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Ukraine Car Hire - Did You Know?
- Ukraine, jointly with Poland will host the 2012 Euro football championship finals
- The country is the second largest in Europe after European Russia
- Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea was the scene of the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’
- The world’s worst nuclear accident took place in the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl
- The infamous Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was formerly the leader of Ukraine
Mini Guide to Ukraine
What can you Tell me About Ukraine?
The country is the second largest in Europe and has in the past been an influential country although its position at the frontier of Europe led to many attacks from the east, some of the more successful devastating the country. Two droughts and famines, the last at the end of the Second World War, also served to further damage it. After the fall of communism, the country suffered some political turmoil with corruption, poisonings and more, adding spice to its political scene and leading to fears over the stability of the country. On a brighter note, many tourism chiefs are touting the country, and especially the cities of Kiev and Lviv to be the next Czech Republic-style success story and the arrival of Euro 2012 should give it the boost it needs.
How do I get to the Ukraine?
The best way is to fly into the main international airport outside Kiev. Flights from most of Europe and some of the Middle East land at the airport. Whilst big operators fly into Kiev from the UK, it’s possible to get cheaper flights with budget carriers such as Wizzair and the Ukrainian carrier AeroSvit. Sometimes it can be cheaper to get a budget flight into a neighbouring country and then take a connecting budget flight into Ukraine, for example with AirBaltic.
What is There to See and Do in Ukraine?
This year the answer has to be the 2012 Euro Football Championships with many of the group matches being played in venues throughout the country and that of Ukraine’s joint holder, Poland.
For those with no interest in football, the architecture and charm of the cities is a big draw. Lviv is known as the Paris of Ukraine for its beautiful buildings and, along with the capital Kiev, has architecture to rival that of Prague and Budapest.
If you’re mobile you can visit the autonomous region of the Crimea where much history has taken place including the Crimean War and the hosting of the Yalta Conference, carving up Europe after the Second World War.
How Will my Diet Fare in Ukraine?
The Ukraine is not a place to lose weight for the cuisine is heavily dependent on meat and fat, with dumplings, meat soups, potato pancakes and plenty more filling food being top of the menu. The restaurateurs all want to see you go away completely full so you’ll have dish after dish brought out until you can work out what ‘no more’ is in Ukrainian.