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The Transcarpathian cities have witnessed different dynasties rule the European lands: Austro-Hungary, Romania and Czechoslovakia, all of which have played important parts in the history and development of this prosperous region. The Transcarpathian region is rich with historical heritage.
The Transcarpathian Castles
The Schönborn Castle
The Transcarpathian castles have been built by different people in different times. If you start at “Solnce Karpat” and follow the Kyiv-Chop highway, the first castle you meet after a 15-minute drive would be the Schönborn Castle. The castle-palace of Count Schönborn has always piqued the interest of the European aristoi. The year 1890 – when it was built – is carved into every weather vane. In style, the architecture is similar to French Renaissance and follows the astronomical style, with its 365 windows – for days in a year, 12 entrances – for months, and 52 rooms – for weeks. The courtyard lake is reminiscent of the map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in shape.
The Saint Miklosh Castle
Next on our way is the Saint Miklosh (St. Nicolas) castle in Chinadyyovo (26 km away from the cottages). This family castle was built by Baron Perenyi in the early 15th century. Eventually the castle passed over to the Austrian count Schoenborn von Buchheim, who made it into a luxurious palace. But the icing on the castle's history cake is the secret affair...
The Palanok castle
Close to the Mukachevo town (30km from us) you can see the Palanok castle settled on a mountain. Although there is no data as to when it was built, the earliest mentions date back to the 11th century. The castle's fate and history is connected to Fedir Koriatovych, who received it as a gift from the Hungarian king Sigizmund in 1396. Fyodor turned the castle into his own residence. He ordered a well to be dug, 85m deep and 2,5m wide – in case of long sieges. This well has a captivating legend to it...
The Uzhhorod Castle
The Uzhhorod Castle, which was first mentioned in the Hungarian chronicles of the IXth century (when the Ugrians were crossing the Carpathian passages). In 10-11th century the castle was under the Hungarian crown. The construction of the stone citadel began in 1248, after another Tatar-Mongol raid. In the beginning of the XIVth century it belongs to Pyotr Petenko, the Hungarian king's opponent and the leader of the anti-emperor rebels). The rebellion was unsuccessful, and two years later, in 1322, the castle was given to the French-Italian family of Drugeths. The Drugeth family were the owners of the castle for 300 years, in which the citadel was immensely fortified so that no one could seize it.
Every castle has secrets and legends of its own. One of them tells us about an unfortunate love.
Synevyr Lake is one of the biggest lakes in the Carpathians with an area of ~5 ha. It is 8 to 24m deep and is situated at 898m above the sea level. According to geological data, the lake was created around 10 000 years ago, in the Post-Ice Age period.
Thermal Waters of Kosino
Thermal basins are situated in a 200-year-old oak grove, close to the Hungarian border. The building follows the style of Austro-Hungarian architecture. The spring's most notable property is its curative effect on human body.
The Lumshory Vats
Bathing in a vat gives you the most intense emotions of excitement and delight. The vats are situated 45km away from us. An enormous vat is filled with sulfurated water, then they make a bonfire under it. After that you half-lie inside with the water reaching up to your neck. The vat is gradually heated while you are seated on the boulders on its bottom, and then comes the best part...
- Sightseeing tour to Uzhhorod with a visit to the Uzhhorod Castle and the Museum of Local Lore.
- Sightseeing tour to Mukachevo and the Palanok Castle
- The Transcarpathian Castles
- The Synevyr Lake and the Shypot Waterfall
- The Lumshory Vats
- The Thermal Waters of Kosino
- Beregovo Hot Springs
- Fishing in Voevodyno
- Trout Farms in Vovchyi
- Transcarpathian wines tasting
- Berry and Mushroom Picking
- Daffodils' Valley
Winter Recreation in the Carpathians
- Every year, as soon as winter falls, we are all thinking about a nice vacation with our friends or children. The Carpathians are the best place for winter vacation. There is a T-bar lift close (2km) to “Solnce Karpat”. It is called “Medvezhyi” (“Vedmezhyi”). The slope's length is 800m, easy and medium difficulties. “Medvezhyi” is fit with special snow cannons which provide snow constantly. Ski equipment is available for rent.
- Those who prefer skating can use the ice rink which is filled every year with the temperature below zero.
- Winter recreation in the Carpathian also includes thermal basin and vat bathing, historical tours, hiking, wine cellar visits and wine tasting, and so on.
Mineral waters are one of the main natural factors of the Transcarpathian region. The “Polyana Kvasova” water is considered to be among the best in Europe. The springs are located deep inside the Carpathian mountain group. The earliest mentions date back to the 18th century. In 1840 mineral water is exported to Europe. It received appraisal and awards in different international exhibitions in Budapest, Vienne, Paris.
The climate of the region, its green forests and mountains, clear air, mineral waters and its history are what makes the vacation all the more favourable. Make your stay at “Solnce Karpat” truly pleasant and unforgettable.