Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is ranked as the 4th top destination of the most Instagram cities in the world, beating out historic cities such as Florence, Prague, and Budapest. Let us briefly dive into the possible reasons why.
1. Easy access
Kyiv is located in the heart of Europe and it takes on average only two hours to get to Kyiv from any point in Europe. Another pleasant addition is a visa-free entry from many countries, including all EU countries. This makes it easy just to hop on a plane. Besides, Kyiv has two international airports, well connected with key cities in Europe.
2. Great value for money
The affordable local prices are the reason why your budget can stretch much further in Ukraine. Our guests Helle and Jan said that ”One of the reasons we enjoyed traveling around Ukraine so much is because everything is super affordable, especially for a European country! Awesome experience.”
To give you the idea, in Kyiv you can:
- Have a taxi ride for 3 euro
- Take 4 journeys on the metro for 1 euro
- Have a decent lunch in a mid-range restaurant for 4-7 euro
- Have 1h relaxing massage session for 22 euro
- Get quality manicures and pedicures with nail polish for 30 euro. And I want to put stress on Quality. It is incomparable with what I typically get in Copenhagen. Ukraine is well known for its cult of beauty and the quality and variety of beauty and cosmetic services are impressive indeed.
3. Ancient History & Modern vibe
Kyiv is an ageless city (founded in 482, it is more than 1500 years old!). There you will find a great variety of beautiful historical sites, including ones inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kyiv is a place where the rhythm of history meets a modern urban vibe. The Ukrainian capital is home to hundreds of successful startups, cultural events, and cool venues to meet your every need! Also, Ukraine has attractive conditions for business investors thanks to highly skilled and inexpensive human capital, convenient geolocation, and a great variety of natural resources. And when the sun goes down – rich nightlife gets started! Some now call Kyiv a ‘New Berlin’, even though Kyiv is 755 years older than Berlin.
4. Popular medical tourism destination
Ukraine is becoming increasingly popular in terms of health and medical tourism. High-quality private clinics and spa complexes in beautiful nature sites adhere to international standards yet offer high expertise and cost-efficient medical solutions and services.
Among them: reproductive medicine (egg donation, IVF, and surrogacy programs), dentistry; plastic surgery, innovative treatment with stem cells (joint pain, dementia, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, metabolic disease), rehabilitation centers (post-stroke, addictions, depression, PTSD), dentistry, ophthalmology, spa & wellness.
5. Safe and friendly
At the moment, Ukraine is a country at war, there’s no denying that, but Kyiv and much of Western Ukraine are a world away from the conflict. So is Kyiv safe to travel to? Yes, the city feels safe. Another positive thing is that Ukrainians are one of the most hospitable nations in Europe – they are curious, friendly, well educated, and tolerant. And often have an excellent sense of humor.
So, if you’re wondering if Kyiv (not Kiev) is worth visiting there’s a simple answer to that question – definitely yes! At the moment, it is one of the most interesting cities to visit in Europe!