Kiev city life
Once a Slavic settlement on the great trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople, Kiev is a very interesting European city, covering some nice touristic attractions that speak for themselves about the history of this place.
The most popular visiting spots in Kiev are:
- The St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) –both UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- The Mariyinsky Palace
- The giant Mother Motherland statue made of titanium (standing at the Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II)
- The National Museum of Russian art
- Memorial Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- The House with Chimaeras
- Chernobyl Museum
- Mikhail Bulgakov Museum
- Golden Gate
You can wander around and admire an outdoor museum, the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine that includes several "mini-villages", each one representing the traditional rural architecture of Ukraine.
Watch a music or play performance at the Kiev Opera House, or the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama.
Kiev has a pretty rich night life so you can relax and enjoy a nice evening in a large number of pubs and night clubs. The Independence Square and Khreschatyk Street in the city centre is a large outdoor party place at night during summer months.
While in Kiev, you should try the traditional Ukrainian soup named borshch, the varenyky, the "Chicken Kiev" or the sweet pastry called Vatrushka.
International atmosphere in Kiev
Apart from the numerous international students, many ethnic communities have settled in Kiev. The foreign minorities include: Russians, Belarusians, Poles, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians and Moldovans.
Home to several renowned multinational companies, the city is highly interested in attracting more foreign investment and since many international business people are either passing through Kiev or decide to locate here, you can always encounter foreigners from many parts of Europe.
Kiev has four seasons, with pretty warm summers and cold winters. The mean day temperatures in the summer months range between 14 to 25 °C (57 to 77 °F), while in the winter, temperatures are from -4 to -1 °C (24 to 30 °F). Snow usually occurs from mid-November to the end of March.