Kiev Map in English – Hotels, Historical Attractions on a Kiev map
There are many beautiful and historically important places in the capital that are definitely worth a visit at any time of the year. The most famous sights of Kiev and the best Kiev hotels are marked on Kiev Map in English.
It will be especially interesting not only to those who are planning to visit Kiev for the first time; the map of Kiev can be very useful to the “native” Kievans, especially to those who are not well-versed in the city.
Sights of Kiev on Kiev Map
Independence Square and Khreshchatyk
Maidan Nezalezhnosti is the main square not only of Kiev, but also of Ukraine. Until the tenth century, there was a swamp here, in the XVIII-XIX centuries –there was a wasteland. Later, the square was called Kreshchatitska; the name came from the name of the street Maidan adjoins. Over the years, the square bore the names Dumska, Kalinina. In 1991, it got the name Independence Square.
In 1944, the reconstruction of the square began: in the 60s, the Ukraine Hotel (formerly named Moscow) was built, in the 70s – ensemble of fountains, in the 2000s – white column crowned by girl’s figure (Berehyany) and a monument in the form of the gate with the figure of Archangel Michael, the patron of Kiev above. In 2017, singing fountains started working.
Khreshchatyk is a street more than a kilometer long; it starts from the European Square and ends at Bessarabskaya Square. In antiquity, it was called Perevesische, later it was referred to as Yevseykova Valley and Sands; until 1937 it was named Vorovskogo Street, in 1941-1943 it was called Ayhhorn Strasse. Many historians agree that it was called Khreshchatyk because the street was a large valley that was crossed by others – smaller ones.
The construction of Khreshchatyk began at the end of XVIII – beginning of XIX century. In XIX century, there were tram tracks and transport roads to Podol. During the war, buildings on Khreshchatyk were almost completely destroyed.
In the late 40s, work on the restoration of the street began. Today there are many monuments of architecture; at weekends, the highway is closed for transport and the street becomes pedestrian.
How to get there: Khreshchatyk metro station, Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station
Sophiivska Square and St. Sophia Cathedral
One of the most ancient squares of the capital. This is where the bell tower of St. Sophia Cathedral and a monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky. It is believed that it was at this place that Yaroslav the Wise defeated the Pechenegs and, in memory of this, built the Cathedral of St. Sophia, and called the area around Sophiivska. It was here in 1919 that the Act of the Association of the UPR and ZUNR was proclaimed.
“While Sophia is standing – the city will survive any troubles” – this is a belief that all Kiev residents believe in. The temple of the Sophia monastery is a real masterpiece of architecture: it is majestic in appearance, luxurious in the middle. In 1990, St. Sophia Cathedral became the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where: 24 Volodymyrska Street
How to get there: Independence Square metro station, Golden Gate metro station
St. Andrew’s Descent and St. Andrew’s Church
One of the most ancient streets; some researchers believe that its historical name is Borichev vzvoz. The street got its name thanks to the old St. Andrew’s church, built in the 18th century. The street was intensively built up in the late XIX – early XX centuries, and today it is the street-museum, the main tourist attraction.
Many fairs, festivals and exhibitions are held here. Along the street, one finds many galleries, art museums, souvenir shops.
St. Andrew’s Church is a temple named after Andrew the First Called, built in the Baroque style, designed by architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The church is a monument of architecture and functioning temple of the UAOC.
Where: from Kontraktova Square to Desyatynna and Volodymyrska streets.
How to get there: Kontraktova Square metro station
Architectural monument. The element of defense structures, built during the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The 3.5-kilometer defense earthen ramparts stretched along the streets of the center of Kiev – from Lvivska Square along the Yaroslav Val, descended to Independence Square and again went up to Mikhailivska Square.
There were there rows of gates. “Golden” got its name by analogy with the Golden Gate of Constantinople and performed the same function in Kiev. Today, next to the gate is a small square; there is monument to Yaroslav the Wise, sculpture for the cat Panteleimon, fountain, and several cafes.
Where: 40a Volodymyrska Street
How to get there: Golden Gate metro station
House with Chimeras
The building of architect Vladislav Gorodetsky in modern style. The name of the building was due to the unusual facade. Representatives of land and underwater fauna, attributes of hunting, and fabulous creatures “settled down” on it.
Gorodetsky built it as a rental house for his family in 1901-1903. Since 2005, the house is the residence of the President. There are many mystical legends associated with the house.
Where: 10 Bankova Street
How to get there: Khreshchatyk metro station, exit to Instytutska Street, opposite the Presidential Administration of Ukraine
Ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine. The two-story building in the Baroque style was built by order of Elizabeth in 1744 according to the design of the architect Rastrelli.
State meetings were held here; in the XIX century, the palace burned down and was rebuilt by order of Emperor Alexander II. It was thanks to the tsar’s wife that a beautiful park was laid out near the palace. Due to renovation, closed for visitors since 2007.
Where: 5a Grushevskogo street
How to get there: Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station, exit to Instytutska Street, Mariinsky Park
Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War and the Motherland Monument
The construction of grandiose monument was finished in 1981 – the celebration was even attended by General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. The sculpture is made of stainless steel, and assembled from blocks weighing 25-30 tons. At first, they wanted to cover the Monument of Motherland with gold leaf, but in the end have chosen steel.
In addition to the sculpture, the museum that occupies 10 hectares features the main square with the Alley of Hero Cities and the sculptural compositions “Forcing the Dnieper” and “Transferring weapons”; the gallery of heroes of front and rear land with bronze high-relief compositions, the Fire of Glory chalice, exhibition of military equipment and weapons.
Where: 24 Lavrska Street
How to get there: bus #24, trolleybus #38 from Arsenalna metro station, Pecherska metro station, Druzhby Narodiv metro station
Volodymyrska Girka Park
Monument of landscape art of Kiev, founded in the XIX century. In 1853, they constructed a monument to Volodymyr the Great on a nameless hill. Therefore, the park became known as Volodymyrska Girka.
In 1900, a panorama of Calvary was added, but unfortunately, it was destroyed 20 years later. In the 1970-1990s, many architectural structures appeared in the park. There is a funicular in the northern part of the park.
How to get there: walk from Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station or Poshtova Square metro station
One of the first monasteries from the time of the Kievan Rus, the main Orthodox shrine not only in Ukraine but also in the CIS. It was founded by the monk Anthony in 1051, and received the status of the monastery in 1688.
The Near and Far Caves have historical and religious value; the relics of the saints are kept there, and in the territory of the monastery, some laymen are buried, for example, Peter Stolypin. In 1990, the Lavra Monastery became UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where: 15 Lavrska Street
How to get there: Arsenalna metro station
Where we recommend you stay – 4-5* hotels
Khreshchatyk Business Hotel is located on the main street of Kiev, between the European Square and Independence Square, near government buildings and the main sights of the city: Cabinet of Ministers, National Bank of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian House International Convention Center, Theater named after Franco, Russian Drama Theater and Philharmonic Hall.
Aloft Kiev is the first hotel in Ukraine that is part of the Marriott International. The hotel is located at the intersection of Basseyna and Esplanadna streets, surrounded by business centers and shopping malls – only 1 km away from Independence Square, 0.1 km from Parus Business Center and the Gulliver shopping center.
Senator Maidan Hotel
Despite its proximity to the most dynamic part of the city – just around the corner from Independence Square, Senator Maidan is located in a quiet side street. Each of the 42 rooms and suites of the aparthotel is equipped with the latest technology and is able to satisfy the most demanding guests.
Ukraine Hotel is a hotel in the center of Kiev on Independence Square. If you want to stay in the very center of the city – this is a budget-friendly option. Ukraine Hotel is also located opposite the Khreshchatyk Hotel and Senator Hotel Maidan – 10 minutes walk.
Premier Palace Hotel
One of the oldest Kiev hotels, but that does not mean that it has poorly preserved. Quite the contrary- this hotel is 5-star, and famous politicians, football players and show business stars stay there. The hotel is also located in the central part of the city, 5 Shevchenko Boulevard.
The five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel is located in the very center of Kiev. Its windows overlook the St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral. One can admire the view from the bar on the roof of the hotel. Prices are quite high for Kiev, but if your budget is not limited, this is probably the most elegant option of the hotel. Address: 5 Alla Tarasova Street
New five-star hotel in the center of Kiev overlooking the Botanical Garden offers stylish rooms, indoor pool and spa. Located a little farther from the center than previous hotels – 20 minutes walk to Independence Square. However, the service is truly exclusive and high class.
Kiev Private Tours
We offer private sightseeing tours around Kiev:
- Kiev General Tour – the best start to get to know the city, for those who is here for the first time.
- Kiev Pechersk Lavra – the must-see sight of Kiev, the first monastery of Kyiv, full of legends.
- World War II Tour – the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War with 102 meters high Motherland Monument.
- Gastro Tour – for foodies who are interested in Ukrainian cuisine.
- Full day Tour – a mix of Old Town, Kiev Pechersk Lavra and the Museum of War.
- Mezhyhirya Tour – tour out of the city. New outstanding attraction and the symbol of corruption.
- Podil Tour – mysterious and cozy tour for those who like cute paths and old buildings.
- Street Art Tour – if you want to look at Kiev from a different angle.
- Kiev Bar Crawl – the best option for partygoers, because our beautiful lady guide will bring you to the hot spots of Kiev nightlife.
- Chernobyl Tour – Tour of our partner, group tour, full day tour.
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