08:00 – departing from Uzhgorod
Arpad Line (bunker tour)
The Arpad Line is a powerful fortification line of World War II. Hungarian forces built by to protect Carpathians from the Red Army’s attack. It is 700+ kilometers long and passes boarders of modern Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania. It was called so in the name of ancient Hungarian leader Arpad, who conquered Pannonia (the modern Hungary) in the late 9th century.
Some of the oldest trees of Ukraine grow in this village. Have you ever tried to hug a tree that is 9 meters in girth? You will have this opportunity! This tree is 30 meters high and over 1,000 years old. Experts say that local oaks are circa 1,200 – 1,300 years old. Every 100 years oaks gain 1 meter in girth, but then they grow more slowly after 500 years. Thus, only olive (over 2,000 years) and pistachio (1,700) trees are older in Ukraine.
Uzhok mountain pass
There are plenty of parks and protected natural areas along this road. Furthermore, the pass is a part of Uzhanski National Park. By the way, that last one is a part of the only worldwide trilateral International Biosphere Nature Reserve ‘East Carpathians’.
Uzhok pass became a favorite place for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and just passing cars. It will stay in your hurt for a long time with its picturesque landscapes and serpentines.
St. Michael church, Uzhok
One of the most famous Zakarpattian churches is situated here in Uzhok, right under the mountain pass. It was constructed in the name of St. Archangel Michael in 1745. The original icons and books of 17th and 18th centuries are preserved until now there. The bell that is hundred years older than the church is still functioning. Many painters come here to draw the church. Furthermore, it is also a part of UNESCO world heritage since 2013.
Bathing in a vat
A unique procedure was invented in this region. Sitting in a mineral water has healing effect. You sit in a vat with this water that is on fire and you are literally cooked. The temperature of the water is 38-42o C. In addition, you change hot water on cold one that causes a positive shock for your body. The procedure is good for nervous system, cardiovascular system. It strengthens libido (both for men and women), stimulates the functions of the immune system and the thyroid gland, improves the activity of the musculoskeletal system, promotes recovery after injuries and fractures, restores elasticity and elasticity of the skin.
After that, you will try a delicious trout.