The International Conference of Online Game Developers has its schedule published and ISDEF has provided a full agenda and comfortable facilities for all attendees, yet, there is plenty to see and do in Kiev to enhance your trip to Ukraine’s capital.
We’ve put together a custom map below to suggest a few sights and venues we recommend, for those seeking some nightlife and Ukrainian culture beyond the conference walls:
View ISDEF Kiev 2011 city guide in a larger map
In addition to the four restaurants and bars at the Rus, you may want to indulge in other culinary destinations, as well. Yes, there’s McDonalds in town, but also a colorful variety of local, foreign and fusion cuisines, as well as many pubs and bars.
Kiev is well known for its nightlife, so if you are looking for a dance floor, mixing with the rich and famous, or simply listening to a live band or a DJ, you are already in for a dynamic night out. Click around the map above, or check out one of these local sites: http://www.kiev-life.com & http://www.kievapts.com/kiev_nightlife.php.
In general, we recommend walking or using the convenient public transportation system (the Kiev metro, buses, trolleys, trams and funicular). Renting a car involves parking headaches, and taxi cab fares there are non-regulated and may be inconsistent (to put it politely).
A Beta Global and an European Green city, Kiev is perfect for strolling around. Walk along the Dnieper river bank, pop up your laptop open on a bench at one of the botanical gardens or jog around the many ponds or The Victory Park (Park Peremohy), take a boat to the Venetsianskyi island (Hidropark) known for its beaches, amusement park and nightclubs…
Keen on shopping? Dive in the fresh scents of farm produce at the Besarabsky Market, go book hunting at the Petrivka metro station market or window shopping in the glitzy downtown.
Culture & Arts
Naturally, history abounds in this European corner, as well. Boasting more than twenty centuries of history, Kiev is host to many cultural influences yet displays its own essence and charisma unabashed by the turmoils of time and politics. UNESCO World heritage sites Kiev Pechersk Lavra (the Monastery of the Caves) and the Saint Sophia Cathedral should be on top of your list, but save some time also for the National Art Museum, the Andriyivskyy Descent historic street and the Mother Motherland giant statue.
Ask the Rus Hotel concierge or your event coordinator for additional directions or choices if our random suggestions spark your curiosity and adventureship. Leave your mobile devices and computers in your suite – or, bring them along as WiFi is available in some parts of the city – and head out to town.
A sponsor and a presenter, Gate2Shop is glad to make your acquaintance at the 2011 ISDEF spring conference in the Rus Hotel of Kiev, Ukraine, April 22-24.
Our reps will be on hand to discuss marketing and software sales techniques, legal aspects, how to increase your conversion rates and business developments in the software industry. We are looking forward to establishing and maintaining strong business relationships with you, our partners and clients.