Can you guess what I did before visiting Stockholm?
I researched the best views for snapping photos of course!
Stockholm has many websites with great photography tips. With that information I spent one day walking around the city and took several good photos. One of them ended up on my Instagram account.
I did the same research for Kiev but the results were disappointing. There’s pretty much nothing available how to find the best views of Kiev for photos.
I’ll be here for a while so I’ll have plenty of time to find all the photogenic places in Kiev. But most people are only here on a shorter trip and won’t be so lucky. It’s not uncommon to visit a city just for one day. And we can’t leave without snapping some awesome Instagram photos right!
So how did I find the best views of Kiev for photos? Well my local friends were helpful plus I remember a lot from my trip here last year. With that information I took about 50 photos during a day of walking.
Because there’s not much information available, I decided to share my favorite photogenic places in Kiev. As a bonus I also share with you a “secret” hike I found last year. Follow along and I’ll explain!
Andriyivskyy Descent is a picturesque cobble stone street that connects upper Kiev with the old Podil neighborhood and the Dnieper river. As the name suggests it’s a descent.
I would recommend to first snap a few photos outside the two impressive churches St. Michael’s and St. Andrews that are situated close to the start of the descent. Then start to walk downhill towards the river. There are many photogenic spots along the way.
When you reach the bottom of the descent, don’t miss the excellent Lviv Handmade chocolate store on the left side.
If you want to continue walking you can either turn left to reach the Podil neighborhood, or turn right to get to Dnieper river.
Freedom arch was originally named Friendship of Nations Arch to celebrate when Ukraine was integrated into the Soviet Union. Today there’s a plan to tear it down but the arch itself is not the main reason to go here. This place is one of the best views of Kiev for photos of the Dnieper river.
The best time to go here is early or late in the day, which has the best light. Once I watched the sunrise here after a big night out. We had the whole place to ourselves and could take some awesome photos!
Mother Motherland is a 62 meter tall statue overlooking the Dnieper river. Usually you can climb to the top of the statue for some great views but at the time of this article it was closed to visitors.
The surrounding area is a war museum where you’ll find a lot of old military equipment such as tanks and artillery pieces. If you are a fan of military history it’s one of the most photogenic places in Kiev for sure!
Situated at one end of Khreshchatyk street, Maidan Square is the center of Kiev. In the middle of the square is the Independence Monument, a tall column.
For the best photo shots of Maidan square I recommend to climb the stairs on the south-eastern corner. The stairs will take you to the top of a shopping mall which has a viewing point overlooking the square and Khreshchatyk street.
Saint Sophia’s Cathedral
This is one of my favorite places in Kiev. Not only for taking photos but also for the history. The cathedral itself is beautiful and a must see.
I highly recommend to climb the bell tower by the entrance. From there you’ll be able to take great shots both of the cathedral and the outside square with St Michael’s in the distance.
Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Pechersk Lavra is a monastery with some great views and underground caves, which are also worth a visit. This is one of the best photo locations in Kiev for the iconic golden onion domes.
My favorite spot is in the south part of the monastery. Take the south entrance and walk to the Church of the Nativity. Climb the stairs and turn left until you reach the corner of the walled compound. Here you can snap a photo similar to the first two photos above.
Bonus: Kiev Hike!
I like hiking. Sadly there’s not much information about good Kiev hikes. But last summer me and my friends stumbled upon one hike that also has some excellent views. Below are some photo examples.
The hike starts on Andriyivskyy Descent. Walk to the right bend and take the stairs on the left side. At the top of the stairs you find some of the best photo locations in Kiev, for example of St. Andrews. If you continue on the hike you’ll find great views of the Podil neighborhood and the river.
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