Excursion tour in Kiev. Top architecture - monuments, castles, temples and palaces

Church of St. Andrews 1. The most profitable way is to pay for goods and services with national currency; you can use an exchange in any bank of the city. Most banks are open 5 days a week; Saturday and Sunday are days-off. Some large banks serve customers on Saturdays.
2. Tap water is not recommended to drink; it’s better to purchase purified bottled water, which you can buy at any grocery store. In Kiev there are lots of pumprooms, all decorated in style of antique hand pumps, they can be found in the territory of any park. You can take the purest artesian water there without any fee.
3. The city has a ban on smoking in public places, but special areas for smoking are ubiquitous. In restaurants and bars hall is often divided into two parts, one of which is intended for those who smoke, and the other – for non-smoking ones.
4. Public transport is represented in Kiev in all possible forms. The most convenient way is to move around the city by subway, which runs from 6:00 am to 12:00pm. From early morning until late at night taxis and buses, as well as trams and trolley buses convenient for traveling short distances, are cruising through the streets.
5. Tourists, who expect to visit restaurants of national cuisine, have to consider that menu there changes every season. Chefs use only seasonal vegetables and organic foods for cooking, that’s why they are so popular. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. In large restaurants a service charge may be included in the overall bill. If the item is not provided in the bill, then you can add about 5 - 10% of the total amount. It is also appropriate to leave tips for the taxi driver and guides.
7. Main voltage is 220V; many hotels have standard European type socket. Be sure to specify these nuances in advance when booking your room to pick up necessary adapters.
Travelers wishing to get acquainted with Kyiv's beautiful national traditions should visit the city during one of the major holidays. One of the favorite holidays among local residents is … Open
8. Staff at the luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and shopping complexes is fluent in foreign languages. However, in many places menu can be provided only in Ukrainian, so feel free to ask waiters about things you concern.
9. It is advisable to take a copy of an identity document with you, when you go for a walk. Travelers, who visit Kiev for the first time, are encouraged to take the tourist office map of the city. This will make walking around even more simple and enjoyable.
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What to visit being in Kiev - unique sights

Kyiv Electric Transport Plant

From the series “The most famous buildings of communism”
Brick buildings are gradually collapsing. They are opening to the eyes of visitors to the plant. You can see preserved old furniture and other elements of the former situation in some of them even today. Cars of old trams forgotten on the territory of the plant are of particular interest. They have plied the streets of Kyiv in the past. You can see the skeletons of old trolleybuses in various parts of the vast territory. They border on green spaces in some places. These plantings actively grow inside the cars year after year. The main production hall is considered the most interesting object in the factory. You can see not only old equipment but also trams here. They were brought here for repairs in 2006. … Read further

St Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
The first church had only one cupola, in the 17-18th centuries there became seven cupolas. Near the St. Michael Golden-Domed Cathedral has grown several buildings. The main interest was taken to the church’s façade, it is delightfully decorated with stuccos. The main secret of the cathedral is its gleaming frescos. While we are looking at them it seems that they are depicting light in a special way. … Read further

Tips for the cities around Kiev

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