Uzhhorod (formerly Ungvar) is a typical border town – buzzing, full of energy, and often quite brusque. However, it is quite pretty, particularly the old town centre and tree-lined river embankments.
The main town of the Transcarpathian (Zakarpatska) region, Uzhhorod has large Hungarian and Romanian minorities, giving it a Balkan feel. The long autumn is the best season to visit, with the beech leaves turning and the grape harvest coming in. Troyanda Zakarpatya (a red dessert wine) and Beregivske (a Riesling) are among the best-known Transcarpathian wines.
The old town centre lies on the northern bank of the Uzh River, which wends its way roughly east–west through town. The train and bus stations are 1km directly south. The town has skeletal tourist signposting in English, which generally points in the right direction.