Watch Satellite TV at Five Flags

Football on TV

We are happy to announce that all of our guests are now free to enjoy our new flat-screen TV with a wide selection of satellite channels.

The TV is located in the common room and we look forward to the FIFA World Cup fun this summer!

Get 20% Off Your Stay with New Long-Term Rates!

More good news from Five Flags: All guests booking for 7 nights or more now get a 20% discount off their stay! The new discounted long-term rates apply both to the beds in dorm as well as the private room, and will be perfect for anyone wishing to explore Uzhhorod and Transcarpathia for just a little bit longer

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Where to have a lunch in Uzhgorod for 5 euros

Столик в кафе «Бюргер»

The art of table serving in the Bürger cafe

It’s probably true that when visiting a new city, every tourist strives not only to see the local landmarks but also taste the traditional food of the region, and to do it without their wallet taking a big hit. So where can you have a lunch in Uzhgorod while spending around, or at least not substantially more than 5 euros (50 UAH) per person?

The first place in this improvised contest rightfully goes to the Vertep restaurant that is located in the very center of the city at 13 Korzo St. You can easily end up spending more than 50 UAH for the huge variety of the delicious food in this venue, but having a tasty lunch that doesn’t leave you hungry for less than that is definitely possible, too.

Among the first courses offered in Vertep, there’s the traditional Ukrainian borsch (the red beet soup), chicken soup, bograch (meat soup, served here in a plate made of dark bread), as well as solyanka (thick, spicy, sour soup traditional for Russian and Ukrainian cuisine). They cost 18, 15, 25 and 24 UAH accordingly. A cabbage or a horseradish salad will cost you 9 UAH for a 200 g serving.

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Enjoying Uzhgorod Coffee

Кофе

The history of coffee in Transcarpathian covers more than 5 centuries, and over this time, the locals have taken the art of coffee brewing to perfection. There are many cities in Ukraine with lots of nice coffee shops, but Uzhgorod remains one of the leaders. And that’s definitely not the case when quality is sacrificed for quantity. There is a saying: “Lviv is famous for its coffee shops but Uzhgorod is famous for its coffee”. Lvivers aren’t quick to recognize this, but only until they actually try the Uzhgorodian coffee. It’s no use to describe it; you might as well try to draw love or to sing a dream.

While walking in the center of Uzhgorod, you’re sure to smell that magical coffee aroma coming from the small cafés located along your way. You could drop by any of them and you won’t make a mistake. Excellent coffee is served in the Medelin chain (5a Koryatovycha sq. and others), Korado (24 Voloshyna St. – just across the street from the hostel), Antresol (1a Koryatovycha sq.), Hirchychne zerno (in the same named pass). All these coffee shops are located in the center of the town so you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for them. Good coffee is also served in more expensive venues such as Lychee (68 . . . → Read More: Enjoying Uzhgorod Coffee

Confectionery Masterpieces in Transcarpathia, or Sweet Tooth’s Paradise

Hermina

Up till recently, the village of Kosyno (Koson’) in Berehove county was known among Transcarpathians primarily for its thermal baths, notably the Shoshto-Thermal recreational complex. Now there’s one more association to add to the list: the sweets.

It’s all due to the “Hermina” confectioner’s shop that was opened in the very center of Kosyno in early 2013. The complex includes the confectionery itself as well as a restaurant, which is expected to open its doors in May.

The choice of confectioneries in Hermina is truly impressive. The owners made it a point to pay the dues to the confectionary culture of the former Austrian-Hungarian empire. You can try the Viennese Sachertorte, the Hungarian Dobos or Eszterhazi cakes, the traditional Slovenian crème cake, and many more. There’s also in-house specials such as the Hermina cake, as well as the cakes based on the contemporary recipes from the Zila confectionery house in Hungary.

In addition to the cakes, there’s also a variety of pastries to try at Hermina. The prices of 6 to 10 UAH per piece makes them totally affordable even for the most budget-conscious traveller. In summertime, Hermina is expected to treat its visitors with real Italian ice cream.

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Summer Price Drops!

We’re happy to announce that accommodation rates for Five Flags hostel have been dropped! Now you can spend a night in the very center of Uzhgorod for just €8.49 (approx. 85 UAH). The private room rate has also been dropped to €12.49 (approx. 124 UAH) per person per night.

As usual, please consult our rates page for the details on our current pricing.

Symphony in Pink, or The Story of the Japanese Cherries in Uzhgorod

Japanese Cherry blossoming in Uzhgorod (click to enlarge)

Japanese Cherry blossoming in Uzhgorod (click to enlarge)

It’s not necessary to travel all the way to Japan in order to admire the bright pink flowers of the famous Japanese Cherry tree, sakura. These miraculous trees grow in Europe, too, namely in Uzhgorod, the capital of Transcarpathia.

In late April – early May, a large number of travellers from Ukraine and abroad try to plan their itinerary so as to spend at least a couple of days in Uzhgorod. It’s during this time of the year that the city turns into a magic garden filled with the fantastic aroma of blossoming Japanese Cherries. Zankovetska, Mytna, March 8th streets and the Svobody avenue are all filled with people enjoying the cherry blossoms and taking pictures.

Sakura blossoms for two weeks. If you arrive to Uzhgorod closer to the end of the blossoming period, you’ll see the snowstorm of petals falling off the trees, circling in the air and carpeting the ground all around in pink.

There are a lot of tales about how Japanese Cherries arrived to Uzhgorod. According to one of them, back in the 16th century, an important trade route from Far East to West passed through Uzhgorod. One day, a few locals noticed saplings of a plant that looked like regular cherry on the travellers’ carts. So . . . → Read More: Symphony in Pink, or The Story of the Japanese Cherries in Uzhgorod

“The Parade of Little Nicholases” in Uzhgorod on December 19th

It has become a good tradition in Uzhgorod to start the winter holiday season with the celebration of the St. Nicholas day, which in the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar falls on December 19th.

This year, the St. Nicholas day in Uzhgorod will be celebrated for the 4th time with a parade of St. Nicholas’s “young aides.” These “little Nicholases” (Mykolaychyky) in red costumes will be handing out sweets and singing Christmas songs, and then will all come down to the city’s central Teatral’na square, where the main Christmas tree of Uzhgorod is already waiting for them. The little Nicholases will decorate it with ornaments made by their fellow Uzhgorod’s schoolchildren.

In 2010, almost 1,000 little aides of St. Nicholas took part in the parade. This year, in addition to the “little Nicholases,” there will be about a hundred of grown-up ones among them. A year ago, the celebration was marked by an unveiling of a bronze statue of a saint’s aide, and this year, the parade’s organizers will present a special colorful mailbox that Uzhgorod’s kids will be able to use to send letters to their patron.

The celebration is promising to be a lot of fun. Here’s how it was back in 2009:

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“Beaujolais of Zakarpattia 2011” Festival to Take Place in Uzhgorod’s Wine Cellars

The old wine cellars built by the Rakoczi dynasty in the 18th century in the historical center of Uzhgorod will welcome this year’s guests of the “Beaujolais of Zakarpattia” festival.

The 5th festival of young wine will take place on the weekend of November 19th-20th and will be solely devoted to Transcarpathia’s young wines of the 2011 harvest. The wines will be available for purchase starting at 40 UAH per liter.

Also, for just 50 UAH, you’ll get a chance to purchase a special wine glass with the festival’s logo engraved on it. Along with the glass, you’ll receive a special voting card that you’ll be able to award to the maker of your favorite wine at the festival. In return, you’ll be able to claim 1 liter free from them. At the festival’s closing ceremony, the best winemaker who has collected the most voting cards will be announced.

It’s not just the wine that you’ll be able to get at the festival. Don’t miss out on the famous red paprika from the village of Dobron’, or the cheese from the Seliska creamery known throughout all of Ukraine. And of course, you’ll be able to taste various national dishes at the festival, such as the rich, steamy bogrács (bograch). A number of Ukraine’s folk bands will perform, too, notably the . . . → Read More: “Beaujolais of Zakarpattia 2011” Festival to Take Place in Uzhgorod’s Wine Cellars