Ukraine is a truly unique place to visit. The biggest European country, and located in its very heart, it is strikingly different from the majority of the European nations and is a real mystery for millions of tourists. Each visitor feels like a treasure hunter because he never knows what treasures he may come across. How magnificent is its natural beauty! It has two majestic rivers – the Dnieper and Dniester, which are framed by the greenest banks. You can visit two very different, strikingly beautiful seas – the Black and the Azov.
The only desert in Europe – Oleshky Sands – lies near the largest artificial forest in the world, with its ideally evenly planted trees and exotic flora. You can also visit nature reserves, where rare species of animals live and the Red Book flowers grow. Ancient Carpathian Mountains, crystal lakes, charming waterfalls, mysterious backwaters, uninhibited islands, underground caves, and amazing daffodil valleys – all this natural diversity is concentrated on Ukraine’s territory.
The representatives of very different confessions live here in harmony: Orthodox temples stand next to Catholic cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues. And Ukrainian churches – the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, the Sviatohirsk Monastery – are not only symbols of spirituality, but are also unique landmarks, as well.
Ukraine’s diversity is reflected in its cuisine, famous for its great taste. Borsht, vareniki, home-made sausages, pamushkas, and chicken Kyiv have grown famous across the world long ago, and are now served in the restaurants of many countries. But to discover how they really taste is possible only in Ukraine! And only here you can try the real Ukrainian salo (pork fat) – if when put it on a piece of dark bread and chase it with a shot of cold horilka (Ukrainian vodka), you will not want to leave! Each region of the country is famous for its unique culinary traditions. Ukrainian beverages are highly appreciated as well – stimulating 'varenukha', refreshing kvass, and, of course, the well known 'live’ beer.
Whatever the goal of your visit is, you can rest assured knowing that a trip around Ukraine will be a real feast for you. To the person who manages to unlock this mysterious country’s secrets, Ukraine will dazzle with its beauty and challenge all preconceived notions.
Kiev is the capital of Ukraine with population of about 4 million citizens. It is situated on the Dnepr River and boasts architectural monuments that are recognized world treasures. Kiev is the largest cultural, scientific and industrial center of Ukraine, the place of religious pilgrimage and a very attractive tourist destination. Its beautiful landscapes, parks and gardens charm and captivate. Hospitable Ukrainians will be delighted to introduce Slavic culture to their foreign guests.
The most popular cities:
Kiev, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk
- Carpathian Mountains are considered to be the Green Pearl of Ukraine
- Kiev, a scenic city of close to 3 million people situated on the Dnieper River, is the bustling capital of Ukraine
- Lviv is a very poetic city steeped in legends both ancient and relatively new
- Odessa is referred to as the “Pearl of the Black Sea” is the 3rd largest city in Ukraine, the largest city along the Black Sea, and the most important city of Ukraine for trade
- Kamyanets-Podilsky, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, is considered a phenomenon of great cultural importance
- Uman, Sophievskyi Park is the real world landscape architecture masterpiece of the end of the XVIII-th century and the beginning of the XIX-th
State language is Ukrainian. The majority of Ukrainians are bilingual and speak Russian as well. Among foreign languages the most popular is English.
No visas are required for citizens of the following countries: Poland, Hungary, Romania, Mongolia, Former USSR countries (except for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), сitizens of EU, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and United States.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the list above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements. For further details please check here.
The climate is moderately continental and comparatively dry with more than 290 sunny days in the year in the South Ukraine (Black Sea coast, Crimea).
Average winter temperature:
from -8° to -15° C (between +17.6° F and +5° F)
Average summer temperature:
from +18° to +25° C (between +64,4° and +77° F), though in daytime can get up over +35° C (+95° F).
For converting Fahrenheit into Celsius and back the following formula is used:
F = (1,8 x C) + 32 C = 0,55 x (F – 32)
The official currency is the Hryvnia (UAH), which is divided into 100 kopecks. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday until 3pm, and readily exchange Hryvnia for hard currency (banknotes only). US dollars and Euros are exchanged easily at banks and currency offices, and while other currencies can also be exchanged, they are not as widely accepted. ATMs are widely available in all major cities. Travellers cheques are not widely accepted and attract high commission rates and lengthy paperwork. Major restaurants, shops and hotels accept Visa, MasterCard and EuroCard; however credit cards are not widely accepted, particularly in remote areas and smaller establishments. Outside the main cities it is advisable to carry a supply of local currency.
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International Calls to Ukraine and Kiev
The country code for the Ukraine is 380, although the 0 is included within the area code. The area code for Kiev is 044.
To call Kiev from abroad, dial the international access code for your country, and then 380 44 xxxxxxx (e.g. from the UK 00-380-44-xxxxxxx).
International Calls from Ukraine and Kiev
To call an international number from Ukraine, dial 00-country code-area code-xxxxxxx (e.g. for the UK dial 00-44-xxxx-xxxxxx).
International connection with Kiev is arranged through Boryspil airport international terminal D (37km from Kiev), Zhuliany Airport and Kiev Passenger Railway Station (2km to the main street – Khreshchatyk).