Home to the History Museum of Chișinău (which is not at all worth seeing if you cannot read Romanian), the real reason to visit the Chișinău Water Tower is actually for the stunning view out over the city and lake – and is especially romantic at sunset.
Bombed during World War Two and then desecrated by communists, the Nativity Cathedral Chișinău was lovingly restored in 1997 after Soviet restrictions on worship had been lifted and today it is truly the center of faith in Moldova.
Pop your head in and you will often see everything from quiet moments of spirituality to full-blown sermons with a live television crew and a crowd packed in tighter than sardines in a can!
With over 165,000 items relating to national heritage, the National Museum of History found in the historical center of Chişinău is the premier museum in Moldova which you just have to see.
While the entire building could do with a make-over, the exhibits themselves are intriguing, thought-provoking and provide a glimpse into all the important events in Moldova’s history from independence all the way back to ancient times.
Their medieval collection is particularly impressive, as is the historic halls and the WW2 diorama.
Whether you’re a giant history buff – or have literally no idea how or why Moldova exists – there is something new for you to discover here at the National Museum of History of Moldova We were too, and all we saw here was one surprised security guard who could not for the life of himself figure out why a tourist would want to see the parliament here.
Neither did I – but yes, Moldova has a long history of wine-consumption and production and one of the best places to see this is through a tour of the wine cellars of Cricova.
These are the second largest wine cellars in the world (after the Mileștii Mici Winery – coming up soon! With a history dating back to the 15th Century, there are over 120 kilometers of caves and tunnels here which is used for wine storage production and sampling.
Heavily influences by Romanian cuisine, with inspiration from Greek, Polish, Ukrainian and Ottoman – it would be a mistake to dismiss Moldovan food out-of-hand.
Ask your waiter for his personal recommendations but you should also look out for mămăligă (a cornmeal / polenta-like accompaniment), brânză (a brined cheese) and ghiveci (a lamb or goat stew).
A new concept in coffee, you can relax here all day with fast Wi Fi and laid-back vibes, and be sure to try the cannabis coffee or delicious cheesecakes. Recently renovated, the National Museum of Fine Arts is Chișinău, is one of the best-hidden gems in all of Moldova and you can spend hours wandering the gorgeously white galleries here filled with colorful works spanning all genres and ages.