The Budapest to Lviv train service no longer operates overnight, which gives a wonderful opportunity of seeing much fine scenery along the way.
Cheese toys still prevail in some parts of Hutsulshchyna. It is unusual toy for kids because you can not only play but eat it. For adults it’s also a magic atribute
Kosmach is the most unique and the largest village in the Carpathian mountains, Ukraine. There are around 3 000 local artists of folk arts. It is the cultural centre of the Carpathians and Hutsul people, Ukrainian ethnos with very bright culture.
Valylo is a sort of a Hutsul washing machine. Valylo is made like this: a hole is dug at a convenient place in the water close to the bank of a mountain stream, or a natural slough is deepened. Then a wheel, similar to the one used in water mills, is fixed in the hole. The wheel churns water and the lizhnyk stays in the valylo until it becomes compressed almost like felt.
According to the legend, the name of the village appeared in 17th century, when a deserter from the czarist army a soldier Vorokhta settled in the village. He was a talented weaver; the fame of him spread rapidly throughout the area.
Hutsul clothing was expensive, because embroidery and all kinds of adornment cost a lot.
Since ancient times a hatchet and a pipe became for the Carpathian highlanders a friend, and brother, and adviser; a true Hutsul can not be imagined without these things.
Mykulychyn is a specific Hutsul village famous for locals’ hospitality, a lot of boarding houses of high quality, mild temperate climate with healthy air and so-called summer residents from all-around, even from abroad.
Our two days horse riding tour in the Carpathians gives a great opportunity to see the beauty of the Ukrainian mountains and feel the local colour that has not changed during the centuries. We will show you a quite different world which is far from the urban vanity, and where small farms are scattered on the hills high in the mountains.
One hundred years ago the forests of Hutsulshchyna were full of beasts and attracted titled hunters from different parts of Europe. The graphs, lords and princes of the known European dynasties hunted here. Having made three expeditions to Africa and two to India the Prince John of Lichtenstein said: “I make more of the wonderful deer rutting season in the Carpathians than the tiger hunting in India”. The closest Hitler’s associate Hermann Goering, later “Nazi number two”, and also a Governor of Galicia District, a group leader of SS Otto Wächter hunted in Hutsulshchyna.