The numerous parks of Kiev have always been a source of inspiration for Ukrainians. Whether blanketed with snow or blooming flowers, dull and rainy or green and sunny, these destinations are crowded with people nearly all the time. The capital is called “a green city” for good reason!
Feofaniya is a charming natural park and a historical monument in the suburbs of Kiev. It is well-groomed and clean, thus remaining beautiful all year round. You can wander the tracks, hike the hills or just enjoy the peaceful view over the ponds. However, fishing and swimming are prohibited here. The history of Feofaniya started in 1912 when professional architects decided to create a landscape park.
Holosiivskyi National Nature Park has one of the largest territories in Ukraine. It is located in the forest of the same name, making it an ideal place to escape from the noise of the busy capital and spend some precious time with relatives or friends. Therefore, on weekends and holidays, Kyivans visit it for picnics, amateur fishing in the ponds, and catamarans and boat activities.
The fascinating landscapes of Mariinsky Park are often visited by tourists. Cobbled paths, fir-trees, small street food spots and the breathtaking view of the Dnipro River and the Kiev’s Left Bank. Usually, there are a lot of excursions held, featuring the local sculptural compositions, arranged lawns, historical monuments and decorative fountains. Meanwhile, the main attraction of the Mariinsky Park is the Park Bridge – one of the most romantic places in Ukraine.
Being situated in front of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, this park is always crowded with students. The park is popular in part because of the street food cafes, where you can get a cheap coffee and burger or have a quick snack during a break from classes. Moreover, most of the locals are delighted with its beautiful scenery.
Kiev Polytechnic Institute Park is a part of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, which was created in 1903. There is a lot of greenery and benches, it always has a quiet and calm atmosphere. Therefore, the park is a favourite place for parents and small children, as well as students aiming to get some rest. One can marvel at the old buildings of the institute, which are often called the Ukrainian Hogwarts.
The number of interesting places in Pecherskyi Landscape Park is just off the scale: The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, Spivoche Pole open-air exhibition centre, the cascade of steps to the Dnipro River embankment and much more. During any season, it is a venue for art lovers with regular flower festivals, music concerts and cinema screenings. When in Kiev, don’t miss a chance to spend a whole day in the Pecherskyi Landscape Park.
The panorama, opening from the Park of Eternal Glory is truly incredible, as it is one of the places for breathtaking views of the city. In this park, you will always see newly married couples trailed by photographers and school graduates greeting the sunrise. The advantage of the park is that it is free of charge and located within walking distance to the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (the Kiev’s oldest cathedral).