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The city of Irshava is located in the Samisin geographical center of Transcarpathia. It cannot boast of a large number of interesting historical monuments. But all fans of Ukrainian narrow-gauge railways are happy to visit this city to take a trip on the Berehovo-Kushnytsia railway line, which also passes through Irshava. The same narrow-gauge line operates from Irshava to Vynohradyv. Picturesque landscapes of the Carpathian nature will slowly pass before your eyes during a narrow-gauge train ride.

In addition to the narrow-gauge railway, the horizontal sundial, located on the central square of the city, has become almost the only one in Ukraine.


We will tell you more about it in the section what to see in Irshava.

But first of all, tourists to Irshava are attracted by preserved traditional folk crafts and magical nature. The local forests are filled with various red-listed animals, the sky with rare birds, and the rivers are full of fish.

History of Irshava

Irshava and its surroundings were settled in ancient times. On the outskirts of the city, two hillforts were founded by local residents, which were located on the Stremtur and Boduliv mountains.

Already in the VIII-VII centuries. B.C. in the northern outskirts of modern Irshava, on Mount Stremtura, there was an Iron Age settlement, which is one of the oldest fortresses in Transcarpathia. In the 9th-11th centuries not. life was bubbling in the Slavic settlement on Mount Boduliv, which is located on the southwestern outskirts of Irshava. In addition, it was on Mount Boduliv in the 13th century. a stone castle was built, which has not survived to this day.

The city got its modern name from the word “rust”, since the Irshavka River, which flows here, contains a large amount of iron oxide and the water in it is colored in the corresponding color.

The first written mention of Irshava dates back to 1341.

In the documents of that time, the settlement was called Maksemgaz (translated from Hungarian – Maxim’s house). This name came from the first owner of the settlement named Maxim, who was the son of the Wallachian prince Tatomir. Most likely, the local population used the original name of the settlement Irzhava, Irshava, Iloshva, which is why in 1460 the Hungarian king Matyash issued a certificate of ownership of the settlement to the Maksym family, which since then began to be spelled Iloshvai.

In the XV-XVIII centuries, the history of Irshava was very dramatic, filled with permanent wars and epidemics.

It is not surprising that twice during this period, namely in 1458 and at the end of the 17th century. the settlement was devastated during hostilities and completely burned. As a result, Irshava remained a place for several families to live, and the revival of the settlement took many years.

During the tumultuous events of the Kurut uprising of 1703-1711, Irshavshchyna repeatedly found itself at the epicenter of hostilities. A large number of residents of Iršava joined the rebel army of Ferenc II Rakoczy. 100 residents of Irshava took part in the war on the side of the rebels.

In the 19th century Irshava was already the center of the Verkhovyna District of the Berezka County. And from the middle of the XIX century. the settlement got its own seal with a coat of arms in the form of a tree with a nearby hajduk holding a fishing rod with two suspended fish on his shoulder.

Irshava spent most of its existence in the status of a feudal dependent settlement. Only at the end of the 19th century, Irshava was granted the privilege of free trade. At the same time, the settlement acquired its own mill and sawmill, and it had its own post office.

At the beginning of the 20th century 1,315 people already lived in Irshava.

The turning point in the history of Irshava was 1911, when Beregovo, Sevlyush (Vynogradiv) and Irshava were connected by a narrow-gauge railway the so-called economic railway. Today it is known as the Borzhavka narrow-gauge railway. It was the railway that became the main impetus for the growth and economic development of the city.

After the First World War, Iršava, like all Transcarpathia, became part of Czechoslovakia. At that time, a real economic boom began here. In the 1920s and 1930s, several mills operated in Irshava, one of which was a water mill, blacksmiths, a sawmill, a flax processing workshop, shops, inns, a restaurant, schools, a kindergarten and private hospitals.

Before World War II, a large Jewish community lived in Irshava. However, in 1944, the entire Jewish population was deported to concentration camps, where most of the Jews of Irshava died. Today, the former synagogue in Irshava has been transformed into a station for young tourists.

After the arrival of Soviet power in 1947, Irshava became an urban-type settlement. And already in 1982, Irshava was granted the status of a city and district center. Nowadays, Irshava is an important city in the consolidated Khust district.

The temperature in Irshava now:

-0.6o C   |   30.9o F

Irshava on the map

Sights and landmarks of Irshava

The number of monuments in Irshava itself is small, but they are of considerable interest, as they are a material reflection of the complex and stormy history of the city.

Петропавлівський храм 1825 року

Peter and Paul Church in 1825

First of all, you should pay attention to the exquisite church of Peter and Paul, the construction of which lasted as long as 23 years and ended in 1825. It was built on the site of an old wooden church. In 1937, the temple acquired a large 900-kilogram bell. Modern paintings in the shrine appeared in 1969 thanks to the work of the artist O. Selivanov. From the time of its foundation, this church was the property of the Greek-Catholic community, and after the arrival of Soviet power, it was transferred to the Orthodox community. Nowadays, it again belongs to the Greek Catholics.

Сонячний годинник у Іршаві


Near the Peter and Paul Church is one of Irshava’s hallmarks – a large sundial. Thanks to it, you can find out the exact time on sunny days. This original landmark is considered one of the main decorations of the central square of Irshava in Zakarpattia region. The clock was installed before the feast of Peter and Paul in 2012. It is made in the shape of a globe from bronze, which is a component of the hands of the clock. The clock face resembles a compass. A real marble and bronze Alley of Glory has been installed around the clock, on which famous Transcarpathians are immortalized: the artist Adalbert Erdeli, the strongman Ivan Firtsak-Kroton, the writer and researcher Fedor Potushnyak, the composer Mykhailo Mashkin, the surgeon Oleksandr Fedynets, the singers Stepan Giga and Ivan Popovych.


Central bridge of 1924

The next noteworthy object is the central bridge of 1924. This 50-meter-long bridge is one of the best architectural solutions for objects of this type. It has two supports connected over the Irshavka River. The bridge is built in the form of an arch, which plays not only an aesthetic and decorative role, but also has a practical function. Despite the tumultuous history of Transcarpathia, the Irshav bridge managed to be preserved in the original form in which it was created. Today, the bridge has two lanes of heavy traffic, as well as footpaths. The bridge is really very beautiful and not at all like modern ones.

Історико-краєзнавчий музей в Іршаві

Historical and local history museum

When visiting Irshava, you should definitely visit the local historical and local history museum. It was opened in 2007. There are more than 850 exhibits, among which you can get acquainted with stone axes of the Neolithic era, banknotes of the region, kerosene lamps, ancient clothes and shoes of local residents, documents and postcards of Carpathian Ukraine, an exposition of the ATO, etc. The museum is located in the House of Creativity, open on weekdays from 09:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Winter vacation in Irshavshchyna

If you plan to visit the city of Irshava in winter, then the best vacation option will be a visit to the ski slopes in the picturesque village of Osii, which is less than 9 kilometers from Irshava. Here, in the middle of the Kamyanka tract, there are two tracks of medium and low difficulty, which are recommended for beginners of alpine skiing. Tracks are 600 and 800 meters long with a height difference of 50-70 meters. The shorter track on the right is flatter and more even. This is a great option for those who have just started to learn skiing or snowboarding. A longer descent is steeper and more extreme. It should be used by experienced skiers and snowboarders. The tracks are equipped with a 450-meter cable lift and a ski lift. 720 people can pass through the tracks in an hour. In addition, the tracks are illuminated in the dark. Prices for the use of tracks are moderate.

What else is there to have fun in Irshava?

In addition to sightseeing in the city of Irshavy and its surroundings, all the necessary infrastructure for rest and entertainment has been created for tourists, which is based on extraordinary recreational resources that are only in the heart of Carpathians.

You can actively spend your time here in the following ways: steam in the sauna or bathhouse; bathe in tanks; to rejuvenate with the help of clay masks soaked in mineral water; play billiards or table tennis; master horse riding; walk through the surrounding forests; order an excursion; go fishing; go skiing or snow tubing, go quad biking, rock climbing or caving, etc.

Піші екскурсії та походи в гори в Іршаві

Hiking tours and hikes in the mountains

The wonderful Carpathian mountain nature, where the city of Irshava is located, is perfect for an active bachelor or a quiet family vacation.

Forest quests and picturesque panoramas open to those who dare to storm the steep peaks will turn your leisure time into an exciting adventure.

Excursions to interesting locations in Transcarpathia

Near Irshava there are many attractive places for tourists. They allow you to conduct a wide variety of excursions, combining a tour of historical and architectural monuments and museums with getting to know the wonders of local nature.

What to see near Irshava

Кузня-музей «Гамора»

Forge Museum “Gamora”

When talking about the Irshav region, many tourists first of all remember the village of Lysychevo, where the only active water forge-museum “Gamora” in Europe operates on the Lysychantsy River. It was built in the first half of the 19th century on the site of Count Teleki’s paper factory. The origin of the name of the forge is related to the German word Hammer. In Transcarpathia, it is still customary to call large hammers gama.

Entrance to the “Gamora” forge-museum is free. Next to it there is a cafe where you can taste delicious bograch, mamalyga or tokan.

Замок-палац Довгаїв

Castle-palace of Dovgaiv

The castle-palace of the magnates Dovgaev and Teleki has been preserved in the village of Dovge. It was built on the site of a 15th century fortress. From the old citadel to our days, only the walls of the basements have survived. In the middle of the 18th century, the palace was surrounded by a defensive wall. The building is not very similar to a classical castle and more like a noble palace. Nowadays, a tuberculosis sanatorium operates on its territory.

Руїни Броньківського замку

Ruins of Bronkiv Castle

On the mountain between the villages of Bronka and Sukha, the ruins of the medieval castle of 1273 have survived to this day. A few large stones and the contours of ramparts on the top of the mountain have been preserved from the once mighty fortress. Only a few fans of fortifications come to these remote places.

Монастир отців Василіан в селі Імстичово

Monastery of the Vassilian Fathers in the village of Imstychovo

Among the historical monuments of the Irshavy region, you should definitely visit the stone cells of the monastery of the Vassilian Fathers in the village of Imstychovo. The cells have walls almost one meter thick with deep basements, and nearby stands the St. Michael’s Church (XVIII century) in the Baroque style, with paintings from the same era. According to legend, the village got its current name thanks to the monastery: exorcism (expulsion of evil spirits), “revenge” of spirits was practiced here long ago. Over time, the first name of the village of Mistychevo was transformed into Imstychevo.

Національний природний парк «Зачарована долина»

Zacharovana dolyna National Nature Park

In addition to historical and architectural monuments and ski slopes, the Irshavy Region is famous for a unique nature reserve – the “Zacharovana dolyna” National Nature Park. Here you can get to know two natural objects of national importance: the tract of Spruce Stone near the village of Ilnytsia, and the sphagnum swamp Black Bagno (sphagnum is swamp moss from which peat is formed), which is unique in Europe. But first of all, the Zacharovana dolyna is an extremely picturesque rock massif, which consists of high rocks that look like fantastic creatures.

A huge 20-meter high Spruce Stone stands guard over these fabulous places. Amazing landscapes, rare and endangered species of plants – this is the main wealth of the reserve. The area of this natural park is 150 hectares. The name “Zacharovana dolyna” was proposed in 1930 by Transcarpathian naturalist Peter Sova.

Other interesting places nearby

Церква Введення Пресвятої Богородиці
The village of Lokit, Khust district, Zakarpattia region, is located in an extremely picturesque place. Unsurpassed and untouched nature has
Церква Покрови Пресвятої Богородиці
In the village of Deshkovytsia, Mukachevo district, Transcarpathian region, in the centre of the village on a flat hill, there

Where to stay in Irshava

In the city of Irshava and its surroundings, tourists have a wide choice of options where they can stay.

In Irshava itself, the best option for recreation with children is undoubtedly the Illara hotel. In addition to comfortable rooms, there is a wonderful own restaurant, a conference hall, indoor and outdoor pools, a small lake, sports grounds for playing volleyball, tennis and football, dance halls, a sauna, etc. Room prices in this little paradise start at UAH 1,000.

For lovers of skiing and spa treatments, the “U Petrovtsia” estate is located in the village of Osii. Here, tourists can enjoy the beauty of the local nature and go skiing or snowboarding to their heart’s content. The distance to the lift “Kamyanka” is only 300 meters from here. There is a sauna and an incredible vat on the territory of the manor. Prices for recreation in the complex are moderate and start from UAH 400. for a room from spring to autumn, in winter from 600 hryvnias, and in the New Year period – from 800 hryvnias.

If you want to visit a balneological resort of the European level, then the best option for such an institution in Irshavshchyna is the sanatorium “Borzhava” in the village long The main profile of the facility is treatment with mineral and thermal waters. The sanatorium specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, genitourinary system, heart and blood vessels, endocrine and nervous systems. Prices for room accommodation here start from UAH 670. per person per day. The price includes 3 meals a day and mineral water.

The most interesting housing options

Садиба «У Петровція»
Kamianka tract, Osii village
+380 ....
from 400₴/night
Готель «Illara»
St. Shevchenko, 145, Irshava
+380 ....
from 1000₴/night
Санаторий «Боржава»
Dovge, str. 15, Sichovyh Streltsiv
+380 ....
from 1240 ₴/day

Where to eat deliciously: cafes and restaurants

Transcarpathia is famous not only for its sights, luxurious nature and healing thermal waters, but also for its exquisite local cuisine with a variety of national dishes.

A good option for eating in Irshava is the restaurant “Versailles”. A wide range of delicious dishes from Ukrainian, Transcarpathian and Hungarian cuisines are at the service of visitors. Its spacious banquet hall can accommodate up to 500 guests.

Another restaurant in Irshava that is worth paying attention to is the “Elysium” restaurant. The advantages of this option are a variety of menus, stylish interior, excellent service, incredible landscape design. The area around the 1-hectare restaurant is equipped with 2 summer pools, an indoor pool, a bathhouse, 9 large summer gazebos, a summer bar, a barbecue, a lake with fish and a waterfall, and a rotunda for wedding ceremonies.

Prices in restaurants in Irshava are quite moderate. The average check in restaurants is from UAH 300. up to 700 UAH

Ресторан ELYSIUM у Іршаві
118 Nezalezhnosti Street, Irshava
+380 ....
Ресторан «Версаль» у Іршаві
St. Zavodska, 8, Irshava
+380 ....

Where is it located and how to get to Irshava

The city of Irshava is located on both banks of the Irshava River, a tributary of the Borzhava River. The population of Irshava is about 9,500 people. The distance to Uzhhorod is 83 kilometers. The distance to the nearest railway station in Vynohradov is 25 kilometers.

Getting to Irshava is not difficult. There is a regular bus connection with Lviv, Stryi, Uzhgorod, Mukachevo and Rakhov.

Partial use of rail transport is also a convenient way. To do this, you should use any Uzhgorod-bound train or the Lviv-Mukachevo electric train to Mukachevo, and then transfer to a bus or transfer to Irshava.