Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is a metropolis of 2.9 million people, founded in the 5th century. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the city has expanded and thrived. The city is still growing on the right (business and government) and left (residential) banks of the Dnieper River.
Kiev is very green, and it is said that you can walk from one end to the other in the shade of its many trees. Winters are relatively mild, and summers are when the city dwellers flock to the many river beaches, islands and lakes Kiev has to offer. The island playground Hydropark is an attraction as is the open-air party atmosphere of Independence Square.
Visitors can enjoy the thriving markets and visit such landmarks as St. Sophia Cathedral and Monastery of the Caves, as well as the monumental Motherland Statue. Kiev is a wonderful place to explore slavic history and culture.