Guide to Kyiv Neighbourhoods
There were always many tourists in Kyiv at all times, so the hotels’ selection in the city is presented very well. And considering the increasing interest of tourists to Chernobyl travel destination, it’s better to take care in advance of where to spend the night. Luckily, it’s very easy nowadays, you can choose the area and location that interests exactly you.
By type of housing, it can be hostels, apartments, spa hotels and even hotels on the water. As you might know, Kyiv is divided by the Dnipro river into two parts. The most famous historical landmarks are located on the right bank. For me, as for a local and a Kiev private guide, it is all very simple and clear. But for the newcomers, it can be complicated to decide in which neighborhood it’s better to stay to make the visit to the city more enjoyable.
- Old Town (Golden Gate, St.Sophia)
A nice location if you want to spend more time among the main and most beautiful Kyiv landmarks. Golden Gate, St.Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral, St.Andrew’s Church, National Opera House, Botanical garden. For a better and deeper understanding of the historical meaning of this area, I would recommend you hire a professional tour guide. On a 3-hour Old Town Kiev Tour, you will learn more about ancient Kyiv.
- Maidan or Independence Square (Khreschatyk Street)
The main street and the main square of Kyiv are considered the most central area of the city. The location is comfortable if you like shopping, crowded places. These street and neighboring streets are full of food places, bars, pubs, shops. Quite often, Kiev tour guides start their tours from the Independence Monument which is located right in the middle of the square.
- Podil – Lower Town (Kyiv River Port, Funicular)
«Heart of Kyiv» Podil – differs from other areas of the city by its bohemian atmosphere and various architecture. In addition to numerous museums, private galleries, and hipster cafes, there are showrooms of Ukrainian designers, vintage shops, and boutiques. By the way, some of the very important sights from the Jewish Heritage Tour are located in Podil.
- Pechersk (Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, WWII museum)
A historical and governmental district of Kyiv, Pechersk, bears its name from the word «pechery» which means «caves» in Ukrainian. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery and Caves are based here. But not only. The other city sights, such as WWII museum and Motherland Monument, Mariinsky Palace, Lipki – area with 19th-century luxury private mansions of high-ranking dignitaries and royal aristocracy are located in Pechersk district. The tours that I, as a Kiev tour guide, can recommend in this neighborhood are:
Aristocratic Pechersk Tour,
Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Tour,
WWII Museum Tour.