Kyiv - Glamorous and Aristocratic Lypky Neighbourhood. House with Chimeras.

Glamorous and Aristocratic Lypky Neighbourhood. House with Chimeras.

(12 reviews)
Lypky District, Kyiv, Ukraine
50 mins

About the tour

Discover the diversity of Kyiv architecture and exquisite mansions of the 19th century. I invite you to take a relaxed stroll with me along these cozy streets. You will see houses with whimsical names and fabulous architecture. I’ll tell you the stories that stand behind the House of Crying Widow, Chocolate, Gingerbread and Arabian Houses, National Bank of Ukraine. You’ll see House with Chimeras built by Vladislav Gorodetsky. It’s a magical eye-catching building adorned with fantastical animal statues. It is impossible to imagine Kyiv without the creations of Vladislav Gorodetsky! In Kyiv, at the beginning of the 20th century, he was an architect who was compared with the genius Spanish Gaudi. This eccentric architect walked down the streets of Kyiv with a pet monkey on a leash. He was an excellent merchant who could earn enormous sums of money and spend them all at once. To travel to African Safari, he mortgaged his House of Chimeras and eventually lost it. The architecture of this building turns concrete into an amazing art form. Animals twist around, over, under each other in a breathtakingly complex way. Join this romantic walk to explore the mansions of wealthy Kyiv citizens.

Meet your local guide


Olga is an enthusiastic and energetic guide. Being an avid traveler herself, Olga knows the best ways to show Kyiv as a hidden gem of Europe in a fun and engaging way. Her passion for culture, history, languages led the way to this amazing tour guiding calling. She is a professional tour guide in Kyiv, licensed by the Ukrainian Tourist Guide Association, speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian. She provides a bespoke, immersive experience that makes your tour in Kyiv truly memorable. Olga likes to enter the ancient churches or climb to the secret places for great views of Kyiv. Her unique collection of old traditional Ukrainian recipes makes her an expert in cooking Borsch, Varenyky (filled dumplings), and Chicken Kyiv.

Olga has been guiding since Jan 2017

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Kyiv with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Kyiv. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide's hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Soula (Toronto 🇨🇦 ❤️ Canada) R.

30 April 2021

Wonderful tour in Kyiv, Ukraine with Olga! Got to see the stunning Palaces and Aristocratic homes! Beautiful!

Christina (NYC) 🌇🏺🏛🦉 M.

29 April 2021

Lovely Tour. I’d enjoy seeing more architecture at a slower pace

Scott M.

29 April 2021

Olga gave excellent details of all that we saw and we will now book for her Easter Sunday tour as well!

Nadia B.

29 April 2021

Interesting presentation

Cheryl B.

29 April 2021

Beautiful buildings, great information and history of your city. Thank you I’m joining your next tour

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