Kiev Vacations

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of Eastern Europe’s oldest cities and had an earlier golden age as the capital of the Kievan Rus, the first Ukrainian state. Following years under Soviet rule, today it is Ukraine’s most cosmopolitan city, offering multi-ethnic restaurants not found in the rest of the country and was a center in the Orange ... Read more
Revolution of 2004. Amazing sights like the Pecherska Lavra (cave monasteries), Chernobyl Museum, commemorating the nuclear tragedy, and 11th Century St Sofia’s cathedral offer glimpses into the little known Ukrainian history. It’s not advisable to drink the tap water, but street food is fine and often delicious, whether it’s ice cream or Kvas, a brewed bread drink. A vaguely wild atmosphere persists, evidenced for example in the practice of hailing regular cars and haggling for a price rather than waiting for a scarce taxi. (This is only recommended if travelling with a native.) The winters are long and dark, but summer is green and fruitful, fitting for a city regaining its place as a European capital.
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Kiev under a thin layer of snow can be incredibly photogenic, but there aren’t many other good reasons to visit during winter, when temperatures are often below freezing. The summer can be uncomfortable at its ... Read more
peak, with high humidity, a short supply of air conditioning, and the high-season crowds making for sweaty conditions, even if the temperatures are only around 80F (27C). Spring has flowers in bloom and myriad festivals, making it a great time to visit. Fall’s temperate weather and tourist scarcity makes it a solid second-best.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kiev is know for its street art and murals. You can find it in every street corners. Ukrainians would like their street art scene to be known to the world.

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Foster City, California, USA

I was simply intrigued by this city. Wide clean avenues, well kept gold-domed churches, pleasant parks with statues and architecture like no other.

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Local from Kiev, Ukraine

The capital of Ukraine is a beautiful city, especially in May, when chestnut trees are blooming. There are lots of places of interest such as museums, parks, religious places, etc.

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Orinda, California

We mainly went to Kiev to be able to explore Chernobyl but were extremely surprised at the incredible options in Kiev itself. Great food and fun cafes everywhere. Fun walking town and the old funicular ride for about 10 cents is a must to get up and down the hill.
But don't miss a day tour to Chernobyl! Wow! Lots of details about how it happened and how it could've wiped out Europe. Reasonably safe but YOU decide!
We happened to be there on the day of a huge anniversary parade but it was peaceful .
Quite cheap to do anything there. We even saw an opera for $10 in the best seats in an amazing opera house!
Don't forget to try Chicken Kiev...

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Valletta, Malta

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE IN KIEV
LARGE OPEN SPACES SURROUNDED BY HISTORICAL MONUMENTS .UNDERGROUND SHOPPING MALL AND LOADS OF BAR AND GREAT RESTAURANTS

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Dublin, California, USA

I tagged along on a business trip with my boyfriend to Kiev in 2012. Kiev was not a top destination on my list of places to visit, but I really loved it. The architecture was beautiful and I couldn't get enough of the local food.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Kiev is where it all began. The ancient Kievan Rus Empire, which existed before Ukraine and Russia, was based here. Besides the old churches and monasteries, it's really hard to get a sense of this history while in Kiev. The great city was devastated in 1240 by the Mongols and never fully recovered its past glory and importance. Situated on the hills of the right bank of the Dnepr River, Kiev's sights can be seen with 2-4 days of exploration. There are also several day trip opportunities. The heart of Kiev is the Maidan, sight of the bloody 2013-14 revolution. Much of the central city today is made up of monumental Stalinist architecture, put up after the Second World War. Besides the historical religious sites, Kiev is home to a number of museums, as well as a world-class opera and ballet. Don't leave the city without riding the superb metro system.

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San Diego, California

Unexpected and awesome with two giant floors of installations by modern artists like this one by Ai Wei Wei, arsenal is a good deal especially if you can prove you're an artist.

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Amman, Jordan
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I love Ukraine and i was born there so i love it and always will i have great family there and i love them all :)

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