev. Having a Kyiv travel plan will help avoid hassles like staying at the wrong hotel, waiting forever for public transport, or getting lost in the middle of nowhere (which is really exciting, but not all the time). Planning your Kyiv trip well in advance will allow you to enjoy your stay in the Ukrainian capital.
We at Simply Kiev design this Planning Your Trip section to help you in planning your trip to this beautiful city and make the most of your vacation time. From airports and metro stations to finding a budget hotel and staying safe, we would not want to leave out important travel details. Here are what you will see in these pages:
1. When to Go
2. Kiev Accommodations
3. Getting to Kiev
4. City Transportation
5. Kiev Sightseeing Tours
6. Ukrainian Visa
7. Safety and Emergency
You can explore the bustling Ukrainian capital on your own, starting from your hotel or apartment’s doorstep. But if you want to go a little deeper, there are many guided tours in the city that will be very happy to show the beauty of Kiev for you. Here are sample Kyiv sightseeing tours:
St. Sofia Cathedral
This walking tour will give you a deeper insight into St. Sofia Cathedral, the most famous and greatest of the old cathedrals in Eastern Europe. It is world-renowned for its architecture, mosaic art, and frescoes. Route: St. Sofia Cathedral – St. Michael Cathedral – Golden Gate – Opera House.
Andreyevsky Spuskis the city’s most panoramic street. In this sightseeing tour, you will see the unmatched Andreyavskaya Church, Bulgakov’s relic, the original Richard the Lion Heart Castle, a lively market for artworks and souvenirs, and many astonishing landscapes. Route: Uptown-St.Andrew’s Church – ArtGaleries and Gift Shops – M.Bulgakov Museum – Museum of One Street – Kontraktova Square – Podil.
Kiev-Pecherska Lavra is one of the holiest mines of orthodox relics. A city inside a city, it is an arts complex and architectural with several museums as well as cave monasteries where remains of Saints rest. Route: The Upper Lavra: Uspenskiy Cathedral – Great Lavra Bell Tower – Museum of Historical treasures – Exhibition of Micro-miniatures.
Kiev is a wonderful mix of the ancient and the modern. The architecture of centuries-old Orthodox gold domes is beautifully mixed with the grandiose masterpiece of the Soviet era (Kreschatik Ensemble). Route for this tour: Walks along Kreschatik – Kiev State University – Vladimir Cathedral (which houses the most exceptional complex of sacral art) – Bessarabskaya Square – Horodetskogo Street – “The house with chimeras” – Mariyinskiy Palace (former residence of the Queen).
Kyiv is famous for its lush parks and is recognized as one of the greenest cities in the world. When you visit the city, make sure to have a tour of the city’s green areas. The green area of the Upper Kiev covers slopes above the Dnieper. Route: Vladimirskaya Hill – Friendship Arch and Observation Desk – Water museum – Kissing Bridge – City Garden – Mariyinskiy Park and Palace – Parlament Building – Askold Grave Park – Park of Eternal Glory – Museum of World War II – Botanical Garden
Experience the vibrant Kyiv nightlife. In this kind of tour, you will walk sacred parks and illuminated boulevard, hang-out at art clubs or visit stylish nightclubs, and enjoy live music with cheerful people. The route of the tour is based on your preferences and interests.
Sightseeing tours allow you to have a better insight into Kiev’s sites of cultural and historical interest. They usually operate every day. We suggest you book well in advance for more unusual tours, since guides may not run some tours if there is little interest.
Traveling to Kiev will prove to be a one-of-a-kind experience, however, should you need anything, you can always refer your needs to the embassy of your country located conveniently around the city. Here is the list of ambassadors in Kiev, which include their address and contact details:
H. E. Mr. Mohammad Asef Delawar
03037, Kyiv, Chervonozoryany Avenue, 42
Fax: (+38-044) 270-13-94
Office hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00am-4:00pm; Friday 10:00am-2:00pm
H.E. Mr. Sokol Gjoka
02-386 Warsaw, ul. Altova 1
Phone: (00 4822) 824-14-27
Fax: (0-22) 824-14-26
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
H. E. Mr. Mokaddem Bafdal
01901, Kyiv. Shevchenko, 64
Tel: (+38-044) 486-70-79, 482-04-92
Fax: (+38-044) 486-70-08
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00nn, 1:00pm-5:00pm
AD Mrs. Lila Roldan Vazquez de Moine
01901, Kyiv. Fyodorova 12, 6 Floor
Tel: (+38-044) 238-69-22, 490-25-16
Fax: (38044) 238-69-22
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:30-5:00pm
H.E. Mr. Armen Khachatryan A.
01901, Kyiv. Vladimir, 45
Tel: (+38-044) 234-90-05, 235-10-04
Fax: (+38-044) 235-43-55
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
H. E. Mr. Robert Tyson
109028, Moscow, Podkolokolnyy Ave, 10a / 2
Phone: (00 7 495) 956-60-70
Fax: (00 7 495) 956-61-70
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Office hours: 9:00am-12:30pm, 1:15pm-5:00pm
H.E. Josef Markus Wuketich
01030, Kyiv. I. Franco, 33
Tel: (+38-044) 288-09-43, 288-09-42
Fax: (+38-044) 230-23-52
UA-01901, Kyiv 209 / 8
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
H. E. Mr. Talyat Museib oglu Aliyev
04050, Kyiv. Glybochitskaya 24
Tel: (+38-044) 484-69-40
Fax: (+38-044) 484-69-46
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm
J. B. Mr Amir Hussain Sikder
119121, Moscow, Zyemlyedyelchyeskiy Lane, 6
Phone: (00 7 495) 246-78-04
Fax: (00 7 495) 248-31-81
H. E. Mr. Timothy Barrow
01025, Kyiv. Desyatinnaya 9
Tel: (+38-044) 490-36-60
Fax: (+38-044) 490-36-62
H.E. Mr. Marc Vinck
01030, Kyiv. Leontovich, 4
Tel: (+38-044) 238-26-00
H.E. Mr. Valentin Velichko
01901, Kyiv. M. Kovel, 3
Tel: (+38-044) 537-52-00
Fax: (38 044) 537-52-13
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Y.V. Mr. Vissinto Ai d’Almeyda
127006, Moscow, Uspensky Pereulok, 7
Phone: (00 7 495) 699-29-23
Fax: (00 7 495) 694-02-26
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Mr. Igor Romanenko
04080, Kyiv. Frunze, 85
Tel: (+38-044) 239-46-31
Fax: (+38-044) 531-96-44
H. E. Mr. Branimir Mandic
1026, Budapest, vul.Pasareti 48
Tel: +36 (1) 212-01-06, 212-01-07
Fax: + 36 (1) 212-01-09
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
H. E. Mr. Renato Luiz Rodrigues Marques
Kyiv, str. Suvorov, 14/12
Tel: (+38-044) 280-63-01
Fax: (+38-044) 280-95-68
Working hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
H.E. Mr. Dato Paduka Mahadi bin Hadj Wasli
International Country Centre (ICC)
Bloc F / G 5th, Floor 20, Route de Pre – Bois Case postal 1806,
1215 Geneva 15, Switzerland
Phone: (00 41 (22)) 929-82-40
Fax: (00 41 (22)) 788-52-30
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:15pm
H. E. Mr. Dimitar Tsvetkov Vladimirov
01023, Kyiv. Hospitalna 1
Tel: (+38-044) 246-76-72, 246-72-37, 235-22-02
Fax: (+38-044) 235-51-19
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-5:30pm
Geographically, the city of Kiev is within the Polesia ecological zone, which is a part of the European mixed woods. The city is strategically located on both sides of the River Dnieper, which flows south towards the Black Sea. The western part of Kiev (older right-bank) is represented by many woody hills, small rivers, and ravines. It is part of the larger Dnieper Upland that adjoins the western bank of the river in its mid-flow.
The Ukrainian capital expanded to the river’s lowland left bank (east) only in the 20th century. Many areas of the eastern part of the Dnieper valley were sand-deposited artificially and are being protected by dams.
The famous river creates a branching system of isles, harbors, and tributaries within the city limits. Kiev is adjoined by the Kiev Reservoir and the mouth of the Desna River in the north and the Kaniv Reservoir in the south. You can navigate the Dnieper River and the Desna River at Kiev, although it is limited by winter freeze-over and regulated by reservoir shipping locks.
All in all, there are more than 440 bodies of open water within the city boundaries, including the Dnieper River itself, reservoirs and small rivers, artificially created ponds, and dozens of lakes. These bodies of water occupy more than 7940 hectares of territory.
In addition, Kiev takes pride in its 35 near-water recreational areas (totaling over 1000 hectares) and 16 developed beaches (covering 140 hectares). However, not all water bodies in the city are allowed for swimming.