Uzhhorod (Ужгород in Ukrainian, Ungvár in Hungarian and Ungwar/Uschhorod in German) is a small city of 115000 inhabitants in western Ukraine, not far from the borders to Slovakia and Hungary. The city has a few interesting sights (a castle, an open air meseum, some churches and a synagogue), but is not exactly a tourist highlights. It's mainly a convenient place where to stop before crossing the borders into Slovakia or Hungary. It can take several hours to cross these borders, so it's better not to arrive at the border late in the evening. It's best to spend a night in Uzhhorod before crossing the borders.
Still Uzhhorod is also a surprisingly interesting place, because you wouldn't expect to find so many sights in a small place in a remote location. Uzhhorod actually became Ukrainian only after World War II. Before that it was briefly Slovak (between the two world wars) and has been Hungarian for several centuries.
How to get to Uzhhorod
There is an airport with flights to Kyiv and a train station with trains to Ukraine, Hungary or Slovakia. It's also possible to reach Uzhhorod by car. Crossing the border by car into Hungary took us 15 hours in August 2021. It's as if border officials do not care about travellers or want to restrict tourism in the city, which is a shame, because Uzhhorod has potential.
There are a number of hotels and pensions in Uzhhorod, most of them bookable via the international booking portals.
City centre photo gallery  - 15 pictures of City centre
Places of worship photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Places of worship
Uzhhorod castle photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Uzhhorod castle
15 photos of the centre of Uzhhorod
12 photos of churches and a synagogue in Uzhhorod
17 photos of the castle of Uzhhorod
Museum of folk architecture and life photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Museum of folk architecture and life
17 photos of the museum of folk architecture and life, an open air museum in Uzhhorod
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