Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine -- now known as Dnipro and until recently know as Dnipropetrovsk or Dnjepropetrovsk -- is a city in the centre of Ukraine. From the capital Kiev, it takes about six hours by train or eight hours by bus to reach the city. Although most outsiders describe the city as grey and not necessarily as a place worth visiting, Dnipro is surprisingly nice. The best time to visit is in summer, when the embankment and parks are very lively.
Hostels in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, can be found throughout the city and not only in the centre. If you are just visiting for a few days and are not so familiar with the marshrutka (minibus) system or if you plan to go out at night, you will definitely want to stay in the city centre. Dnipro’s city centre, however, is quite spread out. European Square is basically the central square. Most places of interest are within approximately one kilometer west and more than two kilometers east of European Square. When searching for a Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hostel in the centre, it is recommended to find a place close to Dmitra Yavornytskoho Street, as it is on this long boulevard and its side street, where you can find many nice cafes and most sights worth seeing.
Most Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hostels attract a majority of Ukrainians and Russians. Most -- including the staff -- do not speak English. Even the signs in your Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hostel may be in Russian only, and when in English, expect poor grammar. The Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hostels in the centre offer the best chances to meet a few English-speaking guests. Some of the guests stay for a month or longer in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hostels, as they are not much more expensive than an apartment, which can be hard to find. The further away from the centre you book a Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hostel, the smaller the chance to meet English-speaking people.
If you base yourself in the centre, you can cover the whole city on foot if you like walking. With inexpensive tram tickets, you might as well use public transport sometimes. Tram number one terminates at the railway station and covers the entire city centre. Dnipro’s sights could be seen in one day, but there are many nice coffee bars and cafes in the city, so about three days in the city seems to be a good amount for most visitors.
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