Lumshory Tanks – Spa in the Carpathians

The small village of Lumshory in the Perechyn district of the Zakarpattia region attracts travellers from different regions of Ukraine, European countries and other parts of the world. And they travel here first of all to try the ancient and unusual local tradition of rest, recovery and rejuvenation of the body. Of course, we are talking about the famous Lumshory tubs, bathing in which will give everyone a very interesting experience.

Sometimes tourists joke that this is a real “rehearsal of hell”, although, at the same time, Lumshory gained the fame of “Transcarpathian paradise” among travellers. Such contrasts in the names are common here because the bathing procedure itself suggests contradiction: hot water inside the tub and icy water in the river nearby, and you will have to dive in both if you want to feel the full palette and depth of this experience. The villagers really know their job, which consists in, so to speak, “cooking tourists in vats”; they do it with love and inexhaustible Transcarpathian hospitality – when you arrive l it seems that the owner of the country house had spent the whole day waiting for you, and just for you!

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Tourism and hospitality of Transcarpathia are famous with a warm approach to people. Many tourist sites in this region are very hospitable, which is very good news for everyone. Probably, the good and sincere nature of the people living here and their respect for ancient traditions in almost every craft played an important role in this. This also applies to Lumshory. Nowadays, almost all local hosts have several tanks of different sizes used for bathing. You will not be able to find such a concentration anywhere else. But the story of Lumshory tanks began many centuries before the words “vats” and “Lumshory” became synonymous and were joined to create a real brand of tourist Transcarpathia.

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Let’s find out why tourism developed so well in the small village and why Lumshory tanks are a living legend of the Carpathian region, as well as a popular choice among adherers to a healthy lifestyle and quality recreation.

When choosing tours to the Carpathians, pay attention to:

In which you will be able to see Lumshory and to bath in the tanks.

There are three main reasons why you should choose Lumshory:

1. Uniqueness: hydrogen sulfide water.

Only in Lumshory, you have the opportunity not only to relax with pleasure but also to recover, rejuvenate the skin, strengthen the immune system, improve the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. These nice bonuses are available due to the qualities of local mineral waters of the hydrogen sulfide type. This is the kind of water that is used in the village of Lumshory. So combine the pleasant with the useful!

2. Nature: Carpathian beech forest, spring river nearby and clean mountain air.

In such an environment, regardless of the weather, the effect of bathing is not only enhanced but goes to new levels – where there is a connection with the natural world. This allows us to draw life-giving and much-needed energy, which helps to restore the balance and biorhythms of our own body. So feel united the energy of the Earth!

3. Traditions: the oldest tanks.

Transcarpathian region is famous for so many things! One of them is numerous springs with mineralized water, different in composition and properties. There are more such sources in Transcarpathia than in any other region of Ukraine. That is why they have long been used by ingenious people in different ways. Even before the discovery of the health-improving Transcarpathian thermal waters, the locals arranged unusual spa treatments at home with heated mineralized water.

Total relaxation in Lumshory tanks

Travelers love tours to Transcarpathia. If you want to visit the best thermal pools of Transcarpathia and Lumshory, we invite you to tour:

We know from the locals that they originally bathed in wooden barrels. The water in them was heated by a hot stone, which was thrown into the barrel from the hearth. And only later did large cast-iron vats appear, and it was much more convenient to heat water and bathe in them. The ancient vats in Lumshory have served their residents and guests well, and some of them are still used. For example, the oldest of those still in use today dates back to 1600! The inscription on this vat serves as the evidence of this fact.

This ancient way of rest and recovery, although interrupted by two world wars, still did not disappear, but very successfully recovered in Lumshory, and later vats in the Carpathians became popular throughout the region. Being a very tiny mountain village (its population is less than a hundred people), Lumshory in Transcarpathia turned into an area where everyone goes for bathing in tanks.

To get to know the Carpathian Mountains, pay attention to our very popular tour with tanks:

Let’s get acquainted with the modern technology of bathing in tanks, or rather “boiling”. Here is a lesson in tourist cooking!

How to “cook yourself” in a tank, step-by-step recipe:

  1. The water in the tub should be heated to 35-40 degrees, depending on how the body, which will be “boiled” in it perceives high water temperature.
  2. Add to the water fragrant Carpathian herbs and flowers to taste  (numbers 1 and 2 of the list are provided by the organizers).
  3. Remove the upper layers of clothing from the body and warm it up.
  4. Carefully put yourself into the tank with heated water.
  5. Relax and “boil” in a tub over low or medium heat for 10-15 minutes, then put your body into the icy water of the river Turychka (located right near the baths).
  6. Do not forget to throw firewood in the fire to keep it burning! (This will be taken care of for you too).
  7. Repeat step five until your body is fully cooked (it should taste like a feeling of complete bliss).
Nothing refreshes more than bathing in a cold river

Voila! Bon appetit! And stay healthy😉

And if we made you hungry with our humorous recipe – remember that famous Lumshory can offer tourists not only the vats, but also give them a wonderful opportunity to taste deliciously cooked local river trout, which lives only in the purest mountain rivers; and to drink soothing Carpathian herbal tea with delicacies.

And if you have a little more time left – be sure to admire the beauty of the waterfalls that flow near the village. Then stress and illness will leave your body and soul, freeing up space for new life energy!

You can try the effect of bathing in tanks and other experiences by visiting our following tours:

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