Here you can relax with maximum comfort and drive all year round. For this purpose, there are a large number of architectural monuments, museums, cosy cafes and excellent restaurants, modern hotel complexes, shopping centres, swimming pools, saunas and baths, parks, picturesque embankments of the Uzh River, etc. More information about Uzhgorod can be found on our website at the following link.
The most popular locations for excursions and walks around the city of Uzhgorod are the millennium-old Uzhgorod Castle (Transcarpathian Museum of Local Lore), Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life (Uzhgorod skansen), Uzhgorod Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Transcarpathian Philharmonic (former synagogue), Transcarpathian Art Museum named after Yosyp Bokshai (former Zhupanat), Museum of Fyodor Manailo, lane “Mustard Seed”, Street Korzo and Voloshyna, St. George’s Church, the newly renovated Sandor Petofi Square, the architectural ensemble of the Galagov district, the longest linden alley in Europe at Nezalezhnosti and Studentska embankments, Botanical garden, Castle Park, Bozdosh Park, Forest near Uzhgorod National University, the oldest church in Transcarpathia Horyany Rotunda, as well as a large number of mini-sculptures, located throughout the city. To see all the sights of Uzhgorod, you should plan on at least 3 days of leisurely excursions.
The city is extremely accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. There are a large number of beautiful sidewalks and bike paths, which are a great place to walk. There are points in the city several bicycle rental and several electric scooter rental services. Water sports enthusiasts can visit the water park located in Pidzamkovyi Park, swim on the banks of the Uzh River or in the flooded quarry in the Radvanka neighbourhood, or visit indoor swimming pools located in and around the city. In addition, Uzhgorod has its own mineral water springs. They can be tasted at a pump room near the Uzhgorod City Children’s Clinical Hospital, a spring in the Bozdosh Park and at the Ungvarsky Hotel. In the latter, mineral water is used for bathing in a vat.
The largest number of tourists visit Uzhgorod every year in April-May, as it is at this time that the sakura, which turns the regional centre into a real pink Barbie paradise. At this time, the city hosts a huge number of various public events as part of the Sakura Fest festival.
Uzhgorod is the venue for many other festivals and fairs, which become a real extravaganza for lovers of traditions, humour, extreme sports, food tours and wine tastings. The most famous local festivals and fairs, in addition to the aforementioned Sakura Fest, are the following:
- “Carols in the old village”;
- “Uzhgorod palachinta”;
- “Medovukha Fest”;
- “A sunny drink”;
- “Uzhgorod regatta”;
- “Honey spas”;
- “City Day”;
- “Golden autumn”;
- “Transcarpathian beaujolais”;
- “Gingerbread Festival”;
- “City parade of St Nicholas”;
- “City Christmas market”.
Uzhgorod has many different offers for tourists and travellers in the form of comfortable hotels, cottages, apartments with a swimming pool, budget hostels and private sector. Prices here have risen significantly due to the war. This is not surprising, as Uzhgorod has become the safest regional centre in Ukraine due to its unique geographical location on the mountain slopes near the border with Slovakia. But our website will help you find the best accommodation option in terms of price and quality. A list of our recommendations can be found at the following link.
There are many places near Uzhgorod for various types of recreation at any time of the year. On the outskirts of the city in the village of Barvinok, there is a complex “Zolota Hora”, where you can improve your health with healing thermal waters. The complex has swimming pools and a jacuzzi with thermal water, a water park, a gym, a handball gym, a hotel, a park and a mini-zoo.
Another popular water treatment location in the Uzhgorod region is the sanatorium complex “Derenivska Kupil” in the village of Nyzhnye Solotvyno. The hotel offers an unusually picturesque arboretum on an area of 10 hectares, a wide range of wellness spa treatments based on mineral and thermal waters, bowling, billiards, tennis and golf, swimming in swimming pools, a gym, etc. This place is ideal for VIP-class holidays, so the prices here correspond to a high level of service and facilities.
Another place in the Carpathians near Uzhgorod that is worth a visit is Nevytsky Castle. The ancient fortress is not as well preserved as the Uzhgorod stronghold, but it offers incredible views of the Uzh River valley and the surrounding mountains. Fashionable hotel complexes are located nearby “Camelot” and “Verkhovyna Resort Medical & Wellness”, n the banks of the Uzh River at the foot of the castle, thousands of Uzhgorod residents and visitors come every year for beach holidays, fishing and picnics. There are many good places for camping in wilderness tents on the banks of the Uzh River, which attracts many holidaymakers every year.
If you drive a little further north to the city of Perechyn, in the summer, thousands of tourists visit the extremely picturesque Lavender Mountain. This place is a great photo zone and, at the same time, a location for buying various cosmetic products and lavender-based sweets. The smell of lavender and the sound of bees create an atmosphere of incredible relaxation and nirvana.
For lovers of ethnography, the village of Zarichevo near Perechyn welcomes visitors Lemkivska Sadyba house-museum. The museum, set up in an authentic early 20th-century hut, houses authentic exhibits that reflect the traditional Lemko way of life a century ago.
A little further from Perechyn, another good option for relaxing with water treatments near Uzhgorod is the world-famous vats of Lumshory village. It is in Lumshory that there are vats of healing mineral hydrogen sulphide water, which are extremely useful for treating diseases of the musculoskeletal system. This is the best holiday in the Carpathians using water and fire. In addition to the vats, there is a cascade of picturesque waterfalls. There are many offers for accommodation in Lumshory in houses and cottages with vats. Prices and service will pleasantly surprise you. But the village is extremely popular among holidaymakers, so you should take care of booking in advance.
The most famous waterfall in Perechyn district is undoubtedly the majestic Voyevodyn. Located 12 kilometres north of the village of Turya Polyana at an altitude of 600 metres, this waterfall is striking in its beauty and power. The height of its cascade is up to 24 metres. This waterfall is less popular than Shipot because it is difficult to get to. But the advantage of this place is the absence of large crowds of tourists. Here you can quietly enjoy the sound of the water and take cool photos.
In the immediate vicinity of Lumshory is the famous Polonyna Runa. The question of what to do in the Carpathians is easy to answer here. Firstly, it is a great place for picking berries, and secondly, for hiking. And finally, from the top of the meadow, you can enjoy an incredible view of the Carpathian Mountains. You feel like you’re on top of the world.
Not far from Perechyn, in the village of Turya Pasika, there is a famous resort of “Voyevodyno”. Here, amidst the picturesque nature on an area of 17 hectares, there are comfortable hotel complexes, cosy cottages, restaurants, a bar, a modern spa centre, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, baths, an equestrian club, playgrounds and sports grounds, an art club, conference and meeting rooms, a tennis court, the Church of St Catherine, the romantic Schönborn Park, a ski slope and many other attractions. The resort of Voyevodyno is extremely popular at any time of the year, so it is worth booking a place here in advance.
In addition, despite a turbulent history with numerous wars, Uzhgorod district has preserved many valuable monuments of wooden sacred architecture. The most famous of them are located in the villages of Bukivtsovo, Chornoholova, Vyshka та Uzhok. Of particular value is the St Michael’s Church in the village of Uzhok, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2013.
Despite the fact that the Ukrainian Carpathians do not have their own sea, there are many locations here that are as beautiful as the Maldives or the Bahamas. One of these places is the so-called Blue Lagoon, which is located 7.5 kilometres away in the village of Chornoholova, Uzhgorod district. You will have to walk the last 2 km to get there. This is a great place to spend a hot summer in a tent. The turquoise-coloured reservoir is formed by the floodplain of the pure mountain river Lyuta and has a depth of 3 metres. The water here is extremely cool even on the hottest days, so you should be very careful when swimming here.
In winter, a large number of tourists come to the Uzhgorod region for skiing holidays. In this regard, the most famous local ski resort is undoubtedly “Krasiya”, which is located near the village of Vyshka in Velykyi Bereznyi district. This resort has the longest ski run in Ukraine, 3.5 km long. The slopes are suitable for both beginners and professionals. Near Krasiya there are a large number of different offers for accommodation for every taste and budget. During the high season, during the New Year and Christmas holidays, accommodation prices rise significantly. The resort is very popular in winter, so you should book your accommodation several months in advance. In summer, the situation with accommodation is better, so it is much easier to find a free apartment.
Another option for a ski holiday near Uzhgorod is the village of Novoselytsia in the Perechyn region. Novoselytsia ski resort with its gentle slopes is a great option for beginners.
Uzhgorod and its surroundings are a great place for wine tours and tastings. Uzhgorod has long been famous for its vineyards and wines. This is reflected even in the city’s coat of arms, which depicts a vine. There are several tasting rooms in Uzhgorod itself that are worth visiting. But first of all, it is worth going on a wine tasting tour to the village of Serednye, which is located just over 20 km from the regional centre. Local wine cellars, which are located not far from the ruins of the mysterious Serednyansky Templar Castle, were built back in the 16th century. Today, the Leanka winery operates on the site of the cellars. Its wines are famous all over the world. Under the ground, there are huge oak barrels in which the highest quality wines are aged. Tasting these wines is a unique opportunity to appreciate the hard work of local talented winemakers.
In general, a holiday in Uzhgorod and its surroundings will be an unforgettable event in your life, giving you the opportunity to improve your health and broaden your horizons, leaving you with pleasant memories of the beauty of the local nature and the hospitality of the Transcarpathians.