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Ministerka or Red'kino Lake
How to get there: take marshrutka #172 or bus #99 at Mins'ka metro stop, Obolon. Get off at Mayorova stop. If you have a car, go along Bohatyrs'ka Street. The lake will be on your left side.
Nearest metro: Mins'ka, blue line (Obolon district)
Ministerka lake (called by locals) or Red'kino lake is situated nearly outside of Kyiv, on the way to Vyshgorod. It is quite popular during hot summer days. Sandy beaches, trees and water attract locals and guests of the Ukraine capital. Just recently this lake has been considered as one of the cleanest lakes in Kyiv city area. But nowadays, water of the lake seems not so clean, probably because of the private cottages, built just up the hill above the lake. Of course, there is no public WC and piles of garbage could be seen here and there in the bushes. But despite of all, lots of people come here every day to relax and get closer to the nature. :)
Blue Lake near Horenka village
To enter a territory of the paid beach by car, you'd have to pay 5 UAH. Then you have a choice or to go a bit further and find your own picnic spot or you could use the paid beach. In this case to enter the beach would cost you 20 UAH.
The beach is quite clean and there are several wooden pavilions. You can also rent a chaise longue for 20 UAH per day.
There is a small cafe at the beach.
Coffee with milk: 20 UAH
Beer: 15 - 20 UAH
Ice-cream: 5 - 15 UAH
Shashlyk and other food is available as well.