Kiev Mansions Tour – Kiev Private Tours
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Kiev Mansions Tour

Kiev Mansions Tour

from €25

per person

Unique 19th century architecture of Kyiv with a private guide

Explore unique architectural masterpieces during our 2-hour walking tour of the center of Kiev with a private guide. During the tour you will learn about the richest people of the 19th century and see their houses, which were preserved during the 1917 Revolution and during the Second World War.

Explore the unique architecture of the 19th century in Kiev

If you like architecture, you will be surprised by the buildings in the styles: neo-Gothic, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Eclecticism. We will show you the palace of Empress Elizabeth, a house with frogs on the roof and find out how much Kiev real estate costs.

All the key architectural masterpieces of Kiev:
Mariyinski Palace, Yakov Polyakov Mansion, Kovalevskiy House, The Chocolate House, The Weeping Widow Mansion, The House with Chimeras, The National Bank of Ukraine, Sirotkin House, Baron Shteingel’s Castle.

2-hour private walking tour will bring you into Kiev rich history. It is an excellent way to explore Kiev.

Explore unique 19th century architecture of Kiev

Information on prices:

Kiev Mansions Tour duration is 2 hours. To learn more about the tour, click on the Tour Plan tab.

The cost of the tour:

  • 1 person – € 65 per person
  • 2 persons – € 35 per person
  • 3 persons – € 25 per person
  • 4 persons – € 20 per person
  • 5 persons – € 18 per person
  • 6 persons – € 17 per person
  • 7 persons – € 16 per person
  • 8 persons – € 15 per person
  • To calculate the price for bigger group, please contact us.

We accept payment in EUR, as well as in USD and UAH at the exchange rate at the time of payment.

Please note that the price includes:

  • – pick up from your accommodation,
  • – services of private English-speaking guide.


  • – drop off

Local guides enter many attractions free of charge, but where you require your guide to accompany you into any attractions, you may be asked to cover the guide’s costs as well as your own.

After 2 hours, each additional hour of the private guide services is €20.

  • ▪  We charge 50% of your order online (refundable up to 48 hours notice) and 50% you pay in cash during a meeting with a guide.
  • ▪  If you apply less than 24 hours before the tour, you can pay the entire amount in cash, but we can’t guarantee the availability of guides.
2 hours
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Include
    Pick up from the hotel
    English-speaking Guide
  • Not Included
    Drop off
    Entry Fees

Mariyinski Palace

Mariyinsky Palace is the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine in Kyiv and adjoins the neo-classical building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. It is a Baroque palace on the hilly bank of the Dnipro River.

Yakov Polyakov Mansion

The mansion of Yakov Polyakov, or the house on 22, Grushevskogo Street, in Kiev is, without a doubt, a real decoration of the street and the whole center of Kiev. It was built in 1910 by Yakov Polyakov, the son-in-law of the sugar king Lev Brodsky, and the manager of the mill on Podil.

Kovalevskiy House

This is a large, gray building number 15. It is similar to the medieval castle, but also resembles palaces from the eastern countries, where the locals are called Arabs, so the kyivites also call it "Arabian house". It was built more than hundred years ago by architect Alyoshin, for the family of Mr. Kovalevsky.

The Chocolate House

This distinctive neo-Renaissance mansion in Kyiv's wealthy Lypky district, built in 1901, is notable for its lavish interiors. There's a small sculpture display inside, but mostly it's about viewing the palatial rooms with their meticulously carved Moorish ceilings and chandeliers.

The Weeping Widow Mansion

Constructed in 1907 in the early Art Nouveau style by architect E. Bradtman, it was commissioned by Serhiy Arshavsky, a wealthy merchant from Poltava, who occupied it before the Bolshevik Revolution. The building earned its nickname because when it rains water pours over the woman's face on the facade, running down her cheeks like tears.

The House with Chimeras

The house is decorated with sculptures of mythical creatures and animals. In 1903, the architect Vladislav Gorodetsky builds a mansion in the Art Nouveau style from cement, which in those years was not yet used in construction. He and his family lived in this house and rented out apartments. The total area of ​​the mansion is 3300 m2. The rooms are fan-shaped, in the direction of the sun. On the ground floor, there were stables, laundries, and rooms for servants.

The National Bank of Ukraine

The modern building of National Bank of Ukraine was built on the place of the former Office of State Commercial Bank in Kiev which was founded in 1839. For it was bought a large two-storey house belonging to Kiev nobility.

Sirotkin House

Sirotkin’s House is an architectural monument, one of the most beautiful buildings in the center of Kiev. The mansion was built in 1902 according to the project of the architect Karl Schimann in the Neo-Renaissance style. At that time, it was the tallest house in Kiev. Its height is 42.5 meters. There was electricity and elevator in the building. The mansion was built as a commercial apartment building. It housed shops, apartments, and a pharmacy.

Baron Shteingel's Castle

Baron Castle or the Podgorsky House was built in 1898 in the Neo-Gothic style, and was designed by N. N. Dobachevsky. It is considered a monument of architecture. The landowner Mikhail Podgorsky lived in the mansion. There are 10-room apartments on the second and third floors.

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