Legends of Nevytskyi Castle
In those days, a simple worker Ivanko lived in a nearby village, who boasted that he would become king and kill the Bad Maiden. His master laughed: “Then you will become king when my thorn blossoms.” He laughed in vain: soon the thorn turned into a blooming rose bush. And in Uzhhorod at that time they were just choosing a king, they argued, they could not find a worthy one. They decided to rely on Fate, threw a golden crown into the air – and it fell on the head of Ivanka, who happened to be passing by. The aristocrats were outraged by this course of events, so they threw the crown again… And they repeated this several times. But every time it fell on the head of a simple worker Ivanka. So Ivanko became the king and went with his army to the Bad Maiden. And he was cunning: he ordered a herd of cows to go forward in the dark, and between the horns of each cow a small bundle of hay was burning, and a bell jingled around its neck.
Bad Maiden woke up from a terrible roar and flirt. The princess was frightened, jumped on her horse and rushed to Uzhhorod. But Ivanko noticed her and ran after her. In the oak forest, the Bad Maiden caught her hair on a branch, and the horse, not noticing anything, galloped on. This is where Ivanko killed the witch. A mound was built over her body, which still stands in the valley. Transcarpathian mystics are sure: it is no accident that car accidents often occur near Nevytskyi. It was at this place that Ivanko caught up with the Bad Maiden, and the offended soul of the princess avenges her death to this day.