• 16.04.2018
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Champions League final 2018

Kyiv is ...
• The capital of Ukraine.
• Famous for its tree-lined streets, green space and churches.
• The birthplace of greats Oleh Blokhin and Valeriy Lobanovskiy.
• Twinned with Baku, Chicago, Edinburgh, Kyoto and Munich, among others.
• Safe, cheap and nearly as populous as Madrid: population c.2,800,000.

Getting to and around Kyiv
Kyiv has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system, which is clean and elaborately decorated – a contrast with the somewhat less reliable bus service that must contend with the Kyiv traffic.

Where to stay
Kyiv is a major business hub as well as a tourist destination, ensuring there will be a wide range of overnight options for fans at the UEFA Champions League final.

ZigZag Hostel is just next to The NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium. It will be very comfortable to stay at the hostel as you can get to the stadium just 10 min walking.

Eating and drinking
A major capital, Kyiv will have options for even the least adventurous eaters, but if you want to eat like a Ukrainian, then must-trys include borshch (beetroot-based soup), often combined with pampushky z chasnykom (garlic doughnuts) instead of bread, and varenyky or halushky (different types of dumplings) for a main course. Ukraine is famous for pyrizhky (filled pasties), with kyivska perepichka (Kyiv pig in blanket) a local speciality, sold in just one place at the corner of Khreshchatyk and Khmelnytskyi Streets – the huge queue should show you exactly where. Also recommended are holubtsi (cooked cabbage leaves with a variety of fillings), deruny (potato pancakes), pechenya (roast potatoes and meat) and salo (cured and salted pork fat) served with black bread and garlic. Beer and horilka (the local word for vodka) are plentiful, with uzvar (a dried fruit drink) the preferred alcohol-free tipple.

What to see
For culture: Walk along Andriyivski uzviz (Andrew's descent) – the 'Montmartre of Kyiv' – or climb the bell tower at St Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv's most-visited landmark.
For atmosphere: Khreshchatyk Street runs through the heart of the city and getting dressed up and strolling down it is a Kyivan pastime, especially at weekends when it is closed to traffic. 
For fresh air: Mariinskyi Park is a nexus for skateboarders and roller-skaters, besides being a great place for a walk, while the colourful Landscape Alley is a child-friendly sculpture park

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