Khust (Ukrainian and Russian: Хуст, Hungarian: Huszt, Slovak: Chust) is a city in Western Ukraine, in Zakarpatska Oblast, with population 31,700 people, it is the third largest city in the county. It is completely surrounded by Carpathian mountains.
The nearest airport is in Uzhhorod, which is about 100 km. (about 60 miles) from the city. There are only a few flights from Kiev to Uzhhorod. (A one-way ticket is about US$150, operated by Aerosvit Airlines). The nearest big airport is Budapest.
There are two direct trains from Uzhhorod, the so-called "Edelveis". One in the morning, another somewhere in the afternoon. The afternoon train arrives to Khust at about 20:00 The price of a one-way ticket is about US$2.
There is also a direct train from Lviv. It is an overnight train which arrives to Khust at 07:00.
The easiest way to get to Khust is by bus. There are several direct buses from Uzhhorod, Lviv, Chernivtsi, Kiev, and other big Ukrainian cities. A one-way bus fare from Uzhgorod is about US$3-4. A bus fare from Kiev is about US$20.
The city is comparatively small, and you can usually walk anywhere in less than an hour.
You can catch a taxi either on the bus station or in the city center. It is very easy to catch taxi in Khust. The average fare within the city is about US$2.
- Ruined castle. On the top of the Castle Hill not far from the center of the city (downtown) is a ruined middle-age castle with romantic hint. It was first mentioned in the 11th century. Until the Tatar invasion of 1241 most likely it was made of wood. Stone castle was built after the invasion. It was rebuilt and extended several times. In 1766 the gunpowder tower was struck by lightning, which led to a strong explosion. The castle was damaged, and newer rebuilt. Today it is a popular destination place among tourists, and a popular place of local youth. From the castle you can see a magnificent view of the entire city, and the entire valley. It takes about half an hour to climb to the top of the hill.
- Elizabeth's Church. Elizabeth's Church or "fortress church" is a Hungarian Protestant (ex catholic) church right in the city center. This small church was built in the 13th century. It is surrounded by a thick wall with two gates, which make it as a fortress. Inside the church you can see an original 13th-century fresco, depicting King Istvan (first king of Hungary) and his son prince Imre, with another Hungarian saint, all three shown as knights. There are a lot of memorial tables and monuments in the garden of the church. Unfortunately the church is not opened constantly for the public. You can get in every Sunday at noon time after the mass, or you can ask the local priest, who lives next to the church, to open the gates and let you in. He can also give you a tour around, explain the history of it.
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