The Legends of the Palanok Castle in Mukachevo

The Palanok Castle

The mysterious 85-meter well, in which you can still hear the echo of devil howling; the bronze statue of a prince that’s believed to fulfill wishes; the historical figures of Sandor Petofi and the beautiful Ilona Zrinyi – these are just some of the legends surrounding the famous Palanok castle.

When planning your trip to Uzhgorod, make sure you’ll have a day dedicated solely to seeing the nearby town of Mukachevo. Take a walk down its ancient streets, drop by the St. Martin church, visit the monastery for women on the Chernecha hill, take a picture of the green City Hall. But whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss out on seeing the Palanok Castle, this true gem of the Zakarpattia Oblast.

I won’t bore you with the details on when the castle was built or where the name “Palanok” comes from. You’ll learn all that when visiting the castle or just by googling. But I will tell you a few stories about the castle so you’ll know what to look for once there

The Well

The famous well

In the yard of the upper castle, there is a well.

The legend says that no matter how deep prince Fedir Koriatovych’s workers were digging the well, the water was still missing. The same . . . → Read More: The Legends of the Palanok Castle in Mukachevo

Chany: The Transcarpathian Jacuzzi

Soaking up in chany is tons of fun!

Soaking in chany, or Transcarpathian open-air mineral water tubs, is one of the most unorthodox ways to relax and have fun. Chany are available year-round. The procedure is quite simple: a cast-iron tub is filled with mineral water heated to 40-45 degrees Celsius. The heat is maintained by wood fire burning underneath the tub. Oftentimes, there’s special rocks in the bottom of the tub that help accumulate the heat. Adding medical herbs to the water is also common.

Still, the most important ingredient to chany is the people that are being “cooked”. You can have up to 6 friends boiling in a tub with you.

You plunge into the tub up to your neck and instantly feel the relaxing warmth spreading throughout your body. And as the heat grows stronger and you feel that your blood is about to boil, you get out of the tub and jump into a cold mountain stream! Such contrast can be especially refreshing in winter time when the temperature drops below -10 degrees, and you run to the stream barefoot in snow.

This kind of exotic Transcarpathian baths is good for your health. They say that after 2 or 3 chany sessions, you don’t catch cold for a whole year. That’s because the sulphuric mineral . . . → Read More: Chany: The Transcarpathian Jacuzzi