The first recorded reminiscence about one of the oldest Transcarpathian resorts dated back to the 17th century. In his letters the local priest Danyil Srednyanskyi often mentions the Derence Zholobovne bathing hut, in detail describing the system of wooden chutes, through which big baths were filled with mineral water.

The fame about Derenivka quickly spread over Europe. The written records of the Habsburg dynasty mention the healing water DERENUS SILBERS WASSER. Yet, it was already at the end of the 17th century when the resort, which was called SLATINO to a European manner, received honourable Austrian and Hungarian noblemen. The Derenivka baths were known not only for their healing but also rejuvenation properties.
For the fastidious noble visitors, in accordance with their needs, there was built a big palace with towers and terraces, where they enjoyed recreation after taking baths.


Slatino, 1692

Copy of the original archival documents

In 1705, during the war between the Transylvanian prince Ferenc II Rakoczi and the Habsburgs, SLATINO was burnt to ashes. However, it was so desirable to use unique Derenivska water and it was in such great necessity that right after the completion of fighting the resort was restored.

N. Solotvyno, 1829

Copy of the original documents

In 1913, Derenivska Kupil (DERENÓI FÜRDÖ) was officially named as an object which was recommended to visit in Austro-Hungary. At those times, the most famous European families often preferred the wonderful landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains and the curative water of our land, which was much more affordable than more famous and more expensive Karlovy Vary and Baden-Baden. Describing the healing properties of the water in Derenivka, local newspapers called it “our Golden Slatino water” or “Silver Slatino water”.
In various periods of its existence the health resort was visited by the well-known Hungarian composer Ferenc Liszt, the first President of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Masaryk, the politician Edmund Egán, the Prime-Minister of the autonomous territory Pidkarpatska Rus Avgustyn Voloshyn and many other known and respectable people.

Official emblem of Derenus Silvers Wasser, 1697

Copy of the original archival documents

In his research work Mineral Springs of the Subcarpathian Ruthenia (1935) the Czech scientist Frantisek Vizner wrote about the Derenivska water:
Being a scientist, I am privileged to directly recommend it for consumption to both locals and all citizens of the Czechoslovak Republic.

Frantisek Vizner (1893-1970)


During the Soviet time on the ravine territory there was the Cooperator, a resort of the Union subordination, which hosted the holidaymakers from the whole USSR.

Cooperator Sanatorium in 1989

Photo from the sanatorium archive

At present, in our sight, there revives the former fame of Derenivka. The construction of the Derenivska Kupil Health Resort Complex, which will soon welcome first guests, is coming to an end. While at the up-to-date plant there is organized the production of Derenivska Kupil drinking water with natural silicon content as well as Zakarpatska 1high-silicon low-mineralized mineral water. Over four centuries the Derenivka area outlived six states. During this time, infrastructure and architecture of the establishment were transformed, but the Silver Water of Slatino remained unchanged and still gives health and vivacity to people