"Kiev" Kiev by smirnofforiginal
Kiev Travel Guide: 1,676 reviews and 4,088 photos
From the UK, BA had some very expensive direct, return flights but otherwise it is indirectly got to, via Germany which can start to bounce the travel hours up... Perhaps this can take a little of the credit as to why Kiev remains refreshingly and stubbornly off the usual haunt-list for city breaks.
Kiev can, for the tourist, be almost split in two. At one end you have the centre, with Independence Square, St. Sophia's cathedral and St.Michael's monastery... and the other end you have the Lavra, Rodina Mat and the Museum of the Great Patriotich War. Of course there is plenty more in and around but, these are the main attractions or bearings, if you prefer.
Kiev is very easy to get around. I, true to my usual form of city exploration, did it mostly on foot (ouch!) but the metro system is easy to use (IF you have the name of your station in cyrallic!) and cabs are relatively cheap (and often cheaper if your hotel arranges them for you!).
I decided to hotel out by Rodina Mat because the hotel (Salute) looked interesting. Having done that I would say it makes a lot more sense to stay more towards the centre and, should I return, that is exactly what I would do.
Past all the high rise tower blocks that are synonymous with Eastern Europe and countriesthat were formerly sucked up into the Soviet Union, Kiev has some archetectural beauties (which is not surprising considering it is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe!).
Whether you are looking for the colourful, richly decorated domed churches and cathedrals, the large, organised, military-style of the Russians or elegant buildings of a past grandeur lost, crumbling sadly in on themselves, neglected and long since cared about - Kiev has it all.
I felt perfectly safe, day and night, wandering Kiev.
There are a lot of young people and there is a good atmosphere.
People seemed mostly to mind their own business but, in all my dealings I found them to be nothing short of friendly and helpful.
Knowing a little Russian will help as there are not too many English speakers but this was not a problem and, despite most tourist "attractions" lacking any information in English or non-cyrallic script, most restaurants seemed to have English in the menus as standard.
I spent 4 days in Kiev. There are, of course, places I was not able to visit in this amount of time but, my overall feeling was that 4 days was long enough.
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