Transnistria Quick Guide

Transnistria is one of those places that you really must visit if you're a real enthusiast of antique maps. Here, you'll find a perfect combination of history, culture, modernity and adventure! In Transnistria you will find a mix of medieval and ultra-modern elements all rolled into one. The result is a place that combines traditional Moldavian craftsmanship with modern convenience and appeal. It's a truly beautiful blend which provides a memorable visit for visitors from all over the world.

One of the things that make Transnistria such an attractive destination is its enormous amount of nature, with mountains, deep gorges, sandy beaches, rolling hills and numerous beautiful gardens and parks scattered around the country. Transnistria is also one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe, with thousands of tourists flying in to visit every year. You can take a Transnistria travel guide to help plan your trip here.

Moldova is an autonomous region within the Ukraine region. It has been under the rule of the Soviet Union for almost half a century, so it has a distinctive history and culture. Many famous personalities, including Aleksandr Pushkin (Czar Alexander III) and Stepan Biryuk (Russian Prime Minister), have visited Moldova. Transnistria is an excellent place to explore its rich cultural heritage.

The Transnistrian Mountains is a very popular destination for hiking enthusiasts, who can reach the height of the Alps by following the path of the Golden Mountain. The mountains vary in altitude, from around 7500 meters to around 12000 meters. There is a great deal of tourist development happening in Transnistria's center, but the old villages are still well preserved. If you're looking for a break from the modern life, you should consider a Transnistria travel guide to ensure that you get to see some of the most beautiful scenery in this part of the world.

Moldova is another gorgeous destination and quite often accompanies Transnistria in being included in holiday itineraries. Moldova has some of the finest wineries in Europe, and a Transnistria travel guide to this region will give you some idea about where to visit. The Uvski wine factory, for example, has been creating some of the best wine in the world for decades and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Tiraspol is another interesting region to see when you visit Transnistria. The town was built around a picturesque river that links the mainland with the island of Chisinau. You'll find plenty of charming boutiques and interesting buildings, including a very photogenic national museum. While in Tiraspol you can also visit the village of Krasnitsantra, which is an old mining town. The most popular field of mining in Moldova is located here, and hundreds of thousands of people make their living processing gold. There are plenty of exciting things to see and do while you're in Transnistria.

You can't miss a trip to the Transnistrian national museums when you're in Tiraspol or at least, you shouldn't miss out on one of the most popular ones. The Lenin Museum is situated in Old Town, and it contains a collection of some twenty-five thousand examples of embroidery. The Vasilevsky Museum features a special exhibition on the life and works of Aleksandr Pushkin, the famous Russian poet. Other important collections include those of Romania's first President, Trajan Sarpanit, and Romania's last Pope, Benedict XVI. You should also take a look at the Mitropavlovsk Museum, where you will be able to see a reconstruction of the last Tsar, Peter the Great.

A day trip from Transnistria is generally well worth the effort of travelling by bus, since buses rarely run between Transnistria's major cities. However, if you would prefer to walk, a journey by foot is possible along the many picturesque mountain trails. Or, you might prefer to take your car into Tiraspol, and then hire a driver to take you around the beautiful sights of Moldova's countryside. Hiring a Moldovan vehicle for a day trip to Transnistria is quite affordable, and you can easily save your money compared to the price of accommodation in Moldova during the same time.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Transnistria are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to travel to Transnistria is during independence day on the 2nd of September. It is great to see Tiraspol in such a festive atmosphere. Other interesting holidays to experience in Tiraspol are Victory day on the 9th of May and Maslenitsa in the beginning of march.

Do I need a Visa?

Visas are no longer required to enter Moldova if your stay is under 90 days.

See which forms you may need for entry into Transnistria.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Transnistria is the Moldovan Leu (MDL). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Transnistria you can grab amazing Moldovan Leu deals via (GBP to MDL).

What about the wildlife?

European ground squirrel, common vole, european hare, eurasian pygmy shrew, greater noctule bat, brown bear, european mink, boar and red deer.

What is the traditional food?

Russian food? A cabbage soup made with or without meat, trying an authentic Russian made Borscht is a must-do when in Transnistria.

What Languages are spoken?

The official Languages of Transnistria. Russian – Of course, the primary language of Transnistria is Russian. Romanian – Moldovans still have a small presence in Transnistria and as a result the Romanian language is part of the country's three official languages. You can learn some basic Russian before you travel to Transnistria and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Transnistria is the Moldovan Leu (There are no fast rules on how much money to tip. Usually, people just leave as much as they want (5-10%)).

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