Transcarpathian Czechs republished the guidebooks of 1935 and 1937 years
The Club of T.H. Masaryk in Uzhgorod with the Uzhgorod Slovak Society assistance continued the tradition of local history books republication, issued by the time when Transcarpathian region was a part of Czechoslovakia.
These days, the world had an opportunity to saw two more of such publications: ‘Podkarpatska Rus vas zve’ and ‘Mukačevo’. In particular, our region’s guidebook ‘Pidkarpatska Rus vas zve’, published in 1937 for the first time, tells us of how it is better to get to Pidkarpattia from Prague, where to stay and what is worth seeing. It is very interesting to read due to the time that has passed since then, of how it was explained to Czechoslovak tourists: tourism has just started to develop in the Pidkarpatska Rus, that is why keep your nerves if you will not find the required comfort. Also it is quite funny sounds the warning: ‘Do not be afraid of bears and wolves – you can hardly meet them in Pidkarpatska Rus, though you can see the fallow deer, roe deer and grouse in the virgin forests’.
In general the guidebook was made very competently: you can find the description of Pidkarpatska Rus big towns and villages, see pictures which depict the mountain and lowlands areas dwellers’ clothes and their way of life and choose from different types of recreation such as hiking along the certain routes, traveling by car, hunting and berries gathering.
Another guidebook – ‘Mukachevo’, which was published in 1935 for the first time in the printing house ‘Shkilna Dopomoha’ in Uzhgorod, was released in 300 copies edition. As the Head of the Club of T.H. Masaryk Ivan Latko said, the city and surrounding areas guidebook was issued by the City Council in the far 1935, when it was still led by Karel Blech. The Chief clerk Karl Zinger made it. The complier has gathered in the edition articles written by different authors on various themes.
For example, Dr. Jozef M. Yankovich wrote the chapter ‘Brief review of the Mukachevo past times’ and ‘Zemskyi Museum of Lehotskyi’, Dr. Zdenek Zakreis made a review of the hiking trails, which start from Mukachevo, and Eng. Leopold Turek filed information about the skiing sport in Pidkarpatska Rus. There are also the materials about the grape plantings in Mukachevo surrounding areas, the wine cellars and their own wonderful local wine. The edition compilers recommend also to visit the interesting places near Mukachevo, including the Beregvar Castle, it is more known for us as Count Shenborn Castle in sanatorium ‘Karpaty’. All of these diluted with amazing photographs, among which is the inner design of the Mukachevo City Hall conference room and the Beregvar Castle appearance.
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