Mukachevo is an ancient cozy little city. Historians precise information about the start of its history, though it is known that by the 10th and 11th centuries, it was already a developed part of the Kyivan Rus.
A special place among the city’s sights belongs to the Saint Nicholas Monastery, the oldest in Zakarpattia, founded in the 11th century. Other examples of sacral architecture include the Dormitory Church, with its elegant sternness, and the ancient gothic St Martin Catholic Church, whose walls have preserved their original medieval paintings. Mukachevo’s real gem is the Town Hall, built in the early 20th century. It is a gorgeous building that used to be recognized as one of the most beautiful in Europe; even today it will easily outshine its European contemporaries.
During a walking tour of the city center, you will also discover the Myru Square, the monument to St. Cyril and Methodius and the Chimney Sweep Monument.
The main attraction of Mukachevo is, without a doubt, an amazing Palanok Castle. Situated on a high hill on the outskirts of the city, this fabulous castle offers a wonderful view of the city from the observation deck.
On the top of the hill there stands the oldest part of the castle formed in the 15th century called «upper castle», while on the terraces beneath it there are «middle» and «lower» castles built in the middle of the 17th century. Bastions surround each castle, and there are fortified gates leading to the middle and lower castles, with bridges crossing wide moats. Mukachevo castle is an impregnable fortress, and not for once has it been the last unconquered place in the Transcarpathian land.
Since 1989, castle premises are occupied by Mukachevo History Museum, where over ten interesting expositions are shown. The picture gallery featuring the best canvases by west-Ukrainian painters and ancient icons is also located here.
During the tour you will discover the interesting stories and legends about the castle and you’ll be able to make a wish, holding an index finger of the count Koryatovich monument.