What to do and see in Chisinau, Moldova: The Best Places and Tips

July 15, 2017 Ying Subia

Boasting 23 lakes, innumerable parks and varied wildlife, Chisinau has one of the highest proportions of natural spaces of any city in Europe. Moldova's green capital is situated on the Bic River, surrounded by fertile land rife with vineyards, making it a popular destination for wine tours. The city is also renowned for its cognac and especially its award-winning beer, so arrive thirsty!
Restaurants in Chisinau

1. Dendrarium Park

Alexei Sciusev St., Chisinau, Moldova +373 22 719 164
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Dendrarium Park

Reviewed By Mark D - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

This is a nice contrast to the city and located close enough to get to for a late afternoon ride in the Sunshine (if you're lucky).
The overall quality of street furniture is not high but the space and trees and wide path round the lake are all good.

2. Milestii Mici

r-l Ialoveni, Chisinau 6819, Moldova (00373) 382 333
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 332 reviews

Milestii Mici

Reviewed By uncvcutraveller - Riverside, Iowa

Took the underground tour with some friends. Fountains were nice to look at. Lady was very knowledgeable but wish more things were local. Grapes are grown here or locally. One can survive an earthquake, nuclear war, or even an apocalypse It is considered the largest underground winery in the world.
I had the wines which tasted pretty good but it is somewhat "manufactured" (similar to California wines).
Lunch was really good as well. I had some Appetizer – cheese, meat
Soup – Zameh-chicken, homemade noodle, leusteam
Meal-mamiliga (cheeseball); tocana (meat); sheep cottage cheese
Cake
All in all, I had a good time but I would probably not come back BUT if you have never visited Moldova, I would recommend this place.

3. Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame

Str A Mateevici, Chisinau, Moldova
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame

Reviewed By leffex - Pietarsaari, Finland

I and my friends visited this important Moldavian Victory Memorial. It is really impressive and you can feel the dignity of the place. At Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, a circle of five red, uncompromising, abstract pillars thrusts skyward, representing the five years of Moldovan involvement in World War II. A stark and somber Soviet-era memorial of open spaces delineated by hard marble, the memorial honors those fallen in battle. The eternal flame burns for the unknown soldiers of World War II, and also for those killed in the 1992 War of Transnistria.

4. Catedrala Nasterea Domnului

Stefan cel Mare Parcul Catedralei, Chisinau, Moldova
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Catedrala Nasterea Domnului

Reviewed By leffex - Pietarsaari, Finland

The 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, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The Cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov (who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad). The Cathedral was bombed during the World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. During the Soviet period, worship was prohibited and the Cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center.I’m not an active Christian, but I like to visit church; their calm and beauty.

5. Stefan cel Mare Park

Blvd Stefan cel Marc, Chisinau, Moldova
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 443 reviews

Stefan cel Mare Park

Reviewed By JUSdk - Copenhagen, Denmark

The park is very nicely located in the center, it offers a green space with a lot of flowers, Fountains and a playground and other activities for the visitors. It is extra special because it displays statues and busts of Moldovas many poets. And they are mandatory Reading in the Moldovan schools.

6. Muzeul National de Etnografie si Istorie Naturala

Mihail Kogalniceanu 82, Chisinau 2009, Moldova +373(0)240 056
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Muzeul National de Etnografie si Istorie Naturala

Reviewed By Daya101 - Tallinn, Estonia

Easy to find and cheap to visit. From the outside the building is eye catching but the interior requires a lot of work as the plaster work is crumbling and the fresco's on the ceilings just rotting away.
The museum has a large number of display items including a dinosaur but their is no info in English just Russian and Romanian.
It became really annoying to be followed just about everywhere by the Babushka's who watch visitors like hawks in case they take a photograph. Before I even had chance to visit a room I was being ushered into the next one by them. Having visited this museum and one other in Chisinau I stopped visiting museums here as I didnt take kindly to the suspicion with which they looked on me. The museum its self is very dated no hands on exhibits just articles and text, no background noise other than the drone of flourescent tubes lighting the rooms. It was OK.

7. St. Theodor Tiron Convent

Ciuflea, Chisinau 2001, Moldova
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

St. Theodor Tiron Convent

Reviewed By Kiwicraig78 - London, United Kingdom

About a 25 minute walk down the main road from the two central parks, this small Russian Orthodox convent is well worth a visit, with it's pastel and gold-plated architecture and vivid interiors. It's like a smaller version of some of the famous cathedrals in St Petersburg and Moscow. Although on a busy man road, it's set a little back from the street, and once you walk inside the complex walls it feels quiet and peaceful.

8. Valea Morilor

Mateevici St., Chisinau, Moldova
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Valea Morilor

Reviewed By Sm00thtravel - Port Huron, Michigan

We walked around areas of the lake and park. It is a beautiful,peaceful place. There were people kayaking,there is a sandy beach area,benches to sit on and a series of steps and Fountains. Great place to take pictures. Highly recommend.

9. Triumphal Arch

Grand National Assembly Square, Chisinau, Moldova
Excellent
29%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Triumphal Arch

Reviewed By MalcH - Loughborough, United Kingdom

On the main road and between two parks so difficult to miss. Little smaller than I expected but some nice photo opportunities around the area.

10. Muzeul National de Arheologie si Istorie a Moldovei

Str 31 August 1989, Chisinau, Moldova +373 22 244 325
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

Muzeul National de Arheologie si Istorie a Moldovei

Reviewed By Elkabelka - Boulder, CO

You will get a great sense of the many trials and tribulations this nation has gone through, and how it acquired its character. Definitely worth a visit....

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