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Kiev for Lovers

Kiev is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. It's elaborate architecture, little and quiet streets and many impressive historic sights alone are enough to make your heart skip a beat, more so when you're visiting the city with your lover.

The most romantic place in Kiev is undisputedly the Lover's Bridge, meaningfully surnamed the Bridge of Kisses or Devil's Bridge. Regardless of the season or the weather, you'll always find romantic couples exchanging the most intimate of all signs of affection. The pedestrian bridge connects the city center to the Dnieper Park. In the olden times when the wooden construction swung while people tried to cross the bridge, many were afraid to step onto it, hence the name Devil's Bridge. Lovers, however, could not be held back by fear. This is probably why it became such a popular romantic spot. The legend says that by kissing on the Lover's Bridge, lovers are locked into each other's hearts for ever, so in the course of time, many couples have hung locks, ribbons, and knots onto the bridge's banister as a symbol of their everlasting love. As a result, there is hardly a clear spot visible. There is almost no place where people haven't carved their names, initials or other love symbols.

After strolling through the beautiful Mariyinsky Park with its miniature version of the French Versailles, the Mariyinsky Palace, you can watch the sunset over the magnificent scenery at Kureni Restaurant where you can enjoy a high standard Ukrainian cuisine in the open air or in small Kossack style huts on the large terrace. If you and your sweetheart are rather up for a little more action after a quiet early evening, try Kiev D*Lux Club. It too sports an excellent restaurant with a wonderful summer terrace, and after a delicious dinner you can get jiggy with it on the dance floor of Kiev's classiest night club.

The golden domes of the St. Sophia Cathedral are also a must-see for loving couples, so is the Sofiys'kyi sober. It's one of Kiev's most beautiful and oldest buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your lover and you can admire the splendid interior and climb up the clock tower for a spectacular view over Kiev. From there you'll walk hand-in-hand along Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd where you'll enjoy strolling through the Fomin Botanical Garden and the Tarasa Shevchenka. Kiev being a very green city, many parks invite romantics to wander along little hidden paths, and once in a while sneak away for some alone time in the megalopolis that is Kiev. These green spaces are situated next to each other just opposite the Red Building of the National Taras Shevchenko University.

Having climbed the 94 ft of St Sophia's clock tower and enjoyed a nice walk with some fresh air in what comes the closest to nature in a city, you'll most certainly be hungry and may be up for some socializing. Viola's Bierstube on the same street is definitely the right place for that. The food is solid and good and the cheerful atmosphere makes it easy to meet new people and friends.

Another very special and romantic activity is most certainly a boat trip on the Dnieper River. Tours start from the River Terminal and usually go for an hour. The Dnieper is the third largest river in Europe and offers an impressive panorama. The steep green slopes on the riverside and idyllic landscapes along the river are in stark contrast to the city's skyline. The cruise ships usually sport a bar, and some even have music and a dance floor.

Finally, we'd like to suggest a stroll down Andrew's Descent, or Andriyivsky Uziz, one of Kiev's oldest streets. With its cobblestone and winding course, it looks extremely picturesque. Buy little souvenirs of your trip in one of the many stalls situated on the side of the street and walk up to the beautiful St. Andrew's Church. Being a place where writers, scholars, and artists used to live, it is a street full of history and flair. Even today, many painters and craftsmen display and sell their art, and the little bars and coffee shops invite you to relax and enjoy the scenery.

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