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Skhidnytsia

The town of Skhidnytsia is located in the Drohobych district of Lviv region, surrounded by forests and mountain reservoirs at an altitude of over 700 metres. The settlement was first mentioned in the 14th century. Initially, Skhidnytsia was part of the Principality of Galicia-Volhynia, then Poland, then it became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the ZUNR, Poland again, the Ukrainian SSR, and then independent Ukraine.

In the 19th century, oil reserves were discovered, and then they declined significantly. It turned out that the town had a large supply of mineral waters. The first sanatorium based on local mineral waters, Karpaty (now called Skhidnytsia Karpaty), was built in 1970.

Since then, people have been coming here for recreation and treatment. You can rent accommodation in the private sector or buy a voucher to the sanatorium, which offers a variety of treatments.

Східниця

Not far from the city centre are the ruins of the Tustan fortress. It was mentioned in the chronicles of 1340. In summer, a medieval culture festival is held near the rock fortress. In Skhidnytsia itself, there is a museum of Omelyan Stotsky, who was the first researcher of local mineral waters. The brick St Nicholas Church of 1695 with a wooden bell tower of 1821 is located 5 kilometres from Skhidnytsia in the village of Novyi Kropyvnyk. There are two modern churches in Skhidnytsia: the wooden Castle or Church of St Nicholas built in 1999 and the stone church of St Andrew the First-Called in 2012.

Fans of green tourism will enjoy the Stuzhytsia Landscape Park, which covers an area of over 4,000 hectares. You can admire beech forests and breathe fresh air. If you reach an altitude of 1,200 metres, you can see alpine meadows.

Map of attractions in Skhidnytsia

A brief history of Skhidnytsia

The history of Skhidnytsia dates back to the times of Kyivan Rus, when the settlement of Zolota Banya existed on its site. The name is most likely derived from the ancient salt-making industry in wooden buildings called “baths”. In the Middle Ages, salt was known as “white gold” because it was very valuable and always in short supply. According to another version, the name ” Zolota Banya” was formed from the Latin baneum (balneum) and the Greek balaneion, which means “bath, bathhouse, resort”. According to the third version, in Old Russian times the word “banya” meant “pit”. This is because the settlement was surrounded by mountains and it felt like being in a pit. At that time, oil, which was always plentiful here, was valued more than gold.

In 1240-1242, the Tatar-Mongol hordes of Batu Khan devastated the settlement of Zolota Banya.

There are several versions of the origin of the modern name of the village. The most popular hypothesis connects the name Skhidnytsia with the history of these lands after Batu Khan’s invasion. The surviving residents of Zolota Banya and other settlements began to “come together” to build a new settlement. The new town was named Skhidnytsia from the word “to come together”. Another version, authored by local historian Yaroslav Olkhovyi, connects the name of the settlement with the Skhidnychanka river, whose rocky ledges and stepped banks resemble a staircase.

The first written references to Skhidnytsia are found in Polish documents of the 14th century. At that time, the Galicia-Volyn principality was occupied by foreign conquerors, and Skhidnytsia became part of Poland for a long time.

Polish nobles began to displace the local elite. This process was completed in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Since then, until 1939, the Polish elite dominated all spheres of life in Skhidnytsia.

In the Middle Ages, the Poles built a lordly castle with wooden and earth fortifications in the very centre of modern Skhidnytsia. It was used as a fortress until the XVIII century.

The peasants in Skhidnytsia did not receive large harvests due to the infertile land. Their lives were accompanied by constant wars, epidemics and natural disasters in the form of floods. In addition, the local population suffered greatly from social and national-religious oppression by the Polish elite. Popular discontent often escalated into armed uprisings against the oppressors. For example, in 1648, local peasants rose up in an uprising that resulted in the liquidation of Mykola Hrodski, the contractor-owner of Skhidnytsia. In the second half of the seventeenth century, the life of Skhidnytsia residents deteriorated even further due to frequent Tatar raids. The worst attack took place in 1672. Skhidnytsia then suffered great losses and destruction.

After the first partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1772, Skhidnytsia became part of the Habsburg Empire (from 1804 – the Austrian Empire, from 1867 – Austria-Hungary) and was part of the Sambir district. At that time, life in Skhidnytsia stabilised as Tatar raids stopped. In addition to agriculture, the woodworking industry began to develop in Skhidnytsia. In 1858, the oil era began in Skhidnytsia. The village turned into a powerful industrial centre for the extraction of oil and ozokerite.

Already in 1898, oil production in Skhidnytsia reached a record 168 thousand tonnes of oil from 373 wells. In addition to Polish entrepreneurs, Belgian, British, French and American investors were active here. As a result of the economic boom, the population of the village began to grow rapidly.

A new milestone in Skhidnytsia history began in the second half of the 20th century. It was in 1956 that researcher Omelyan Stotsky discovered the healing properties of local mineral waters in Skhidnytsia. It happened by accident. While retired and walking in the woods, he came across a spring with a pungent hydrogen sulphide smell. This led him to believe that such water could have the same healing properties as Truskavets Naftusia. He argued that these waters help to improve metabolism, kidneys, the gastrointestinal tract, normalise liver and gallbladder functions, and remove toxins. To prove his point, he had to fight the Soviet bureaucratic system for years. In 1970, the Karpaty sanatorium (now Skhidnytsia Karpaty) was opened on the basis of local mineral waters. However, it was only on 9 January 1976 that Skhidnytsia was officially recognised as an All-Union resort, which was a great victory for the researcher and radically changed the life of the village. Since then, Skhidnytsia has been developing as a major balneological resort and tourist centre in the Ukrainian Carpathians. The local mineral waters are used to treat kidney and liver diseases, salt diathesis, stomach acidity, anaemia, diabetes, etc.

The temperature in Skhidnytsia now:

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Museums and attractions in Skhidnytsia

Skhidnytsia does not have a large number of museums and monuments, but those that do are worth a visit to learn about the history and traditions of the village. First of all, it is worth visiting two museums in Skhidnytsia – the Museum of Ukrainian Folk Life and the Omelyan Stotsky Museum.

Музей українського народного побуту у Східниці

Museum of Ukrainian folk life

Address: 5 Promyslova Street, Skhidnytsia village.

Working hours: is open on weekdays from 09.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

To arrange a tour, please call:

This ethnographic museum was opened in 1991 on the initiative of the then headmaster of the local school, Mykhailo Reshetar, who had been working on its creation since 1989. The museum was created as a centre of Ukrainian national revival. Initially, it was a school room-museum, and in 2016, after years of hard work, it was reorganised into the Museum of Ukrainian Life. It operates in one of the rooms of the Skhidnytsia secondary school of the Skhidnytsia village council of the Drohobych district of Lviv region. It compactly houses hundreds of exhibits collected through the efforts of the school’s students. The museum exposition is divided into sections dedicated to spinning and weaving, tanning and furrier, woodworking and pottery. The museum has a museum studies club. The students not only collect exhibits, but also prepare and conduct excursions, local history competitions and study the museum’s collection. In addition, the Museum of Ukrainian Folk Life regularly hosts performances by folk groups, meetings with craftsmen and interesting talented people.

Музей Омеляна Стоцького

Address: 9 Zarichna Street, Skhidnytsia village.

Working hours: The museum is open on Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ticket price: Entrance and tours are free of charge.

Phone: +38 (068) 947 54 50.

The Omelyan Stotsky Museum is a small house in the Skhidnytsia Karpaty sanatorium. In this museum, you can learn more about the life and struggles of the prominent Ukrainian educator and scientist Omelyan Stotsky (1894-1979). He played a major role in turning Skhidnytsia into a famous balneological resort through the discovery, research and promotion of local healing mineral waters.

Attractions worth visiting

Парк мультимедійних голограм у Східниці

Multimedia hologram park

An interesting grant project has recently been launched in the village of Skhidnytsia – a multimedia hologram park called Wooden Churches of Drohobych. The new interesting tourist location will be open from 1 to 10 October 2023. It will be located in the well-known Respect Carpathians SPA hotel at 28 Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street, Skhidnytsia. The essence of this project is to recreate the oldest wooden churches of the XVII-XVIII centuries in Drohobych region using modern technologies in the format of 3D multimedia holograms. We are talking about 10 masterpieces of wooden sacred architecture from villages:

  • Popeli (Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 17th century);
  • Pidbuzh (Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, 1722);
  • Selets (the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of 1700);
  • Novoshychi (the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in 1791);
  • Lishnya (St Elias Church of the seventeenth century);
  • Voroblevychi (Church of the King Christ, 1773);
  • Letnya (Church of St Eustachius of the XVII century);
  • Medenychi village (the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in 1644);
  • Drohobych (the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in 1661 and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St George’s Church in 1656).

All digitised exhibits will have information boards. They will consist of a short description, a map marking and a QR code, which, if you have a modern smartphone, will allow you to access an information resource with in-depth information about each specific shrine. The entrance to this location is planned to be free for tourists.

The project will help to promote the preservation of these valuable architectural monuments and will serve as a backup copy of the shrines that may be needed for their reconstruction in the future.

Храм святого апостола Андрія Первозванного у Східниці

Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called

Another modern church in the village of Skhidnytsia is the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. It was inaugurated in autumn 2012. The main shrines of the church are the relics of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called and the Holy Martyr Clement of Rome. Another feature of the church is its luxurious interior. The church belongs to the community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Скульптури та пам'ятні знаки в селищі Східниця

Sculptures and memorials in the village of Skhidnytsia

Despite the fact that Skhidnytsia is a small village with a population of just over 2,000 people and an area of almost 7 square kilometres, it is home to a large number of different sculptures, memorials and photo zones. The most famous sculptures in Skhidnytsia are the monument to Omelyan Stotsky, the monument to soldiers who died during the Second World War, the monument to Taras Shevchenko, the monument to the Holidaymaker, and the sculptures of the Mother of God and Jesus Christ.

In addition to the sculptures, tourists also like to take pictures near the memorial sign “Skhidnytsia Balneological Resort”.

To a certain extent, the remnants of an early 19th century blast furnace called the Iron Guta located in Skhidnytsia also play a role as a memorial sign.

Churches and temples of Skhidnytsia

Skhidnytsia is located in the picturesque Carpathians and is famous for its rich religious heritage, which includes numerous churches and temples. The temples and churches of Skhidnytsia are not only noted for their historical value, but also serve as a place of spiritual communion and religious rites for the local population. They create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in this charming corner of Transcarpathia, inspiring people to reflect and engage in religious self-reflection.

Read more about churches in our article “Churches and temples of Skhidnytsia“.

Mineral springs in Skhidnytsia

As already mentioned, the main factor that turned Skhidnytsia into a well-known tourist centre was its healing mineral water springs. Skhidnytsia is sometimes called the younger sister of Truskavets due to its importance in health improvement.

Skhidnytsia mineral waters can only be consumed on medical prescription. Choosing the type of water and determining the dose of its consumption on your own can have negative health consequences.

Before you go to taste local mineral springs, you should take a container for collecting water or an iron glass (depending on the source recommended by your doctor), dry alcohol and matches (to heat cold mineral water), comfortable clothes and a raincoat. Mineral waters can damage tooth enamel, so you should drink them through a straw or tube.

Skhidnytsia mineral waters are useful in the treatment of chronic cholecystitis, cholangitis, liver diseases, kidney diseases, functional diseases of the biliary tract and gallbladder, chronic hepatitis, chronic pancreatitis, latent form of chronic pancreatitis, chronic pyelonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis in remission without severe hypertension, urolithiasis, diabetes mellitus in a state of stable compensation, urinary diathesis, chronic non-tuberculous prostatitis in remission, chronic non-tuberculous cystitis, chronic hepatitis, cholecystitis and angiocolitis of various origins, biliary stone disease without the need for surgical treatment, biliary tract and bladder dyskinesia, chronic colitis and enterocolitis of various origins, dysbiosis, intestinal dyskinesia, diarrhoea without an exacerbation phase, some forms of obesity, conditions after removal of kidney stones 1.5-2 months after surgery, and it is also used in the presence of stones in the absence of impaired renal and urinary system functions. In addition, victims of the Chernobyl accident and radiation contamination are treated with this water.

Contraindications for the use of Skhidnytsia mineral waters include the condition after myocardial infarction, hypertension of 2 and 3 degrees and general contraindications for sanatorium treatment

The minimum course of treatment in Skhidnytsia requires at least 12 days. For first-time visitors, this period of time is enough for diagnostics and basic treatment.

In total, there are 38 springs and 17 wells of healing mineral water in Skhidnytsia. In order to better understand the healing properties of Skhidnytsia springs, we will tell you more about the properties of the most popular mineral waters of Skhidnytsia in the article at the link “Mineral waters of Skhidnytsia“.

You can also read our article about all the mineral resorts of Transcarpathia at the link “Mineral waters of Transcarpathia“.

Festivals in Skhidnytsia

Every year, the resort village of Skhidnytsia hosts interesting festivals that leave positive emotions among tourists and holidaymakers. We will tell you about the most famous and popular ones festivals in Skhidnytsia, which are definitely worth visiting at least once in your life. However, due to restrictions related to martial law, we need to keep track of the dates of the next festivals.

Фестиваль повітряних куль у Східниці

For more than a decade, Skhidnytsia has been the venue for a unique balloon festival in the region. Almost every year, Skhidnytsia has become a gathering place for hot air ballooning enthusiasts. For a fee, giant balloons were willing to take tourists high above the clouds. They offered incredible views of the surrounding forests and mountains. The balloons reached an altitude of 500 to 1500 metres and made a leisurely flight at a speed of 20-30 km/h. Due to restrictions related to the martial law, we need to keep track of the time of the next festival.

Авто-ралі Східниця Трофі

Another interesting mass event in Skhidnytsia is the Skhidnytsia Trophy rally. Motorists from all over Ukraine come to participate in these exciting rally competitions. Passing the rally tracks in Skhidnytsia is an extremely difficult task that only very good off-road vehicles can handle. The tracks are extremely saturated with difficult descents and ascents. For spectators, this incredible competition leaves a sea of extraordinary impressions that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Фестиваль “Ту Стань”!

Not far away, at a distance of 7.6 km from the village of Skhidnytsia, the village of Urych hosts a wonderful festival called Tu Stan every year! Here, next to the ruins of an ancient fortress, this event features interesting workshops, incredible reenactments of medieval battles, musical performances and exciting competitions. It is one of the largest festivals of medieval culture in Ukraine. The popularity of the Tustan fortress ruins is extremely high. To satisfy the curiosity of tourists, a mobile application about this powerful fortress was even created in 2018.

All the festivals in Skhidnytsia

Фестиваль “Ту Стань”!
Not far from Skhidnytsia, the village of Urych hosts a wonderful festival called Tu Stan every year! Near the ruins
Авторалі «Східниця Трофі»
Another interesting mass event in the village of Skhidnytsia is the Skhidnytsia Trophy rally. Car racers from all over Ukraine
Фестиваль «Східницьке літо» у Східниці
Every year in the summer (mostly in mid-August), a large-scale festival called Skhidnytsia Summer is held. The folk-song event features
Фестиваль повітряних куль у Східниці
For more than a decade, Skhidnytsia has been the venue for a unique balloon festival in the region. The balloons

Ski rest in Skhidnytsia

Near the village of Skhidnytsia, there are excellent ski slopes at the Bukovytsia and Krutohir resorts, which significantly diversify the recreation of local tourists in winter. The slopes of these resorts are suitable for both beginners and children, as well as for professionals.

Гірськолижний курорт “Буковиця”

Bukovytsia, which is located next to the town of Boryslav, is only 15 km away from Skhidnytsia. It takes only 20 minutes to get there from the village by car or by bus. There is a free shuttle service from neighbouring Truskavets to Bukovytsia.

Bukovytsia is a great place for skiing, located in a picturesque corner of the Carpathians at an altitude of 750-800 metres. This resort has 3 slopes with different lengths and degrees of difficulty.

The Bukovytsia complex has new and modern equipment. This is not surprising, as it was opened relatively recently – in 2016.

Гірськолижний курорт "Крутогір"

A very popular skiing destination in the Prykarpattia region is the Krutohir resort. It was opened in the 1970s and has only recently been renovated. It is located just 8 kilometres from Skhidnytsia. The local slopes of medium difficulty are a good option for families with children and beginners in skiing. It is a great place for skiing, snowboarding and sledging.

The Krutohir resort has three slopes of 100 (green), 200 (blue) and 400 metres (red) and a separate sledding track. The slopes are equipped with a drag lift and a multi-lift, and are groomed with a snow cannon and a snow groomer.

What else to do in Skhidnytsia?

In addition to sightseeing and museums, mineral water recreation, festivals and skiing, there are many other interesting activities in Skhidnytsia and the surrounding area.

The incredibly beautiful Carpathian nature around is an ideal place for hiking, horseback riding or cycling. There are many routes of varying difficulty: from the simplest walks in the neighbourhood to multi-day hikes in the mountains. It is worth taking a walk in the cosy St Panteleimon the Healer Landscape Park in Skhidnytsia itself and in the most picturesque places located nearby in the Skole Beskydy National Park, the Tustan Nature Reserve and the Stuzhytsia Landscape Park, climbing the 1270 m high Parashka Mountain, and seeing the picturesque Laznyi Waterfalls, «Gurkalo», Krushelnytskyi, Sopit and «Kamyanka». Another interesting route is the ascent to the Skhidnytsia wind farm in the Bukhiv tract. It offers an incredible view of Skhidnytsia, surrounded by powerful windmills.

In Skhidnytsia itself, the best place to contemplate the surrounding landscapes is the observation tower on Tsyukhiv Verkh, which opened in 2022. From a height of 931 metres, you can see the extraordinary landscapes of the Lviv region, and in good weather you can even look beyond the Lviv region.

For fishing and picnicking enthusiasts, the bank of the Stryi River, which is located not far from Skhidnytsia, is a good place to relax.

Skhidnytsia is a great place for those who like quiet hunting. The neighbourhood of the village is extremely rich in mushrooms and berries.

Those who like extreme sports can take an exciting balloon flight in Skhidnytsia, which will allow them to admire the surrounding incredible landscapes without having to spend energy on long hikes in the mountains.

Another way to get the most out of your adrenaline is to fly over the lake on a Zipline at the Osonya Karpaty hotel and recreation complex, which is 6 km from Skhidnytsia.

For those who like water activities, Skhidnytsia has a wonderful water park at the Three Sons and a Daughter hotel complex.

In addition to mineral water rehabilitation, Skhidnytsia sanatoriums and health resorts offer excellent vats, saunas, baths, various spa treatments, apitherapy, etc.

The most interesting places near Skhidnytsia

Парк «Підгір'я» в Трускавці
A great place for a walk in Truskavets is the Pidhirya Dendrological Park with its various plantings, paved paths, zoo,
Вілла Клюберга у Трускавці
The Kluberg Villa was built in Truskavets back in 1907 on the initiative of a local resident, Mayer Kluberg. This
Римо-католицький костел Успіння Пресвятої Діви Марії у Трускавці
The Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truskavets is a shrine that is a
Музей народного художника України Михайла Біласа
The Museum of the National Painter of Ukraine Mykhailo Bilas is located in the centre of Truskavets in the former
Музей Омеляна Стоцького
The Omelyan Stotsky Museum is a small building on the territory of the Skhidnytsia Karpaty sanatorium. In the museum, you
Курортний парк «Адамівка» у Трускавці
Adamivka (formerly known as Resort Park) is a park-monument of landscape art of national importance in Ukraine. It is located
Музей-краївка «Історія Трускавця»
The Truskavets History Museum is a municipal historical and local history museum in Truskavets (Lviv region, Ukraine), where everyone can
Місто-фортеця Тустань
Tustan is a medieval rock fortress-city and customs house of the XII-XVI centuries, an ancient Russian rock defensive complex, the
Водоспад Кам'янка
Kamyansky Vodopad (also known as Kamyanetsky Vodopad, Kamyanka) is a waterfall in the Ukrainian Carpathians, within the Skole Beskydy massif.

Skhidnytsia has many offers for tourists and holidaymakers. The number of rooms in the village is growing every year. You can stay in sanatoriums, hotels and private manors.

Accommodation in sanatoriums

For those who want to live and recover at once, sanatoriums are a good option. Prices for accommodation here start from 830 UAH per day.

A more economical option for a holiday in Skhidnytsia is to stay in a hotel with a parallel visit to health treatments in a sanatorium. Popular hotels in Skhidnytsia can be found in our catalogue. The cost of accommodation here starts from 360 UAH per day.

Готельно-оздоровчий комплекс «Цитадель»
37B Nezalezhnosti St., Skhidnytsia
+380 ....
from 900₴/day
Котедж «Ватра» у Східниці
39B Ivan Franko Street, Skhidnytsia
+380 ....
from 1600₴/day

The most economical option for a holiday in the village is the private sector. In addition to cheap prices for accommodation, it allows you to significantly save money on food, as most private sector options are equipped with kitchens with all the necessary appliances for cooking. In the private sector, you can find options at prices ranging from 200-250 UAH per day.

Food in Skhidnytsia village

The resort village of Skhidnytsia has many different establishments where you can satisfy your hunger after wellness treatments. Numerous restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets are at guests’ disposal.

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Tours and excursions

How to get to Skhidnytsia?

There are many different ways to get to Skhidnytsia. It all depends on the preferences and capabilities of tourists.

The most popular option, used by thousands of tourists from all over Ukraine every year, is to travel by train to Lviv and then transfer to a bus to Skhidnytsia, which departs directly from the railway station in Lviv. Buses to Skhidnytsia from Lviv depart several times a day, mostly in the morning.

Another option is to go by train or bus to Drohobych or Truskavets and then catch a bus to Skhidnytsia.

Alternatively, you can book a transfer from Lviv, Drohobych and Truskavets to Skhidnytsia.

Given the extremely limited possibilities and comfort of public transport, the best option to get to Skhidnytsia is to use your own car or a transfer.

The shortest way by car is the newly renovated road from Lviv to Pustomyty, Medenichi, Truskavets, Boryslav and Skhidnytsia.

From Kyiv, you should go via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv, Pustomyty, Medenychi and Truskavets.

🧡 No matter how you get to Skhidnytsia, you will remember your trip to this picturesque land and your holiday for a long time.

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