Looking for something to do in the capital of Moldova? Here are my top 5 things to do in Chisinau

I found myself staring up at a stage full of kid’s dancing. It was a cross between a beauty pageant and a cheerleader competition, and it resembled a kid’s version of Bring It On 3 (or whatever number they are up to now).

As I wandered around, I couldn’t help but smile at the unexpected randomness of the situation. People told me to expect the unexpected in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, but I didn’t quite know what to believe. After seeing a random kid’s festival in Stefan cel Mare Central Park, I finally understood what people were talking about.

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If you find yourself in Moldova, here are my top five things to do in Chisinau.

1. Wander the halls of the National Museum of History of Moldova

Right in the heart of Chisinau, just behind the building of the National Parliament in the centre of the city, you will find the National Museum of History of Moldova. At ticket costs 25 lei (approximately €1.30), and it gives you access to the ground floor and the first floor of the museum.

With over 265,000 exhibits, it is easy to lose yourself for a couple of hours.

One of the main attractions is a replica of St Stefan’s sword; truly the weapon of a warrior and a liberator who is idolised throughout the country.

Wander the halls of the National Museum of History of Moldova

2. Gaze upon the frescoes within the Nativity Cathedral

The Cathedral of Christ’s Nativity is the main cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in Chisinau, and it is found opposite the building of the National Parliament in the centre of the city.

The cathedral was first build in the 1830’s, but it was rebuilt again after it was bombed and destroyed during a number of wars that have occured in the capital city.

The current bell tower was constructed in 1997, and the finishing touches to the church are still being applied today.

The peace and tranquillity of the Nativity Church makes it a nice place to get away from it all for five minutes.

Gaze upon the frescoes within the Nativity Cathedral

3. Walk in the shadows of the Triumphal Arch

It almost seems whichever city you go to there’s an Arch de Triumph. Well, Chisinau is no different.

The Triumphal Arch was built in 1841 and restored again in 1973, and it is one of the best places in the city to people watch.

If you’re walking through the main central square, you’ll walk by the Triumphal Arch, so you may as well walk in its shadows whilst you are there.

Walk in the shadows of the Triumphal Arch

4. Do something completely random

When you’re in the capital of Moldova, you’ve got to do one thing that’s completely random.

The people of Moldova are incredibly kind and open, and they’re great to party with.

Chisinau is a capital city that’s quite subdued during the day, but as soon as the sun sets the locals really lose their inhibitions, which is why going out in Chisinau is a must.

Also, there are a number of random festivals in Chisinau, and if you’re staying for a few days it’s almost guaranteed there will be something on.

While I was in Chisinau, there was a random kid’s festival with singing and dancing, and a random drag race in the centre of the city (the first time I’ve ever seen a drag race I might add). With both events, you’ve just got to embrace it.

Do something completely random

5. Catch the train from Chisinau to Bucharest

It may seem strange that something which highlights leaving the city makes my list of top 5 things to do in Chisinau, but it really is a great ride and worth organising.

I absolutely love train travel, and when you’ve got a train as luxurious and as comfortable as the one from Chisinau to Bucharest, it really is a pleasure to be on.

The best thing to do is to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Catch the train from Chisinau to Bucharest

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So, there we have it. It you ever find yourself in Moldova, those are my top 5 things to do in Chisinau. Enjoy it and let me know how you get on.

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Macca Sherifi is a presenter, photographer and videographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past six years. He has travelled to over 75 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia.

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