North of Moldova

Discover the North of Moldova with spectacular nature and architectural monuments bursting with history. The cave of Criva, the northernmost point of the country in Naslavcea, the mannors and old churches in Drochia, Bocancea, as well as the Țaul park are all worth visiting. And if you miss a little fun, go to Soroca – the Roma capital of Moldova. Call in advance, maybe the Roma baron himself will host you, for a snack made by the baroness herself.

Wherever you go, get a taste of local products while visiting an agricultural market in a village.

Explore locations in the North of Moldova

    If you like climbing, but don’t want a grueling or death-defying excursion, you will enjoy ascending Mount Balanesti, at 429 meters – or 1,400 feet – Moldova’s highest peak. The trek will start at the village that carries the mountain’s name and wind through a peaceful landscape of wheat and corn fields. When you reach the top, you will find a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Because the climb is only moderately taxing, when you return, you will feel energized, not exhausted.

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    Suta de Movile (Valley of the Hundred Hills)

    Braniste village, Riscani district

      Although it is called the Valley of the Hundred Hills, the rolling landscape near Braniste actually contains more than 3,000 undulations. It is such an unusual formation that you are unlikely to see anything like it elsewhere.
      Legend has it that the mounds are the graves of Getae, an ancient tribal people who lived along the lower Danube River and nearby plains. The story goes that the tribe posted sentinels on the hills to warn of enemies’ approach.
      Those who say the legend is untrue contend that only God could have created such a stunning, geologically symmetric arrangement.

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      Balti, the northern capital

      Balti, Moldova

        With a population of 125,000, Balti is Moldova’s second-largest city.  Its homes, public buildings, churches and schools are a mix of architectural styles, including early 19th Century Romanian, Soviet and neo-Romanian.  Balti’s streets are quieter than Chisinau’s bustling thoroughfares.
        But it isn’t boring, and it offers a few mysteries. For example, why is a tank sitting in the main square, and why does the city have two airports instead of one?  To clear up those conundrums, you’ll have to come see the city yourself.

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          The Barza Alba Divin Distillery is a Moldovan treasure. Over the years it has won 150 medals in international spirits competitions, including 50 golds. By the way, Moldovans call their brandy Divin – for “devine.” Those who visit the distillery will see the entire production process plus the rooms where the brandy is aged in oak barrels. As part of your tour, you can taste up to 10 types of divin as well as hard apple cider.

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          Duruitoarea Veche Stone Age Cave

          Duruitoarea village, Riscani district

          Over the eons the Duruitoarea River in northern Moldova carved out a deep gorge in the underlying limestone. In places where limestone and water combine, there are often caves, and this area has a famous one. The Duruitoarea Veche Cave was a Stone Age people’s settlement, archaeologists say. Evidence of early human life was found in its three sections, whose total length is 49 meters, or about 150 feet. Excitement swept through the area when someone made an exciting discovery near the cave years ago. It was the partial skeleton of a female mammoth with tusks three meters – or nine feet – long.

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          Taul Park – Moldova’s largest

          Țaul Park, Moldova

            Moldova’s largest manmade green area is Taul Park, which sprawls over 49 hectares, or 120 acres.  Russian financier Ivan Pommer hired famed Odessa landscape architect Hippolyte Vladislav–Padalko to create the park around Pommer’s mansion. Completed after three years of work in 1904, the park includes 150 species of trees, shrubs, vines and flowers, including more than 100 exotic varieties. The imports include Japanese cherry trees and Douglas firs from Canada.  There is no entrance fee to the park. You can explore it to your heart’s content, walking along an astounding 12 ½ kilometers of trails. Many visitors say the park’s most enchanting feature is the lake in its center. Its grounds include a number of historic buildings.

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            Emil Racovita (Criva) Cave – one of the world’s biggest

            Criva, Moldova

              The Criva Cave is an awe-inspiring reminder of nature’s handiwork, starting with its length of 89,000 meters — or more than 55 miles – on several levels. It is the world’s third-largest cave carved out of gypsum, a sulfite mineral, and the world’s 26th-largest cave over-all. Its chambers range from five to 50 meters – or 150 feet – deep. Another amazing feature is the cave’s 20 underground lakes. The cave’s walls come in many colors, and it boasts stunning stalagmites and stalactites. It was discovered by accident in 1959 when quarry workers were using explosives to dislodge chunks of gypsum, which is used for construction and in fertilizer.

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              Naslavcea’s spectacular river views

              Naslavcea village, Ocnita district

                Naslavcea, on Moldova’s northern border, offers the country’s most spectacular views of the Dniester River. The best vantage points are the tops of steep emerald hills rising from the riverbank. The area contains what Moldovans call the Heart of the Dniester — an island in the river shaped like a heart. Nature is incredible away from the river, too. In fact many people call this location Moldova’s Switzerland. So be sure to explore the village’s surroundings, which include the Nagoryan Caves, where locals hid when the Tatars invaded. You’ll also find manmade gems in the area, such as a centuries-old water mill.

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                Dumitru Matcovschi’s House-Museum

                Vadul Rascov village, Şoldănești district

                  In Vadul-Rascov village one could find the House – Museum of the poet and playwright Dumitru Matcovschi. The Author created more than 50 volumes of poetry, prose and theatre plays. The house-museum preserves the authentic architecture alongside with the household that has always been known as a well-groomed one. The Dniester River runs next to the garden of the House-Museum, which creates a picturesque atmosphere, as if taken from the fairy tales.

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                  Jewish cemetery at Vadul Rascov

                  Vadul Rascov village, Şoldănești district

                    The Jewish Cemetery of Vadul Rascov is a representative monument of Jewish community. People say that the Jewish cemetery here is the largest in the Republic of Moldova and one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the Southeast Europe. Currently, there is not a single Jewish family living here, however the history of many families has left its imprint on the culture of the village.

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                    Guesthouses in the North of Moldova


                    Vila Dora is a country inn with old wooden floors, huge traditional carpets and rustic furnishings near the Dniester River. The food the owners serve is not only authentic Moldovan, but as fresh as can be.  The inn located in an enchanting region, both in terms of nature and spirituality. Two nearby landmarks are the Japca Monastery and Moldova’s largest Jewish cemetery in t...

                    Vila Dora is a country inn with old wooden floors, huge traditional carpets and rustic furnishings near the Dniester River. The food the owners serve is not only authentic Moldovan, but as fresh as can be.  The inn located in an enchanting region, both in terms of nature and spirituality. Two nearby landmarks are the Japca Monastery and Moldova’s largest Jewish cemetery in the village of Vadul-Rascov. Vila Dora is also close to the medieval fortress at Soroca and the 30-meter-tall Candle of Gratitude Monument. The writer Ion Durta came up with the idea of creating a monument to honor those who have made special efforts to preserve Moldovan culture. It was erected in 2004.


                    La Nistru guest house is located in Molovata Nouă, a special location, on the Left Bank of the Nistru River, in Codru vine and wine area. It all started back in 1970, when the location was known as the summer camp on the Dniester River. It was here that children rested during their summer holidays. Its history takes on a different scale in 2019, when at the initiative of the...

                    La Nistru guest house is located in Molovata Nouă, a special location, on the Left Bank of the Nistru River, in Codru vine and wine area. It all started back in 1970, when the location was known as the summer camp on the Dniester River. It was here that children rested during their summer holidays. Its history takes on a different scale in 2019, when at the initiative of the proprietors, the construction of an agro-tourist guest house was launched, which currently offers accommodation, restaurant, terrace, patio and playground for children. The business is also proud of its bakery that provides the camp and the guest house with fresh goodies all year around.


                    A good time to visit the Hanganu resort is — well, anytime. In winter you can skate on the frozen Nistru River. The Tipova waterfall is also frozen then, and what a sight! It looks like an ice kingdom from a movie. After you’ve traipsed around outside for a while, your cottage stove will warm you right up. In summer you can take boat rides on the Nistru and horse-drawn carri...

                    A good time to visit the Hanganu resort is — well, anytime. In winter you can skate on the frozen Nistru River. The Tipova waterfall is also frozen then, and what a sight! It looks like an ice kingdom from a movie. After you’ve traipsed around outside for a while, your cottage stove will warm you right up. In summer you can take boat rides on the Nistru and horse-drawn carriages through the villages that flank the river. Don’t leave the Hanganu without tasting the house specialty, dwarf sarmale.