Top 10 things to do in Moldova

Moldova

A pastoral and multi-ethnic country, only considered Balkan due to its cultural ties with Romania.

Moldova is a country.

Moldova i/mɔːlˈdoʊvə/,[nb 1][nb 2] officially the Republic of Moldova (Romanian: Republica Moldova pronounced [reˈpublika molˈdova] ( listen)), also known as Moldavia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe located between Romania to its west and Ukraine to its north, east and south. Its capital city is Chișinău.

Moldova declared itself an independent state with the same boundaries as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A new constitution was adopted on 29 July 1994. A strip of Moldova's internationally recognised territory on the east bank of the river Dniester has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990.

As a result of a decrease in industrial and agricultural output since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the relative size of the service sector in Moldova's economy has grown to dominate its GDP and currently stands at over 60%. Moldova remains, however, the poorest country in Europe.

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Top 10 things to do in Moldova

Comrat

Comrat
Comrat is a city in Moldova and the capital of the autonomous region of Gagauzia. It is located at 46°19′N 28°40′E / 46.317°N 28.667°E / 46.317; 28.667, in the south ...

Cahul

Cahul
Cahul is a city in southern Moldova. The city is the administrative center of Cahul District; it also administers one village, Cotihana. As of 1 January 2009, it has an ...

Bălți

Bălți
Bălți ; Polish: Bielce, Russian: Бельцы, Byel’tsy and Бэлць, Bėlts’, Ukrainian: Бєльці, Bel’tsi, Yiddish: בעלץ Belts is a city in Moldova. It is the second largest in terms of area ...

Rezina

Rezina
Rezina is a city in Moldova and the capital of Rezina District. Three villages are administered by the city: Boşerniţa, Ciorna and Stohnaia.GeographyIn the northeastern part of ...

Soroca

Soroca
Soroca is a Moldovan city situated on the Dniester river about 160 km north of Chișinău. It is the administrative center of the Soroca District.HistoryThe city has its ...

Cricova

Cricova
Cricova is a Moldovan town, located 15 kilometres north of Chișinău, the capital of the country. Cricova is famous for its wine cellars, which make it a popular attraction for ...

Vadul lui Vodă

Vadul lui Vodă
Vadul lui Vodă is a town in the Chișinău municipality, Moldova. It is an eastern suburb of the capital of the country, and is well known as a resort.The town ...

Chișinău

Chișinău
Chișinău , is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. It is Moldova's main industrial and commercial center, and is located in the middle of the country, ...

Dubăsari

Dubăsari
Dubăsari is a city in Transnistria, with a population of 23,650. The city is under the administration of the breakaway government of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, and functions as the ...

Orhei

Orhei
Orhei , older Orgeev , is a city and the administrative centre of Orhei District in Moldova with a population of 32,000. Orhei is approximately 40 kilometres north of the ...

Hîncești

Hîncești
Hîncești is a city in Moldova, also written without diacritics as "Hincesti" .Hîncești is situated on the Cogalnic River, 33 km southwest of the Moldovan capital, Chișinău. Since 2003 it has ...

Strășeni

Strășeni
Străşeni is a city of about 20,000 inhabitants in central Moldova, the administrative center of Străşeni District. The city administers one village, Făgureni. There are several legends about its name. ...

Căușeni District

Căușeni District
Căușeni is a district in the central part of Moldova, with the administrative center at Căușeni. The other major city in the district is Căinari. As of 1 January 2011, ...

Cimișlia

Cimișlia
Cimișlia is a city in the southern part of Moldova, on the banks of the Cogâlnic River. Cimişlia has a population of 12,800 according to a 2006 census. It is ...

Rîbnița

Rîbnița
Rîbnița is a city in Moldova, under the administration of the breakaway government of Transnistria. According to the 2004 Census in Transnistria, it has a population of 53,648. Rîbniţa is ...

Bender, Moldova

Bender, Moldova
Bender , also known as Bendery and Tighina , is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under de facto control of the unrecognized Transnistria Republic since 1992. ...

Ungheni

Ungheni
Ungheni , with a population of 35,157, is the seventh largest town in Moldova and the seat of Ungheni District since 2003.There is a bridge across the Prut and a ...

Căpriana

Căpriana
Căpriana is a commune in Străşeni district, Moldova. It is composed of a single village, Căpriana, and is the site of Căpriana monastery. ...

Codru, Moldova

Codru, Moldova
Codru is a town in Chișinău municipality, Moldova. ...

Otaci

Otaci
Otaci is a town on the southwestern bank of the Dniester River, which at that point forms the northeastern border of Moldova. On the opposite side of the Dniester lies ...

Ceadîr-Lunga

Ceadîr-Lunga
Ceadîr-Lunga is a city in Gagauzia, Moldova. The city's population is 19,401, of which 14,294 Gagauzians, 1,552 Russians, 1,510 Bulgarians, 734 Moldovans, 951 Ukrainians, 166 Gypsies, 8 Poles, 7 Jews, ...

Călăraşi

Călăraşi
Călărași , the capital of Călărași County in the Muntenia region, is situated in south-east Romania, on the bank of Danube's Borcea branch, at about 12 kilometres from the Bulgarian ...

Durlești

Durlești
Durlești is a town in Chișinău municipality, Moldova.Notable peopleVladimir BodescuPetru Buburuz ...

Ștefan cel Mare Central Park

Ștefan cel Mare Central Park
Ştefan cel Mare Central Park is the main park in Central Chişinău, Moldova. Formerly known as Pushkin Park, it is the oldest park in Moldova and spans about 7 hectares ...

Edineț

Edineț
Edineț is a town in the north of Moldova. It is the administrative center of the eponymous district. The town is located 201 km north of the national capital, Chișinău. It ...

Florești District

Florești District
Florești is a district in the north-east of Moldova, with the administrative center at Florești. The other major cities are Ghindeşti and Mărculeşti. As of 1 January 2011, its population ...

Nativity Cathedral, Chișinău

Nativity Cathedral, Chișinău
HistoryThe Cathedral of Christ's Nativity is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Central Chișinău, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, ...

Slobozia

Slobozia
Slobozia is the capital city of Ialomiţa County, Romania, with a population of 52,710 in 2002.EtymologyThe city was founded on the site of a village by the ...

Chișinău Water Tower

Chișinău Water Tower
The Chișinău Water Tower is an architectural monument of Chișinău, Moldova, located at 2 Mitropolit Bănulescu-Bodoni Street and built at the end of 19th century after a project by Alexander ...

Ialoveni

Ialoveni
Ialoveni is a city in the Republic of Moldova situated 10 km from Chişinău. The city is administrative center of the Ialoveni District. ...

Triumphal arch, Chișinău

Triumphal arch, Chișinău
The Triumphal arch is a monument situated in Central Chişinău next to the Nativity Cathedral on Piața Marii Adunǎri Naționale nr. 2HistoryThe Triumphal arch was built in ...

Ghidighici Reservoir

Ghidighici Reservoir
The Ghidighici Reservoir is a reservoir by the Bîc River in Moldova, 12 km from the capital, Chişinău and is part of Chişinău Municipality. It is named after the Ghidighici ...

Palanca, Ștefan Vodă

Palanca, Ștefan Vodă
Palanca is a commune in Ștefan Vodă district, Moldova, near the border with Ukraine. Situated at a longitude of 30°06' East, it is the country's easternmost point. The commune is ...

St. Teodora de la Sihla Church

St. Teodora de la Sihla Church
The St. Teodora de la Sihla Church is a cathedral in Central Chişinău, Moldova.OverviewFormerly the chapel of a girls gymnasium, the church of St. Teodora de la ...

Nisporeni

Nisporeni
Nisporeni is a city located in the central part of Moldova. It has 20,000 inhabitants. The city is administrative center of the Nisporeni District.DemographicsMost of the population ...

Rașcov

Rașcov
Raşcov is one of the oldest communes of Transnistria. It is located in the northern part, between Rîbniţa and Camenca. It is composed of two villages, Iantarnoe and Raşcov.It was ...

Glodeni District

Glodeni District
Glodeni District is a district in northwestern Moldova, with its administrative center at Glodeni. As of 1 January 2011, its population was 61,900. The district consists of 35 localities, ...

Chisinau

Chisinau
Chișinău (/ˌkɪʃɨˈnaʊ/ Romanian pronunciation: [kiʃiˈnəw]), historically also known as Kishinev (Russian: Кишинёв), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. It is Moldova's main industrial and commercial center, ...

National Ethnographic & Nature Museum

National Ethnographic & Nature Museum
National Ethnographic Museum is the national ethnographic museum of Guinea-Bissau. It is situated in Bissau, and is one of two major museums in the country. As of 1998 it had ...