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The main recreational zone on the Dnipro islands, Hydropark deafens people arriving by metro with pop music blasted from dozens of bars near the entrance. Venture deeper into the park, however, and you'll find Kyivans in their element. There's an old-school outdoor gym, sports zones, shashlyk stands and all manner of beach, be it gay or straight, clothed or nude.

There are also stunning views over to the Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra on the Dnipro's opposite (right) bank.