The Best Views of Kiev: 15 Observation Points Review
It is always not enough of the good things. Our city is very beautiful, but nevertheless we always want to see more beauty. The Kiev citizen wants to walk with a girlfriend and to admire the wonderful views neglected because of the work. Tourists want to be surprised, click their camera and make beautiful pictures for the magazine. All these reasons are crucial to focus our attention on the best observation points in Kiev.
The steeps of the right bank of the Dnieper are almost the entire observation point. On the slopes of both time and are most well-known observation points. But there are still many other panoramic sites, offering visitors beautiful and amazing views.
The View on the Podil
The Castle Mountain
The Natural observation area, due to its popularity trampled down by the tourists and townspeople. Despite the plenty of a beer bottles, visitors admire the Podil view, St. Andrew’s Descent, and gingerbread houses of the prestigious district called the Gonchary.
The Vladimirskaya Heel
It’s in addition to the quay and outskirts of the Postal Square, hence you can well see the landscape of The Truhanov Island. The vision is open from several levels – in addition to the highest, there is a points below the slope. The advantages of these observation points include the location in the heart of the city; it’s a park, closeness to the St. Michael Monastery and the Sofia square, and also the existing cable railway.
The People’s Friendship Arch
It is a place with youth bias: with beer stalls and amusements, with a lot of fun. The view on the Truchanov Island is supplemented by the Podil side perspective however the trees shield the great part of the view. The loud sounds of amusements hinder to enjoy the panorama of the city.
The Schekavitsa Mount
It is one of the natural observation points, though there is no deck itself. But the nature made a widest panorama of Kiev here: the experts counted in it 270 degrees. The Vinogradar, the Obolon, the Troyeshchina, and the Bereznyaki – all can be seen, but only the Podil is visible without binoculars. The easiest way to reach this place is to go from the metro station «Taras Shevchenko» and to pass into the courtyard of the house on Nizhneyurkovskaya Street, 3. There is the shortest way up from here.
The Uzdyhalnitsa Mount
It is a well-known place with almost unknown name. The stairs from «The Richard’s Castle» that stands in the Andreyevsky descent leads there. The observation point is well equipped with necessary facilities, you can relax after the ascent in the cafe, but in summer you can see the whole view because of the growing trees.
Here you can see the Dnieper in all its hypostasis, Trukhanov Island and a view of the Podil embankment. In addition, you can enjoy the view of passing ships and coolness of the river. There is no any romantic solitude because of many people walking here, but you can make a few good photos.
A View of the City Center
The observation point which is very often closed because of restoration now is open.
There are several tiers, where you can enjoy a view of remarkable architecture of the city center and, in particular, at St. Michael’s Cathedral. To get here you will have to pay fee for entrance and more over it will take you a lot of physical efforts. It is important to take care of your head at first flights of stairs, because there is a lot of hidden metal wire.
The Mikhailovskaya Belfry
It is a little bit higher than the observation points of Vladimirskaya heel, but also further from the slopes, so the trees shield the view on the Dnieper and the Left Bank. But the territory of the monastery Mikhailovskaya Square and St. Sophia Cathedral are seen very well. You can strike the bells for 100 hryvnas of penalty.
View of Obolon
The Mount Lipinka
It is one of the Vetryany Mountains; the place is hardly known to anyone outside Vinogradar. Nevertheless there is a great view not only of the Vinogradar itself but of the Podil and the Obolon also. The landscape is typically urban that is why at night it looks much better. The height of the mount is small, but there is a deep perspective on Obolon.
The View of the Left Bank
The Mariinsky Park
The observation deck is equipped near the presidential residence; although the deck left the view is decayed. Growing trees closed almost the entire view of the Dnieper, and therefore only new buildings of the Left Bank and the green crowns of the trees are seen from here.
The Glory Park
It is one of the most popular observation points of the city: it is high, spacious; it has a wide viewing angle, and it is well equipped and well-groomed. Frankly speaking, at the lower tier there is construction now, which spoils the view, but someday it will be finished. Unfortunately, despite the proximity of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra you won’t see its golden domes because of dense verdure.
The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
There is an observation deck with a beautiful view of the closed monastery territory; you can see the gardens and domes. Next is the view over the Dnieper. Now the entry to the deck is closed with the plate «The Dangerous Zone», but if you can’t read in Ukrainian, it will be easy for you to get here. Unfortunately, the entrance to the Lavrskaya Belfry is closed much more secure because of the ordinary reconstruction.
The Field of Songs
This is a perfect place for walking in the vicinity of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Several observation points are arranged here, but these are not the best because the view is shielded with the trees. The best view opens from the highest path: first, you lose the sight of the trees, then they re-appear on the left bank, and then the jungles of houses change them.
The Great Patriotic War Museum
All space under the feet of Motherland monument is an excellent observation point. On the left you can see the domes of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, to the right there is the Paton bridge, Dnieper islands and the Osokorki. Of course, the view is much wider from the deck at the 36 meters height at the base of the monument. The entry to this deck costs 50 hryvnas. The upper observation deck to shield of the monument is closed since 2003, when an unknown man jumped from there.
The View of the Right Bank
The Paton Bridge
The citizens of Kiev and all Ukraine who studied geography know that the Left bank oа the Dnieper is much lower than the Right bank. On the one hand, this is the reason why you can see the Dnieper hills very well. On the other hand, there is not much to look at since the slopes have not been built yet, and the trees covering them are not cut down. But there is one exception – this is a classic well-known view of the Lavra and the Motherland, which is the best from the Paton Bridge.