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Golden domes and shimmering spires peek out from the wooded hills rising above the wide Dnipro River. Leafy-green Kyiv, with its traffic-packed boulevards, shopping malls, countless churches, brilliant music and lively nightlife, has embraced capitalism, yet held firmly to its heritage. The Caves Monastery is the spiritual heart of Ukraine, and nearby, a gigantic Brezhnev-era Motherland statue bearing sword and shield casts her all-encompassing eye over the city, the river, and its island beaches.

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Golden Gate of Kyiv
Volodymyrska St 40A, Kyiv

Restoration of the Golden Gate Monument was initiated on the occasion of Kyiv's 1500-year anniversary in 1982. This was met with some criticism, since this decision implied the structure's original ruins had to be removed to erect the new monument. The has now been rebuilt in a combination of brick and wood.

Independence Square
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Khreschatyk Street, Kyiv

Seat of the Orange Revolution, Kyiv’s big social heart hosts many concerts, performances and festivals, and it is thus known for its vibrant and lively atmosphere. Surrounded and embellished with fountains, monuments and an underground shopping mall, this is where real life happens.

Le Cosmopolite
Volodymyrska Street 47, Kyiv

Le Cosmopolite, as part of the Pees Boy Club, is a authentic brasserie specializing in Belgian beer and cuisine, and in a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. This venue is great for a friendly get together – especially, if you enjoy live jazz music.

Chernomorka on V. Vasylkivska
Velyka Vasylkivska St, 49А, Kyiv

Housed in a building that looks like a lighthouse, Chernomorka serves seafood and dishes of the Black sea region. The outdoor terrace and wide selection of wines are particularly inviting on balmy summers, so head here for enjoying the night .

Bessarabsky Rynok
Bessarabs'ka Square, Kyiv

The boisterous Bessarabsky market with its fresh produce and incredible variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers is an essential stop for anyone looking for catching up the spirit of a lively marketplace. This authentic shopping experience should not be missed when in Kyiv.

Khreshchatyk Street 38, Kyiv

As home to many high-end shops, the TsUM department store is an attraction as much as it is a shopping mall. The historic building has a very Soviet air about it, and as nicknamed "Kyiv's Harrods", this giant has anything your heart desires.

Boryspil International Airport
Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv

The largest passenger airport in the Ukraine, Boryspil, is located 35 kilometers away from the city centre. The easiest way to get here is by Sky Bus, which connects the airport with Kyiv's main railway station via the Kharkivska metro station: it runs with 15 minute intervals during day time and 30-45 minutes apart at night, and tickets may be purchased in terminals B and D or straight at the bus; the journey lasts about 50 minutes. There is a free airport shuttle bus circulating along the following route: Terminal D - Hotel - Terminal B (Bus terminal) - Hotel - Terminal D. Several long-distance bus routes directly from the airport are offered by the companies "Gunsel", "Autolux" and "Ukrbus", and all normally run via the central bus station. Taxis are available for hire as well, but make sure to agree on the price before departure.

Kyiv Zhulyany International Airport
Medova Street 2, Kyiv

The main business aviation airport in the Ukraine, Kyiv Zhulyany, is located only 8 kilometers to the South of the city centre. Due to its convenient location, getting here by public transport is easy and quite fast, as minibus routes 169, 565, 368, 302, 482, 496, 499 and trolleybus 22 route regularly.

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