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Founded in 1706, the city is situated in the South-Eastern part of The Ukraine. It is one of the largest industrial centres of the country. The population is more than 1.5 million. In Soviet times the city of Dnipropetrovs'k was closed to foreign visitors, as it was a major centre for rocket-building. It was only in 1991 that the ban on foreign visitors was lifted and the people of Dnipropetrovs'k could show their true hospitality at last. Businessmen are especially encouraged to visit Dnipropetrovs'k and now that Europeans can enter with no visa requirements there's no excuse for tourists not to go either. (;o)
Getting to the City.
Dnepropetrovs'k is situated in South Eastern Ukraine. Often called the city with the unpronounceable name, the locals simply call it 'Dnepr' or DP. I would recommend that you fly into Kiev for economy. From there onward travel to Dnepr is quite simple - easy either by road, rail or plane. Please feel free to contact me for any further advice and detail on this subject.
What is the City like?
A large, impressive and beautiful city, Dnepr has been the major centre for the steel industry
from the start of the 20th century and has also dominated the space-building industry since the 1950's. Today the city is the major trade, finance and industrial centre of Eastern and Central Ukraine and the third city in the country by population.
Women of Dnepr are thought to be more conservative than Russian women. They still believe very strongly in traditional family values, stability and a happy home life. They are also said to be some of the most beautiful women in the Ukraine.
Dnepropetrovs'k, is the Ukraine's industrial giant and produced missiles under the USSR. Today it is the country's leading metallurgy centre. Famous people from this city include Leonid Kuchma, director of the missile factory, who went on to become president. Leoniod Brezhnev, also started his political career here.
I've never had any problems in The Ukraine. As a tourist it is just a case of using common sense and not openly flashing money around. There's a restaurant on Karl Marx street called The Country Cafe (which plays country music - if you're into that), but the food is good also. The city's museum is a must. The park is nice. The river side, etc. Not to mention Monastyrsky Island. Food, cigarettes and alcohol are cheap, but most of the other 'goods' are about the same as normal western prices. The 'micro-bus' transport system is excellent - just so long as you don't get on the wrong one, as I once did and ended up in the middle of the countryside (I thought all micro-buses ended up in the centre. You know? "All roads lead to Rome" kind of thing. If I'd got on a different wrong bus I'd have ended up at the city's lunatic assylum)!! Beautiful city architecturally.
Customs advice? The main problem is finding the customs declaration forms (but not too difficult) which you must fill in before you approach either the red or green channels. They'll ask if you're taking presents in excess of $125 (if I remember correctly). Antiques? Jewellery? Camera equipment? Etc. Basically if you have anything like that of value to BRING BACK OUT (camera equipment, lap top, jewellery, etc) put it on the declaration form taking it in. Then you'll have no problems taking it / them back out. You are not allowed to take in more than $1,000 unless you go through the red channel and declare it. They will also count how many dollars (or euros) you take back out. Before this however, you must also fill in an immigration form to present at the immigration desk (you are supposed to keep it with you and present it on your way back out). It isn't a very "user friendly" immigration / customs system, not yet really being a tourist destination, but if you do everything correctly there wont be a problem. And the country does make it worth the effort (just take ((GREAT)) care with 'proper' Ukrainian / Russian vodka!!!!!).
- In a nutshell:More than just another big city.
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