Where to see Kyiv’s best views

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH TOMA IS­TOM­INA IS­TOM­INA@KYIVPOST.COM

No one can walk the length and breadth of Kyiv, a city with an area of more than 800 square kilo­me­ters, in a sin­gle day. But you can see the whole city in just a minute. To do that, go to one of the numerous places that of­fer panoramic vis­tas of the right and left banks of the Dnipro River, the his­tor­i­cal dis­tricts and the many hills and forests.

Here are the best view­points to check out:

Peo­ple’s -Friend­ship Arch

This mon­u­ment, which used to sym­bol­ize friend­ship be­tween the var­i­ous re­publics and peo­ples of the Soviet Union, was built in 1982. To­day, it is the place to come in Kyiv to es­cape the bus­tle of Khreshchatyk Street and take in a spec­tac­u­lar view of the Dnipro River, Podil­sky district and Ha­van­skyi Bridge. The view is stun­ning both in day­time, when the sun­light glints on the Dnipro River, and at night, when re­flec­tions of the city lights shim­mer on the river wa­ter. 24/7. Free How to get there: Walk around 650 me­ters from Maidan Neza­lezh­nosti Square along Khreshchatyk Street, cross Yevropeiska Square, pass­ing the Dnipro ho­tel on the right, and then take the walk­way to the arch, pass­ing the Na­tional Phil­har­monic of Ukraine to the left.

Zamkova Hora (Cas­tle Hill)

This his­toric site was named af­ter a cas­tle that was built there in the 14th cen­tury and served as a res­i­dence for many Ukrainian and for­eign rulers. Lo­cated in the his­toric cen­ter of Kyiv, Podil, to­day the hill has a long stair­case lead­ing to its top. The charm­ing view that opens up from the top of the hill com­bines the col­or­ful build­ings on Vozd­vyzhen­ska Street, and other hills nearby, such as Shchekovytsa Hora and Starokyivska Hora. 24/7. Free How to get there: Walk around 800 me­ters along Vozd­vyzhen­ska Street from Nyzh­nii Val Street, or walk down An­dri­ivskyi Uzviz Street from Pokrovska Street for around 300 me­ters.

Mari­in­sky Park

This ob­ser­va­tion deck is set in one of the big­gest parks in Kyiv, Mari­in­sky Park. Lush with trees and bushes, the park is a great place to take a breath of fresh air and en­joy the out­doors, right in the heart of the city. The ob­ser­va­tion deck is sit­u­ated at the end of a pleas­ant square with benches, right next to the Baroque-style Mari­in­sky Palace. From here, there is a fas­ci­nat­ing view of the Dnipro River, the patch­work of forested is­lands in the river val­ley, and the loom­ing high-rises of Kyiv left-bank dis­tricts in the dis­tant east. 24/7. Free How to get there: Walk around 900 me­ters from Arse­nalna metro sta­tion along Mykhaila Hru­shevskoho Street, then turn right at the Verkhovna Rada, onto the square at Mari­in­sky Palace.

The Mother­land Mon­u­ment

This huge 102-me­ter-high mon­u­ment, which looms over the Na­tional Mu­seum of the His­tory of Ukraine in World War Two is not only an im­pres­sive sight in it­self, but also a place from where to check out a spec­tac­u­lar view. For Hr 200, vis­i­tors can get to the view- point, which is 91 me­ters above the ground, to see the whole of Kyiv, stretch­ing over both the left and right banks of the Dnipro River. Those who are afraid of heights, or who are un­lucky enough to visit when the weather is bad, have another op­tion — for Hr 50 vis­i­tors can ac­cess a view­point on the mon­u­ment’s 36-me­ter-high pedestal, which also of­fers amaz­ing views.

Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.— 5 p.m. Sat-Sun. 10 a.m.— 6 p.m. Hr 50, 200.

Ad­dress: 24 Lavrska St.

An­dri­ivska Church

This Baroque church, built in the 18th cen­tury, is a sym­bol of Kyiv and a must-see for many tourists vis­it­ing the city. But not ev­ery­one knows that An­dri­ivska Church has a view­point too, where vis­i­tors can en­joy a lovely view of the wind­ing street next to it, An­dri­ivskyi Uzviz, as well as other parts of Podil­skyi district. Com­bin­ing a visit to An­dri­ivska Church with a meal at one of the restau­rants on the uzviz adds up to a great day in the his­toric part of Kyiv.

10 a.m.— 6 p.m. Adult — Hr 10, chil­dren — Hr 5.

Ad­dress: 23 An­dri­ivskyi Uzviz.

Park of Eter­nal Glory

This park was built af­ter World War Two and is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of the sol­diers who died in the strug­gle against the Axis Pow­ers. The park, heav­ily wooded and thick with bushes, is a fa­vorite spot for walks for those who live in Pech­er­skyi district. Lo­cated close to Arse­nalna metro sta­tion, The Park of Eter­nal Glory gives beau­ti­ful views to the pic­turesque hills along the right bank of the Dnipro River, and the build­ings of Kyiv Pech­ersk Lavra. The park also con­tains the Eter­nal Flame mon­u­ment and the Holodomor Mon­u­ment. 24/7. Free How to get there: Walk around 800 me­ters along Ivana Mazepy Street from Arse­nalna metro sta­tion.

Pishohid­nyi (Pedes­trian) Bridge

Pishohid­nyi Bridge con­nects Trukhaniv Is­land and the park area of Pech­er­skyi district. The bridge is a great spot for an even­ing walk or a morn­ing run, as well as a beau­ti­ful view­point, with panoramic views of the wide blue Dnipro River and Podil­skyi district. The view is es­pe­cially im­pres­sive dur­ing sun­rises and sun­sets.

24/7. Free

How to get there: walk around 700 me­ters down­river along the Naberezhne High­way from Posh­tova Ploshcha metro sta­tion.

(Volodymyr Petrov)

Peo­ple en­joy the view on Podil from Mari­in­sky Park in Kyiv on May 4.

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