See moun­tains, taste wine, and visit cas­tles and mu­seum in Ukraine’s Zakarpatty­a Oblast

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - Kyiv Post staff writer Veronika Melkozerov­a can be reached at melkozerov­[email protected]

“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)

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