Kiev City Center Walking Tour

Lypky – an historic aristocratic district of Kyiv, with its name derived from the lime tree alley planted here in the middle of the XVIII century. During the intensive urban development of the city in the 1830s. the namesake alley has been cut down in order to accommodate large private mansions. In tsarist Russia Kyiv’s Lypky district was considered one of the most luxurious in the country, reserved strictly for the rich and socially important inhabitants.

After the October Revolution of the 1917 the vacuum created by the fled Kyiv’s aristocracy was quickly filled by the Communist Party “apparatchiks” (functionaries) and their entourage – the senior editors of the Party press, the new state security officials, the tame intelligentsia etc. And even though the WWII with its carpet bombardments of the center of Kyiv has horribly scarred the Lypky district, after the war the area was meticulously restored to its former glory. Today Lypky remains the most prestigious area of the historic Kyiv.

So, take this unique opportunity to find out, what was it like – being a Kyiv aristocrat a hundred years ago, feel the atmosphere of the luxurious palaces and lavish lifestyle of the past generations movers and shakers, take a stroll through the Old Pechersk (“The Cave District”) and its magnificent park – the most beautiful park in Kiev.

  1. National Bank of Ukraine
  2. Liberman Mansion
  3. Government Quarter
  4. Mariinsky Park
  5. Chocolate House
  6. Pink Castle
  7. House of the Weeping Widow
  8. The House with Chimeras
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What You Can Expect
You will see:


  • The Ukraine Government district
  • Mariinsky palace and two more Tzar palaces
  • Cosy Mariinsky park
  • The most beautiful administrative building in Ukraine – The National Bank of Ukraine building
  • The famous Liberman mansion
  • The Pink Castle of the Baltic Baron;
  • The House of the “Weeping Widow” – the saddest mansion in Lypky;
  • The House with Chimaeras – the most unusual and best known structure in Kyiv.
You will find out:


  • Which well known Kievits and celebrities used to live and still live in Lypky?
  • Who were the architects of the “Paris in Kyiv”?
  • You will familiarize yourselves with the life and art of the “Kievan Gaudi” – the architect Vladislav Gorodetsky
  • Who built a “Chocolate house” all for himself?
  • What was the Institute that gave the Institutskaya street its name?
  • Where and for what purpose was the room a-la luxury train compartment built?
You will visit


The fairytale “Chocolate House”! This mansion is famous not only for its appearance (as it looks like chocolate plate), but also for the number of architectural styles mixed here: Mauritian, Renaissance, Modern, Rococo, Byzantine and French.

Additional information
What's included?
  • Excursions
  • Translator

The tour duration: 2,5 – 3 hours

Tour starting point: exit from Khreshatik subway station to Institutskaya street

Tour ends: Ivan Franko square


  • 1 person – 65$
  • 2 persons – 33$

Special offers for groups. Contact us to get your price.

The tickets to the “Chocolate house” are NOT included in the price of the tour. Adult entry: 25 UAH.

Access to the House with Chimaeras is limited, the viewing will commence from the Ivan Franko street.

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our Customer Reviews

Kristina, London

We had an amazing trip to Kyiv thanks to Wonders & Holidays team. This place is not to be missed- it’s magical we will be back! We had such a great driver Vladimir who knew exactly how best to navigate around Kiev with fantastic local knowledge. And Daria our guide was exceptional speaking multiple languages and making our trip interesting and fun. And big thanks to Nick who put this tailored made programme for us the way we wanted and accommodated us on every wish we made to be fit for a little child. We have amazing memories of our 3 days in Kiev! Thank you!

Aiden, Chicago, USA

We did the beer tour in Kiev. Five beers in five different bars for two of us and our guide. That was a great chance to hang out with some locals, get to know the history and city a bit more, all while enjoying some of the unique local beers you can only find in Kiev. Our guide was very knowledgeable and great company and we had a fantastic evening! Highly recommended!

Emma, Hamburg, Germany

Highly recommend taking a tour with Wonders & Holidays. I learned so much about Ukrainian history that I wouldn't have on my own and the tour guides feel like friends (rather than just guides). I went on the Kiev in 180 minutes sightseeing tour with Igor and it was such a great experience. He was an excellent guide not only did he explain the history so well, but also answered any related or unrelated questions about Kiev and Ukraine. Both Igor and our driver Gestutas were so personable, accommodating, kind and professional - I hope I get the chance to go back again to take another tour with them.

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