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Introduction

Chisinau

Chisinau

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Chişinău (pronounced as ki-shi-NEV), also known as Kishinev, is the capital of Moldova. Located in the central parts of the country along the Bic river, surrounded by green rolling hills, it is the biggest city in the country and also the cultural and economic heart. It is one of the greenest and smallest capitals in Europe with just over 600,000 people living in the city. You won't notice much of this along the central boulevard where the massive Moldovan government building and several other large buildings makes you feel small just like any other former communistic city does. The city itself isn't particularly beautiful but deserves at least a day to appreciate it and visit one of its museums and of course Chisinau's own replica of the Arc de Triomph, although much smaller.

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Sights and Activities

Milestii Mici

Visit the world's largest wine cellar and Europe's largest wine collection at Milestii Mici winery. Located only 20 kilometres south of Chisinau makes this sight an excellent day trip from the capital. The winery has an underground wine city made of limestone making the wine cellar stretch for 250 kilometres, although only 120 kilometres are currently in use. It is possible to travel in these tunnels by car or bike! And the best part is the tour ends with a wonderful tasting.

Other Sights and Activities

  • The Main Square of General National Meeting - Located on Stefan Cel Mare Boulevard this square is the center for tourism in the capital. There are churches, two large parks, a museum of the city, a central market, a souvenir market and also a World War II memorial to explore in the area.

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Weather

Chisinau has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. Summertime is from June to September with temperatures averaging around 27 °C, while winters (December to February) are between zero and -8 °C on average. Absolute highs and lows are aroun 37 °C and -30 °C respectively. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year with some more rain in summer, when sometimes heavy showers and thunderstorms occur.
May and September are very good months for a visit.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max0 °C1.6 °C7 °C15.7 °C21.7 °C24.9 °C26.3 °C26.3 °C22 °C15.3 °C7.9 °C2.6 °C
Avg Min-6 °C-4.3 °C-0.6 °C5.7 °C11.1 °C14.4 °C16 °C15.4 °C11.2 °C6 °C1.6 °C-2.8 °C
Rainfall40 mm38 mm35 mm42 mm51 mm76 mm69 mm45 mm46 mm27 mm40 mm38 mm
Rain Days121211101112108661112

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Moldova is the national airline of the country and is based at Chişinău International Airport (KIV), near the capital. Destinations include Athens, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Rome and Vienna.

Air Baltic flies to and from Riga and Vilnius.

By Train

There are trains to and from Odessa in the Ukraine and to and from Bukarest in Romania among several other connections.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Budapest Hotel19, Timis strHOTEL-
BuiucaniAlba-Iulia 10,ap.53.Guesthouse-
Central Youth HostelPruncul 6, Apt. 1Hostel75
Chisinau Hostel5/4 Arborilor StreetHostel76
Complex Odiseustr. Bogdan Voievod, 2/144Hotel-
Dacia Hotelstr. 31 August 1989 nr 135,Hotel-
Elat Hotelstr Columna 140/1Hotel-
Flowers Hotel7, Anestiade StreetHotel-
Home from Home ApartmentBogdan-Voievod 6\2 ap.28APARTMENT83
Hotel Cosmos-Chisinau2, Negruzzi Sq.Hotel-
Hotel Villa NataliSfatul Tarli, 15 str.Hotel-
Leogrand HotelMitropolit Varlaam str. 77Hotel-
Svetlana's Flat ChisinauSpataru 15 Apt. 109APARTMENT73
Villa ArusStr. Ciuflea 38HOTEL-
Villa Munteniastr. Gh. Ghimpu Nr. 9/1Apartment-
Zeus ApartmentsSadoveanu 14 ap.177Apartment-
Zodiac HotelDumbravei str. 52Hotel-
Hotel Bella DonnaBucuresti 9Guesthouse-
Stay at Ion's12/3 Studentilor str., ap. 83Apartment86
Stella de Lux26 Bulgara StreetHOTEL85
Gloria Hotelstr.Pietrariei 9/1Hotel-
Vila Irisbd.Dacia 49/10Guesthouse-
ApartmentBld. Stefan Cel Mare, 3Apartment-
Weekend Boutique Hotel7, ARBORILOR str.Hotel-
Business & SPA Hotel OlsiBernardazzi 26/3HOTEL-
City Spring Apartments3, Iorga streetApartment-
Hotel VisPas26 A. Lapusneanu St.Hotel-
Hotel Jolly Alon37, M. Cibotary str.HOTEL-
Manhattan Hotel1,Ciuflea strHOTEL-
Imperial Hotelstr. Frumoasa 64Hotel-
Diplomat Club HotelStr. Lacului, nr.39Hotel-
Vila Muntenia9/1, Gh. Ghimpu str Chisinau cityGuesthouse85
Favorita Aprt47 Armeneasca strApartment-
Prezident Hotel-ChisinauStr. Livescu Ioan 18HOTEL-
Retro Moldova Hostelstr. Cosbuc 3, ap.24HOSTEL89
Europa Hotel - ChisinauStr. Vasile Lupu 16HOTEL-
Klassik Hotel - Mini 3Str. Poamei, nr.17Hotel-
Klassik Mini 2str. Puskin, 47/1HOTEL-
Fortuna HotelBuiucani Street 13AHOTEL-
Vila Verde HotelStr.Grenoble 110HOTEL-
Klassik Mini 16 Kogalniceanu streetHOTEL-
Jump-In GuestHousestr. Albisoara 78/1 Ap 12Guesthouse90
The Best Choice GuesthouseGheorghe Codreanu, 35GUESTHOUSE85
Art Rustic Hotel79/1, Alexandru Hijdeu str.HOTEL-
Jumbo Hotel ChisinauDecebal str. 23/3GUESTHOUSE-
Regency HotelSfatul Tarii, 17HOTEL-
Mesogios HotelArmeneasca Street 23HOTEL-
Iris Hotel17, Petricani streetHotel-
First Choice Apartmentsul. Bukurest' 96APARTMENT-
TapOK HostelArmeneasca 27 AHOSTEL-
Trotter's Den Hostelstr. Stefan cel Mare 128, Chisinau, MoldovaHOSTEL-
Edem Hotel34-1 Odesa StreetHOTEL-
Funky Mamaliga Hostelstr. Mihail Kogalniceanu 16Hostel84
Funky Mamaliga Hostelstr. Kogalniceanu 16, ChisinauHOSTEL-

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Phone

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 47.016717
  • Longitude: 28.849742

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