Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Moldova

The country of Moldova is a true hidden gem in Europe and among the top 10 Eastern European destinations. It offers plenty of natural and historical monuments. The country is also renowned for its vineyards, beautiful natural scenery, old Soviet-style architecture, heritage, culture, activities, visitor services and the various people that make up the host community of the Republic of Moldova. If you’re looking for a unique destination in Europe that offers unspoiled treasures and a chance to connect with nature, look no further than Moldova. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Moldova along with your family are listed below:

1. Chisinau

Chisinau is the largest city of Moldova and its capital city also; the city of Chisinau offers plenty of beautiful tourist attractions and it is considered an ideal starting point for a first-time vacation in Moldova. The city is renowned for its spectacular architecture and the best way to appreciate the beautiful buildings, parks and monuments is on a walking tour of the city center. The major tourist attractions of this vibrant city include the National Opera House, the Nativity Cathedral of Chisinau, President Palace, Cathedral Park and Gradina Publica Stefan Cel Mare which is a stunning city park.

2. Tiraspol

The beautiful city of Tiraspol is among the top eastern European cities and one of the extremely popular tourist destinations in Moldova. The city of Tiraspol is situated towards the south west part of the county and it is the second largest city in Moldova. Tiraspol to a major extent remains unchanged from the Soviet-era days. Today, Tiraspol is one of the best places to visit in Moldova if you’re interested in marveling at soviet-style architecture and landmarks.

3. Soroca

Another most popular tourist destination to visit in Moldova is Soroca. It is situated towards the northern part of the county, near to the Ukraine border also, overlooking the beautiful Dniester River. It is well set about this region that no trip to Moldova is completed without visitng this city. The major tourist attraction is the Candle of Gratitude Monument which is the symbol of the Moldovian people.

4. Saharna

Saharna is one of the beautiful villages of Moldova which is situated around 60 minutes drive north of Chisinau and it’s an ideal destination to enjoy a relaxing day trip from the capital. The village is renowned for some of its amazing landmarks such as Saharna Monastery and the stunning natural scenery surrounding this village.

5. Moldova Wineries

The country of Moldova is home to numerous wineries and enjoying wine tasting at one or two vineyards is among the favorite activity of many tourists. Among the famous wineries, two of the nearest places to enjoy a fun winery tour are Cricova and Milestii Mici, where you’ll find two of the most popular wineries in Moldova.

6. Old Orhei

The Old Orhei is one of the spectacular and most visited tourist destinations of Moldova. It is the archeological site to visit in Moldova, situated at around 20 minutes drive north from the village of Ivancea, and around 90 minutes drive north of Chisinau. The tour of Old Orhei will be fun filled and pleasant, you can also check out various interesting sights and ruins dating from the middle ages.

7. The Reserve Codrii

The Reserve Codrii is one of the major tourist attractions of Moldova which is considered to be very fascinating. It is said that the Moldovan lands with its vineyards; its rich orchards remind the legendary Mesopotamian plains. These areas represent a vast natural wealth inherited from ancestors. In Moldova it is one of the most beautiful and impressive place to visit. The Reserve Codrii is located in the North-West of Central Moldova.

8. Soroca Fortress

Soroca Fortress is famous fifteenth century fortress of Moldovan, one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. This magnificent fortress was discovered by Stefan the Great, over the Nistru River, in place of the ancient Genoese fortress, Alciona. Later the castle was again constructed by Petru Rares, who rebuilt the walls in stone. It is said that the region of the Soroca was robbed, as noted chronicler Gregory Ear, “in the way of evils”.

9. Capriana Monastery

Capriana Monastery is one of the ancient monasteries of the country and a famous tourist attraction. In the first decades after the founding, in the year 1359, historical documents suggested the very existence of a monastery dedicated to the Assumption in the forests of Lăpuşnia. It laid the foundation of a nonviolent and saint settlement, for prayer and work, otday it is known as the “Monastery of Cyprian” or “Capriana Monastery”.

10. Bălţi

The beautiful city of Bălţi is also popularly known as ’’the northern capital of Moldova’’. It is the second largest city in terms of area and economic importance after Chisinau. Balti is located around 127 kilometers towards north of the capital Chisinau and situated on the river Raut, a tributary of the Dniestr, Beltsy was initially founded as a centre of commerce in 1421 by Ringalia de Mazovia.

11. Saharnas Holy Trinity Monastery Complex

The Holy Trinity monastery complex of Saharna is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. It is located in one of the passes near the beautiful village Saharna, 8 km from the district center Rezina. The monastery complex was constructed during the year 1777 by the monk Bartholomew. Here are two churches belonging to the monastic complex – winter Church of the Assumption and summer Holy Trinity church.

12. Stephen the Great Monument in Moldova

The Stephen the Great Monument is considered to be one of the major tourist attractions of Moldova. Stephen the Great Monument is a magnificent statue which is dedicated to the Prince of Moldova during the medieval era. During his reign Stephen was responsible for founding most of the beautiful places and mansions, he was also the leader of the army at that time.

13. Noul Neamt Monastery in Moldova

The Noul Neamt Monastery is among the top 10 tourist attractions of Moldova which is to be found in the district of Tighina and on the coast of the river named Nistru. It looks like a 5 level ball and is followed by the church tower with plenty holy cells which look vibrant with the greenery of the forests and gardens that surround the monastery. It is an ideal destination to visit with the complete family.

14. National Library of Moldova

The National Library of Moldova is an incredible tourist attraction of Moldova. This renowned library was actually founded during the year 1832 right in the country’s capital. The day when it was established it had a collection of over 471 books and around 70 magazines. It was given the title “The National Library of the Republic of Moldova” in the year 1991. You will find wide variety of books on different topics, all under one roof.

15. Triumphal Arch in Moldova

The Triumphal Arch of Moldova is one of the interesting places to visit in. Triumphal arch was constructed during the year 1841 and is situated in downtown Chisinau district of Moldova. This monument is considered to be one of the famous landmarks of the city and a popular tourist attraction of the place. In order to celebrate the victory of a war, this monument was constructed but is often used to celebrate a ruler.

16. Prut

The river Prut is one of the famous tourist attractions of Moldova. It is also a major waterway in the southwestern Ukraine and ultimately flows into the Danube River. 910 km long it drains a basin area of 27,500 sq km. It originates from near Mount Hoverlia and flows through the Carpathian Mountains, the Pokutian-Bessarabian Upland, Subcarpathia and the Moldavian Upland. The Prut river of Moldova is considered to be a prominent river of this rigion.

17. Cahul in Moldova

One of the most vibrant and liveliest cities of Moldova is Cahul to be found towards the southern part of the country. It was inhabited first at the end of the 16th century. It got the name Cahul in the year 1835 which is derived from the name of the river Cahul where the Russians defeated the Turkish army in a battle in 1770. This city of Cahul offers some of the best tourist attractions.

18. Dniester

Dniester River is the second largest river in Ukraine and one of the most popular tourist attractions. Once upon a time this river used to flow only through the Ukrainian territory, but after Bessarabia was Romanized right at the fourteenth century, the Dniester River which originates from Mohyliv-Podilskyi to its mouth marked the Ukrainian-Romanian boundary.

19. Rose Valley in Moldova

The Rose Valley in Moldova is among the top tourist attractions. Rose Valley is a beautiful park situated in the capital city of Moldova. It also houses the remains of Slavonic sanctuary which was a beautiful sanctuary during the past. This park is an ideal destination to enjoy with the complete family.

20. Sky Tower in Moldova

The Sky Tower is one of the famous landmarks of the city and among the major tourist attractions. Sky Tower is a notable building in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau. It is an important business centre.

21. Vadul-lui-Voda

Vadul lui Voda is a public beach on the river Nistru quite close to the country’s capital, is one of the most visited places of Moldova equally enjoyed by both locals and tourist. It has a sandy beach on the river and a pretty good infrastructure for Moldova with many restaurants, fast-foods, cafes and night clubs on the beach, local market and loads of cabins and small hotels from very basic and budget to luxury ones.

22. Ivancea village

Ivancea village is one of the charming villages of Moldova, situated on the road to Orheiul Vechi settlement. This village is beautifully surrounded by seven lakes, positioned right in the heart of Codru forest reservation, spectacular valleys and green fields. Some of the major attractions of this village includes beautiful old cemetery and the local Russian orthodox church, you can also go for hiking in the forest and beautiful fields, go fishing / swimming / sun bathing in local lakes, explore the tourist sites of Orheiul Vechi settlement, Orhei town, Curchi monastery in the vicinity.

23. Alexei Mateevici House and Museum

Some of the famous tourist attractions of Moldova are the Alexei Mateevici House and Museum. Around 95 km towards the south of Chişinău, you will find the village of Zaim where you’ll find the Alexei Mateevici House and Museum. This museum in the Tighina district was the home of poet Alexei who wrote the National Anthem of Moldova Limba Noastra. This tourist attraction is well worth a visit.

24. Hincu Monastery

The Hincu Monastery another famous tourist attraction of Moldova. It is located around 55 km towards the western part of Chişinău and was set up by Mihai Hincu on the persistence of his daughter. Between the years 1956 and 1990, the Soviet administration had the convent sealed I was the time it was converted to a sanatorium. Later during the year 1990, it was restored as a convent when popular opinion dictated it was time for change.

25. Hirjeuca Monastery

The Hirjeuca Monastery was closed during the Soviet era like most of the other monasteries, and used instead as a sanatorium. This monastery is one of the famous tourist spots of Moldova. It was originally constructed during the year 1740, is 70 km from Chişinău and has been functioning as a convent again since 1993. On the grounds of the monastery is the Spring of Youth, believed to have restorative and curative powers.

26. History and Regional Lore Museum

One of the most popular tourist attractions of Moldova is the history and Regional Museum. It is the Turkish inspired Museum which is must visit museum. This museum exhibits some of the finest collections of artifacts around 165,000 heritage exhibits. It also conduct over 15 exhibitions here annually, the National History Museum of Moldova in Chişinău is a site of historical and national importance and a great place to understand local heritage.

27. Japca Village

Among the beautiful villages of Moldova is this little charming village called The Japca Village. It is renowned for being the only location where a convent was allowed to continue to run during the Soviet period. During the 17th century, the convent was not too different from a fortress in its structure and evidence of religious activity and hermits can be traced to 1693.

28. Museum of Ethnography and National History

The Museum of Ethnography and National History is one of the exceptionally beautiful museums to visit in Moldova. It was opened during the year 1905 and considered to be architecturally unique in its oriental design. The museum displays huge collections on ethnography, geology, zoology, palaeontology, entomology and archaeology and also numismatic collections. Its major focus is on the cultural and natural side of the country.

29. Orheiul Vechi

Orheiul Vechi is also popularly known as the historical cradle of Moldova, located by the left bank of the Raut River, is the medieval settlement of Orheiul Vechi. Two towns have been home to the people of the Orhei region since the Middle Ages. Other prominent remains worth noticing are mausoleums, a mosque, bath houses and a caravan-seraglio. A monastery built in caves in the twelfth century, for an orthodox order of monks, is functional even today.

30. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church is believed to be constructed during the year 1455. This unusual church is half underground. This church is about 80km south of Chişinău and is the only one in all of Basarabia that has wall frescoes. It is quite close from Causeni are the Al. Mateevici Museum of Zaim, the Waves of Trajan in Copanca, the Turkish Forest, the old gardens of Popeasca and the Blind Nistru in Talmaza.

31. The Fine Arts Museum

The Fine Arts Museum is one of the interesting museums of Moldova. The museum exhibits a great collection of sculptures and paintings of the country mostly in west European and Russian styles. This museum mostly attracts those visitors who admire arts.

32. The Igor Vieru House and Museum

During ancient times, the Igor Vieru House and Museum was the residence of Igor, today is among the interesting museums of Moldova. It is located in Cernolenco. Igor is an iconic individual in the art world of Moldova and a visit here is a great way to understand the person and his art. Visiting this museum is well worth it.

33. The Monument of Stefan cel Mare

The Monument of Stefan cel Mare is situated at the entrance to Pushkin Park to be found in the country’s capital. You will find some other interesting spots in and around this monument such as the Armenian and Jewish cemeteries, the Codrii Reserve, the Trajan Walls, Soroca’s Fortress, Taul Park, Emil Racovita Cave, the Mansion of Manuc Bei, the Serpeni Headbridge Memorial, the lime rocks or Prut Toltrels, the Candle of Gratitude Monument and the intriguing natural wonder of The Hundred Knolls.

34. The Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology

The Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology is among the most liked museums of Moldova. This spectacular museum presents a pleasant snapshot of the region down the ages, right from the more recent Iron and Bronze Ages to the older Copper and Stone, Neolithic, Mesolithic and Palaeolithic times. This museum primarily focuses on the area between Prut and Nistru.

35. The Museum of Popular

The Museum of Popular Art is located in the region of Ivancea, is a popular place to visit in Moldova. This popular museum of art is the location of a permanent exhibition of art from the region. Galleries include the pottery section where the traditional red and black pottery is exhibited, the dishes gallery, the toys section, the stonework gallery, the wooden objects section, the costumes and ethnic outfits section where you can see samples of fine craftsmanship and embroidery and even a gallery dedicated to music where instruments used locally are proudly displayed. Its artifacts are worth witnessing.

36. The National Archaeology and History Museum

This museum of National Archaeology and History will surely attract those who are interested in knowing the history of this country. Visitors will be amazed by the treasures that The National Archaeology and History Museum holds within. It is well located in the country’s capital, offers relics from Orheiul Vechi as well as World War II memorabilia. Don’t miss the interactive exhibit where visitors can talk to a political prisoner (of 12 years) from the worker’s camp at Vorkuta. You will also find relics belonging to Soviet times and also the Golden Horde coins.

37. Tipova Village

Tipova Village is one of the little beautiful villages of Moldova. This village is to be found amidst the rocks and caves on the banks of Nistru, 100 km north from Chişinău in Tipova, is Eastern Europe’s largest orthodox monastery to be set in caves. Tipova Village also offers some of the attractive tourist spots.

38. Transnistria

The region of Transnistria is considered to be the most charming and independent region of the country. It is situated hanging on the south eastern edge of Europe, snuggled between the equally exotic Bessarabia and Ukraine. This is a landlocked area with a narrow strip of land running parallel to the Dniester River. The river serves as a natural border with the rest of Moldova. Plenty of attractions are waiting to be explored here.

39. Shopping

The Republic of Moldova has many colorful markets, which attracts almost all the tourists. It is said that one activity that is common is all the tourist is shopping. There are also plentiful other shopping opportunities ranging from factory outlets to exclusive boutiques and shopping centers. You may surely like to purchase the products of local craftsmen. The quantitative level of handicrafts is low because of the relatively low number of retail outlets.

40. Rudi Village

Rudi Village is located around 200km towards the northern part of Chisinau, is among the most beautiful villages of Moldova. The village has plenty of natural and historical attractions such as 100m long cave, also an exceptional nature reserve, an ancient headland fortress (IV-III c. BC), two ring-shaped fortresses (IX-XII c.) called “Turkish Plate” and “Germanariu”, and a rural community rich in traditions. But the major attraction of this area is one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova.

41. The Trajan Walls

The linear fortifications comprised of a wave shaped earthworks strengthened with sharpened logs is an evidence of Romans rule in the country of Moldova. This referred to as the “Trajan Walls” by the locals of the county and they seem to be an extension of a huge fortified system on the borders of the Roman Empire, also found in other countries. In this country you will find two such walls, called “the lower” and “the upper”. The Trajan walls are considered to be a major tourist attraction.

42. Taul Park

The Taul Park is the largest park of the country and a hugely popular tourist spot of the Taul village. It is occupied with the stylish manor house of the Pommers family at the beginning of the XXth c. It represents one of the most successful works of the landscape architect I.Vladislavschi-Padalco, highly appreciated by the elite of those times. The tree-collection comprises almost 150 species of trees, shrubs and climbers of almost 100 exotic types. It is an ideal destination to visit with your complete family.

43. Padurea Domneasca

Padurea Domneasca is the biggest nature reserve of scientific interest in Moldova. This nature reserve is located on the meadowlands of the middle Prut River in a zone known as the “Padurea Domneasca”. The flocks of herons, which live in the “Padurea Domneasca”, have their nests not on the bushes or reed thickets but up in the trees spread over a large area. Locals call this place “herons’ Land”, which is a true paradise for these birds, feature in the Red Book.

44. Monument “The Candle of Gratitude”

The Candle of Gratitude Monument was constructed in the rocks, above the river Nistru, on the borders of Soroca is among the most prominent creations in the Moldavian modern history. The monument is one of the famous landmarks of the city and largely visited by tourist. Poored at the basis, stone by stone, here lie the sufferings, the hopes and the hard work of many generations. The art work is impressive and worth witnessing, is dedicated to all Moldavian cultural monuments that were destroyed.

45. Natural unity “The Hundred Knolls”

One of the small and curious natural unities named „The Hundred Knolls” is one of the famous tourist spots of Moldova. It is a unique phenomenon in the area between Prut and Nistru. You will find here more than a hundred knolls, over 3500, lying on a surface of around 1072 ha, with a length of 8 km and 2,3 km.

46. Lake Valea Morilor

The lake Valea Morilor is a favorite spot for both the locals as well as the tourist which is located in the countrys capital, just towards the west of the centre. Steps lead to the lake and surrounding park from Str A Mateevici (opposite the university). This lake is an ideal destination for admiring the beauty of nature.

47. Memorial Park

The Memorial Park is one of the prominent places to visit in Moldova. It is surrounded by Str a Mateevici and Str Ismail, dominated by a victory memorial to the Soviet army in the year 1945. You will find that this park is a tribute to the unknown soldiers who died in WWII. Soldiers’ graves line the boundaries of the park and there is a small military cemetery at its northern end. In the centre of the park is a memorial to those who died during the fight for Moldovan independence in the early nineties.

48. Parcul La Izvor

You will find Parcul La Izvor towards the northwest of the centre on the road to Cojuşna and Ungheni. It is the biggest park of the country’s capital called as Parcul La Izvor. It is dominated by three interconnecting lakes, which you can explore with hired canoes and rowing boats. Opposite the park’s southern entrance is a cable-car station that makes a three-minute journey across the valley.

49. Tiraspol National United Museum

The Tiraspol National United Museum is one of the famous landmarks of the region of Tiraspol. It is the closest the city has to a local history museum, with display that focuses on poet Nikolai Dimitriovich Zelinskogo, who was said be the founder of the first Soviet school of chemistry. Right opposite to this museum you will find the beautiful Presidential Palace, from where Igor Smirnov rules his mini-empire.

50. Pushkin Museum

The Pushkin Museum is to be found quite near to the central park, housed in a cottage where Russian poet Alexandr Pushkin spent an expelled duration of 3 years between 1820 and 1823. This is the place where he wrote The Prisoner of the Caucacus and other classics. This museum exhibits some of the interesting artifacts belonging to his period.

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