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Morshyn Health Resort, Ukraine

by Ihor Cap, Ph.D.

"Hrybok" (Mushroom) Mineral Water Drinking Station

Historical court records first mention Morshyn in 1482. The first mineral deposits in this area were located fifty-six years later. However, it was only in 1878 that Morshyn officially opened its first spa. Bonifatius Stiller, a person of commerce and vision, assured its place in history as a health resort.
Today, Morshyn (Ukrainian: Моршин) is one of Ukraine’s best-known health resorts focusing on gastroenterological disorders in the digestive system. This little city of 6,500 is located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains (See, Census 2001). Locals and tourists alike enjoy its moderate continental climate, coniferous and leafy forests, and the healing powers of Morshyn’s mineral waters.
Many vacationers take to drinking mineral water as a natural way to detoxifying their system, strengthening their immunity and overall well-being. Others make use of the assorted mineral baths, massages, saunas with pools, and tennis courts. In Morshyn's relaxed atmosphere, personnel at the various spas and wellness centers promise to build a program that addresses your personal expectations.
This health resort provides options, resources, information and assistance. In all, this quiet city employs some 3600 workers, 2829 of which are health resort personnel. Morshyn has 10 sanatoriums, and a polyclinic. In addition, it has four “pansionaty” or boarding houses, and three family oriented sanatoriums. Together, the sanatoriums can accommodate some 60,000 patients yearly. Sometimes they receive well more than that. New health centers are being built and existing ones renovated to accommodate visitors. Vacationers may also want to take advantage of other programs and services in and around Morshyn: the cafés, restaurants, evening concerts, discothèques, libraries, lectures, movie houses and cultural-historical excursions to other places nearby. Finally, let us not forget the "hrybok" or mushroom-like building that architecturally defines Morshyn and where everyone goes to drink what is in abundance here, local mineral water from the buvets. This architectural symbol accommodates 6000 visitors at any given time.
We enjoyed our visit to Morshyn. We hope you will too. If you are not visiting anytime soon, then do not forget to watch the slideshow of Morshyn further below. Our thanks go out to Dr. Bohdan Mahasevych who served as our personal tour guide for Morshyn. Bohdan works for the Sanatorium "Cheremosh" (Ukrainian:"Санаторій Черемош") in Morshyn, Ukraine. 

Morshyn Health Resort Slideshow August 2008
Morshyn has a railway station but you can get to Morshyn the way many Ukrainians get there, by “marshrutka” (mini-bus or taxi van) or by car. The closest sanatorium is no more than 150 meters (492 feet) from the railway station.  Once inside Morshyn, everything is within walking distance. MSN Live Search has a wonderful search feature to calculate distances between cities for any country in the world. (See I used it to arrive at the distances between various known Ukrainian cities and Morshyn itself.  See Table 1 below.  I had to go to another useful site to convert between miles and kilometers and that offers dozens of quick links for other conversions too. (See

Table 1. Distance from Morshyn to nearby Ukrainian cities and approximate distance in kilometers and miles
FromToApproximate Distance
(aka, Morshin, Morszyn)
(aka Lvov, Lwow and Lemberg
83 km  (52 miles)
(aka, Morshin, Morszyn)
(aka Ivano-Frankovsk)
89 km (55 miles)
(aka, Morshin, Morszyn)
(aka Drogobych, Drohobycz)
41 km (26 miles)
(aka, Morshin, Morszyn)
Stryy14 km (9 miles)
(aka, Morshin, Morszyn)
Truskavets47 km (29 miles)
(aka, Morshin, Morszyn)
Boryslav53 km (33 miles)
 1 mile=1.609344 km 

Weather in Morshin  Погода в Моршині

View a Travel Video of Morshyn below

Official internet site of the Morshyn City Council:in Ukrainian
Free internet encyclopedia Wikepedia  in EnglishMorshyn  
Author: Ihor Cap, Ph.D.
Photographs by: Ihor Cap and Dariya Dyryk-Cap
Note: This article was first published in the website on September 15, 2008.