“It’s a rare bird that can fly to the middle of the Dnipro,” wrote famous writer Mykola Gogol. Of course, this is an exaggeration because birds easily cross the river, one of Europe’s broadest. Now, people in Kyiv can follow the birds, thanks to a ropeway across the river.
The route runs parallel to Pedestrians’ Bridge leading to Trukhaniv Island. Those brave enough can put on a hardhat, harness and glide some 550 meters across the river dangling from a rope – some 50 meters above the water.
The starting point is near the rainbow-shaped Friendship of Nations Arch not far from European Square. Often there’s a pretty long line to the platform with the iron pole to which two ropes are tied. The cost is Hr 150. Two instructors prep the riders with helmet and belts around the body and fasten them to the ropes. Once ready, the customer jumps off the platform and enjoys the flight. A person can travel up to 60 kilometers per hour during the 60-second ride. Being as skinny and lightweight that I am, I definitely did not travel up to 60 kmh. Either way, I still enjoyed the ride.
Additional two instructors meet the rider on the other side. But it’s a one-way trip – the person has to go back on foot.
Here’s a link to a video of my cousin and I on the zip line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghTh5X7Y_xQ&feature=youtu.be
I was having trouble uploading it, so this will have to do (: