They say, beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. But some places are really awful. Want to see alternative Kyiv? You’re in the right place! Awful constructions, old artificial caves (that witnessed one of the worst crimes of Jewish community in XX century), abandoned (and working) factories (not getting inside), scratched buildings, left cemeteries, the pioneers of illegal real estate business in Kyiv and hills with strange stories. See where the only wooden church in Kyiv and the only mosque in Kyiv are located, visit the church that will remind you of Chernobyl, and learn the stories about these places. See the oldest market in Kyiv and learn about its history, nowadays and future. Learn more about urban decay and urban projects in Kyiv and massive construction. Discover the area full of authentic bars and cafes, where locals like to hang out. Make your way through strange garages to get amazing views on Kyiv. Discover one of the most controversial and offbeat yet local districts of Kyiv – only for true explorers.
I'm a local guide, photographer and blogger, a creator of Awesome Kyiv Tours, constantly exploring my City: it's backyards, alternative spots, architecture and urban decay, it's contrasts, new locals spots and hidden gems, cafes&bars, and, most importantly, showing it to my guests. Kyiv is a City where every meter is different from the next one, the city of contrasts, where art squats and ruins might be just a couple of meters from the City's golden domes. Welcome to Awesome Kyiv - as awesome as you are!
During the tour we will explore Podil area: a mix of all kinds of architecture, urban decay, old garages with the street art, narrow paths leading to the picturesque views, we will see still working and abandoned factories, explore the district called "the small Tel Aviv", will see pioneers of real estate freud and will end up by passing many authentic bars. Godforsaken places and a lot of urban decay: awful can be awesome. Dare to see it
The 3-3,5 hrs walk includes some hills. Dress in a comfy clothing and take comfortable sporting shoes. I do not cancel experience because of a rain - so please bring umbrella in such a case