As the city experiences very warm (sometimes even extremely hot) summers between June and August, you’re sure to be able to enjoy a picnic or a lazy afternoon in the sun, but you may find it uncomfortable to manage a full day of sightseeing when temperatures rocket. Instead, try to head to Dnepropetrovsk during the spring months of April and May or the autumn months of September and October when temperatures are generally at their most pleasant.
Ukraine’s third-largest city, Dnepropetrovsk is a bustling metropolis with a striking cityscape. Although the blend of architectural styles is eclectic, you can see the traces of its revolutionary past on most street corners. During the Soviet era the city gained much of its contemporary character, including the impressive boulevard known as Karla Marksa Prospekt in honour of the Marxist hero. Reminiscent of Berlin’s iconic Karl Marx Allee, the thoroughfare serves as a useful orientation point, spanning the city from the east to the west and cutting straight through the city centre. For those who aren’t short on time, a stroll along the pedestrianised path that runs through the centre of the boulevard would make for a relaxed afternoon walk as the sun sets over Dnepropetrovsk. All travel itineraries of the area will include Zhovtneva Square (October Square) as a must-see. The Square is dominated by the beautiful Preobrazhensky Cathedral; the city’s oldest cathedral. Stop by to discover the history behind the building and while you’re there why not discover the delicate rose garden in front of the cathedral. Also located on October Square are the Museum of History and a relaxing park perfect for sheltering from the heat during the hot summer months. If you’re looking to enjoy the quieter side of the city then a visit to the breathtaking Monastyrsky Island is an absolute must. A truly captivating sight, the island is a favourite amongst locals and inquisitive guests thanks to its unspoilt beauty and mysterious aura. The island makes up part of the Shevchenko Park, the largest park complex in Dnepropetrovsk.
If you tire of exploring the city on your own two feet, fear not. You can also make the most of your stay here by taking advantage of the local trams and Marshrutkas (taxi-like minibuses). Offering fair rates for journeys in and around Dnepropetrovsk, you’re sure to reach all the places on your checklist when you hop on the local transport.
Passengers to Dnepropetrovsk airport will be pleased to find out that the city lies just a further 9.3 miles (15 km) away from the airport. Travel options include taking a local Marshrutka to the train station or simply hopping in a taxi. Make sure you do a little research before you travel to brush up your knowledge on typical taxi rates so as to avoid paying above the average rate.