Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a small country in Eastern Europe. Moldova is also known as Moldavia. The country is landlocked, surrounded by Romania to the southwest and Ukraine to its south, east, and north. The capital city is Chișinău. Moldova is a multiethnic republic, and the local language is Romanian, although Russian is also widely used.
What to see & do
Ștefan cel Mare Central Park – The Ștefan cel Mare Central Park, formerly Pushkin Park, is the main urban park in Central Chișinău. It was created in 1818 and currently occupies 7 hectares of land. The park is also known as the Park of the Lovers, as it is a common meeting place for couples. The park contains some 50 species of trees, pavilions, merry-go-rounds, swings, and four fountains.
National Museum of History of Moldova – Founded in 1983, Moldova’s National Museum features over 263,000 exhibits divided into several sections, such as Ancient History and Archaeology, Medieval History, History of Basarabia, Contemporary History, and Treasures.
Pădurea Domnească - Pădurea Domnească, or the Royal Forest Reserve, is a scientific reserve located in the Glodeni District. The reserve was founded in 1993. Encompassing an area of 6,032 hectares, Pădurea Domnească is the largest scientific reserve in Moldova.
Orheiul Vechi - Old Orhei is a historical and archaeological complex found in Trebujeni, some 60 kilometres northeast of Chişinău. It is a 13th-century Cave Monastery containing traces of different civilizations, such as the Geto-Dacian fortress between 6th and 1st century BC and the Moldavian fort between 14th and 16th centuries.
Triumphal Arch – The Triumphal Arch is a monument located next to the Nativity Cathedral on Piața Marii Adunǎri Naționale nr. 2. It was built in 1840 to commemorate the victory of the Russian Empire over the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish war.
How to get around within Moldova
The bus system in Moldova is the most reliable and efficient public transportation in the country. It is fairly extensive and can get travelers to just about anywhere in the country. The main transportation hub is Chișinău, with three bus stations from which buses radiate to and from every city and town. If you're in a hurry, small minibuses provide faster service, and are shared usually by 15 passengers. The minibuses are available in most cities and can be hailed off the street. The payment is often passed from one passenger to another until it reaches the driver, so do not be surprised if someone hands you their fare. Also available in Chișinău is a state-run trolleybus system.
How to get there
The main international airport in Moldova is Chișinău International Airport, situated 13 kilometres southeast of the Chișinău centre. The airport is served by the following airlines; Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Moldova, Austrian Airlines, Eurolot, flydubai, LOT Polish Ailines, Lufthansa Regional, Meridiana, S7 Airlines, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, UTair Aviation, and Wizz Air. There are flights to Moldova from Bergamo, Rome, Treviso, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Bucharest, Milan, Verona, Munich, Warsaw, Dubai, Vienna, Athens, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bologna, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Lisbon, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Turin, and Venice.
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