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Kiev Things to Do

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  • Chernobyl Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Chornobyl Museum was opened on April 26, 1992, exactly 6 years after the disaster happened. It tells the history of what happened through photos, clothes and equipment used by the rescue workers, a model of the nuclear plant as it looke

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  • Andriyivsky Uzviz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Andriyivsky’s Uzviz otherwise known as Andriy’s descent or Andrew’s descent is the connection between the upper town neighbourhood to another historic neighbourhood Podil. On Andriy’s decsent there is the stunning St Andriy’s church and other monuments, attractions and some small museums. The famous Ukrainian poet Mikhail Bulgakov lived on...

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  • Independence Square - Maidan...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Майдан Незалежності) or Independence Square was for me, the beating heart of Kyiv. The square is at the head of vul Khreshchatyk, Kyiv's main street, and is a central area for big businesses, banks, restaurants and...

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  • McDonald's (Various Locations)

    3 out of 5 stars

    Our local young friends from Kiev could not get enough of McDonald's. This was the top of the food chain as far as they were concerned. Plus there were lines at all hours. I was informed that many restaurants serve McDonald's coffee.

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  • O'Brien's Irish Pub

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Now me finally got to this famous pub. Indeed, its popular among foreigners coz it is mainly visited by foreigners and expats. If you are one, you will for sure enjoy it and find a company that match you. Not bad interior, big screen where football on all the time, nice irish beer, nice irish music. Prices are quite avarege as for alike places....

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  • Taras

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Now called Opanas, We have eaten twice here. First time back in May where we enjoyed good food and pleasant service in this colourful & enjoyable place. January ....... same colourful place, food was good however THE SERVICE WAS TRULY APALLING. It wasnt only us, people were met at the door, shown to a table ...... and waited ... and waited ... and...

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Kiev Nightlife

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  • Worth visiting:)

    Dali-Park (former Dante Park) is one of the centrally located showing-off venues of Kiev (together with D*lux and Decadence) and is truly a multifaceted entertainment complex - it combines a high-end restaurant, the latest trends in the night club and one of the best karaoke in Kiev. Working only from late spring to early autumn because it's an...

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  • Nothing special...

    Caribbean Club is one of the oldest night clubs in Kiev - it was opened 15 years ago in 1998. It is very centrally located (nearby the "Universytet" metro station, not far away from the central train station), working 7 days a week from 6 pm till 6 am (on Mondays and Tuesdays there is a free entrance, from Wednesday till Sunday the entrance is paid...

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  • One of the best night clubs in Kiev and...

    D*Lux (Dinamo Lux) is for sure one of the most luxurious and chic complexes in Kiev and Ukraine in general. It is very centrally located (right next to the Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dinamo Stadium, actually they share a common address) and consists of a summer terrace/restaurant (the so-called "The Park" - the only smoking area within the complex),...

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Kiev Transportation

  • Bus from Kiev to Boryspil Airport

    Sky Bus goes from Kiev Pivdenny Railway Station via Kharkivska Metro Station to Boryspil Airport very frequent, 24 hours, UAH 50 from the Train Station, tickets can be purchased straight from the driver or at the ticket office of Terminals B and D.

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  • Kyiv's Metro

    Kyiv metro is a safe and efficient way of getting around the city. As a traveler, even with the language barriers I found it very easy to use. Tokens are sold by cashiers at windows or in automatic machines for 2 hryvnia. One token is good for one ride, to anywhere, of any distance- there are no zones to figure out or special tickets which is...

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  • New Terminal

    There is now a new terminal at Kiev's Boryspil Airport. Terminal D. This is now the main terminal for international flights to and from Kiev. The terminal is very modern, great facilities but unfortunately the check in and security staff are still as slow as ever so please get to the airport in plenty of time because the Ukrainians do not like to...

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Kiev Shopping

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  • Besarabsky Rynok (Market)

    Bessarabka market at Bessarabka Square offers all kinds of fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat, seafood, fish, caviar, spices and flowers. The sales people will lure you and drag you to try and buy their stuff and more often than not they will succeed. The range of goods is impressive - you can get all kinds of tropical fruits and every type of...

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  • Khreschatyk (Main Shopping Street)

    Khreschatyk street has a lot of stalls selling all kinds of stuff. CD's, crafts, gifts, stationery, antiques, Dynamo Kiev scarf and similar personal effects. Even though the stalls look like places where you can bargain, be careful if you don't know the rules. I started to bargain too much and offended the salesman.

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  • Petrovka (Black Market)

    I have found here in VT that "Petrovka" has been declared to be a black market. This may be correct for some corners of the market, yet this also implies that such conditions are kind of typical for Ukraine as a whole. This association is certainly not true. I must underline that folks over there are striving hard for their survival and work their...

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Kiev Local Customs

  • Ukrainian 'staleetsa': Russian 'yizik'

    Kiev might be the 'staleetsa' of Ukraine, but as with all cities outside the L'vov region, the predominant 'yizik' (tongue) is Russian, with bi-lingual signposting on the main routes in & out of the capitol...Ukrainian was 1 of the member states' languages, discouraged under Soviet dictatorship, & despite over 2 decades of separation from the old...

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  • Borsch and Verenyky

    Borsch and Verenky are the staples of Ukrainian Cuisine and a trip to Ukraine would not be complete without trying any.You will never try two bowls of Borsch that are the same as everyone has their own way of making it. Some make it thin like a soup, others make it thick like a stew but it is my favourite meal in Ukraine and I have some on every...

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  • Christmas in Kyiv

    In Ukraine, most people follow the traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy and celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7th. Over the weeks before and after the holiday, Kyiv is decorated with colourful lights, Christmas trees and nativity scenes. There’s a Christmas market at Maidan Nezalezhnosti and along a few blocks of vul...

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Kiev Warnings and Dangers

  • Police

    This is the age old story of the Police in Ukraine but during 3 trips to Ukraine in the past 2 years and having driven across the country and covered a lot of miles we have only been pulled over once which was when we were driving back into Kyiv at the end of our trip. The Police said that we were driving unlawfully we ended up giving them 100...

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  • Clear to a hedgehog?

    It's very easy for the pedestrian to have an accident in Ukraine's capitol, or anywhere else in the country, such are the disrepaired state of it's roads & especially pavements. Kiev is known as a 'green' city, not for environmental reasons, but because of its vine-tangled walls & tree-lined streets - 'oolitsee'. The downside of this is that the...

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  • Language Barrier

    Kyiv has come along way since I first visited in 2005. In 2005 the staff in the hotel where I stayed did not speak any English but in my return in 2012 I found that they had hired staff that could, most hotels that I have stayed in Ukraine have had English speaking reception staff which is extremely helpful for those that try to use the local...

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Kiev Tourist Traps

  • TAXI-READ

    If your a tourist in Kyiv..Taxis will try ripping you off and rates keep going up over the yearsAlways negotiate a price beforehand. If its higher than 50Uah or anything you would consider unreasonable walk away, or ask another. they will scramble and realize they just lostDuring the day, getting anywhere in kyiv center shouldnt cost more than...

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  • Admission fees for tourists

    Something that you will come across when travelling in Kyiv is that the admission prices for foreigners are more expensive that admission fees for Russian/Ukrainian visitors. More often that not you will see a different queue for tourist and locals. Try to brush up on your Ukrainian before travelling so you are competent in asking for admission...

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  • What you wear is important...

    Not sure whether this comes under tourist trap or warning, but...If you are female, and want to visit the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Kiev Monastery of the Caves), make sure you wear a long skirt, and take a headscarf with you. You won't be allowed in a short skirt, and unfortunately the same applies to trousers as well. You might be able to hire skirts...

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Kiev What to Pack

  • Good walking shoes!

    Kyiv isn't know for being a flat city so good, sturdy walking shoes are a must. Most toilet/ bathroom facilities in shopping centres will charge you to use toilet paper. It costs very little but it is worth taking some toilet paper with you when you are out incase you go to a toilet and there is no toilet attendant about.

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  • hand wipes, toilet paper, klenex.

    I always pack a few small things like travel tissues toilet paper and hand wipes. most can be found in the local market but I would hate to run out of toilet paper since they charge for it in public bathrooms.

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  • Everything's Available!

    The standard voltage in Ukraine is 220 volts. If you bring your electric appliances with you and want to use them effectively and without any risk, don’t forget to take all kinds of adapters and protectors to keep your costly devices from damage. One of the favorite holidays of the residents and visitors of Kiev is the City Day, or Days of Kiev,...

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Kiev Off The Beaten Path

  • War Memorials

    Visiting the Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 located next to Kiev-Pechersk Laura (the cave monastery), you will see this statue called To the Fallen at the entrance to your left. The statue depicts a dying soldier and is the memorial to all the soldiers who did not come back from the front. The statue of the dying soldier at the...

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  • Sahaydachny Street

    If you'd like to see the 19th century Kiev, why not walk along Petro Sahaydachny Street in the Old Town.The street connects Post Square and Contract Square and can be reached by the metro ("Post Square" station or "Contract Square" station).There are lots of stores, cafes and restaurants, a casino, a night club and what not there.The street is also...

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  • Guided Tour of the City

    Another chance of seeing Kiev sites is to take a two-hour guided tour of the city by bus. The tour starts from the square of the railway station. The first tour starts at 9.15 a.m.The booking office is located just opposite the railway station next to McDonald's. The bus has 14 (or more) seats and the tour will cost you UAH 50 ($7).You can also...

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Kiev Sports & Outdoors

  • Dynamo Kyiv (Football)

    Dynamo Kyiv is one of the most famous football clubs to come out of Ukraine as well as Shakrar Donetsk. It has and still is one of the leading teams in the Ukrainian football league. Dynamo Kyiv has participated in all of the USSR and Ukrainian championships to date, and has won both competitions more times than any other team. The Dynamo Kyiv...

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  • Hydropark

    Diverse sports tournaments are being arranged in Hydropark excellently located at the Dnieper river. If you rather prefer not watching but participating in the sports activities, then :)rather take a swimbath for swimming, beach voleyball, or surfing. What else?! :) Boating, sailing, also biking, and horse-riding. Interested in golf?!...

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  • Extreme Sports

    for those who likes extreme sports u should visit the next url its a site of KP news: http://www.kpnews.com/main/12414/ U can read all about extreme sports during wintertime in Ukraine. more sites to read about sports in Ukraine: www.catran.kiev.ua. www.diving.com.ua. http://vertical.kiev.ua www.niceclimb.kiev.ua

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  • In the Heart of the Capital

    Visiting Independence Square and enjoying the site of the Independence Column and the newly renovated square. The locals have already nicknamed it Greenhouse for its glass-domed underground shopping malls.There is an "underground city" full of different cafes, stores and shops to any taste. The underground city is called "Globe" trade and...

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  • Soviet Era Reminders

    There are still many reminders that the city of Kiev was once part of the Soviet Union. The Hammer and Sickle can be found on many buildings and gates.

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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Freddiexpat's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    EASTER BREAK IN KIEV. With the arrival of spring the city blooms and comes alive with the warm days and pleasant evenings to enjoy promenading along Khreschatyk on or to go to the Botanic Gardens and enjoy the tulip gardens for an afternoon or to the Hydropark which is the city beach on the Dnieper river and relax.
    There are so many thing to do in this friendly "green" city with it swathe of parks around it that makes it one of the most enjoyable to be in. From taking in the Opera or ballet. Then to the wealth of pubs and eateries from top global names down to the global brand chains entering the market there. The sports facilities have come a long way and the benefits of having Euro2012 there has paid off. The best thing is that there is just so much to enjoy in the city at this time of year that makes it so great for an Easter break in the warmth where most of western Europe is still suffering from the last throws of winter.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      May 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      You should put this on your Kiev page or make it into a proper tip. It'll get missed as a travel guide comment, imo. :-)

    • Freddiexpat's Profile Photo
      May 15, 2013 at 3:48 AM

      Thanks for the advice..

 
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