Journey to Transcarpathia

Here’s the riddle: what’s the thing that makes you richer when you buy it? The right answer is – a journey! In summer Transcarpathia is especially friendly to tourists, so we are going to tell you about ten places that will leave a great impression on you. Of course, this list is just a top of the iceberg…

All the sights can be seen in the tour of
10 Curiosities of Transcarpathia


Schonborn Palace
When you see this palace you start to wonder, if you haven’t wandered into some chivalric romance or a fairy-tale by Charles Perrault. The building gained these looks in the 19th century due to a fashion for the Neoromantic style with ample use of features from Gothic and Romanesque architecture. In Soviet times this was a popular place for filming movies. Among them was the fairy-tale “Snow Queen” and a popular series about a Soviet intelligence agent of WWII times “Seventeen Moments of Spring”.

Today the palace hosts the “Carpathians” sanatorium specializing on treatment of and rehabilitation after cardiovascular diseases. It is surrounded by a lush garden with many rare plants. And deep in the garden there is hidden the Spring of Beauty – after washing yourself with its mineral water you may forget about old age.

Schonborn Palace


Palanok Castle
The castle in Mukachevo is the absolute opposite of the Schonborn Palace. It’s a true fortress that endured many battles. It even has secret underground passages, where people could hide along with their cattle during sieges. The fortress has tree levels: the high, the middle and the low castle. The high castle is the oldest, the low castle was built in the 18th century.

Today a broad and convenient road leads to the castle, but in the old times there was only a steep and narrow path – for security reasons. Mukachevo once belonged to the Transilvanian Principality – the homeland of Dracula. Walking in spacious halls and ascending high stairs you can feel the mystique of this place. And the exhibitions of ancient objects of daily life will be a good bonus for the experience.

Palanok Castle

Lumshory Village
Here, in this picturesque place you may take a bath in the famous hot cauldrons. The history of treatment with heated mineral water goes really deep – the Celts used this method to treat wounds and diseases.

You should interchange soaking in hot water in the cauldron with plunges into cold water – either in a bath, or in a river. This temperature change is good for keeping your organism in good shape; it makes your skin tight, helps your blood vessels and improves your immunity. Just 40 minutes of such treatment will make you forget all the stresses of modern life. After the bathing, you will feel a surge of appetite, so numerous restaurants with local food and drinks will be very helpful.

Lumshory Village

Berehovo
Berehovo is an ancient city on the banks of the Verke River surrounded with sloping hills covered with vines. People come here to enjoy best kinds of local wines, have a thermal bath and just to take a walk in romantic narrow streets. The oldest Transcarpathian festival is held here yearly – the Beregfest (beginning from 1963). It begins with the ritual of crushing grapes. Besides the wine tastings, you can also see reconstructions of mediaeval knight tournaments and various sports competitions during the festival.

Berehovo


Lake Synevyr
Among the rocks of Gorgany, on the territory of the National Park a jewel of the Carpathians lays hidden. The lake appeared here after an earthquake; three mountain torrents fall into it, keeping its waters crystal clear and deep.

On the islet in the lake you will see a romantic sculptural ensemble – the lad Vyr and the girl Syn (local lore says that the name of the lake comes from the combination of their names). The locals will be glad to tell you the legend about them. As this is a natural resort, the nature here is majestic with its virginal beauty.

Lake Synevyr

Uzhhorod Castle
This is a true military fortress, situated on the castle hill and surrounded with a moat. Today this formidable fortress hosts the Local History Museum. The walls are 3 m thick, and the planning should have been conceived by a true genius of military engineering. The castle also has a ghost – the White Lady, the unfortunate daughter of the Earl Drugeth; she walks in the halls at night looking for her lover.

If you descend into the basements, you will find the prison and the torture chamber there… In the courtyard, the archaeological excavation of the old church took place; the remnants of the church are now conserved.

Uzhhorod Castle


Nyzhnie Village
Once an ordinary God-forgotten village, it started a new life thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit. The locals take their milk every morning to a local cheese factory, where it turns into high quality cheeses made with traditional technology from the Swiss Alps.

The owner, Petro Pryhara, is a true enthusiast of the trade, always working on making his product as ecologically clean as possible. People don’t leave the village looking for better life – here they have education, entertainment and jobs for everyone. Any visitor will have an opportunity to taste these nutritious and delicious cheeses and to feel the atmosphere of the traditional country life.

Nyzhnie Village


Iza Village
The village is famous for its ancient trade – making of wicker-ware. The tradition and the secrets of trade are passed on from generation to generation. There is a small exhibition of wicker-ware in front of every house: furniture, baskets, vases, lampshades, pet houses etc. Here you may both have a look at these handmade wares and buy any you like. Also, there is a deer farm not far from the village.


Kelechyn Village
This village is the birthplace of Avgustyn Voloshyn, the president of the short-lived Carpathian Ukraine state. There are three mineral springs in Kelechyn, two of them – in the forest. The most famous one is situated on the side of the road from Volovets to Mizhhirya. The water here has a distinct and unusual taste. The other two springs give water of orange colour, but that should not stop you. The water here is medicinal, people drink it to cure cardiovascular diseases, intestinal and gynaecological problems.

Shypit Waterfall
The best time to visit the waterfall is in spring. In winter it is frozen, and in summer there are too many tourists and youths coming to an unofficial underground festival. In spring, when the snow on the slopes of Mount Hymba thaws and fills the torrent, the waterfall reaches its peak of power and beauty. The name comes from the word “shepit” – whisper, because of the “whispering” sound of the falling water.

In summer, you can easily ascend Polonyna Borzhava to enjoy the surrounding scenery; and the mountain slopes are covered with ripe blackberries. The Pylypets Village is very hospitable to tourists, here you will easily find a place to stay and where to eat, and there are numerous souvenir-shops where you can find anything from honey and herbal tea to wicker-ware and furs.

Shypit Waterfall