Zakarpattia region, Ukraine (Zakarpatska)

The capital city of Zakarpattia oblast: Uzhgorod.

Zakarpattia region overview

Zakarpattia region, located in the far south-west of Ukraine, has a unique geographical position.

It occupies the south-eastern part of the Ukrainian Carpathians and Danube lowland. Other names of the region: Zakarpatska, Podkarpatska, Transcarpathian, Transcarpathia, Zakarpattya.

In the north, west and south Zakarpattia region borders on Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Uzhhorod is the capital city.

Population (2014) - 1,259,000 (2.78%).

Land area - 12,777 sq. km. (2.11%, 24th place).

Zakarpattia oblast flag

Zakarpattia oblast flag

Zakarpattia oblast coat of arms

Zakarpattia oblast coat of arms

Zakarpattia oblast map location


Zakarpattia region brief history

At different times, this territory belonged to the Great Moravia, the Kievan Rus, the Hungarian Kingdom, Transilvaniya and Austria-Hungary.

In 1918-1919, it was occupied by Czech and Romanian armies. In May 1919, the meeting in Uzhgorod declared their will to join Czechoslovakia. On June 4, 1920, it joined Czechoslovakia under the name “Podkarpatskaya Rus’”.

After independence of Czechoslovakia was abolished, in Zakarpatye, on March 15, 1939, an independent state was declared - the Carpathian Ukraine. On March 18, 1939, Hungarian troops arrived in Zakarpatye and its independence was abolished, the territory was annexed by Hungary.

In 1944, Zakarpatye was occupied by the Soviet troops and, in 1945, it became the part of the Ukrainian SSR and received the name “Zakarpatskaya oblast”.

Zakarpattia province nature

Beautiful nature of Zakarpattia

Beautiful nature of Zakarpattia

Author: Alexander Naumov

Zakarpattia region scenery

Zakarpattia region scenery

Author: Andriy Chmelov

Zakarpattia province scenery

Zakarpattia province scenery

Author: Alexander Kozak


Zakarpattia region features

About 80% of the territory is occupied by the Carpathian Mountains. Hoverla Mount (2061 meters) is the highest mountain in the region and Ukraine.

The region has temperate continental climate. The average temperature in July is up to plus 21 degrees Celsius, in winter - minus 4 degrees Celsius (in the highlands - minus 10 degrees).

The total area of all protected sites is 12.5% of the entire territory of Zakarpattia region.

Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, created in 1968, is one of the largest and most interesting object of the nature reserve fund of Ukraine. Its ecosystem is among the most valuable in the world and, since 1993, it belongs to the international network of biosphere reserves protected by UNESCO.

Because of its favorable geographic location, Zakarpattia region was always an important link between the states of Northern and Southern, Eastern and Western Europe.

Its position near several European states, on international transit routes, allows the region to play a great part in Ukraine’s integration to European structures and favors its active participation in international division of labor.

The region includes 13 administrative districts, 11 cities and towns, 19 urban villages and 579 villages.

Mineral water and climate are the main resort resources of Transcarpathian region. This province plays a major role in Ukrainian tourism industry. Zakarpattia region is also the center of winter sports in Ukraine.

Zakarpattia region economy

Industry: highly developed wood-working; food-processing, consumer goods production and machine-building.

Agriculture: grains, potatoes, vegetables; wineries and gardening.

Zakarpattia oblast, Ukraine photos

Zakarpattia region views

Zakarpattia region picture

Zakarpattia region picture

Author: Leonid Perevozchikov

Zakarpattia region view

Zakarpattia region view

Author: Dennis Kutuzoff

Zakarpattia province view

Zakarpattia province view

Author: Alexander Naumov


Zakarpattia region sights

Zakarpattia province castle

Zakarpattia province castle

Author: S.Shugarov

Zakarpattia region castle

Zakarpattia region castle

Author: Ankela Taka

Zakarpattia province church

Zakarpattia province church

Author: Iurii Fedyshyn


Zakarpattia region church

Zakarpattia province church

Zakarpattia province church

Author: Iurii Fedyshyn


The questions of our visitors

Mjuice asks: I am planning a trip around Zakarpattia and Ivano-Frankovsk Regions, then my questions is, which is the best way to go there? What about car from Hungary or Slovakya?
Expert's answer:
The fast way will be to travel to Zakarpattia oblast from Budapest (by railway, more comfortable) or Bratislava (by bus). And from Uzhgorod (Zakarpattia capital city) there are regular every day buses to Ivano-Frankovsk (departure at 9:00 local time). About car, I am not sure if highways and roads of Zakarpattia and Ivano-Frankovsk oblasts are «friendly» for visitors from foreign countries.

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