Kachalka Kiev

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Kachalka – Open air sports

If you are a fan of workouts, calory-burning or sports in general, you will definitely be amused by this spot! This is an open-air, self-made gym, most of the gym equipment is made from scrap metal, vehicle parts and chains taken from machinery. Locals call it “Kachalka”, it’s huge (literally – square kilometers), it’s undoubtedly unique and it’s absolutely free to use.

This “fitness center” first opened its nonexistent doors in the 1970’s thanks to gym enthusiasts. This exeptional sports arena is located on the Truhanov island on Dnepr river almost in the centre of Kiev – just 10 minutes by metro or car from the downtown area. You should leave the train at Hydropark station, at the exit go to the right, cross the “Venetian” pedestrian bridge and keep to the right – and you’ll find it.

Of course, the best time to visit it is in summer. If you are not eager to show your own muscles, who else can you see there? All kinds of sports fans in fact: youngsters trying to follow some muscle-growing programs from Men’s Health, aged former champions who are still able to impress you with their gymnastic- or power lifting- skills, elderly ladies, adepts at non-straining fitness approaches or real sun-tanned bodybuilders, some of them even in traditional Ukrainian Kozaks’ clothes.

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Details about this spot



Hydropark island, Kiev

Opening Times

24 hours daily


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)