Trip to Moldova

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Moldova, once one of the richest republics of the Soviet Union, is now considered the poorest country in Europe. Almost no tourists come to the country. Traveling to Moldova is still an adventure. At best, in the capital Chisinau, people are somewhat prepared for Western visitors. Traveling to the breakaway republic of Transnistria is considered dangerous. Moldova has only 2 neighboring countries: Romania and Ukraine.

The country has been an EU neighbor since Romania joined on January 1, 2007. Many residents of Moldova are trying, largely successfully, to get a Romanian passport in order to become EU citizens.

Arrival / connections in the country

By train you can reach the capital of Moldova from Bucharest (Romania) in about 13 hours (2-3 connections daily). From Germany it is easier and cheaper to travel by bus. There are direct flights to Moldova from Munich and Frankfurt. Many of Moldova’s inhabitants have emigrated. So you meet a lot of people in the country who speak English or German. Due to the few holidaymakers in Moldova, the locals are very happy when they meet tourists. The hospitality is great and you are often invited. Since the visa requirement for visitors from the EU was lifted in 2007, it is hoped that tourist numbers will increase somewhat.

Sights Moldova Top 10

Chișinău – capital:
Start your Moldova trip in the vibrant capital of Chișinău. Take a stroll through the city’s central park, visit the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, and explore Stefan cel Mare Central Park. Combining Soviet-era architecture with modern development, Kissinau offers a glimpse into Moldova’s complex past and hopes for its future.

Mileștii Mici – the city of wine:
Moldova is famous for its wine, and Mileștii Mici is a must-visit for wine lovers. This massive underground wine cellar holds the Guinness World Record for largest wine collection. On a guided tour through the labyrinth of tunnels, visitors can sample some of Moldova’s best wines.

Orheiul Vechi:
Orheiul Vechi is a historical and archaeological complex that showcases Moldova’s rich past. Explore the cave monasteries carved into the limestone cliffs, see the ancient ruins of a Turkish fortress, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Laut River.

Cricova – underground wine:
Another gem for wine lovers, Kulikova is a huge underground wine cellar that rivals Mireşti Mici. Explore the underground galleries named after famous people and enjoy wine tastings in this unique and atmospheric setting.

Staubbach Falls Switzerland

Soroca – fortress on the gypsy mountain
In Soroca on the banks of the Dniester is the Soroca Fortress, also known as the Gypsy Mountain Fortress. Marvel at the well-preserved fortress and visit the museum dedicated to the region’s multicultural history.

Tiraspol – capital of Transnistria:
Tiraspol is the de facto capital of Transnistria. This Soviet-style city offers a glimpse into a different political and cultural reality. Visit the Soviet Tank Monument to get a sense of the city’s unique atmosphere.

The Capriana Monastery:
Located in a picturesque forest, Capriana Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova. Admire the medieval architecture, visit the museum and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature.

The Saharna Monastery – a place of pilgrimage:
The Saharna Monastery in the village of Saharna is an important pilgrimage site. It features a beautiful waterfall and creates a tranquil and spiritually uplifting atmosphere.

Explore the autonomous region of Gagauzia, known for its unique culture and traditions. Visit the Gagauz Museum, experience traditional Gagauz hospitality and learn about the unique customs of this Turkish-speaking community.

Padurea Domneasca – jungle:
The final part of your trip to Moldova is the Padurea Domneasca jungle reserve. In this pristine jungle, visitors can hike, get in touch with nature and learn about Moldova’s commitment to environmental protection.

Moldova information

Resident 2.8 million
Area 34.000 km²
Inhabitants / km² 85 (rather densely populated)
Capital city Chisinau
Language Romanian, around 12% of the residents each speak Russian and Ukrainian
religion predominantly Moldovan Orthodox, also Russian Orthodox
currency Leu
Gross domestic product 2023 $5200/capita (arguably the poorest country in Europe)

As far as we know, visa-free entry for Germans has been permitted in Moldova since 2007

Area code of Germany ++373
Internet addresses .md
Vehicle license plate MD

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