The M06 highway connects the west-most Ukrainian city of Chop with Kiev via Uzhgorod, Mukachevo/Mukacheve, Lvov/Lviv, Rovno/Rivne, Zhitomir. In May 2010 I did drive the highway between Lvov and Chop. The quality of the pavement and markings did exceed my expectations I had about Ukrainian roads. It was Sunday (some VT members still being in Krakow...more
restoring is a good thing, when it’s done properly. in case of the castle's clock, restoring has deprived the place of one of its romantic/dramatic stories. in times of my adolescence, the number IV on all castle clocks was practically invisible. the guide told us that it had been fiercely wiped out by an order of one of Schönborns.as I wrote in my...more
Building the well was time and labor consuming effort, and for a long time alas unsuccessful - after 84 meters of digging there was still no water (mind that the castle is located on a top of a 68-meter hill). The legend says that the devil himself assisted the prince to get the water. According to the legend, the prince in despair promised a...more
Potable water was essential during long castle sieges, thus the well in the upper castle was necessety. The well in the yard of the upper castle was built in Koryatovych times (turn of the 15th cent) and served a long life - the water was drawn for the last time in 1897. it is currently is being cleaned from the 100 plus years of dirt, garbage and...more
Palanok Castle remains#1 landmark and the ‘reason d’etre’ for visiting Mukachevo. No matter from where you approach the castle, you will be stunned by its appearance – out of blue (or rather, out of total flatness) appears a hill, on a top of which is situated one of the most beautiful, and technically sophisticated structures of its time, as well...more
A journey to the Schönborns hunting lodge starts on the railway station, which itself reminds a tiny castle. Following a cobble stone path (there is a visible shortcut through a park, which is safe to take) you reach once hunting lodge, currently one of the buildings of the Karpaty Recreation Complex.the history of the castle dates to 1840, when...more
In Ukrainian Mukachevo castle is called Palanok castle. It was built in 14th century on a 68 m high volcanic hill and covers an area of 14000 square meters. There are 130 rooms and lots of underground passages connecting the various parts. There is an upper, middle and lower castle. The Koriatovych family lived there for about 200 years and made it...more
MUKACHEVO CASTLE: The stronghold was a residence of mighty Koriatovych family for almost 200 years During the reign of prince Felix Koriatovych the fortress became one of the most impregnable in the whole country. The prince and his family lived in the highest part of the castle, there were really very rich interiors there. The stronghold has a...more
TOWN MUKACHEVONear the complex “Latoritsa” there is a chink with thermal water, which flows just into the bath. The temperature of water – is 35° Ñ. It is recommended to use both for swimming and drinking. Its curative properties help at treatment of skin diseases), respiratory ways, nervous and vessel systems. Cultural and architectural monuments...more
It takes an hour from Chop to Mukachevo by fast train. There are also Elektrichkas. From Uzhhorod you probably best take a bus.
In Slavic fairy tales, it’s a common thing to become rich and happy without working or spending too much effort. This wishful thinking got transferred through centuries and got implemented into numerous wish-performing monuments. One of them is located in the inner court of the Palanok Castle.
The legend (a very recent one) says that one can become rich and happy if one holds a magic finger of the prince Koryatovych.
To ensure fulfillment of a wish, a person has to follow the following ritual. Make sure your hands are clean, and your thoughts are pure. Turn behind and make sure no one is around (quite rare, but not impossible); throw a coin to the prince’s feet, quickly grab his forefinger and make your wish. Happy wish-making J
If your train travels during the day from Mukachevo to Lviv you will see some nice countryside. The train winds its way through the Carpathians and passes the cute Karpati station. You will see many forested hills and later wooden houses and villages.