While I was in Uzhgorod, someone mentioned there was a castle in a town nearby called Mukachevo. As I was on a bit of roll with visiting castles, it didn’t seem like one I could miss out on. So, I hopped on a bus to get there. It was the hottest and sweatiest bus ride I’d had in a while, but it was worth it.
So, for this week, the Foto Friday, as you’ve probably already guessed, is Palanok Castle.
Palanok (or Mukachevo) Castle was built in the 14th century and is set high above the town on a volcanic hill. It was originally owned by a Hungarian noble family and changed hands a few times as well as its use over the years. It started out as a private residence, became a fortress for a while, served as a prison for a period of time, housed the coronation crown of the Kingdom of Hungary, and became barracks before finally changing its use to an agricultural college.
Apparently, the castle has 130 rooms and underground passages. I didn’t realise there were underground passages until I read about it afterwards. I don’t think you can explore them, although it would be interesting. Nonetheless, there’s plenty to explore. There are numerous rooms to wander in and out of, a dungeon, a chapel, a couple of museums about the history of Mukachevo, a courtyard where a couple of musicians were performing, and a fabulous view of the surrounding area.
This is definitely worth visiting while you’re in Uzghorod or Mukachevo. You should give yourself plenty of time to spend there because it’s pretty big and if there’s live music, as there was when I was there, you will be able to sit down for a while and enjoy it.
If you’re staying in Mukachevo, you can either walk to the castle or get the number 3 bus to zamok (замок), which means castle in Ukrainian.
If you’re travelling from Uzhgorod, buy a ticket from the cashier at the bus station (KACA). The bus takes about 40 minutes and terminates at the bus station in Mukachevo. Then, it’s no longer than a 10 minute walk into the centre. If you go to the end of the pedestrian street, you will be able to get the number 3 bus to the castle, as mentioned above.
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Have you been to Mukachevo and visited Palanok Castle?