Places to visit in Moldova

Moldova is a true hidden gem in Europe and one of the top 10 Eastern European destinations to visit this year. Moldova is renowned for its vineyards, beautiful natural scenery and old Soviet-style architecture.

Moldova is a picturesque country with a calm and friendly atmosphere where traditional way of life still prevails. 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.

If you need ideas on places to add to your itinerary, here it is a suggested list of places to visit in Moldova:


Chisinau is the largest city in Moldova and being the capital city, Chisinau is a great starting point for a first-time vacation in Moldova.

Chisinau is characterized by its beautiful architecture and the best way to appreciate the beautiful buildings, parks and monuments is on a walking tour of the city center.

Some of my favorite places to visit in Chisinau 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.

If you’re looking to learn more about the country’s history, the Pushkin House Museum and the National History Museum are two great places in Moldova to do this.

The History Museum has many great exhibitions and an extensive collection of interesting memorabilia items such as old photos and rare books, while at the Pushkin Museum you can take a guided tour of the house and learn more about Aleksandr Pushkin.


Tiraspol is one of the top eastern European cities to visit and the second largest city in Moldova.

Tiraspol is located southwest of the country, near the border with Ukraine, and remains largely 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.

If you do intend in visiting Tiraspol from Chisinau, the train is the most cost-effective and quickest way to get to Tiraspol.

Once in Tiraspol, the best way to explore the streets of Tiraspol is on trolley bus which is also inexpensive.

Tiraspol's 25 October Street is where you’ll find many of the interesting landmarks such as the statue of Alexander Suvorov, the statue of Lenin and Soviet armored tanks on display.


Soroca is located in northern Moldova, close to the Ukraine border also, overlooking the beautiful Dniester River.

I'd have to say that a visit to Moldova wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Soroca as it is home to one of the most stunning places to visit in Moldova – the Soroca fortress (pictured) - which is a great example of medieval-style architecture in the country.

Places to visit in Moldova
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While in the town of Soroca, don’t miss also a visit to the Candle of Gratitude Monument which is the symbol of the Moldovian people.

The Candle of Gratitude is located on a hill overlooking the river, and from the landmark, you can get amazing views of the area around.


The village of Saharna is located around 60 minutes drive north of Chisinau and it’s an excellent place to enjoy a relaxing day trip from the capital.

Saharna is also on my list of interesting places to visit in Moldova because of the Saharna Monastery and the stunning natural scenery surrounding this village.

If you’re a nature lover or are looking for a place to escape the crowds, don’t miss a visit to Saharna to check out the famous monastery and the beautiful waterfalls.

Moldova Wineries

As mentioned earlier, Moldova is home to many wineries and enjoying wine tasting at one or two vineyards is a popular thing to do in Moldova.

If you’re basing your holiday in Chisinau, 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.

Cricova is located 20 minutes drive north of Chisinau, while Milestii Mici is located 30 minutes south of Chisinau (It's also the largest wine producing ion the world).


Ivancea is located on the beautiful Moldavian countryside, and it is another place worth adding to the list of interesting places to visit in Moldavia.

Ivancea is located near the Codrii National Park, so it is also a great destination for a day trip from Chisinau.

Ivancea is probably one of my favorite villages in Moldova because of the beautiful and colorful houses, the wells and crosses which are very characteristic of most Moldavian villages.

Old Orhei

If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Moldova near Chisinau, the Old Orhei archeological site is another of my suggested places to visit in Moldova.

The Old Orhei archeological site is located 20 minutes drive north from the village of Ivancea, and around 90 minutes drive north of Chisinau.

You can spend a fun and a pleasant day at Old Orhei Site checking out interesting sights and ruins dating from the middle ages.

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