Euro 2012 puts Ukraine in the spotlight

The European Championship trophy in Kiev Kiev is getting excited ahead of the opening of the tournament.

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Finally we are ready for this long-awaited and groundbreaking event - the Euro 2012 Football Championship.

Fans will be able not only to enjoy the games, but also learn the culture, traditions and history of Ukraine.

During Euro 2012, the streets of Kiev will be closed to allow fans and guests of the country to freely walk on the streets of the capital.

The main streets of the host cities will be closed, so it will be easy to travel. And the good news for fans is that travelling around the city by public transport will be free.

The main question you may have is how to get from one host city to another. That's pretty simple! There is a new high-speed train that will carry you in any direction. This is one of the best and easiest ways to get to Lviv or Donetsk.

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A one-way journey from Kiev to Lviv costs 475UHR (£38/47 euros) in first class and 307UHR (£24/30 euros) in second.

Lviv is one of the host cities, where you are always greeted with smiles and courtesy. This ancient city is full of the Ukrainian spirit and traditions. It is considered to be the capital of Western Ukraine. Walking through narrow and old streets will be interesting for fans.

The most interesting places in this city are the country's museums of chocolate and beer. They can be easily found because they are on the main square - Rynok Square.

The most famous product is definitely fat. The first museum of 'salo' (a smoked pork lard), is situated in Lviv and we recommend you to visit it.

A woman walks through the Arena Lviv stadium The Arena Lviv stadium will host several matches during the tournament

By the way it is the only museum in the world of its kind! Here you can see various interesting masterpieces made of salo. The central exhibit is a human heart that is made of salo!

The lion's city is probably one of the few cities in Ukraine, where there are not only lots of expensive hotels, but also comfortable budget hostel.

We encourage you to stay in the Soviet Home hostel Street Drukarska 3, only a few steps from the Rynok Square. The name of the hostel speaks for itself.

The Soviet Home hostel offers you to stay several days in a typical apartment of the Soviet years. Typical prices are 100-250 UHR (£8-£20/10-25 euros). Also, from here you will easily be within reach of the bus stop that goes to the stadium.

Moreover, Ukraine is famous for its varied cuisine. The tastiest dishes are pyrohy (a kind of pie), borshch (a type of soup) and cabbage rolls of rice.

We hope our country will warmly meet football teams and their fans. We will try our best to introduce our country to foreigners.

And we have no doubt that they will remember us as friendly and worthy of people's respect. So we are looking forward to the first match!

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