The Awfully Awesome Kyiv Walking Tour


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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  • 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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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)


Alinka is a very friendly and helpful host. It was a pleasure to see this off-the-beaten track part of Kiev with her and she is full of recommendations on what to see, where to go out and do. Not only does she provides advice during the tour but also before and after. If it is your first time in Kiev and you don't know many people, she is worth taking her tour just to get to know her.

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It was super tour with Alina. She is professional guide.
Ms Asa from Iceland was enjoyed and like tour with local blogger Alina.
A must do in Kyiv
By far one of the best decisions I made in Kyiv, was to have a tour with Alina. The unique knowledge that you will gain about the city of Kyiv and the hidden gems within it makes her tour absolutely worth every penny.

She is also a very pleasant, kind and intelligent girl, to the point that you forget that you are actually on a tour - she has that natural ability to make you feel welcome, and that you are in the company of a friend exploring the beautiful city of Kyiv.

Highly recommended to all!
Alina is awesome
It’s not like a tour, but like meeting a friend in Kyiv who knows every little story behind buildings, monuments and murals, and who doesn’t rush to follow a schedule. We saw interesting street art, heard lots of stories of corrupted politicians (surprise!) and were impressed with the density of backyard bars, cafes and other establishments. Alina is sweet, thoughtful and flexible in any situation – even if it involves a 8,5mo baby :) and great tips for other things to see and do, including bars.
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