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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.



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.




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.

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



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.





Budapest Hotel19, Timis strHOTEL-
BuiucaniAlba-Iulia 10,ap.53.Guesthouse-
Central Youth HostelPruncul 6, Apt. 1Hostel-
Chisinau Hostel5/4 Arborilor StreetHostel-
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.28APARTMENT94
Hotel Cosmos-Chisinau2, Negruzzi Sq.Hotel-
Hotel Villa NataliSfatul Tarli, 15 str.Hotel-
Leogrand HotelMitropolit Varlaam str. 77Hotel-
Svetlana's Flat ChisinauSpataru 15 Apt. 109APARTMENT-
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. 83Apartment-
Stella de Lux26 Bulgara StreetHOTEL-
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 cityGuesthouse-
Favorita Aprt47 Armeneasca strApartment-
Prezident Hotel-ChisinauStr. Livescu Ioan 18HOTEL-
Retro Moldova Hostelstr. Cosbuc 3, ap.24HOSTEL84
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 12Guesthouse-
The Best Choice GuesthouseGheorghe Codreanu, 35GUESTHOUSE97
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 16Hostel90
Funky Mamaliga Hostelstr. Kogalniceanu 16, ChisinauHOSTEL-



Keep Connected


Moldova has one of the best wired Internet connections in the world as well as one of the cheapest in terms of price per Mbit. The overall infrastructure is well developed which allows many users to experience good quality services throughout the country. However, despite high speed availability and cheap prices, the penetration level is quite low when compared with many EU or CIS countries. Still, in the main cities and tourist places, you will be able to find an internet café or (free) wifi without too much problems.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Moldova's international telephone code is 373.

Local payphones are cheap and plentiful. They work by phonecards available at kiosks. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is generally good all over the country. The mobile telephone market of Moldova is divided between two GSM carriers - Orange Moldova and Moldcell, and two CDMA carriers - Unité and Interdnestrcom. They both offer prepaid packages as well. Be sure to use wifi only to avoid high roaming charges when going on the internet.


The Moldovan Postal Service is generally quite efficient, reliable and cheap. Post offices are open from 9:00 am to 8:00pm, although shorter hours are kept in small towns and rural areas. For sending a package it might be better to use an international courier company like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast services against not too high prices as well.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 47.016717
  • Longitude: 28.849742

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