Ukraine’s capital named as the top rising European destination in a new survey

TripAdvisor Names Kyiv Europe’s Top Destination On The Rise

TripAdvisor announced its Travelers’ Choice 2012, naming Ukrainian capital Kyiv the top destination on the rise among the cities of The Old World. Ukraine’s capital was placed third in the world’s top ten rating. It was preceded by Argentina’s top beach resort Mar del Plata and the South American largest city Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“Having survived the Mongol Empire, WWII, Chornobyl, and Soviet rule, Kyiv is the proud capital of  Ukraine”, TripAdvisor describes the city. The website highlights Kyiv’s theatres, museums, religious sites, modern buildings and ancient ruins as major attractions for tourists. Two of the World Heritage Sites are located in the city – The Monastery of the Caves, founded in 1015, and Saint Sophia Cathedral, founded in 1037, notes the website.

There are 267 things to do in Kyiv, according to the rating. In addition to 28 shopping hot spots and rich night life, there are nearly 200 attractions across the city, including the renowned Opera House, War Museum topped by the massive Motherland Statue, two botanic gardens, numerous Orthodox churches, and examples of architecture of many cultural and historical eras – starting from the 11th century and ending with latest developments of modern architecture.

The destinations were picked based on the positive traveller feedback, number of clicks and “want to go” pins on the website in the past year, explains USA Today. Mar del Plata, number one on the list, has “ten miles of sandy beaches” to get itself to the top of travel ratings. Sao Paulo – the world’s second destination on the rise – seduces with multiple diners offering cuisine from culture all around the world. The city is also known for multinational art and “crazy-good” shopping.

Other cities that made it on the list are port Montevideo in Uruguay, Australian Perth – an isolated retreat with yet vivid nightlife, and Mexico City, as well as Australian port Hobart and one more Mexican city Guadalajara. Russian capital Moscow and Italian Turin conclude the top ten list.

 ‘TripAdvisors’ winners are determined based on the reviews and opinions and interest from millions of travellers across the world. It is good to see Ukraine’s wonderful capital getting such positive feedback. It is a beyond doubt a great city with delightful people’ commented Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London.

In June 2012, The New York Times named Kyiv one of Europe’s most vibrant 21st century cities. “With a thriving contemporary art scene, a new generation of chefs taking innovative approaches to Ukrainian cuisine, and a delirious dance-till-dawn night life, Kyiv… is a weekend magnet for European and Russian fashionistas. But new cuisine and clubs are only the latest cultural attributes of a city that has more than its share of ancient catacombs, churches and monuments”, wrote Finn Olaf-Jones for the leading daily.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website that assists customers in gathering travel information, posting reviews and opinions of travel-related content and engaging in interactive travel forums.

 Materials used from Worldwide News Ukraine

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