Kosiv appeared in 1318 as a settlement in the valley of the Rybnytsia River in the vicinity of salt-mines. Galician boyars and later Polish owners grew rich on selling this “white gold.” From 1579 the city of Kosiv was the property of M. Jazliwecki. Jews made up one third of the city’s population. The incomes earned on salt attracted opryshky (brigands) detachments. With time apart from salt production artistic crafts began to develop as well – woodcarving, embroidery, carpet weaving, ceramics. After the collaplse of Austro-Hungary the Trans-Carpathian Ukrainian People’s Republic was established there for a short time. During the interwar period Kosiv became a popular place for recreation and tourism. An influx of holiday-makers incessantly increased, a there was a network of holiday hotels. After 1939 Soviet power nationalized health resorts, and organized craftsmen into guilds. A serious problem for this land was and remains unemployment caused by arable land shortage. However, the gradual introduction of pew economic projects turns Kosiv into an important tourist center. International Hutsulian festivals, congresses and forums are held in the city every year.
It is worth visiting the private Korneliuks’ museum. On Saturday and Thursday a well-known market is operating in Kosiv. Souvenirs, tasty brynza, meat products and all sorts of things in combination with the local coloring will satisfy anybody’s taste. One should come to the market not later than 9.00.