See mountains, taste wine, and visit castles and museum in Ukraine’s Zakarpattya Oblast
“But much more work needs to be done to make the city better for tourism,” Moskal said.
He cited poor roads as a major regional problem. Next year he hopes to repair them. Even the central parts of Uzhhorod has many potholes and cracks, and not a single traffic light works there.
Mukacheve, a city 41 kilometers to the southeast, is Uzhhorod’s nearest regional tourism competitor. Smaller in size, its historical buildings and spirit of a medieval town draws plenty of sightseers. When staying in Uzhhorod, many opt for a one-day trip to the his- toric town, which also has a 14th-17th century castle.
Also worth seeing in Uzhhorod is the Museum of Carpathian Architecture, an outdoor exhibition of the houses that dot the region.
The city center is a labyrinth of cozy patios and narrow, cobble-stone streets. Wine tastings can be had at a number of cellars for Hr 365. Mine took place in the dungeon of the castle (33 Capitulna Street). Afterward, limited edition wine could be purchased for Hr 150-300 per bottle.
There’s an abundance of eateries too.
For authentic regional cuisine visit the Old Café (14 Voloshyna Street). It offers a broad menu that includes the must-haves of local food – the cornand-cheese dish banush, and meat soup bograch.
Foreign tourists often prefer Antresol café by Mrs. Greenwich (1A Koryatovycha St.), which offers a range of soups, pizzas and pies. The interior resembles Central Perk, the iconic fictional café from the “Friends” TV sitcom. The staff speaks English. Where to eat: Antresol café by Mrs. Greenwich (1A Koryatovycha St.) offers pizza, pasta, and coffee. Old Café (14 Voloshyna St.) is good choice for traditional cuisine of Zakarpattya. Uzhhorod Castle Restaurant (33 Capitulna St.) offers a medieval atmosphere. Café Le Bouledogue (13 Korso Street) is a venue devoted to French bulldogs.
A woman pours wine from a barrel during the Sunny Drink festival in Uzhhorod on May 3. (UNIAN)