Kiev’s Mariinsky Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Its western boundary is marked by Mariinsky Palace, the ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine, and the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament.
Constitution Square, an elegant pedestrianised area, lies to the east of the government buildings. A viewing platform at its northern end offers excellent views of the Dnieper River and Kiev’s Left Bank.
Other features include a fantastic cast iron fountain, several monuments and sculptures, and a children’s playground.
The closest Metro station is Arsenalna. Exit the station and turn right. Walk for about 200 yards along Hrushevsky Street to reach the park.
Cross over Hrushevsky Street to Lypky, one of Kiev’s most historic and exclusive areas. It is home to many important government buildings including the House with Chimeras and the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.