One of the most alluring waterfalls in Ukraine, the 15m Shypit waterfall, throws its water down many fascinating cascades between the rocks, into the picturesque mountain valley. It originates from an immense underground source, in one of the most beautiful places in the Ukrainian Carpathians – Borzhava meadow. Staying here is a great way to momentarily escape the hustle and bustle of civilization and reinvigorate yourself.
The birthplace of the President of Carpathian Ukraine, Avhustyn Voloshyn, Kelechyn is also famous for its unique source of naturally carbonated, iron-rich mineral water “Kelechyn”.
One of the most picturesque passes of the Ukrainian Carpathians, Synevyr is 793m high and offers magnificent views of nearby mountain ranges.
The Brown Bear Rehabilitation Centre
In Synevyr National Natural Park, there is a Rehabilitation Centre of the brown bear with an area of 12 hectares. Due to human activity, this large predator is in danger of extinction in Ukraine and requires special treatment. The centre was established to rehabilitate brown bears who were ill-treated in captivity, or suffered from natural disasters, to revitalise their populations in their natural habitat.
The hallmark of the Ukrainian Carpathians is Synevyr, an incredibly beautiful lake, popularly known as the “Sea Eye”. It attracts tourists with its picturesque mountain scenery and crystal clear water, which has long been known for its noble trout. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago at an altitude of 989m, and has a maximum depth of 22m.
It is one of the most beautiful villages of Carpathia and also home to 10 museums, 20 monuments and 50 outstanding historic sites, among which the most famous places are the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life “Stare Selo”, the Museum of Railways “Kolochavska narrow-gauge railway” and the Museum “Kolochavskyi Bokorash”. All visitors are welcome to join us at “At Volf” a pub where you can enjoy food and immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the Highlanders.
This Carpathian village is famous for its unique mineral water spring “Soimivska”, which has the highest calcium content among all the mineral waters in Ukraine and is incomparable to water from the rest of the world.
Health Resort “Karpaty”
Among the Carpathian mountains, there is one of the most romantic palaces in Ukraine, the hunting palace of Count Schönborn (1890). It has 365 windows, 12 entrances and 52 rooms and is surrounded by a beautiful park with many exotic plants.
Here on a single volcanic mountain, stands one of the most powerful fortresses in Ukraine, Palanok Castle (XIV century), erected by Prince Fedir Koriatovych and covered with heroic glory by Princess Ilona Zrini. If you have free time in Mukachevo, you can see many other attractions: the chapel of St. Martyn (XIV century), the Palace of Rakotsi (1663) and a beautiful green Town Hall (1903) are just a few examples.
Former “Beregsas” has long been known for its architectural monuments, but most tourists come here for treatment, enjoyment and relaxation. Guests of the Zhaivoronok Health Complex, famous for its pools of unique, natural thermal water, can enjoy treatment and relaxation all year round in both outdoor and indoor pools, with water fresh from thermal wells 1km below the surface.
Berehovo volcanic lowlands
The outskirts of Berehovo have long been world famous for their wines, which have a rich aroma and a great wealth of taste. This is due to the volcanic rocks on which the grapes grow and the energy of the sun which is particularly strong in this part of Transcarpathia.
The first mention of this eternal border town on the river Uzh dates back to 872; it will fascinate even the most demanding tourist with its charm and fervour. Walk along the historic street of the city, Korzo. Visit the most famous temples of the city, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1841), the Roman Catholic Church of St. George (1775), one of the oldest castles in Ukraine (XIV century) and the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life (Skansen). There is also the chance to enjoy a drink at the cult tavern “Detsa U Notaria”.
Thermal Waters of Kosyno is an extremely modern Spa complex. Located in an oak grove, it has 5 pools and 7 saunas; the average temperature in the thermal pools is over 41 °C. The complex takes pride in its large Jacuzzi fountains, with “coffee”, “wine”, “beer”, “palenka” and the illusory fountain “The Golden Crane of Health” standing at 15.5m. Both adults and children enjoy relaxing here; it is also beneficial for health.
This unique village is a model of local management in Ukraine. Its residents united in the “Association of local development”, thanks to which they developed the infrastructure of the village and started a cheese factory, which invites visitors to taste different kinds of cheese and wine. The cheese is made using Swiss technology and is arguably the best in Ukraine. Those who will like the cheese will be able to buy it at producer prices.
Not far from this capital of vine-weaving in Ukraine, there is a deer farm with more than a hundred spotted deer which bring great joy to visitors.
This extremely boastful Romanian village preserved a fantastic wooden Church of St. Nicholas (1604), an excellent sample of the Máramaros Gothic style.
A monument in Dilove marks the central point of Europe. In 1887, a device made in Austro-Hungary was used, applying a scale of meridians and parallels to determine that the centre was here.
The centre of the Transcarpathian coverlet /“lizhnyk”/ making has long been famous for their “sour” (acid) waters. The fans of stronger drinks are welcomed to the Hutsul brewery, where you can see the production process and taste the refreshing and exclusive beer, which is brewed from Czech and German ingredients on the water from the Alpine Carpathian springs.
The ethnic and geographical centre of Hutsulshchyna, the former village of Zhabie, nestled on the banks of the marvellous river Chornyi Cheremosh, in addition to the picturesque Carpathian panoramas has many other attractions for the discerning travellers. Here, you are warmly welcomed to a concert tour to the private Hutsul Museum of lifestyle and musical instruments named after Roman Kumlyk. In the house-museum of the movie “Shadows of forgotten ancestors”, you can learn about the great love of the Hutsuls Ivan and Marichka, as well as have a photo shoot in the Hutsul clothes.
The picturesque Carpathian village has preserved the ancient traditions of homemade woollen coverlets (lizhnyks), and most of the residents are engaged in bedspreads making. Only in Yavoriv you can see the full cycle of the birth of a coverlet from sheep's wool to the finished product, and buy it at producer prices.
The town of kolomyikas, one of the most beautiful towns in Halychyna, can boast of the magnificent Secession buildings in its central part. Be sure to see the visiting card of Kolomyia – the world's unique Museum of Easter egg painting, also known as Pysanka Museum. It is located in the largest egg in the world (13.5 m high) and has a collection of 12,000 exhibits.
Ski resort No. 1 in Ukraine, where you can get to the top of the mountain Bukovel (1115 m) in the cable-chairlift and admire a beautiful view of the Gorgany and Chornohora mountain ridge.
The famous climatic resort is located between the picturesque mountains in the fascinating valley of the Prut river. Every year, thousands of people admire the cascading waterfall “Probii” (Yaremche Huk) and a wooden restaurant “Hutsulshchyna”.
It is a famous throughout Ukraine place of pilgrimage thanks for its miraculous icon of the Mother of God (1737) in the Church of the Transfiguration (1842) of the Basilian monastery founded in 1570 on Yasna Gora in the Carpathian mountains.
The Rocks of Dovbush – Bubnyshche
A botanical and geomorphological reserve “The Rocks of Dovbush ” – a monument of nature of the national importance – is a group of high rocks with an area of 100 hectares, which on the background of forests and mountains create an incredibly beautiful mountain scenery. It is believed that they were used since ancient times (IX-XIII centuries) as rock fortresses and guard fortifications.