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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.
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.
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 Max||0 °C||1.6 °C||7 °C||15.7 °C||21.7 °C||24.9 °C||26.3 °C||26.3 °C||22 °C||15.3 °C||7.9 °C||2.6 °C|
|Avg Min||-6 °C||-4.3 °C||-0.6 °C||5.7 °C||11.1 °C||14.4 °C||16 °C||15.4 °C||11.2 °C||6 °C||1.6 °C||-2.8 °C|
|Rainfall||40 mm||38 mm||35 mm||42 mm||51 mm||76 mm||69 mm||45 mm||46 mm||27 mm||40 mm||38 mm|
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.
|Budapest Hotel||19, Timis str||HOTEL||-|
|Central Youth Hostel||Pruncul 6, Apt. 1||Hostel||-|
|Chisinau Hostel||5/4 Arborilor Street||Hostel||-|
|Complex Odiseu||str. Bogdan Voievod, 2/144||Hotel||-|
|Dacia Hotel||str. 31 August 1989 nr 135,||Hotel||-|
|Elat Hotel||str Columna 140/1||Hotel||-|
|Flowers Hotel||7, Anestiade Street||Hotel||-|
|Home from Home Apartment||Bogdan-Voievod 6\2 ap.28||APARTMENT||94|
|Hotel Cosmos-Chisinau||2, Negruzzi Sq.||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Villa Natali||Sfatul Tarli, 15 str.||Hotel||-|
|Leogrand Hotel||Mitropolit Varlaam str. 77||Hotel||-|
|Svetlana's Flat Chisinau||Spataru 15 Apt. 109||APARTMENT||-|
|Villa Arus||Str. Ciuflea 38||HOTEL||-|
|Villa Muntenia||str. Gh. Ghimpu Nr. 9/1||Apartment||-|
|Zeus Apartments||Sadoveanu 14 ap.177||Apartment||-|
|Zodiac Hotel||Dumbravei str. 52||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bella Donna||Bucuresti 9||Guesthouse||-|
|Stay at Ion's||12/3 Studentilor str., ap. 83||Apartment||-|
|Stella de Lux||26 Bulgara Street||HOTEL||-|
|Gloria Hotel||str.Pietrariei 9/1||Hotel||-|
|Vila Iris||bd.Dacia 49/10||Guesthouse||-|
|Apartment||Bld. Stefan Cel Mare, 3||Apartment||-|
|Weekend Boutique Hotel||7, ARBORILOR str.||Hotel||-|
|Business & SPA Hotel Olsi||Bernardazzi 26/3||HOTEL||-|
|City Spring Apartments||3, Iorga street||Apartment||-|
|Hotel VisPas||26 A. Lapusneanu St.||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Jolly Alon||37, M. Cibotary str.||HOTEL||-|
|Manhattan Hotel||1,Ciuflea str||HOTEL||-|
|Imperial Hotel||str. Frumoasa 64||Hotel||-|
|Diplomat Club Hotel||Str. Lacului, nr.39||Hotel||-|
|Vila Muntenia||9/1, Gh. Ghimpu str Chisinau city||Guesthouse||-|
|Favorita Aprt||47 Armeneasca str||Apartment||-|
|Prezident Hotel-Chisinau||Str. Livescu Ioan 18||HOTEL||-|
|Retro Moldova Hostel||str. Cosbuc 3, ap.24||HOSTEL||84|
|Europa Hotel - Chisinau||Str. Vasile Lupu 16||HOTEL||-|
|Klassik Hotel - Mini 3||Str. Poamei, nr.17||Hotel||-|
|Klassik Mini 2||str. Puskin, 47/1||HOTEL||-|
|Fortuna Hotel||Buiucani Street 13A||HOTEL||-|
|Vila Verde Hotel||Str.Grenoble 110||HOTEL||-|
|Klassik Mini 1||6 Kogalniceanu street||HOTEL||-|
|Jump-In GuestHouse||str. Albisoara 78/1 Ap 12||Guesthouse||-|
|The Best Choice Guesthouse||Gheorghe Codreanu, 35||GUESTHOUSE||97|
|Art Rustic Hotel||79/1, Alexandru Hijdeu str.||HOTEL||-|
|Jumbo Hotel Chisinau||Decebal str. 23/3||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Regency Hotel||Sfatul Tarii, 17||HOTEL||-|
|Mesogios Hotel||Armeneasca Street 23||HOTEL||-|
|Iris Hotel||17, Petricani street||Hotel||-|
|First Choice Apartments||ul. Bukurest' 96||APARTMENT||-|
|TapOK Hostel||Armeneasca 27 A||HOSTEL||-|
|Trotter's Den Hostel||str. Stefan cel Mare 128, Chisinau, Moldova||HOSTEL||-|
|Edem Hotel||34-1 Odesa Street||HOTEL||-|
|Funky Mamaliga Hostel||str. Mihail Kogalniceanu 16||Hostel||90|
|Funky Mamaliga Hostel||str. Kogalniceanu 16, Chisinau||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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