Uzhgorod is the regional center of Zakarpattya oblast. The name of the city derives from the local river Uzh. The settlement here was founded more than 1100 years ago, and in the chronicles the city is first mentioned as a fortress of the local tribe belonging to the bigger White Croatians group, which dominated the area in the 6-10 centuries AD. Nowadays, it is the smallest regional center in Ukraine, with the population of 125,000, and one of the most multi-national ones: over 70 nationalities call it their home, including Ukrainians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Russians, Jews, Roma and others. Uzhgorod castle and local wine tastings are some of the most popular local attractions.