Dnepr is a dynamic and lively city and is the third biggest city of Ukraine and one of the largest industrial centres of the country (592-km from Kyiv). The population is 1,186,000.
The city is surprising green along the wide and slow-moving Dnieper river (Dnepr in Russian, Dnipro in Ukrainian). The city has remarkable embankments, long boulevards and spacious parks.
It is also the centre of high-technology industries, education, machine-building, metallurgy and trade. The city is not only famous for its commercial industry, but also its green hills and deep history.
The city is very warm in summer (average daily temperature in July is +25-27 C) and cold in the winter (aver. day temp. is -3-4 C).
Best time for visiting is in the late spring – the late April, May (nice nature and fresh air), first part of June, and early in autumn: September and October (beauty of town’s yellow parks). Period of rains is normal in the middle of autumn. Other times are mainly dry with a few showers or storms in the summer time.
The central streets of the city were renamed during the Soviet time in honor of the outstanding revolutionaries. (And it is interesting, the largest of them is in honor of German figures.) So the central street of the city has the name of Karl Marx. It is a very beautiful, wide and long parkway, which stretches east to west through the central part of the city. It was founded in the XVIII century and parts of its buildings are the actual decoration of the city. In the nucleus of the city is Zhovtneva square, on which is the majestic Cathedral that was founded by order of Katherine II (Russian empress) in 1787.
On the square, there are some remarkable buildings: the Museum of History, Diorama “Battle for the Dnieper River (Second World War)”, and also the beautiful park in which you can rest in the hot summer. Walking down the hill to the Dnieper River, you will arrive in the large Taras Shevchenko Park (which is on the right bank of the river) and on Monastyrskiy Island. This island is one of the most interesting places in the city. In the IX century, the Byzantian monks based a monastery here. It was destroyed by Mongol-Tatars in the XIII century.
Globy Central Park, Shevchenka Park, Embankments, river beaches and islands are the favorite places of most of the townspeople. During the summer there are a great number of cafes along the wide Dnieper River (1 km. width approx.), on main streets, and in the parks.
The City Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russian and Ukrainian Drama theatres, some Youth theatres, and Circus are waiting for you all year round.
Some museums and exhibition halls are always open for you.The largest and most popular is the Historical Museum named for Dmitry Yavornitsky. The Museum of Art has quite a good collection of pictures representing different styles and epoch.
Zaporozhye is one of the largest cities in Ukraine located in the south-central part of the country on the Dnieper River beyond its once impassable rapids. It is an important industrial and cultural center, mainly for the world-famous aircraft engine manufacturer, hydroelectric power station and historical heritage of Khortytsia Island.
Thanks to Khortytsia Island, our city has a really special place in Ukraine’s history. Many years ago, Zaporozhye was the center of Cossack civilization and a strategic site, due to the fact that the island was strategically located (there were many rapids in the river) it was hard to get there. Therefore Cossacks – desperate and ruthless warriors – managed to build a new society free from Polish and Russian influence. Today Khortytsia Island is home to the Historical Museum of Zaporozhye Cossacks which holds a lot of Cossack artifacts found here.
Another interesting wonder of the city is the Zaporozhye Oak Tree. This ancient tree has always been a symbol of Zaporozhye and historical monument of the country as a whole. The mighty tree – 36 meters tall and twenty meters in the girth – must have seen unbelievably much in its life. According to the legend it was under this oak that Cossacks wrote the world-famous letter to the Turkish sultan.
Although the city of Zaporozhye is not a maritime city, there are some sandy beaches along the Dnieper River. They are mostly fairly small but very refreshing on hot summer days. One might also like to take a boat trip along the channels and inflows of the Dnieper River, go on a cruise round the island of Khortytsia or enjoy sluicing Dniprohes Dam.
Zaporozhye Dniprohes Dam – a magnificent achievement of the Soviet era – was built between 1927 and 1932. It is about 700 meters long and about 62 meters high. During the Second World War, the Dam was completely destroyed, but it was rebuilt by 1949. Now it is considered to be one of the Seven Modern Wonders of Ukraine.
Every year the city attracts more and more tourists interested in getting to know its culture and cuisine. The most popular attractions here are: The Musical Fountain, a peculiar visiting card of Zaporozhye; Museum of the Ancient Navigation, opening of which is planned for 2012; Lenin Prospect, which is believed to be the longest on the territory of Ukraine and across Europe; Intercession Cathedral, built in 1778. In addition, the Preobrazhensky Bridges, Church of St. Nicholas, Arch Bridge, City Botanical Garden, the “Sorrowful Mother” monument, Alley of Love, Children’s Railway, Glinka Concert Hall, Clock of Love, and Lenin’s monument are all very internationally famous. Besides seeing these attractions, visitors can also go shopping for art pieces in the central park or enjoy traditional food in many local restaurants.
Kiev (also known as Kyiv)is the bustling capital of Ukraine and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population in July 2013 was 2,847,200 making Kiev the 8th largest city in Europe.
Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.
Kiev is one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe and has played a pivotal role in the development of the medieval East Slavic civilization as well as in the modern Ukrainian nation.
It is believed that Kiev was founded in the late 9th century. Kiev is located on both sides of the Dnieper River, which flows south through the city towards the Black Sea.
The art and architecture of Kyiv are world treasures. The Cathedral of St. Sophia, where the princess of Kyiv were crowned in the years of Kyiv’s grandeur, has outstanding mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 11th century. Overlooking the old section of Kyiv, Podol, stands the Ukrainian Baroque church of St. Andrew, much beloved by Ukrainians. The Pecherska Lavra, the Monastery of the Caves, a short trolley ride from the center of town, has two 11th-century cathedrals on its grounds, in addition to its world-famous catacombs, bell tower, and museum collections. Close to the center of town stands the Golden Gate, a structure which dates back to 1037. These recently reconstructed remains of the former fortified wall of the city defined the limits of the city in centuries past. Several blocks away, stands the magnificent 19th-century Cathedral of St. Volodymyr.
Kiev is a gateway to Ukraine and is still the easiest city to travel to the country. As the capital and the largest city, it usually grants visitors their first impressions of Ukraine, The simple fact remains that there is an amazing amount to see and to do in this city. Without any exaggeration, it is one of the most majestic and greenest cities of Europe, Flowering chestnut trees cover the streets for summer period, and during this time, no other city could seem so green and full of beauty.
The City of Odessa is often referred to as “The Pearl of the Black Sea”. Odessa is a beautiful city on the Black Sea coast. A visit to Odessa is sure to be unlike a visit to any other city. In contrast to other cities of the former Soviet Union, Odessa is rich in Western European culture. Odessa is known throughout the world for its art and culture and has, what is considered to be, the second most beautiful and important opera house in the world.
The population of Odessa is about 1.1 million. It is a cosmopolitan city with 150,000 tourists each year from all over the world. In the summer, they relax along the sandy shores of Odessa beaches and experience this eternally young city. The beaches allow tourists to feel like they are in the Mediterranean. All of the coast of Odessa is lined with popular beaches. In the summer they are filled with beautiful girls, music, and visitors sampling tasty food. One of the most popular beaches is Arcadia Beach, which is located about 10 minutes from downtown.
Walking in Odessa you can see its history from classical Italian influences to Soviet era apartment complexes. On Deribasovskaya Street – the central street – there is a variety of restaurants, theatres, concerts and a promenade of people. The port of Odessa has ships from all over the world arriving daily.
Odessa is the 3rd largest city in Ukraine, the most important city for trade and the 2nd most popular city for tourism in Ukraine.It is the largest city along the entire Black Sea. Many years ago, Odessa was once, after Moscow and St. Petersburg, the 3rd leading trading city in old Russia. Odessa is the most important port of Ukraine. With its beautiful harbor on the Black Sea, Odessa has become Ukraine’s southern window to Europe and an important cultural center.
In addition to the importance of the seaport, the city’s industries include ship building, oil refining, chemicals, metal working and food processing. Odessa is also the home of a Ukrainian naval base and many fishing fleets.
Odessa is situated on terraced hills overlooking a small harbor. The weather is mild and dry with average temperatures in January of 29 F and 73 F in July. Odessa averages only 35 cm (14 in) of precipitation annually. Odessa has many therapeutic resorts. Modern Odessa is a city rebuilding itself, and its downtown is slowly being revitalized.
Odessa looks more like a city located on the Mediterranean, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian architectural styles. Odessa has always had a spirit of freedom, probably endowed by its ability to accept many different peoples.