Free Tours start daily at 12 pm and 4 pm on Maidan(Independence Sq).
Look for the guide with a blue flag Free Tours in front of the Central Post Office.
Duration: 3 hours
Free Tours Ukraine is the best way to discover Kyiv for any budget. Join daily walking tours around Kyiv.
Learn more about the city history and sights with our English-speaking guides who will help you to
discover the beauty of Kyiv, show you the ancient part of the city and walk you through the best landmarks.
We also provide free information services and will be pleased to give an advice in English for Kyiv visitors.
If it is your first time in Ukraine, Free Tours is the best way of sightseeing in Kyiv.
Free Tours offers two unique routes which cover different districts of Kyiv representing diverse historical periods of the city. 12 pm Tour is mostly dedicated to the ancient period boasting glistering monasteries and churches, while 4 pm Tour shows the mix of Soviet and classical Ukrainian architecture.
- 12 pm Tour includes Independence Square, St Michael’s Cathedral, St Andrew’s Church, St Sophia Cathedral, Golden Gates and Prorizna street.
- 4 pm Tour goes along Khreschatyk street and includes such sights as the Arch of Friendship, Mariyinskiy Palace, National Bank of Ukraine, House of the President, National Theatre and famous House with Chimeras.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності, literally: Independence Square) is the central square of Kiev,
the capital city of Ukraine. One of the main city squares, it is located on the Khreschatyk Street.
The square was known under many different names but it became prominent as simply the Maidan
due to the political events that took place there in the recent years after the Ukrainian accession to independence.
As an old saying goes: "a clever tongue will take you to Kyiv". And when you are in Kyiv you will never skip this beautiful street with the name Khreshatyk. It is about one mile long and is considered to be the widest, but the shortest comparing to other main streets of the world.
First constructions appeared in 18th century, but only in 19th it became the main street of the city. In 1941 Khreshatyk was almost completely ruined, only a few pre-war structures survived. Gradually there arose majestic buildings of Stalin's Empire style, forming an impressive architectural ensemble.
The first stone temple was laid here in 1108 by grand prince of Kyiv Sviatopolk. The church was crowned with a guilt dome that made it unique for those times, and the temple was called Golden-Domed. Through its century-old history, St Michael's Cathedral more than once suffered from natural calamities, attacks of invaders, survived several repairs and reconstruction.
But a real misfortune happened in 1934 when it was demolished by Soviet government in order to build a grandiose governmental centre on this place. They failed with project but the harm was done and only in 1997 City Administration decided to revive the unique architectural monument, using the survived photographs, drawings and other sources.
Andriyvskiy Uzviz (Descent) is often called "the most Kyivan of all Kyiv streets" or "Kyivan Monmartre". Here is situated one of the most poetic churches - St. Andrew's Church; it was erected by Russian Queen Elizabeth the first to the design by prominent architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. As to the street, located here are studios of painters, art galleries, rows of shops selling paintings and souvenirs.
On this 700-metre-long street there are four museums such as: House-Museum of great Russian writer M. Bulgakov, One Street Museum, Studio-Museum of I. Kavaleridze (well-known sculptor) and astonishing "House of Richard the Lionheart". Generally, this beautiful masterpiece of architectural art will not leave indifferent even the greatest skeptics.
St. Sophia Cathedral is the National Museum-Reserve, a historic and cultural monument of the world significance. According to different sources it was established in 1036 to glorify victory over Pecheneg's tribe, but there are still a lot of arguments between the greatest chronologists as to the exact date of foundation of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, as well as to who was the exact founder of the temple - Yaroslav the Wise or his father Volodymyr the Great.
Being put on the UNESCO World Heritage List this beautiful pearl of Kyiv city gained worldwide recognition as a patrimony of Christianity and Kyiv Russ history.
"Every night little hedgehog used to visit his friend bear to count stars..." This is the beginning of thoughtful and awkward story about hedgehog that lost its way in the fog. Created in 1975 the cartoon at once claimed attention of international audience and film critics. 27 years after winning its first awards in 1976, it was claimed the best cartoon ever.
Though the meaning is still controversial one of versions says that hedgehog symbolizes creative personality craving to find something new in its life, especially taking to account the fact that cartoon was created in Soviet Union.
The greatest of its kind 10 centuries ago, Golden Gate monument is not just a full-size replica of previous entrance to the city. Today it is a living resemblance of almighty Kyiv Rus Empire and unconquerable spirit of Kyivans. Originally built in eleventh century it was never destroyed from the front. And according to one of versions Gate was covered with gold-shining copper; maybe that is why it was called that way.
Masterpiece of original design and innovative architectural work, House with Chimeras attracts people from all over the world with its extraordinary shape (1901-03, architect W. Horodeckiy). Being located on the slope, this building is three-storeyed on the one side, and six-storeyed on the other. According to a legend, the architect made a bet that he would build a stable structure on this incline. And he won it due to a brilliant engineering solution: the foundation was made in the form of an inverted arch. Why innovative?
As a matter of fact, more than 50% of edifice consists of cement - quite new material for that time.