The transient and fragile beauty of spring flowers has inspired the Japanese for over a thousand years. Ancient Japanese tradition to admire blossoming cherry, or sakura, trees has found its way into Ukraine. The mild climate of sunny Zakarpattya region is favourable for whimsical sakuras and for winemaking as well, making the region a famous wine destination in Ukraine. That is why we offer to combine the contemplation of flowers with the tasting of local wines. The Schoenborn Palace and the collection of Uzhgorod city mini-sculptures complement the program of this one-day tour.
From your hotel in Lviv, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Schoenborn Palace, located 210 km far from Lviv. The route takes appr. 2,5-3 hours. After walking in the palace park we're going to Uzhgorod, the distance from Schoenborn Palace to Uzhgorod is 58 km, which takes appr. 1 hour to get there. Please find the tour description below: • Departure from Lviv (7:30) • Schoenborn Palace: a walk in the palace park • Uzhgorod: a guided tour in the city centre • Free time for visiting Uzhgorod Castle or a walk in the city • Wine tasting (optional) • Return to Lviv (appr. 22:00) Schoenborn palace was built by the Austrian-Hungarian Count Schoenborn as a hunting lodge at the end of XIX century. The palace was built in the style of Romanticism with Gothic elements, according to the fashionable trends in architecture at the time. Romantic ideas also prevail in the palace planning, as its doors, windows and other elements altogether create the numerological metaphor of the flow of time. Around the palace, there is a well-maintained park with rare botanical species. Since 1945, the palace hosts a health resort for patients with cardiovascular diseases.The sakura trees of Uzhgorod. Zakarpattya is one of the few places in Europe where these decorative Japanese cherries are growing in great numbers. The local legend says that the sakuras were brought by a Japanese delegation as a present to the Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef. The local residents stole several seedlings, which were subsequently sold in Uzhgorod as fruit trees. According to an official historic version, sakura trees were introduced in Uzhgorod in the early 1920s by the Czech administration of the time, when it was redeveloping the district of Galagov, which is the city centre nowadays. The local swampy terrain was not good for many plants, but the sakura trees were breeding successfully in the mild Zakarpattya climate.The mini-sculptures of Uzhgorod started to appear in 2010 when the figurine of St. Nicholas' assistant by the Uzhhorod sculptor Mykhaylo Kolodko was installed on the railing of the Uzh river embankment. He continued to create a series of the other small monuments, now scattered around the centre of Uzhhorod. Most of the sculptures are connected to the local history in some way, including figurines of Ferenc Liszt and Mozart, John Lord, the Good Soldier Švejk, Rubik's cube, RMS Carpathia that saved Titanic passengers, the famous emigrants - artist Andy Warhol and Sergeant Mikhail Shtrank (or Michael Strenk) who raised the Flag on Iwo Jima, and many others.