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Located in the north of Ukraine on the Dnieper river, Kiev (locally known as Kyiv) is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, founded in the late 9th century. Throughout its history Kiev has experienced many upheavals, from world wars to Soviet rule (from which Ukraine won its independence in 1991). Despite a turbulent past, many of the city’s outstanding historic landmarks have survived, including the Monastery of the Caves (founded in 1015), an orthodox Christian monastery crowned with a series of gold-topped domes found on all of Kiev’s spectacular array of religious buildings.
With the keys to your own hire car, you will be able to easily explore the diverse array of attractions in this city, as well as venture beyond Kiev to nearby towns and cities such as Irpin (a 34-minute drive from the capital), where a Soviet T-34/85 tank in the centre of town commemorates the liberation of Irpin in 1943 and stands as monument to this area’s hard-won freedom.
Fly into Boryspil International Airport and from there it’s a half-hour drive along the M03, E40 and E95 into the centre of Kiev.
With a hire car you can easily expand your horizons beyond Kiev to explore the local area. The city of Brovary is just a half-hour drive away, where you can find thrills at the Terminal Water Park – four floors of swimming pools, jacuzzis, spas, saunas and water slides, as well as bars that you can swim up to! Boryspil is also a 45-minute drive from the capital, the proud birthplace of Pavlo Chubynsky, author of the Ukrainian national anthem.
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Attractions aside, Kiev is already a spectacle in itself – packed full of must-see architecture such as the striking 11th century St Sophia Cathedral, as well as endless quaint streets lined with pastel-coloured buildings. St Andrew’s Church is a particularly impressive building, completed in 1754 by the same architect who designed the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. It’s worth the steep climb up the hill to witness the astounding baroque architecture in person. The Central Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit in summer when they are in full bloom, as well as the PinchukArtCentre, which has held exhibitions featuring a range of big-name artists including Antony Gormley, Damian Hirst and Ai Weiwei. Your hire car can also help you explore beyond Kiev to local cities such as Obukhiv, or travel further up the Dnieper river to experience more of this beautiful country, much of which is still unspoilt countryside.
Ukraine has three types of roads. Highways and semi-highways tend to be in good condition, but H-roads are usually not as well maintained, with loosely repaired potholes. Conditions can vary from region to region, but allow more time for driving if your route takes you along one of the H-roads. If you venture out of Kiev and end up driving in more rural areas, beware of walking hazards such as cows and chickens which are often left to roam freely and can end up wandering into roads.
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