The Carpathian region is an ancient legendary land. According to the Carpathian hypothesis, the ancestors of the Slavs marched through the Carpathians, invaded the Eastern European plain and conquered a new homeland for themselves. The Southern Slavs believe that they came from here. Poles and Czechs treat the Carpathians in the most sentimental way.
In the middle of the VIII century Cyril and Methodius came here. They walked along the tops of the ridges – in the valleys there were continuous swamps teeming with snakes, wild boars, wolves and bears lived in the forests. Only the centuries-old work of many generations has turned this wild place into an earthly paradise.
The Carpathians also consider the Hungarians their land. Their ancestors were Ugric tribes who were engaged in cattle breeding between the Volga and the Urals. In the middle of the IX century, under the onslaught of neighboring peoples, the Hungarians were forced to leave to the west. In 895-896, the Hungarian ruler Arpad crossed the Carpathians and conquered the lands of the Slavs. The Ugrians founded the Hungarian Kingdom and gave it their own language. They gradually assimilated the Slavs. But until now, a large area in the north of Hungary is called Pushta – from the Slavic Desert. And the name of Lake Balaton directly comes from the Slavic "swamp".
During Kievan Rus, the descendants of Prince Rostislav Vladimirovich ruled in the Carpathian region. Later, its territory was part of the Galician, Galician-Volyn Principality, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Most of the Carpathian region is now part of the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. The main population consists of Hutsuls and Rusyns.