Golden domes and shimmering spires peek out from the wooded hills rising above the wide Dnipro River. Leafy-green Kiev, with its traffic-packed boulevards, shopping malls, countless churches, brilliant music and lively nightlife, has embraced capitalism, yet held firmly to its heritage. The Caves Monastery is the spiritual heart of Ukraine; nearby, a gigantic Brezhnev-era Motherland statue bearing sword and shield casts her all-encompassing eye over the city, the river, and its island beaches.
||Hryvnia (Hr or UAH) 1Hr = 100 kopiyka
||Police (Militia): 102
Fire Department: 101
Common emergency Number: 112
||"Kyiv Post" is the main Ukrainian news magazine. Other periodicals worth taking a look at for information on current events include "The Day", "Mirror Weekly" and "The Ukrainian Weekly". For culture and entertainment updates turn to "What's On Kiev" (published every week).
||The general opening hours for shops are 10.00-20.00/21.00 every day, often later in malls, some shops close for lunch. Banking hours are usually 09.00-15.00/17.00 Monday to Friday. Currency exchange kiosks (Obmin Valut) are open 09.00-21.00 daily. ATMs (Bankomats) are plentiful throughout the city.
||Travelers may refer to any of the multiple Tourist Information Centers (TICs) located all around the city - free maps and guides are at your disposal there and the staff are usually multilingual.
12, Lavrska str. ("Mystetskyi Arsenal")
19 а, Khreshchatyk str.
Сentral bus terminal
2/1, Nauky prosp.
21, Kikvidze str., Kyiv, 01103 Ukraine
+38(044) 599-62-08, 599-62-09