About Kyiv

How to get to Kyiv

By air

There are two big international airports serving Kyiv – “Boryspil” and “Kyiv” (Zhuliany).

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Boryspil” International Airport is the biggest and the most developed in Ukraine. It provides more than 67% of air passengers’ transportation of Ukraine and serves more than 10 millions passengers annually. “Boryspil” Airport is successfully located on the crossing of many airways, connecting Asia, Europe and America.  More than 25 national and foreign airlines perform the transfer of passengers and cargo by 75 regular routes from “Boryspil” to all over the world.

To find out more information about flights, destinations, schedules etc visit the official website of the Airport: https://kbp.aero/en/

You can get from “Boryspil” Airport to Igor Sikorsky KPI campus by Skybus, that goes to the Southern Railway Station. From there you can take the rapid tram to “Pol’ova” station.
skybus вокзал

аєропорт 2Igor Sikorsky International Airport of Kyiv” (Zhuliany) is located in the business center of the capital, 7 km from the city center. According to the number of flights and passenger traffic it takes the 2nd place in Ukraine after “Boryspil” airport. International Airport “Kyiv” has three terminals that serves 13 airlines and destinations to Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Belarus, Poland, United Kingdom, Baltic countries, Egypt, Spain, Greece, Georgia, UAE etc. It serves nearly 2 million passengers annually.

To find out more information about flights, destinations, schedules etc visit the official website of the airport: http://iev.aero/en/

You can get from “Kyiv” Airport to Igor Sikorsky KPI campus by the trolleybus No 22 – it stops right in front of the airport. You should exit on the stop “Vyborzka Street”.
Trolley

By rail

slide-novosti-intercityUkrainian national railway operator “Ukrzaliznytsia” (UZ) serves mostly national railway routes, but there are several international rail routes that connect Kyiv with other European and Asian countries. Among them Poland (Warsaw, Prszemysl), Belarus (Grodna, Minsk, Vitsebsk, Mahilyov), Russia (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg), Bulgaria (Varna), Kazakhstan (Astana, Kostanay),  Romania (Bucuresti), Slovakia (Kosice, Bratislava), Czech (Prague), Hungary (Debrecen, Budapest), Moldova (Chisinau).

For any information visit the official website of “UZ”:  http://uz.gov.ua/en/passengers/

To travel around major Ukrainian cities, it is recommended to use modern express “INTERCITY” trains. There are many routes from Kyiv to other country’s centres, like Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipro etc.

To book train tickets online visit the website: http://booking.uz.gov.ua/en/

By bus

You can travel to Kyiv by bus from many national and international destinations. The infrastructure of bus routes to and from Kyiv is very developed. There are several bus stations in Kyiv, the main is Central Bus Station on Demiivska Square (Demiivska Metro Station).

To get more information about travelling by bus or to book a ticket, visit the website: http://bus.tickets.ua/en

Information about Kyiv

GENERAL INFORMATION

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Established: approximately 482 AD
Area: 848 km2
Mayor: Vitali Klitchko
Population: near 3.000.000 people
Population density: 3454 p/km2
Internet domain: kiev.ua
Phone code: +38044
Climate: moderately continental
The coldest period: end of January
The warmest period: end of July

Kyiv or Kiev (both variants are possible, but “Kyiv” is highly recommended by Ukrainian authorities) is one of the biggest European cities (the seventh position in top-list). It is the major transport, cultural, business and religious centre of Ukraine and all Europe. Historically the capital of Kievan Rus and Ukrainian People’s Republic, now Kyiv is the capital of independent Ukraine – the city with modern developped infrastructure, beautiful and diverse architecture, rich and ancient culture. Nowadays and in the past, Kyiv is traditionally claimed as the greenest city in the world – there are a lot of parks, squares, gardens and forests in the city, nearly all streets are drowned in the green of Kyiv’s symbolic trees – chestnuts as well as many other trees. “Volodymyr Hill” park was the place of inspiration for many famous Ukrainian and world poets, writers, artists and musicians – Taras Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, Mykhail Bulgakov, Vladimir Maiakovskiy and many others. City’s main street – Khreshchatyk is the widest European central street and very popular place for tourists from all the world.

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HISTORY

The “Primary Chronicle“, first printed monuments of Kievan Rus, contains the note about the visit of Andrew the Apostle to the modern Kyiv’s hills in the Ist century, during his piligrimage to Scythia. He told his followers “Do you see those hills? The God’s grace will shine here and the Great city will stand, and God will put many churches here”. Kyiv was named after its founder – Kyi the Prince – in 482. He had brothers Shchek and Khoryv and sister Lybid. Shchekavitsa and Khorevitsa hills were named after brothers, because legend tells that they lived there; and Lybid river was named after their sister. However, the huge river at those times, nowadays have nearly disappeared under the soil.

In times of Prince Oleg the Prophet’s reign in 882, Kyiv became the capital of Kievan Rus, one of the most powerful states in the Middle Ages Europe. The city at those time is the centre of power and trade in the Eastern Europe. Kyiv lies on the trade route by Dnipro river called “From Varangians to the Greeks“, which connected Scandinavian countries with Byzantian Empire. The city was divided into Uptown (where princes and nobles lived) and Podil – the centre of trade and craftery. Kievans followed ancient Slavian gods – Perun and Veles, however, some other faiths were also present. In 988 Prince Vladimir the Great started baptising the Rus from Kyiv. From those time began the destruction of Slavian idols and ancient shrines – no memories remained about them – but a lot of Christian churches were built, including Desiatynna Church (Church of the Tith). A lot of ancient Christian shrines are saved until nowadays and they can tell a lot about past – like Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Monastery of Vydubychi, Saint Michael Gold-Domed Monastery, Church of Pyrogoshcha Dormition of the Mother of God, Saint Cyrill Church etc. Exist also monuments that were already the Christian centres in Kyiv at those times. It concidered that the Baptising of Kievans happened near the Saint Ilia Church on the Dnipro and Pochayna riverside. The “Primary Chronicle” also tells about the Saint Ilia Church as about the church where the peaceful agreement between Kievan Rus and Byzantia was signed in 945. In times of Prince Yaroslav the Wise‘s reign the city was hugely enlarged, educational institutions appeared, churches and city’s fortifications erected. One of the saved monument of fortifications of the ancient Kyiv and the main city’s gates is the Golden Gates (where the monument to Yaroslav the Wise was erected in modern times). The first edition of laws “Rus Justice” was founded. The population of Kyiv at the times of maximal prosperity was over 50.000 people.

Because of permanent civil wars between princes, Kyiv was seized and ruined a lot of times, and the last point in ruination of Kyiv’s and Rus’ as the independent state was the Mongol invasion from the East in 1240. Mongolian army headed by Batu Khan started its assault from the Lyadski Gates (where Maidan Nezalezhnosti is located now). The last defendors of the city closed themselves in the Desiatynna Church, but it fell and buried everyone, who protected their own city until the end. The population decreased from 50.000 to 2.000, city was robbed and completely ruined.

In 1362 Lithuanian Prince Olgerd captured the city and jointed it to the Great Duchy of Lithuania, his son Volodymyrz became the Prince of Kyiv. In 1470 Kyiv Principality was eliminated and Kyiv became the centre of the one of Lithuanian voievodship. During the reign of Volodymyrz Olgerdovich in 1362-1394 the princes’ residence was constructed – the castle of Kyiv on the Khorevitsa Hill, which was later renamed into Zamkova Hora (Palace Hill). The castle had wooden fortifications, 3 Orthodox churches and 1 Catholic church, the mint and only one clock for all city. It was completely ruined by Cossack army of Bohdan Khmelnytsky. Nowadays, it is museum “Zamkova Hill” on this place. In 1375 Saint Sophia Cathedral was reconstructed, but after new attacks on Kyiv by Crimean Khans in 1416 and 1482 Saint Sophia of Kyiv was robbed and ruined again, and stood without care for a century. In 1632 Kyiv-Mohyla college was founded. It received the status of academy in 1701 and since those times it is a prestigious education institution. In 1569 Poland and Lithuania signed the Lublin Union Agreement and united into Rzecz Pospolita, Kyiv fell under the power of Polish nobles.

After Kyiv was conquerred by army of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, it became the centre of Cossack’s Kyiv Regiment from 1649. Very rough policy against Polish nobles was conducted at those times. But from the beginning of Russian-Polish War in 1654, Kyiv became dependent from Moscow. During the Russian-Turkish War of 1679, Cossacks finished the reconstruction and unification of Old Kyiv and Pechersk forts, and the Pechersk Fortress was founded on the beginning of XVIII century. In times of Kyiv’s Metropolitan Petro Mohyla (1633 – 1647) the full reconstruction and renovation of Saint Sophia of Kyiv was completed. Saint Sophia Cathedral, being one of the general Ukrainian shrines, overlived more wars, including two World Wars as well as Communist regime. In 1630s excavations of ruines of Desiatynna Church were done and the tomb of Great Prince Vladimir of Kyiv and his wife Anna was found. Also at those times, in 1767, the construction of Saint Andrew Church was completed, and it became the great symbol of the time and became the part of the National Reserve “Saint Sophia of Kyiv”.

1-1After the cancellation of Army of Zaporizhia in 1781, Kyiv became the administrative centre of Kyiv Province of the Russian Empire. The first University that now is known as Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University opened its doors in 1834. Five years later campus of the University was decorated by the Oleksandr Fomin Botanical Gardens . And half century later, in 1898, higher educational institution on engineering Kyiv Polytechnic Institute was founded. The Taras Shevchenko National Opera House of Ukraine was opened in 1867.Opera House occupied the major position in the cultural and musical Kyiv, but it received its final building only in 1901, after series of reconstructions. 1-2As the industrialisation and technology era began, Kyiv Railway Station opened in 1870, electric trams appeared in 1893, Uptown and Podil were connected by the funiculair in 1905. Along with positive moments of city’s peaceful development, the russification of local population was very rough. Including other negative actions of authorities, Kievans became unrest and supported the wish of majority of Ukrainians to create the  independent state in times of the Revolution of 1917-1920. However, the battle ended in defeat and final strengthening of the Soviet power with right of Ukrainian Republic to be part of USSR.

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2-1At the beginning of this period of Kyiv history plants and industry were reconstructed after long tiresome period of war and  revolution, the same as in other Soviet Ukrainian towns. On the other side the total antireligious policy was conducted, all  shrines were robbed and ruined, churches and cathedrals were took down or used as the warehouses. Moreover mass repressions  were realized by Soviet powers in 1930s, hundred thousands people were executed at those times.

2-2During the World War II Kyiv had been occupied by Nazi armi from 1941 to 1943. During the Liberation of Kyiv 417.000 soldiers and commanders of the Red Army were killed. Those actions left the ruined city because when agressors retreated they burned city and destucted all bridges, whereas the population decreased to 180.000. In afterwar period Kyiv had been quickly reconstructed, new bridges were erected over Dnipro-river. The construction of metro began, so that it started operating in 1960. The first computer in USSR  was created in Kyiv in 1950, and the first Ukrainian TV-centre started working a year later. In 1960s the population of Kyiv raised over the 1.000.000.

2-3The scientific and industrial development continued and the first nuclear reactor was started in the Institute of Physics in 1960. City grew fast, new residential districts were constructed on the Left Bank of Dnipro-river. More cultural institutions appeared, like theaters, museums. However, the atheistic campaign had been renewed, a lot of churches which were re-opened after the war were closed and ruined. Repressions and arests began against Ukrainian dissidents.

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3-1After the collapse of USSR in 1991, Kyiv became the capital of independent Ukraine. Because of political, social and economic crisis before those events, the economic situation in the country worsened and lead to decrease of the production and degradation of enterprises. A lot of bandit groups appeared in Kyiv, as well as in other post-Soviet cities, with next division of spheres of power. This situation was current until the end of 1990s. On the other side, the religious life of the city renovated, collapsed churches were reconstructed – Saint Michael Gold-Domed Monastery, Dormition Cathedral of Kyiv- Pechersk Lavra, Christmas Church. The first Mosque Ar-Rakhma appeared in the city. Later, the situation stabilized, city grew rapidly, new metro stations and airport terminals were constructed. The Final of Euro-2012 Football Championship was held in Kyiv. Kyiv was and is the city of will of Ukrainian people, protest and meetings were held here, beginning with the action “Ukraine without Kuchma” in 2000-2001, “Orange Revolution” in 2004 (as a sign of displeasure of presidential elections results) and “Revolution of Dignity” after 10 years, in 2013-2014 (against the policy of the President Viktor Yanukovich).3-2

Nowadays, Kyiv is a multinational city with the rich history and cultural heritage of its ancestors. When you will visit Kyiv, you will be pleased with its beauty, kindness and hospitality.

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Information from Kyiv City Tourist Portal

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INTERESTING FACTS

  1. Kyiv is one of the greenest cities in the world.
  2. The deepest metro station in the world is located in Kyiv – “Arsenalna” station on the Red line has 105.5 meters depth.
  3. “Zoloti vorota” metro station of the Green line was recognized as one of the Top 10 Most beautiful underground stations in the world.
  4. Kiev Cake is very popular and well-known dessert on the territory of ex-Soviet Union and Chicken Kiev is the cutlet that is famous worldwide.
  5. The highest lattice tower in the world is the Kyiv TV-tower with height of 385 meters.
  6. One of the highest statues in the world is the “Motherland” monument – steel woman figure 102 meters high.
  7. Kyiv is one of the most mystical city. As the ancient capital of Rus’ and major Orthodox Christian centre – Kyiv always attracted a lot of mysticism. Lysa Hora hill is one of the most mystical places of Ukraine and widely known abroad – the place of meeting of different witches and dark spirits.

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USEFUL INFORMATION AND LINKS

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Rescue service (general) – 112
  • Fire guard – 101
  • Police – 102
  • Ambulance – 103
  • Gas emergency service – 104
  • Dispatcher of Ministry of Extraordinary Situations – 128
  • Information service – 109
  • Kyiv City Council hot line – 1551

LINKS

KYIV PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Kyiv has a very developped transport infrustructure and the transport in the city is very cheap, comparing with European prices. The most convenient way to build your own route or to trace the nearest bus or tram by GPS is “EasyWay” website and application – http://www.eway.in.ua/en/cities/kyiv/

  • Kyiv Metro
    founded in 1960; consists of 3 lines and 52 stations –  67 km of rails; 1.3 million passangers daily;
    website: metro.kiev.ua; working hours: 05:20 – 00:20; fare price for one ride: 8 hryvnias.
  • Kyiv City Rail
    founded in 2009; consists of 1 line and 15 stations – 51 km of rails; 32 thousand passangers daily;
    working hours – rush hours only; fare price for one ride: 8 hryvnias.
  • Kyiv Light Rail (Express Tram)
    founded in 1978; consists of 2 lines and 20 stations –  17 km of rails;
    website: kpt.kiev.ua; working hours: 05:30 – 00:40; fare price for one ride: 8 hryvnias. 

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  • Kyiv bus, trolleybus, tram
    Serving operator: “Kyivpastrans”; founded in 1892 (tram), 1925 (bus), 1935 (trolleybus);
    website – kpt.kiev.ua; encounts 202 routes, more than 1500 stops; 2 millions passangers daily; working hours – day and night (including night routes); fare price for one ride: 8 hryvnias.
  • Kyiv Funicular
    Serving operator: “Kyivpastrans”; founded in 1905; 7,5 thousands passangers daily;
    working hours – 07:00 – 22:00; fare price for one ride: 8 hryvnias.
  • Marshrutka (“route taxi”) – transport system of private operators, minibus that works in regime of “on demand” stops. While being on the stop, you should catch the marshrutka by waving, than enter and pay the fare price to the driver. While bus approaching your stop you should ask the driver to stop (usually people loudly say the name of the stop or the phrase “Na zupyntsi, bud’ laska” meaning “stop here, please”). Encounts 166 routes, fare price is from 6 to 10 hryvnias.

LEISURE

Kyiv is the city with very rich cultural life. There are a lot of art and cultural spaces that you can visit. If you are hungry, there are a lot of places – the national and international networks as well as unique and unusual cafes and pubs. If you are tired, there are many places in Kyiv where you can spend your free time and relax.

WHERE TO GO

There are a lot of museums, theatres, galleries and cultural landmarks in Kyiv. The most popular and interesting ones are listed below.

MUSEUMS

musSTATE POLYTECHNIC MUSEUM OF UKRAINE
Address: building 6; 37 Peremohy avenue (Politekhnichniy institut metro station)
Phone: 044 204 85 17
http://museum.kpi.ua/?lang=eng
Fee: free, guided tours – by appointment only
musNATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF UKRAINE
Address: 2, Volodymyrska str
Phone: 044 278 65 45
https://www.nmiu.com.ua/
Fee: 50 UAH (30 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 60 UAH (240 UAH for small groups)
musMUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Address: 15, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 235 01 85
http://museumkiev.org/indexeng.html
Fee: 60 UAH (40 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 80 UAH
musPEDAGOGICAL MUSEUM
Address: 57, Volodymyrska str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 234 36 66
http://pmu.in.ua/
musCENTRAL ARMED FORCES MUSEUM
Address: 30/1, Hrushevskoho str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 294 62 12
http://www.nvimu.com.ua/
Fee: 30 UAH, guided tour in English – 190 UAH
musNATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF UKRAINE IN THE WORLD WAR II
Address: 24, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 285 94 52
http://warmuseum.kiev.ua/index_eng.html
Fee: 20 UAH, guided tour in English – 100 UAH
musHOLODOMOR VICTIMS’ MEMORIAL
Address: 3 Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 254 45 13
http://memorialholodomor.org.ua/eng/
Fee: 16 UAH (9 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 250 UAH
musKYIV FORTRESS
Address: 24-a, Hospitalna str (Klovska metro station)
Phone: 044 235 01 46
http://kyiv-fort.org.ua/
Fee: 30 UAH (15 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 150 UAH
musNATIONAL MUSEUM OF AVIATION
Address: 1, Medova str (“Kyiv-Zhuliany” airport)
Phone: 044 241 25 83
http://aviamuseum.com.ua/en
Fee: 50 UAH (25 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 400 UAH
musCHORNOBYL MUSEUM
Address: 1, Khoryva lane (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 425 43 29
http://chornobylmuseum.kiev.ua/en/mainpage/
Fee: 20 UAH, guided tour in English – 260 UAH (520 UAH for small groups)
musMUSEUM OF HETMANSHIP
Address: 16-b, Spaska str (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 416 17 13
http://www.en.getman-museum.kiev.ua/
Fee: 15 UAH, guided tour in English – 30 UAH
musMUSEUM OF BREAD
Address: 19, Vyshhorodska str.
Phone: 044 430 02 60
musPHARMACY SHOP-MUSEUM
Address: 7, Prytysko-Mykilska str (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 416 24 37
musMUSEUM OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
Address: 40-b, Moskovska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 280 64 18
musMUSEUM OF LITERATURE AND ART
Address: 22-а, Volodymyrska str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 278 44 81
http://museumlit.org.ua/?lang=en
Fee: 30 UAH (16 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 200 UAH
musMUSEUM OF MEDICINE
Address: 37, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone:   044 234 15 74
http://nmmu.org/
Fee: 70 UAH (50 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 350 UAH
музMUSEUM OF METRO
Address: 35, Peremohy ave (Politekhnichniy institut metro station)
Phone: 044 238 44 94
http://www.metro.kiev.ua/?q=node/115
Fee: free (by appointment only)
музMUSEUM OF ONE STREET
Address: 2-b, Andriivskiy descent (Kontraktova Ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 425 03 98
http://onestreet.kiev.ua/about-museum-eng/
Fee: 50 UAH, guided tour in English – 200 UAH
музMUSEUM OF О. DOVZHENKO FILM STUDIO
Address: 44, Peremohy ave (Shuliavska metro station)
Phone: 044 456 33 12
http://www.dovzhenkofilm.com.ua/kinostudiya
/excursions
музMUSEUM OF TOY
Address: 8, Klovskyi descent (Klovska metro station)
Phone: 044 253 54 00
http://muzey-igrashki.com.ua/
Fee: 20 UAH (10 UAH for students)
музMUSEUM OF WATER (Water Information Centre)
Address: 1-b, Hrushevskoho str (Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station)
Phone: 044 279 53 33
https://leov96.wixsite.com/aqua1
Fee: 50 UAH
музMUSEUM OF WAX FIGURES
Address: 29, Peremohy ave (Politekhnichniy institut metro station)
Phone: 044 353 47 41
http://www.wax.com.ua/
Fee: 50 UAH
музKYIV-PECHERSK LAVRA MONASTERY COMPLEX
Address: 21, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 255 11 05
http://www.kplavra.kiev.ua/en
Fee: 25 UAH (territory), guided tour in English – 80 UAH (40 UAH for students), other museums on the territory require additional fee.
музMUSEUM OF BOOK AND BOOK-PRINTING
Address: building 9; 21, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 280 22 10
http://bookmuseum-ua.livejournal.com/
Fee: 30 UAH (20 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 80 UAH
музMUSEUM OF HISTORICAL VALUABLES OF UKRAINE
Address: building 9; 12, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 280 13 87
http://www.miku.org.ua/en/
museum_of_historical_treasures_of_ukraine.html
Fee: 30 UAH (20 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 30 UAH (120 UAH for small group)
музNATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UKRAINIAN FOLK DECORATIVE ART
Address: building 9; 29, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 280 36 93
http://www.mundm.kiev.ua/INDEX_EN.HTM
Fee: 40 UAH (20 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 400 UAH
музST. SOPHIA OF KYIV
Address: 24, Volodymyrska str (Zoloti vorota metro station)

Phone: 044 279 22 56
http://n.sophiakievska.org/en/museums-en/st-sophia-museum/st-sophia-museum/
Fee: 20 UAH – territory, 60 UAH – cathedral, 40 UAH – bell tower, guided tour in English – 250 UAH
музGOLDEN GATES
Address: 40-a, Volodymyrska str (Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: 044 278 69 19
http://n.sophiakievska.org/en/museums-en/golden-gate-en/golden-gate/
Fee: 40 UAH
музST. ANDREW CHURCH
Address: 23, Andriivskiy descent

Phone: 044 599 00 05
http://n.sophiakievska.org/en/museums-en/st-andrews-church/st-andrews-church/
Fee: 10 UAH
музST. CYRILL CHURCH
Address: 12, Telihy str (Dorohozhychi metro station)

Phone: 044 468 11 26
http://n.sophiakievska.org/en/museums-en/st-cyrils-church/st-cyrils-church/
Fee: 40 UAH
музMUSEUM OF FOLK ARCHTECTURE AND FOLKWAYS OF UKRAINE
Address: Akademika Tronka str (Teremky metro station)
Phone: 044 526 24 16
https://www.pyrogiv.kiev.ua
Fee: 50 UAH, guided tour in English – 125 UAH
музMAMAIEVA SLOBODA
Address: 2, Mykhaila Dontsya str.
Phone: 044 361 98 48
http://mamajeva-sloboda.ua/
Fee: 100 UAH, guided tour in English – 140 UAH
музUKRAINE IN A MINIATURE
Address: 9-v, Brovarskyi ave (Hidropark metro station)
Phone: 044 516 46 10
http://miniukraine.com.ua/en/
Fee: 50 UAH (25 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 100 UAH
музLITERATURE MUSEUM OF OUTSTANDING FIGURES OF UKRAINIAN CULTURE (Lesya Ukrainka, Mykola Lysenko, Panas Saksahanskiy, Mykhailo Staritskiy)
Address: 97, Saksahanskoho str (Vokzalna metro station)
Phone: 044 289 16 51
https://mvduk.kiev.ua/
Fee: 15 UAH (5 UAH for students) – for each exposition, guided tour in English – 30 UAH
музNATIONAL MUSEUM OF TARAS SHEVCHENKO
Address: 12, Tarasa Shevchenka blvd (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 234 25 56
http://museumshevchenko.org.ua/
Fee: 35 UAH (15 UAH for students), audioguide in English – 25 UAH
музHOUSE-MUSEUM OF TARAS SHEVCHENKO
Address: 8-а, Tarasa Shevchenka lane (Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station)
Phone: 044 278 35 11
http://museumshevchenko.org.ua/page.php?id=14
Fee: 40 UAH (For both Shevchenko museums), guided tour in English – 100 UAH (50 UAH for students)
музMUSEUM OF ALEKSANDER PUSHKIN
Address: 9, Kudriavska str (Lukyanivska metro station)
Phone: 044 272 42 06
музMUSEUM OF MARIA ZANKOVETSKA
Address: 121, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Palats Ukraina metro station)
Phone: 044 529 57 25
https://www.facebook.com/museum.mariart/
музMUSEUM OF MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
Address: 13, Andriivskiy descent (Kontraktova Ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 416 31 88
http://bulgakov.org.ua/museum_news.php?lang=en
музKYIV PLANETARIUM
Address: 57/3 Velyka Vasylkivska str (Olimpiyska metro station)
Phone: 044 338 19 91
http://planet.org.ua/
Fee: 50 – 200 UAH
музKYIV OCEANARIUM
Address: 3 Malyshka str (Darnytsia metro station)
Phone: 044 500 70 22
http://oceanarium.kiev.ua/en/
Fee: 150 UAH, guided tour – 200 UAH
музKYIV ZOO
Address: 32 Peremohy ave (Politekhnichniy institut metro station)
Phone: 044 277 47 69
http://zoo.kiev.ua/en/
Fee: 60 UAH, guided tour in English – 600 UAH per group of 25 people

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THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS

theaterTARAS SHEVCHENKO NATIONAL OPERA OF UKRAINE
Address: 50, Volodymyrska str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 279 11 69
https://www.opera.com.ua/en
Prices: 20 UAH – 400 UAH
theaterNATIONAL PHILHARMONIC OF UKRAINE
Address: 2, Volodymyrskyi uzviz str (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 278 16 97
http://www.filarmonia.com.ua/en/
Prices: 70 UAH – 250 UAH
theaterNATIONAL OPERETTA THEATRE OF UKRAINE
Address: 53/3, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Olimpiyska metro station)
Phone: 044 287 26 30
http://operetta.com.ua/
Prices: 20 UAH – 350 UAH
theaterCIRCUS
Address: 2, Peremohy sq (Vokzalna metro station)
Phone: 044 486 38 56
http://www.circus.kiev.ua/en/
Prices: 50 UAH – 500 UAH
theaterPUPPET THEATRE
Address: 1-а, Mykhaila Hrushevskoho str (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 278 04 99
http://www.akadempuppet.kiev.ua/
Prices: 30 UAH – 100 UAH
theaterMUNICIPAL PUPPET THEATRE
Address: 1, Myropilska str (Chernihivska metro station)
Phone: 044 513 15 00
http://www.puppet-theater.kiev.ua/
Prices: 60 UAH – 70 UAH
theaterDRAMA AND COMEDY
Address: 25, Brovarskyi ave (Livoberezhna metro station)
Phone: 044 517 89 80
https://drama-comedi.kiev.ua/
Prices: 30 UAH – 300 UAH
theaterHOUSE OF ORGAN AND CHAMBER MUSIC
Address: 77, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Olimpiyska metro station)
Phone: 044 528 31 86
http://www.organhall.kiev.ua/index.php?lang=en
Prices: 50 UAH – 200 UAH
theaterMUSICAL ACADEMY
Address: 1/3, Arkhitektora Horodetskoho str (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 229 73 44
http://knmau.com.ua/
theaterNATIONAL PALACE OF ARTS “UKRAINA”
Address: 103, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Palats Ukraina metro station)
Phone: 044 247 23 16
http://palace-ukraine.com/en/
theaterMUSICAL THEATRE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Address: 2, Mezhyhirska str (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 416 42 80
http://www.musictheatre.kiev.ua/en/
Prices: 20 UAH – 240 UAH
theaterLESIA UKRAINKA NATIONAL THEATRE OF RUSSIAN DRAMA
Address: 5, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 234 42 23
http://www.rusdram.com.ua/
Prices: 30 UAH – 90 UAH
theaterYOUNG SPECTATOR THEATRE ON LYPKY
Address: 15/17, Lypska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 253 54 83
http://tuz.kiev.ua/
Prices: 80 UAH – 150 UAH
theaterTHEATRE ON PODIL
Address: 20-b, Andriivskyi descent (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 417 63 72
http://www.theatreonpodol.com/eng/main/ukr
Prices: 90 UAH – 500 UAH
theaterIVAN FRANKO UKRAINIAN DRAMA THEATRE
Address: 3, Ivana Franka sq (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 279 58 81
http://www.ft.org.ua
Prices: 5 UAH – 100 UAH
theaterACTOR THEATRE
Address: 40, Velyka Zhytomyrska str (Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: 044 362 50 50
http://www.teatr-aktor.kiev.ua/
Prices: 80 UAH – 200 UAH
theater“SUZIRYA” (CONSTELLATION) THEATRE
Address: 14-b, Yaroslaviv Val str (Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: 044 272 41 88
http://www.suzirja.org.ua/
Prices: 100 UAH – 500 UAH
theaterBRAVO THEATRE
Address: 79, Olesia Honchara str (Vokzalna metro station)
Phone: 044 486 40 22
http://www.theatre-bravo.com.ua/
Prices: 80 UAH – 150 UAH
theaterYOUNG THEATRE
Address: 17, Prorizna str (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 234 62 51
http://molodyytheatre.com/
Prices: 30 UAH – 500 UAH
theater“VILNA STSENA” (FREE STAGE) THEATRE
Address: 71, Olesia Honchara str (Vokzalna metro station)
Phone: 044 486 80 40
http://atheatre.com.ua/uk/Theatres/Details/
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theater“DAKH” (ROOF) THEATRE
Address: 136, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Lybidska metro station)
Phone: 044 529 40 62
http://dax.com.ua/en/
theater“KOLESO” (WHEEL) THEATRE
Address: 8, Andriivskyi uzviz str (Kontraktova Ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 425 04 22
http://teatr-koleso.kiev.ua/english-version

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CINEMA THEATRES

kinoZHOVTEN (OCTOBER)
Address: 26, Kostiantynivska str (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 205 59 51
http://zhovten-kino.kiev.ua/
Prices: 50 UAH -120 UAH
Films in English are available
kinoKINOPANORAMA
Address: 19, Shota Rustaveli str (Palats sportu metro station)
Phone: 044 287 11 35
http://www.kinopanorama.com.ua/
Prices: 30 UAH – 80 UAH
Films in English are available
kinoKYIV
Address: 19, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Ploscha Lva Tolstoho metro station)
Phone: 044 251 21 99
http://www.kievkino.com.ua/
Prices: 50 UAH – 120 UAH
Films in English are available
kinoCINEMA HOUSE
Address: 6, Saksahanskoho str (Palats sportu metro station)
Phone: 044 287 75 57
http://www.ukrkino.com.ua/home/
kinoBUTTERFLY network
Addresses:

  • 50, Antonovycha str (Olimpiyska metro station), phone: 044 206 13 20;
  • 1а, Metropolyta Lypkivskoho str (Vokzalna metro station), phone: 044 206 03 50;
  • 6, Vadyma Hetmana str (Shuliavska metro station), phone: 044 200 90 18.

http://www.kino-butterfly.com.ua/
Prices: 60 UAH – 150 UAH

kinoLINIA KINO (CINEMA LINE) network
Addresses:

  • 5, Hryshka str (Pozniaky metro station), phone: 044 200 01 99;
  • 12, Malynovskoho str (Obolon metro station), phone: 044 585 14 05;
  • 13-b, Glushkova ave (Teremky metro station), phone: 050 355 57 31.

http://liniakino.com/
Prices: 70 UAH – 100 UAH

 

kinoMULTIPLEX network
Addresses:

  • 6-d, Berkovetska str;
  • 2-t, Vatutina ave;
  • 1-b Hnata Khotkevicha str (Chernihivska metro station);
  • 103, Stolychne highway;
  • 12, Luhova str;
  • 4-a, Sheptytskoho str (Livoberezhna metro station).

Phone: 0 800 505 333
https://multiplex.ua/ua/
Prices: 45 UAH – 400 UAH

kinoOSKAR network
Addresses:

  • 1-b, Obolonskyi ave (Obolon metro station), phone: 044 520 55 33;
  • 1-a, Sportyvna square (Palats sportu metro station), phone: 044 364 06 10.

http://oskar.kiev.ua/ua/
Prices: 55 UAH – 450 UAH

kinoUKRAINE
Address: 5, Arkhitektora Horodetskoho str (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 279 63 01
http://www.kino-ukraina.com.ua/
Prices: 45 UAH – 120 UAH
kinoIMAX
Address: 34-v, Bandery ave (Petrivka metro station)
Phone: 0 800 300 600
https://planetakino.ua/imax/
Prices: 80 UAH – 400 UAH
kinoKYIVSKA RUS
Address: 93, Sichovykh striltsiv str (Lukianivska metro station)
Phone: 044 486 74 74
http://kinokiev.com/cinemas/kievrus/
Prices: 45 UAH – 80 UAH
kinoLIRA
Address: 40, Velyka Zhytomirska str (Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: 044 272 41 00
http://kinokiev.com/cinemas/lira/
Prices: 40 UAH – 60 UAH
Ukrainian films only
theaterFAKEL (TORCH)
Address: 3-a, Bazhana ave (Kharkivska metro station)
Phone: 044 560 98 45
http://kinokiev.com/cinemas/fakel/
Prices: 40 UAH – 55 UAH
theaterKIOTO
Address: 19, Milyutenka str (Lisova metro station)
Phone: 044 300 80 39
http://kinokiev.com/cinemas/russia/
Prices: 40 UAH – 85 UAH

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ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

галNATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF UKRAINE
Address: 6, Mychaila Hrushevskoho str (Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station)
Phone: 044 228 74 54
http://namu.kiev.ua/en.html
Fee: 40 UAH (20 UAH for students)
галMUSEUM OF THE RUSSIAN ART
Address: 9, Tereshchenkivska str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 234 62 18
http://www.kmrm.com.ua/eng.html
Fee: 35 UAH (12 UAH for students)
галMUSEUM OF BOHDAN AND VARVARA KHANENKO
Address: 15-17, Tereshchenkivska str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 235 32 90
http://khanenkomuseum.kiev.ua/
Fee: 60 UAH (40 UAH for students), guided tour in English – 500 UAH
галPINCHUK ART CENTRE
Address: 1/3-2-a, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Ploscha Lva Tolstoho metro station)
Phone: 044 590 08 58
http://pinchukartcentre.org/en/
Fee: free
галGALLERY 36
Address: 36, Andriivskyi descent (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 278 29 85
http://gallery36.in.ua/
галAVS ART
Address: 2-b, Andriivskyi descent (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 425 03 20
http://avsart.com.ua/
галMYSTETS (ARTIST)
Address: 12, Velyka Vasylkivska str (Ploscha Lva Tolstoho metro station)
Phone: 044 234 40 06
http://mytets.com/
галKARAS GALLERY
Address: 22-a, Andriivskyi descent (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 238 65 31
http://www.karasgallery.com/en
галLAVRA GALLERY
Address: 1, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 280 95 49
http://lavra-gallery.livejournal.com/
галMYSTETSKYI ARSENAL (ART ARSENAL)
Address: 10-12, Lavrska str (Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: 044 254 50 01
https://artarsenal.in.ua/en/
галMAYSTERNIA (WORKSHOP) GALLERY
Address: 1-5, Sichovykh Striltsiv str., Central house of artists, 1st floor, balcony (Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: 044 272 05 47
http://www.posterua.com/index_engl.html
галRА GALLERY
Address: 32, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho str (Teatralna metro station)
Phone: 044 235 36 19
http://ragallery.net/en/news
кинTRIPTIKH GALLERY
Address: 34, Andriivskyi descent (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: 044 279 07 59
http://www.triptych-gallery.com.ua/#!/gallery
кинTHE UKRAINIAN HOUSE
Address: 2, Khreshchatyk str (Khreschatyk metro station)
Phone: 044 278 35 90
http://www.icc-kiev.gov.ua/en
кинCENTRE OF UKRAINIAN CULTURE AND ARTS
Address: 19-B, Khoryva str (Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: (044) 425 12 64
http://www.dolesko.com/
кинEXPOCENTRE OF UKRAINE
Address:
1, Akademika Hlushkova ave (Vystavkovyi centr metro station)

Phone: 044 596 91 16
http://www.expocenter.com.ua/

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WHERE TO EAT

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There are a lot of places in Kyiv where you can kill your hunger. If you are student, the cheapest and the closest variant is the student’s canteen. There are several international fast-food chains presented in Kyiv – McDonald’s and KFC are the most popular. Except this, in Kyiv operates the most successful chain of Ukrainian cuisine – Puzata Khata.

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If you want to eat pizza, there are a lot of chains of pizza restaurants in Kyiv – visit the site to find your best variant: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g294474-c31-Kiev.html
Sushi chains are also popular in Kyiv: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g294474-c38-Kiev.html
To examine more variants where to eat in Kyiv, we advise you to visit following websites:

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WHERE TO RELAX

There are a lot of variants to spend your free time in Kyiv – both actively or measuredly. Below we collected several variants to advice you how to relax in our city:

  1. As the greenest city of Europe, Kyiv has a lot of beautiful parks and squares.  Igor Sikorsky KPI is surrounded by three parks – pleasant zoo, cozy KPI park with many squirells and shady corners, and snug Pushkin park. In the city centre you can visit bustling Shevchenko park, quiet artistic Paysage alley and huge territory of Dnipro shore’s hills with its chain of impressive old parks. If you want to relax somewhere far from city centre, you can visit Holosievo with its Expocentre – exhibition territory with soviet empire pavillions, Maksym Rylskiy Park with many lakes and quiet pathes as well as Pyrohiv museum of folk architecture with many mills and villas, and Feofania park with colourful paysages around old monastery.
  2. Kyiv possesses two botanical gardens. One of them is in the city centre, close to the central building of Taras Shevchenko National University (Universytet metro station). The second and the biggest one is not far away from Druzhby narodiv metro station on the colourful hill near Dnipro river – the National Botanical Gardens of Ukraine. It is strongly recommended to visit this place during the spring, especialy May, when lots of blossoming flowers, bushes and trees will impress you by its wonderful beauty.
  3. If you study in Igor Sikorsky KPI, need to do some projects and don’t want to sit in your dormitory, you can come to students’ spaces created in University. Art space “Vezha” is located in the left wing of the building 1. Here you can climb to the top of the tower of the oldest building in the district and overview all the campus as well as sit and prepare some works. Other students’ space is “Belka“. It is located in the KPI’s library where you can catch Wi-Fi and enjoy the comfortable co-working space. Also, library is the host place for the “Lampa” – the laboratory of electronics and prototyping. Cultural places in KPI include the Centre of Culture and Arts and “Kolizey” – the patio of the building 9, where little concerts and events take place.
  4. Take three metro stations from the central street Khreschatyk and you will find your self in the other reality. Hydropark is secluded island surrounded by Dnipro and Desenka rivers. Here you can sunbathe on the many beaches or enjoy walking around the green park. At the evening time Hydropark turns to noisy crowded place with numerous party places in the local clubs and disco spaces. Nowadays, Kyiv City Council develops the project of reconstruction of Hydropark to the amusement park with many different attractions.
  5. If you prefer the active leisure, Hydropark is also the recommended place, where you can do the workout in the giant open-air gym, jump with bungee or swim in a boat. Except Hydropark, Kyiv offers many other variants for the sports. You can rent the bicycle – today, more and more bike pathes appear in the city, so Kyiv becomes more bike-friendly. If you like skiing, visit the Protasiv Yar (Olimpiyska metro station) – the most popular ski track in the capital with all the necessary infrastructure. There are also many sports complexes in Kyiv, both state and private as well as swimming pools, tennis courts and football grounds. If you like climbing you can visit climbing walls (on of the wall is in the KPI’s sportcomplex, building 24) or rope parks (Pushkin park, Peremoha park, Hydropark, Druzhby narodiv park, Maksym Rylskiy Park).
  6. Talking about funny active places for the relax we can mention aquapark (“Dream town-2” mall, Minska metro station), many billiards and bowling zones in different malls of Kyiv. Also, quest rooms became popular in Kyiv last years, however, you cannot go there alone (all quest rooms of Kyiv on the website – https://questgames.com.ua/).
  7. To enjoy Kyiv’s history or traditions you can go walking with the guided tour, provided by many tourist operators. One of the most popular is “Interesting Kyiv” agency – https://www.mysteriouskiev.com/ You can enjoy the city’s incredible paysages during the trip along Dnipro river on the little cruise ship (website – http://rpea.com.ua/programmyi-progulok/). Kyiv’s cultural life is very active, thus, many different festivals and events take place on city’s popular festival platforms. You can find the calendar of actual Kyiv events on the website – https://www.kievcheckin.com/
  8. If you like to spend your free time shopping, Kyiv offers you a lot of opportunities. There are many trade complexes and huge malls in the city with many attractions, world-famous boutiques and shops. The lists of the best Kyiv’s malls you can find by the following links: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294474-Activities-c26-Kiev.html http://destinations.com.ua/shopping/shops/biggest-malls-in-kiev
  9. The night life in Kyiv is also very active. There are many night clubs, bars and disco spaces in the city. You can find the most popular ones on websites: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294474-Activities-c20-t240,109-Kiev.html https://www.likealocalguide.com/kyiv/nightclubs
  10. If you want to visit some places outside Kyiv, but you don’t want to go somewhere far away, you can go to the tours to different interesting places in Kyiv oblast (region). One of the most popular destination for foreigners is tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat – https://www.chernobyl-tour.com/english/ If you are not an extremal, you can visit more quiet and relaxing places, like “Kyivska Rus” Park where the city from ancient Ukraine is recreated – http://parkkyivrus.com/en; “Mezhyhirya” Park – the former recidence of President-escaper Viktor Yanukovich – https://www.mysteriouskiev.com/excursion/pokinutyj-raj-mezhigorya/; “Oleksandriya” Park – old arboretum in Bila Tserkva and “Buky” Park – modern but very nice park in Kyiv oblast – https://kraina-ua.com/ru/tour/park-aleksandriya.

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