"the Schönborns hunting lodge in Chynadievo" Mukacheve Things to Do Tip by om_212
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A journey to the Schönborns hunting lodge starts on the railway station, which itself reminds a tiny castle. Following a cobble stone path (there is a visible shortcut through a park, which is safe to take) you reach once hunting lodge, currently one of the buildings of the Karpaty Recreation Complex.
the history of the castle dates to 1840, when Schönborns built here a wooden hunting lodge.
the current building, according to the plaque, was erected in 1890. according to romantic, or rather post-romantic concent of symbolism. This castel was built to symbolize the calendar: 365 windows, 4 towers, 12 chimneys, 52 rooms, 12 entrances, etc. In addition to that, the pond used to have a shape of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with the stone in place of Vienna (neither shape for the stone remain, instead they built a wooden gazebo and a little wodden house for swans. Both look absolutely out of place)
The park, once luxurious and well kept, now resembles a forest, but is still in a decent shape. The Schönborns must have been fond not only of hunting, but also of exotic trees. Therefore, while walking in the park/ forest one can spot out boxwood tree, catapla (candle tree), white spruce trees, Japanese cherry trees, and many other which happily adapted to the Carpathian climate.
the Schönborn’s hunting castle shared a destiny similar to most of the private estates Transcapathia was „reunited“ with Ukraine in 1944. It was nationalized and turned into a reabilitation facility (a sanatorium) in 1946. in the soviet times, it was one of the most desirable and prestegious places for rest and recreation, as well as for curing heart-related deseases. Some well-know people, icluding an american painter, Rockwell Kent (when, why, no one knows :), visited this place.
the lodge is open for visiting from 10:00 to 17:00, adn costs around 4 UAH. the entrance to the sanatorium is free.
Directions: the easiest way to get here is by taking a local train (elektrychka) or any train going in Lviv direction. Sanatoriy Karpaty is the third stop for a local train and the first for other trains.
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