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kiev breaksWith Euro 2012 fixtures through June, leading up to the final on 1st July, Kiev in the Ukraine is having a magical moment right now.

Football fans from all across the world will be flocking to the city in their droves, whether they have match tickets or simply want to soak up some of the atmosphere – and hopefully the additional attention will put Kiev on the map as a great travel destination all year round.

While Kiev can cause a bit of a culture shock in some ways – English isn’t spoken widely for example, and most signposts are in Cyrillic script – you shouldn’t let that put you off. Kiev is actually a very pretty city with a lot to offer.

The main hub of the city centre is Khreshchatyk Street, which joins on with the main town square – both are great places to people watch. You’ll also find candy coloured churches and cathedrals dotted about the city centre, with St Sophia’s being the oldest. St Michael’s is just a few steps away, so it’s easy to cross these two cultural highlights off of your list in one go.

kiev stadiumOther cultural highlights include the gold-domed Pechersk Lavra monument and the National Opera House.

If you’re less of a culture vulture, and just want to enjoy the ambience of the city while the footy is on, you’ll find that you need less spending money than you think. You can eat well for next to nothing in Kiev.

You’ll also find the beer to be cheap and readily available, although drinking in the street is frowned upon.

For something different, try Kiev. Either to coincide with the football or just to enjoy somewhere completely new and exciting, it’s a great choice.


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