View of Chisinau, river and lights at night © frimufilms/
View of Chisinau, river and lights at night © frimufilms/

Chisinau – Culture, wine and hospitality

Published: 02 February 2024, 09:00

Chisinau and the Republic of Moldova are among the lesser-known travel destinations in Eastern Europe. Those wishing to discover this country, which is still unspoiled by tourism, will share in a unique travel experience off the beaten track. Chisinau offers travellers a wealth of museums and historical monuments. The architecture of the Moldovan capital reflects its different eras, and its picturesque parks are perfect for relaxing walks. Chisinau and the former Soviet Republic of Moldova are home to many ethnic groups, including Moldovans, Russians, Ukrainians and Gagauz - this diversity is reflected in the local culture, language and cuisine. The country’s untouched landscapes, centuries-old monasteries and warm hospitality are also among its highlights. The Republic of Moldova offers a rich mix of culture, history, nature and culinary experiences for travellers who are ready to explore lesser-known destinations.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 533.000
  • Official language: Romanian
  • Currency: Moldovan Leu (MDL)

Ten highlights of Chisinau

Discover the Republic of Moldova from Chisinau

The picturesque vineyards and with them numerous wineries that can be visited for sightseeing and wine tasting begin right at the gates of Chisinau. The Republic of Moldova is also home to a variety of unspoiled villages, important monasteries and untouched nature for you to discover.

Five excursions from Chisinau

Chisinau from BER

Flugzeug kurz vor dem Aufsetzen auf die Start- und Landebahn



Five travel tips for…

1. Mămăligă, sweet dish or savoury side dish made from corn flour

2. Sarmale, meat-filled cabbage leaves eaten with sour cream

3. Plăcinte, savoury or sweet filled dumplings

4. Zeama, a sour soup with chicken or pork, vegetables and rice

5. Gogoși, deliciously stuffed and fried dough balls sprinkled with powdered sugar

1. Visit the impressive Cricova underground wine cellar

2. Visit Milestii Mici wine cellar and the world's largest vineyard

3. Chateau Vartely with its elegant restaurant

4. Taste famous red wines from the Purcari winery

5. Try innovative types of wine at the Asconi winery

1. Discover Orheiul Vechi with its picturesque rock formations and ancient cave monasteries

2. When visiting the Saharna Monastery, visit the beautiful waterfall that shares its name

3. Experience the unique birdlife and picturesque river landscape in the Nistru-Ungeni Nature Reserve

4. Explore the diverse flora and fauna of Padurea Domneasca, the country's oldest forest

5. Hike through dense forests and rolling hills of Codrii Cosminului Nature Reserve

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