First Business Flights – Kiev
Kiev is both the largest city in all of the Ukraine, and the capital city of the country. This city holds the distinct honor of being a valuable center in Eastern Europe for education, scientific exploration, industry, and culture. A number of high-tech industries call Kiev home, as do a number of higher education institutions.
Kiev has an extensive public transportation system, including the Kiev Metro, which works towards making the city the perfect blend of old world charm and contemporary amenities.
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Kiev is served by the Boryspil International Airport. As the largest airport in the Ukraine, the Boryspil International Airport serves on average 65% of air traffic that passes through the country.
The airport has four terminals, one of which is actually a VIP terminal. The airport is constantly expanded and developing in order to continue its ability to keep up with the large numbers of passengers that pass through its doors each and every day. There are a number of shopping outlets, restaurants, banks and even travel agencies located within the airport, along with free Wi-Fi across each of the terminals. Aerosvit Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines use Boryspil International Airport as their primary hub.
Several of the major international airlines maintain lounges within the airport, including of course the Ukraine International Airline business lounge and the Lufthansa lounge. Offering comfortable seating, restaurant facilities, and a full business center, each of these luxuriously appointed lounges offer a little bit of a retreat for passengers holding first and business class tickets.
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Getting Around Kiev
Despite the very international vibe in the city, Kiev can feel very foreign if you cannot read the signs in and around the city. Since most are in Cyrillic, it can be quite challenging. For this reason, it is not necessarily advisable to rent a car for your time in Kiev. A private car service, with a driver who can do the navigating for you, might be the better option.
While the signs can be challenging, it is not impossible to navigate on foot, especially if you have a pocket phrasebook to help you with some of the signs and names you will encounter.
Taxis are plentiful in and around the city, and you’ll find that drivers are able to easily decipher where you want to go if you point it out on a map or make an honest attempt at trying to pronounce the names of locations. You may also find that having staff at your hotel make the taxi arrangements for you can save you a lot of stress and time.
The city is served by a regular bus service and also a trolleybus service. The buses can be somewhat crowded at peak commuting times, but they are typically very reliable ways of getting around the city.
The Kiev Metro is an ultra-fast subway system that is also known for being exceptionally clean, easy to navigate, and also a very affordable option for traveling around the city. Many of the maps and signs for the Metro are in English, which will help you to feel a bit more comfortable at navigating your way around the city.
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What to do in Kiev
Kiev is filled with several historical points of interest. Many do not have English signage, but most of the largest and more popular attractions will have English audio guides.
Start your visit to Kiev with a visit to the Chernobyl Museum. This museum is all at once fascinating, educational, and also moving. There are lots of details about the disastrous consequences of this historical moment, and it can be very interesting to learn more about it.
Get a feel for authentic Kiev by visiting the main city center street, Khreshchatyk. This great area is closed off to traffic on weekends, and is often filled with performers and an amazing selection of the people who call Kiev home.
The Kiev Pechersk Lavra is one of the oldest and historically relevant monasteries in the Ukraine. Caves dugs out of the countryside are interesting to explore, while the above ground museums are wholly educational and bit spiritual all at once.
Be sure to visit the Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life. Covering several acres, these six rural villages share a slice of life in the Ukraine through the decades. Old buildings have been restored in order to function as live museums.
Andriyivsky Uzviz, or Andrew’s Descent in English is a rough cobblestone street that features St. Andrew’s Church at its summit. While often considered to be something of a tourist trap, the street does also have a number of great galleries, museums, restaurants, and more. The area is very charming and should be on your must-see list.
Must-See Kiev Landmarks
There are a number of great Kiev landmarks that should be on your must-see list, including St. Sophia’s Cathedral. This World Heritage Site holds the honor of being the oldest remaining church in Kiev. It boasts perhaps the largest ensemble of frescoes and mosaics dating back to the 11th century. It is no longer an active church, but today is a museum that can be explored.
Just a short distance away from St. Sophia’s Cathedral is St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. Still an actively working monastery, it dates back as far as the 12th century. It boasts soaring golden domes, and a lovely park behind it that offers outstanding view.
World War Two left Kiev suffering from severe damage and destruction. The Motherland Statue and War Memorials offer a poignant reminder of the damage that the war took on this city. This area is also home to some great examples of military hardware, while the nearby museums offer an insight into the impact that the German invasion had on the Ukraine. Filled with interesting artifacts, this is definitely a must-see stop for any trip to Kiev.
The Babyn Yar Memorial is all at once heartbreaking and educational. This must-see landmark stands as a reminder of those who were murdered by the Nazis during World War Two. While it is certainly a dark topic, those who visit it feel inspired by the strength of humanity.
The Kiev TV Tower is not accessible to tourists, but it is the tallest lattice tower in all the world. It’s still a great site to behold, even if you are not permitted to scale it. The Golden Gate of Kiev, along with Mariyinsky Palace are must-see landmarks, along with the State Aviation Museum.
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