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All my reviews on Tiraspol and Bendery

Updated April 9, 2017
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  1. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    I took a marshrutka (minibus) from Chisinau to Tiraspol, and that turned out to be a very good idea. It's not a long journey, less than 2 hours, and there are buses which cost a bit less, but the main advantage of the marshrutka is that it stops at i…
  2. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Transnistria has its own currency, the ruble, and to pay for anything other than transport out (you can pay in Moldovan lei for this) you will need to get some rubles. As Transnistria is not recognised by any other country in the world (Abkhazia and …
  3. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    On Booking.com, a few properties pop up when you search for Tiraspol, a handful of private apartments, a hostel at the train station and three hotels in the centre of Tiraspol. Being a hostel hating single traveller on a budget, I went for the cheape…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Well, it's not exactly a square as such, more a widening of the main street with a park on one side. In the park, General Alexander Suvorov sits atop his horse overlooking the trolleybuses trundling past. Suvorov was a Russian military hero who fough…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    One of the must-sees of Tiraspol, every visitor to the city has at least one photo of this Soviet-era tank in the south-western corner of Suvorov Square. Painted on the side is the slogan "For the Motherland" in Russian, alongside a symbol for the PM…
  6. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    The Tiraspol Local History Museum is an intriguing and dusty little place lurking behind the war memorial and easily missed. The net curtains draped across the windows gave away no hint of life within, and I got out my phone to check on google maps i…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Just next to the main market is Transnistria's most important Russian Orthodox church, the Christmas Cathedral. Sparkling white with gold domes and a green roof, it's not a historical church by any means, dating from 1999, but it is the largest churc…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Perhaps in summer, a walk along the riverside is more worthwhile. In March, it looked particularly bleak and uninviting, but despite this it was one of the busier places in Tiraspol, with couples chatting in hidden corners, teenagers rollerblading, t…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    25 October Street is the main artery of Tiraspol, and stretches a couple of kilometres from the Parliament building all the way to the large theatre. Most of Tiraspol's attractions are on or very close to this street, and you'll probably spend a lot …
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Another favourite photo stop on a tour of Tiraspol is the Domsovyetov or House of the Soviets, the equivalent of the town hall I suppose. A grand white building with many columns around the entrance and a little decorative clocktower on top, the reas…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    25 October Street ends abruptly in a sort of square that isn't a square, the most prominent building being the Drama and Comedy Theatre which looked to be undergoing some redevelopment when I visited. This end of Tiraspol is dominated by the yellow a…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    If, like me, you found the riverside in Tiraspol a bit bleak and underwhelming, then you might be pleasantly surprised by Bendery. Not a lot, but a little. The riverside park here has far better views of the water, and is better kept. Many couples ha…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Thanks to Google Maps, I discovered that Tiraspol has a fortress...or at least the remains of one, and a reconstructed little hut serving as a museum (the door was padlocked shut, so it definitely wasn't open). To find it, head west along 25 October …
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tiraspol, Moldova
    Thinking that the main street of Tiraspol was incredibly quiet, I wondered where everyone was. Well I didn't find huge crowds, but behind the theatre is a large park with a grand entrance and a semi derelict funfair and on a sunny March day, the park…
  15. Very cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Bender, Moldova
    Trolleybuses are the cheapest way to travel between the two cities, and I read somewhere that it is one of the longest trolleybus rides in the world (not sure if it is true and I can't find the reference to it any more!). Buy your ticket from the con…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    A good place to begin a tour of Bender is Liberation Square, not so much a square as a section of Lenin Street that has been closed to cars. The city hall stretches along one side, with a little garden with benches, while on the other side there's a …
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    Bendery's history is most visible on the cobbled "Street of the Soviets" or Ulitsa Sovyetskaya, leading south off Liberation Square. This too is pedestrianised with trees and benches down the middle, and is probably the most attractive part of Bender…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    Google led me to the end of Lenin Street with the promise of a Museum of Military Glory. It didn't disappoint as there was a museum, although it did surprise me a little. Instead of a huge museum dedicated to the achievements of Transnistria's army, …
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    Apparently this is the name, although it looked more like a regular theatre to me. Note the interesting murals on either side of the entrance showing dancing couples in traditional costumes. In the little park in front of the theatre, there's a sl…
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    Down by the river, in an overgrown corner of the park next to an abandoned building, a large memorial to the victims of the Holocaust is well looked after and adorned with flowers and candles. There's little evidence of it today, but Bendery was…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bender, Moldova
    It wouldn't be Transnistria without a tank monument, and Bendery's tank is just as you cross the bridge from Tiraspol. Like the one in Tiraspol, this one has PMR painted on the side, the initials standing for Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, and ha…
vicIII says:
You have created a good list here, thanks for sharing your travel advice!
Posted on: Apr 12, 2017
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