SCHOENBORN CASTLE

One of the architectural gems of the Transcarpathian Region is the hunting palace of Counts Schoenborn. It has been perfectly preserved, and it houses the «Karpaty» health resort for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Tourists can access the facility easily, and excursions around the palace are organized for them.

schoenborn-castleThe palace is located in a picturesgue place, under the protection of the Carpathian peaks and is surrounded by forests. No wonder this place was favored by Barons Schoenborn, the owners of the Transacrpathian Region when it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who were fond of hunting.

The palace was constructed in 1890 in the Romanticism style, with some elements of Gothic style. Tiled roofs and arrow-headed towers contribute to create an image of a French castle from the era of brave musketeers.

schoenborn-castle-gerbThe interior of the palace had to immerse visitors into the atmosphere of coziness and comfort, which was so welcome after active entertainment outdoors. The numerous fireplaces, elegant wooden staircases, and chandeliers decorated with hunting trophies facilitated such atmosphere. A typical hunting house detail was the chandelier made of deer antlers with a figure of the serpent-like Meluzine, who was the Celtic fairy protecting knights from hunting accidents. The heraldic sign of the Schoenborns – a crowned lion – is used repeatedly in interior and exterior decorations.

The castle is surrounded by a large park with a variety of trees. There are beeches, spruces, Japanese cherry tree, Weymouth pine, boxwood, and many other rare species. In the park, there is a lake, the banks of which imitate the outline of the Austrian Empire during the Habsburg rule.