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The Transcarpathian village of Velyatyno (in 1947-2018 it was called Velyatyn) in the Khust district of Transcarpathian region is known for its buffalo and thermal waters. Velyatyno is one of the few villages in Ukraine where these animals, which weigh half a tonne each, are kept. Researchers believe that the first buffaloes may have been introduced to Transcarpathia together with the troops of Batu Khan. The largest number of buffaloes in Velyatyn was in Soviet times. Buffaloes are an excellent draft animal. Their milk has a fat content of 4 to 12%. Buffalo milk contains many times more nutrients and useful substances than cow’s milk. It is highly enriched in calcium. This drink can remove radionuclides and treat ulcers, strengthen the immune system, cleanse the circulatory system, and prevent osteochondrosis.

The village of Velyatyno is located in a surprisingly picturesque place in the middle of the foothills Carpathians at an altitude of just over 200 metres above sea level. To the north of Velyatyn is the picturesque valley of the Tisza River, and to the south is the Oash Range, which is part of the Vygorlat-Gutyn Range, which stretches along the Ukrainian-Romanian border.


Briefly about the history and legends of Velyatyno village

Velyatyno has a long and very interesting history. There is a dispute among historians about the date of the first written mention of the village. Some researchers believe that the first mention of the village of Velyatyno in historical sources dates back to 1273, while others believe that the first written mention of Velyatyno took place much later – in 1576. The truth is somewhere in the middle and lies in the complex and turbulent history of the village, as well as the whole of Transcarpathia. Most likely, the village was founded back in the 13th century, but later fell into decline, and therefore was not mentioned in historical sources. The revival of Velyatyno began in the 16th century, which is reflected in the corresponding written mention.

The origin of the village name is an interesting question. Scientists believe that the first inhabitants of the village were Slavs, and the name itself comes from the Slovak name Velimir or Veleslav. There are several legends about the origin of the village name. According to one of them, the name Velyatyno comes from the name of the legendary rebel Pyntya Veleta, who often stayed in these places together with the rebels. According to another legendary version, the village was founded by rebel peasants, who were called giants for their freedom-loving attitude and continuous struggle against the oppressors.

Throughout its history, the village of Velyatyno has repeatedly become the centre of uprisings of the local population against the oppressors. In 1703-1711, during the Kurucs uprising, Velyatyno became one of its main centres.

Nowadays, the village of Velyatyno with a population of 4.5 thousand people is primarily developing as a tourist centre. Every year, all the infrastructure necessary for a comfortable stay is being built here, which makes it possible to increase the number of tourists and make their stay incredible.

Temperature in Velyatyno now:

4.7o C   |   40.5o F

Map of attractions in Velyatyno

Why is it worth resting in the village of Velyatyno?

From a tourist point of view, Velyatyno is an incredible place to spend your holidays at any time of the year. First of all, the village is known for its unique healing thermal waters. Every year, thousands of holidaymakers from all over the world come to the Tepli Vody health complex to improve their health in these highly mineralised waters.

The village of Velyatyno is a very popular place for family holidays with children. With young tourists, you should definitely visit the farms of spotted deer and buffaloes.

Among the historical and architectural monuments in Velyatyno are the churches of St Paraskeva of 1876 and St Elijah of 1934, as well as the village stream, which was paved with stream stones by hand almost 100 years ago. In Velyatyno, there are Monument to the famous local rebel Pyntya Velet (also known as Pyntya the Brave, and his real name is Grigor Pyntya).

This place is also popular among outdoor enthusiasts. They are primarily attracted by the incredibly beautiful local nature. There are many interesting natural locations in the vicinity of Velyatyno that are worth visiting in the warm season. The picturesque Velyki Lazky Lake is located nearby. It is worth climbing the legendary Mount Chabryn (according to legend, it was from this mountain that the opryshok Pyntya destroyed the lord’s manor with a shot from a wooden cannon, Khust castle). On the neighbouring Harkai Mountain, a real flower paradise is created in March and April by the blooming of snowdrops.

In summer, there is an opportunity for extreme rafting on the Tysa River and exciting hiking in the mountains. In addition, there is a large selection of various swimming pools and water slides. Another interesting extreme entertainment in Velyatyno is zip-lining, which allows you to descend a special steel rope 150 metres long like a Hollywood action hero. In winter, there are two ski slopes in the village, which are equipped with 1,000-metre-long lifts for adults and 200 metres for children. There is all the necessary infrastructure for skiing, snowboarding and a special 35-metre-long tubing track.

Термальні води в селі Велятино

The thermal waters in the village of Velyatyno began their history back in 1990, when the Tepli Vody tourist complex was built. The complex immediately became a very popular holiday destination among local residents. Thanks to the incredible healing effect of its thermal springs, Tepli Vody became famous and a popular holiday destination for a huge number of tourists from all over the world.

The swimming pools of the Tepli Vody are fed by thermal water from a spring near Mount Oleksynets, which is unique in its healing properties. The water is brought to the surface through a 14-metre-long well that reaches a depth of 1,002 metres. Its composition is boron-bromine-chloride-sodium water with a high iodine content.

The mineralisation of Velyatyn water is as high as 100 grams per litre. For comparison, sea water has a salinity of only 3 grams per litre. The water reaches the surface at a temperature of up to 60 degrees Celsius. Before being poured into the pools, the healing water is cooled to a temperature of 30-38 degrees Celsius, which is acceptable for the human body.

The healing thermal waters of the Tepli Vody tourist complex are used for treatment:

  1. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system (arthritis and polyarthritis (rheumatoid, rheumatic, brucellosis, gonorrhoea, etc.)), inflammatory diseases of the spine (ankylosing spondylitis, spondylitis, etc. ), degenerative and dystrophic diseases of the joints and spine (deforming osteoarthritis, spondylosis spondyloarthritis, osteochondrosis, etc.), diseases of periarticular tissues (periostitis, tendovaginitis, bursitis), muscle diseases (myalgia, myositis, as well as conditions after injuries and damages of the musculoskeletal system).
  2. Diseases of the nervous system and the consequences of injuries of the peripheral nervous system (radiculoneuritis, plexitis, radiculitis, polyneuritis, solaritis, glionitis, etc.) and the central nervous system (residual effects of meningitis, spinal cord and brain injuries, arachnoiditis, etc.)
  3. Diseases of metabolic and endocrine disorders (obesity, gout, diabetes mellitus, uric acid diathesis, hypothyroidism, etc.)
  4. Diseases of the cardiovascular system (myocardial cardiosclerosis, mitral valve insufficiency, initial manifestations of hypertension, hypotension, peripheral vascular disease, post-thrombophlebitic syndrome, varicose veins, etc.)
  5. Gynaecological diseases (chronic salpingitis and eopharitis, parametritis and pepemitritis, infertility).
  6. Respiratory diseases (non-tuberculosis diseases, bronchial asthma without periodic severe attacks, pulmonary emphysema without severe cardiopulmonary syndrome).

To achieve the maximum therapeutic effect from the thermal waters in Tepli Vody, it is worth taking a course of 10-12 baths. The recommended duration of bathing is 10 minutes for children and 30 minutes for adults.

It is also worth remembering that bathing in the thermal waters of Velyatyn is not recommended for cancer, active tuberculosis, infectious and purulent skin diseases, open wounds, cardiovascular system pathologies in a state of decompensation, a tendency to bleeding and blood clots, exacerbation of diseases of any organs and systems, fever and pregnancy.

The Tepli Vody complex has 3 thermal water pools, 2 mineral water pools and 5 freshwater pools. There is a wonderful water slide for children. Freshwater pools are open from 1 May to 15 October. Instead, the thermal indoor pools of the complex are open all year round. The area near the pools is equipped with comfortable sun loungers and cosy gazebos. There is an outdoor sports ground with exercise equipment and a three-storey children’s labyrinth nearby.

The cost of one hour in the thermal pools of Tepli Vody for adults in 2024 is 200 UAH. Children under 3 years old and children under 18 years old with cerebral palsy are free of charge. Preferential rates are available for children under 18 with disabilities (UAH 50 for 1 hour, UAH 200 for the whole day), children under 140 cm tall (UAH 100 for 1 hour, UAH 200 for the whole day) and combatants (UAH 100 for 1 hour, UAH 100 for the whole day except weekends and holidays). An all-day pass for an adult costs UAH 450. There are also family packages for the whole day costing UAH 950 (two adults and one child) and UAH 1050 (two adults and two children).

Буйволи у Велятині

Buffaloes in the village of Velyatyno

Since ancient times, in Transcarpathia, when women did not have milk in their breasts during the period of feeding their babies, mother’s milk was replaced with buffalo milk.

From this unique milk, the people of Velyatyno have long learnt to make unsurpassed dairy products, namely:

  • vurdu;
  • cheddar cheese;
  • kefir;
  • sour cream.

Buffalo milk sour cream is very thick and can be stored for several months without changing its colour or taste. Recently, people in Transcarpathia have learnt to make the world-famous Italian cheese mozzarella from buffalo milk.

In warm weather, the buffaloes of Velyatyno love to bathe in a puddle near the border post. Tourists like to take pictures next to these majestic creatures, leaving them with unrivalled photos.

Velyatyn has long been called the buffalo capital of Transcarpathia. Not far from Velyatyno, at a distance of 25 kilometres, in the village of Gorinchevo there is another location with buffaloes that is worth visiting, – Eco-farm “Raiskyi kutochok”.

What is interesting near Velyatyno?

There are many interesting locations for excursions near the village of Velyatyno. Among them, it is worth mentioning a deer farm and wickerwork in Iza village, a cheese factory and snail farm in Nyzhnye Selyshche, daffodil valley, ostrich farm in the city of Khust, ruins of Khust, Vynogradiv and royal castles, wooden churches of the Marmaros Gothic style, and of course the nearby Shayan resort, which is called the Ukrainian Switzerland.

Руїни Бронецького замку
In Khust district of Transcarpathian region, on a mountain between the villages of Bronka and Sukha, there are ruins of
Вишківський замок
The village of Vyshkovo is home to the remains of a powerful medieval Transcarpathian castle. In historical sources, the fortress
Довжанський замок
In the village of Dovhe, the castle-palace of the magnates Dovhaiv and Teleki has been preserved. It was built on
Приватний музей «Сріберна земля» в Грушово
The amount of antiquities on display in three small rooms would probably be enough for ten halls. Some of the
Угольсько-Широколужанський заповідний масив
Near the villages of Mala Uholka, Velyka Uholka and Uhlya, in the interfluve of the Tereblya and Teresva rivers, the
Угольський монастир в селі Угля
The exact age of the monastery is unknown. Researchers believe that the monastery was founded in the pre-Mongol period. There
Костел святої Єлизавети у Хусті
The Church of St Elizabeth is located in Khust at the crossroads of Constitution and Carpathian Sich streets. The Reformed
Миколаївська церква в селі Сокирниця
In the very centre of Sokyrnytsya, next to the stone Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, tourists
Михайлівська церква в селі Крайниково
At a distance of 2 km to the south of the village of Danylovo, Khust district, Transcarpathian region, the neighbouring
Руїни замку Нялаб (Королевський замок)
The remains of Nyalab Castle in Korolevo (formerly Kiralhaza), Vynohradiv district, are hard to miss. The hill on which the
Печера тамплієрів у Виноградові
The Templar Cave, locally known as the Sea Eye, is located on the top of the Black Mountain in Vynohradiv.
Ферма-сироварня ОСГ «Бараново» в Ізі
The Baranovo Private Farm honours the true traditions of Transcarpathian cheese-making. Here you will be told about the area, which
Сироварня в Нижньому Селищі
The Selyshche Cheese Factory is primarily a social project that helps the village to gradually develop. Milk is accepted both
Страусина ферма у Хусті
There are many interesting places to visit when travelling in Khust district. One of these locations is the Ostrich Farm,
Буйволина еко-ферма «Райський куточок»
In the village of Gorinchovo, there is a unique buffalo eco-farm and tourist complex "Raiskyi kutochok" - a place where
Пам'ятник «Пинтя Вєлєт» (Пинтя Хоробрий)
Grygor Pyntya (Pyntya the Brave) was born in the Romanian village of Megoazh on 25 February 1670. He came from
Термальні басейни «Теплі води»
The Tepli Vody tourist complex in Velyatyno is a unique and colourful location based on thermal mineral water pools. It
Виноградівський замок Канків
If you walk up the path to the remains of the Kankiv Castle, you will see an incredible panorama of
Міський парк в Хусті
The city park in the city of Khust is located at the foot of the mountain, and on the mountain
Готична церква в селі Данилово
In the small village of Danylovo, Khust district, Transcarpathian region, with a population of 1800 inhabitants, there is the tallest
Церква святої Параскеви в селі Олександрівка
Near the church in the village of Danylovo, Khust district, Zakarpattia region, the road turns right, leading past a hill
Реформатський храм
The most elegant church in Tyachiv is a stone Reformed church with a three-tier bell tower. A real clock has
Успенська церква
At the entrance to the village of Novoselytsia, Berehiv District, guests are greeted by the sign "Welcome to Novoselytsia" with
Синагога каббалістів
The variety of colors and the turbulent flow of pedestrians in the center of the city of Khust create a
Хустський замок
Why should you visit the Khust castle? Because this is a place with an interesting and long history. A majestic
Реабілітаційний центр бурого ведмедя
Children should definitely visit the rehabilitation center for brown bears in the Synevyr National Nature Park. It is the only
Долина нарцисів
Near the village of Kireshi (5 km north of Khust) is the most popular tourist attraction in Khust district -

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Where to stay in Velyatyno?

There are many different options for tourist accommodation in and around the village of Velyatyno. For a holiday with the highest level of comfort, the most popular options are in the Tepli Vody tourist complex, Trembita sanatorium, Aqua Dom, Lisova Skazka and House of Artist hotels. The private sector also offers good holiday options, which is represented by a large number of estates and cottages. There are offers for every taste and budget.

More information about accommodation options in the village of Velyatyno can be found on our website on the relevant pages:

Готель «Лісова казка» у Велятино
Ignativska tract, Velyatyno
+380 ....
from 750₴/day
Санаторий «Трембита»
Dumyntsi tract, village Velyatyno
+380 ....

from 1500 ₴/day
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Where to satisfy hunger in Velyatyno?

In the village of Velyatyno and the surrounding area, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy delicious and affordable Transcarpathian, Ukrainian and European cuisine. The most popular options for tourists in Velyatyno are the fast-food restaurant Smachna Kuhina, which operates at the Tepli Vody complex, the restaurant at the Trembita health complex, the restaurant at the Lisova Kazka complex, and the Pizzeria restaurant.

Кафе «Піцерія» у Велятино
Myr Street, Velyatyno village
+380 ....
Ресторан «Лісова казка» у Велятино
Ihnativska tract, Velyatyno village
+380 ....
Ресторан при оздоровчому комплексі «Требміта»
Dumyntsi tract, Velyatyno village
+380 ....
Ресторан «Смачна кухня» на території комплексу "Теплі води" у Велятино
2 Sanatorna Street, Velyatyno village
+380 ....

How to get to Velyatyno village?

The most convenient way to get to the village of Velyatyno is to use your own car. If you are travelling from Kyiv, you should build a route that will lead to Khust city. To do this, you can take the road through Lviv, Stryi, Skole, Mukachevo, or take the more difficult route through the Torun Pass and Mizhhirya. In Khust itself, you will have to follow Ivan Franko Street until you turn right to the T0737 highway. This is the road that leads to Velyatyno.

The nearest railway station to Velyatyno is in the city of Khust. There are regular trains from Kyiv.

Khust can also be reached by buses, which can be taken at Uzhgorod, Mukachevo, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Odesa, etc.

After arriving in Khust by bus or train in the city centre, you will have to change to a minibus or taxi, which will take you to Velyatyno.

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