The Awfully Awesome Kyiv Walking Tour

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30 EUR

Most tours will take you to the shiny, pretty parts of a city - but not this one! See the awful side of Kyiv on this unique walking tour past derelict buildings, abandoned factories, semi-demolished homes and old artificial caves. By the end of the tour you will realise that awful can be awesome!

Duration: 3.5 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Russian
Tour by Alina
Local Guru

My name is Alina. I am a local guide, photographer and blogger.

I have an itchy feet, so I constantly try to discover the world. What I love even more - is to show my city to travellers.

Kyiv is called the city of Golden Domes. But to me Kyiv is a city of prospectives and contrasts. I love to find out what is happening behind the most outstanding landmarks, and to show it to my guests.

That's why I am trying to get lost among beautiful or half-ruined backyards - I call it beautiful ruination.

I am constantly learning something new about my city: I watch documentaries, read books, study old and new maps and organize events for locals, expats and tourists.

I am in a place where I supposed to be. In awesome Kyiv - as awesome as you are!

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Highlights

  • See the old wooden houses of Kyiv where people still live
  • See what is happening to the abandoned factories
  • Learn about the dark chapters in the city's history
  • Explore hidden backyards and strange garages
  • See Kyiv from hidden picturesque hills

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Description

Discover the awfully awesome side of Kyiv on this walking tour which features some of the city's most unfortunate sights and stories.

You'll have the chance to see the old wooden houses of Kyiv were people still live today, learn about the illegal real estate business, and discover hidden backyards that hold tales from the past.

The tour will pass through the district where Kyiv's second hand culture was born. We'll walk into strange garages where you'll be surprised to see amazing views of the city!

Your guide will tell you about the notorious trial against Mendel Beilis which was one of the darkest periods in the country's Jewish history. You'll also hear stories of the abandoned yet still functioning factories of Kyiv.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities of weird and wonderful things on this tour...and I hope it will convince you that ugly can be beautiful!

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What’s included & not included

  • English speaking guide in Kyiv
  • tram ticket
  • food
  • drinks

Meeting point

Kontraktova square (Kontraktova square)

Reviews from travellers (9)

5.0/5

K
The quirkiest tour in Kyiv
I live in Kyiv for a few years and know all the major sights. However, Alina's Awful Kyiv was delightful and exceptional. She showed me places that I never knew existed, even if some of them I pass by daily. She showed another lense to look at certain buildings or places. Alina has a deep knowledge of the history of the city, but she does not bore you with unremarkable names and dates. Her guiding style is very entertaining and flexible to your needs. She is a charming guide with constant curiosity and hunger for knowing more about her beloved city and passionately shared her knowledge with you. I would recommend to anyone who wants to explore the beautiful or the 'awful 'Kyiv.

D
Awesome "Awful Kyiv Tour"
I always seek for the unique experiences, and Alina's " Awful Kyiv tour" really stands out of the crowd. Full of irony, her stories get a whole different view on Kyiv (the city I visited a couple of times). First of all, it was fun and entertaining, secondly, it felt like an adventure, we loved it. We are in awe of the sparkling ones, so it really provokes many thoughts: which of these are really ugly places, and which ones are beautiful ones. It was a gloomy weather, and I guess it was a very good time to stay in the city. I remember Alina laughing at me. , abandoned plants and factories, the strange sculptures and towers. Locals were sometimes so curious, that's how I understood that it's really a local place where they almost never see tourists.

We took a walk through the industrial part of the city, Alina showed me some cool cozy bars, where I loved it and met many friendly locals. That was a fantastic experience, considering the fact that I would love to relocate to Kyiv, and finally, I stopped feeling as a tourist here. Thanks Alina, keep in touch!
E
Alina is a gem and the “Awful Kiev” tour was absolutely fabulous. Alina is generous with her time and knowledge, passionate about her city and country, full of knowledge and ideas for urban regeneration, and a lovely person to be around. She made my trip to Kiev and I will be sending others to Kiev and her tours every chance I get!
M
Alinka’s “Awful Kyiv” tour was the quirkiest tour I’ve ever taken. The weather “helped” us with a rain, but I’m used to it, and it could not spoil this very unusual walk. I did not have any expectations before the tour, I just wanted to experience something more than the guidebooks are recommending. And I got it – a feeling of living one day as a local (since I’ve booked 2 tours with Alinka, we spent quite some time together). I’ve got a chance to see how many contrasts Kyiv has to offer: just imagine seeing almost ruined wooden buildings (inhabited ones!) and super fancy penthouse right next to it, and then – a garbage dump, surrounded by strange yet beautiful graffities and amazing views of the city from this same garbage dump. Church that looks as a factory in Chernobyl, the radiotower built on the cemetery and so much more! I especially loved taking that old red tram and walking among buildings that Alinka funny called “inhumane architecture”. We finished our tour in the district full of bars, where I spent my last hours in Kyiv. Alinka showed me her favorite bar, and we were sitting there for some time talking like good old friends! Alinka even helped me calling cheap local taxi to deliver me to the airport. Thank you for a perfect last day of my trip! I’ll be back for more!
J
Highly recommended! Alinka was wonderful company - very friendly and knowledgeable. I look forward to booking one of her other tours next time i visit Kiev!

This operator has 11 reviews for other tours

5.0/5

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Necessary!
A lot of what happens in Kyiv happens in courtyards or backyards away from the main streets. You simply won’t find them without help. This tour is invaluable in order to really see the city. My guide Alina was charming and insightful, and enriched my visit.
Top very good walk!!!
A very positive view on Kiev
Many unexpected details, an excellent guide. Highly recommended
Its easy to fall in love with Kyiv with such a fun and witty guide
I had a wonderful time on the tour with Alina, she is well informed and give you interesting and fun facts about the city and its history. She made me so comfortable it was like taking a walk with a friend, while telling me about her people and culture. Because of her I discovered many places I would have never found on my own and wouldn´t have the background facts /story behind it. I can recommend Alina and her tour to everyone, you will have a lovely time and learn a lot about Ukraine and Kyiev, don´t miss your chance to get a true experience.
Hidden gems of Kyiv
Alina is a passionate and extremely welcoming guide. Her knowledge of the history of Kyiv together with contemporary aspects of the city meant that we got a complete perspective. We loved Alina surpring us with hidden gems of Kyiv in places we’d never expect them or be able to find ourselves. Alina also takes the time to ensure we had a great experience. We highly recommend Alina and this tour.
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