Discover Kyiv: Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Khreshchatyk Street

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,896 views

Today we will take a stroll in the heart of the fascinating Ukrianian capital. Any guesses? Yes we are talking of none other than Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and Khreshchatyk Street. We  have listed these 2 places in our list of TOP 10 MUST SEE Attractions in the 2017 Eurovision host city. Bear in mind that that one of the ESC 2017 hot spots will be located in the nucleus of the city! Come join us and let’s check out the Independence Square and the iconic Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv!

Eurovision starts in Kyiv ( Eurovision logo and flowers decorate Independence Square)

Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square)

Independence Square in Kyiv on a sunny day (photo credit: Sergio Jiandani)

Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Indenpendence Square) is located right in the heart of Kyiv and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and connects with the city’s iconic Khreshchatyk Street.

You will find fountains, the iconic Hotel Ukraine, flower clock, the Founders of Kyiv statue and fountain, Central Post Office, Globus Mall, Independence Monument etc here. There are lots of cafes and restaurants too.

Panoramic view of the Independence Square in Kyiv.

The square plays a key role when it comes to celebrations; Victory Day and Independence Day parades are held here, along with public festivals. Independence Square is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and a meeting point for local Kyivites. You haven’t been to Kyiv if you haven’t been to Independence Square!

Khreshchatyk Street

Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv

Khreshchatyk is an extraordinary street with many stunning buildings with unique architecture housing 5 star hotels, high street shops, fancy restaurants and cafes, bars, nightclubs, Kyiv City State Administration and the iconic Tsum Department Store.

TSUM Department Store at Khreshchatyk Street

Khreshchatyk is also famous for being the city’s the business and administrative centre. Mind you it is Kyiv’s answer to London’s Oxford Street or Paris’s Champs Elysses. The Fan Zone for the Euro 2012 Soccer Championship was located here too.

I would say Khreshchatyk is one of my favorite places in town! I just love the vibe in this part of the city. On weekends the locals can walk around freely throughout the street as traffic is blocked and cars are not allowed to circulate, thus attracting crowds of people.

During Eurovision this street will be transformed into the Eurovision Village.

ESCToday in collaboration with CFC Consulting and UA: PBC will be bringing you a series of articles leading up to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in order to showcase and introduce the 2017 Eurovision host city Kyiv to our readers

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