The capital of Ukraine - the geographical center of Europe.
Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is the largest city of the country and located in the north central part of it. Kyiv stands on steep hills overlooking the Dnepr River, which devides the city into two parts: Left and Right Bank.
Kiev - the capital of Ukraine, which is located in the geographical center of Europe.
Kiev (Kyiv) is the political, industrial, scientific and cultural center of the state - Ukraine.
The city has a special landscape, situated on both banks of the Dnieper River. The right bank of the Dnieper River is steep and high hills, and the left bank is completely flat with areas of deciduous trees.
The historic city center is located on the 3-high hills of the right bank. And also there is the lower area of the city, called - "Podol" (Hem) .
Kiev is one of the greenest cities in Europe because it has many parks and green spaces. About half the area of the city - it is water, green areas and parks.
The area of the city - 827 square kilometers, and the length of the river Dnepr - more than 20 kilometers.
The city's population of about 4 million inhabitants.
According to official data resides in Kiev 2.9 million citizens.
Climate - moderate continental.
- 68 museums
- 60 parks
- 70 research institutions
- 100 universities
- 2 objects that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Kiev more than 1530 years. In the 12th century from the birth of Christ, Kiev was one of the biggest cities in Europe. In the city there were more than 50,000 residents.
In ancient times, Kiev was the cultural and spiritual capital of Kievan Rus' - one of the most powerful nations of Europe X - XII centuries.
Kiev is considered to be the main city of Kievan Rus, "mother of Russian cities", and according to the chronicle, the city "from which began the Russian land."
The official date of foundation of Kiev is considered to be 482 AD
According to legend, Kiev was founded by three brothers and a sister, by name, Kyi, Schek, Horeb, and their sister Lybid - in the V century AD.
According to legend, the city name comes from the name of Kyi, one of the founders of the city.
The central street of Kiev - Khreshchatyk street, situated between two historic hills.
The central square of Kiev - Independence Square.
Government, state and administrative district of Kiev - Pechersk, located on one of the historic city of hills and is a privileged area of the city.
Most hotels are located in downtown areas.
Most historic sites and attractions are located in the central area of the city.
Kiev has a good transport system: 2 airports, several railway stations, seven bus terminals, 3 subway lines, funicular (cable car), river port, and all kinds of public transport.
Useful information about Kiev:
The indigenous citizens are very friendly and helpful people (usually written on the forums of Kiev).
All major attractions are in the center of Kiev city. There is a well-established hiking trails.
National currency - Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH/grn) Notes are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20.50, 100, 200, 500 hryvnia. In one UAH - 100 cents.
For smoking in public places the policeman can you be fined.
Drinking beer in the streets and other public places - is prohibited. A police officer will require to pay a fine.
All hotels and restaurants accept payment by bank cards Visa and MasterCard.
You can exchange foreign currency at any bank or exchange office.
On the Kreschatik street banks are open on Saturdays.
Pay attention! In an exchange of foreign currency you must show your passport. (On some semi-legal markets on the outskirts of the city you can be exchanged only Dollars and Euro are not presenting papers.)
Foreign exchange rate:
1 EURO - 10 UAH.
1 USD - 8 UAH.
In Kiev, a lot of ATMs, especially in the city center.
Metro in Kiev is open from 6:00 to 24:00. In Kiev, three lines of the subway, runs from 6:00 to 24:00.
The fare on the Metro - 2 hryvna (0.2 Euro).
Tourists often use the Metro (subway). Surface (ground city transportation) public transport in Kiev city goes well enough, especially in the center of the city.
The most common forms of transport in Kiev is a trolley and shuttle mini buses.
Public transport in the city center, has a predominantly circumferential routes.
The city has only one city airport for domestic flights. The second international airport is located abroad the city at a distance of 35 km.
Most of the concerts, festivals and shows held at the Independence Square and Khreschatyk Street.
In cafes and restaurants can be given up to 10 percent "tip" if it is not listed in the invoice amount.
Electricity: 220 volts / 50 Hz.
Battery chargers for cellular or mobile phones can provide you with only in the hotel.
Native language of Kievan - Russian (there are almost no exceptions). At the same time the official language in Kiev has a formal character.
Souvenirs can be purchased at Andreevsky descent or in a shopping center under the “Slava” square.
Drinking alcoholic beverages is an offense. If you opened a bottle of beer or champagne - the police will fine you.
It is also not recommended to be in conflict with law enforcement authorities for any reason, as Salary police patrol services significantly below the subsistence level. Therefore, it is the social cultural aspect.
In the event of a conflict situation it is recommended to solve all the issues on the spot by paying non-fee of $ 5 - $ 10.
mobile services (mobile phone) can be bought at all bus stops, or at all metro stations. Starter Package 10 - 15 UAH (SIM card), cash deposit card 25 -35 UAH (hryvnia). Internet modem can be purchased at many stores.
Internet cafes - located in an underground shopping mall under the Bessarabian square, as well as Internet club is on the "Proreznaya" street (near Khreschatyk).
WI-FI is available in most cafes and restaurants in the city center.
In the central part of Kiev:
Entertainment Center "Arena City" is on the Bessarabian square.
Night Music Club "Patipa" located at the Downtown, near Internatsionalnaya Square, at the Museum lane 4.
Fast-food restaurants, cafes and dining rooms on the main pedestrian route are located at:
1 – Square of Fame in an underground shopping center,
2 - in the shopping center "Globus" at Independence Square (under the Central Square) - minus the 2nd floor.
McDonalds is located near the metro station Khreshchatyk (lower yield), and at the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) and another near the subway station "Lev Tolstoy" Square (above the stadium).
The recommended a fastfood restaurant "Home Cooking" is above the Central Department Store (CUM) and upper the Khreshchatyk street on the B.Khmelnitsky street. (is not advertisement).
1 - In the Bessarabian market
2 - near the “Slava” Square of Fame.
3 - near the stadium "Olympiysky"
Other grocery stores are located at a sufficient distance from the center of city.
Shopping and Entertainment centers:
The area near the subway station Petrovka is the main shopping area of the city of Kiev. This is an area where there are supermarkets and shopping centers of all major retailers. If you move from this area in "Moskovsky Bridge" and across the Dnieper River at some distance, is the largest clothing market "Troyeshchyna."