As is the case elsewhere, in order to get a good view of the city’s skyline one has to get out of Kiev’s central part. Before the Gavansky bridge was built some years ago, the “postcard” viewpoint was on the left bank, on Rusanivka or Bereznyaki. That view still takes my breath away every time I pass Patona bridge, but Gavansky is definitely a new spot to make some photos for your Instagram.
The bridge is easily accessible from Podil’s Poshtova Ploscha either by foot or by bicycle. It’s not allowed to park on bridges, so leave your car somewhere nearby, take a short walk towards Obolon’ and turn around. You will get a stunning picture of Kiev’s central hill including Lobanovsky stadium, St. Andrew’s cathedral, People’s Friendship Arch and other significant buildings. The view is great both day and night, and it’s pretty romantic. There is a good spot for a coffee or something more sparkling right under the bridge, on the stairs by the water.