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Located in Pl. Konstitutii is the distinctly soviet style monument to Alexander Suvorov. Suvorov was a Russian Field Marshall who is credited with having founded the modern day city of Tiraspol in 1792 after building a series of fortifications and army barracks close to the Dniestr River to protect the territory from Moldavian interference. The...more
(This tip does not have a full picture due to warnings of taking pictures of important or strategic buildings, bridges and or military objects...see separate tip in ‘warnings’)Again I opted out of taking a picture of the Dniester river as there was a bridge nearby and I had been warned not to take pictures of bridges or of anything near bridges due...more
At the eastern end of Ul. 25 Oktober, is the columned House of Soviets complete with a stern looking bust of Lenin proudly displayed outside. Inside are displays and dedications to those who died during the civil war in the early nineties. One of the most impressive buildings in Tiraspol, the gleaming white building is topped with a tall spire...more
The pride of Transdniester, The Kvint distillery has a mighty reputation in Eastern Europe as one of the finest producers of brandy in the region. The distillery has been producing brandy, wine and vodka since 1897 and has become a national treasure to the Transdniestrian people since, so much so that an image of the factory is displayed on the...more
(This tip does not have a full picture due to warnings of taking pictures of important or strategic buildings, bridges and or military objects...see separate tip in ‘warnings’)Across the street from the Heroes Cemetery is the Presidential Palace from where Igor Smirnov has sat as president of Transdniester since its ‘independence’ in 1990....more
Behind the Soviet Tank is a memorial garden and cemetery for those who died during the war in the early nineties. There is tomb to an unknown soldier complete with eternal flame. The cemetery is also dedicated to Russian and Transdniestrian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. A Russian inscription in front of the eternal flame reads ‘You Do Not Have...more
Seven Fridays is a popular, upscale restaurant on Tiraspol's main street (25 Oktober Street). From the outside you can see through wall-to-wall windows into the interior, which is marked by comfortable white booths and modern decor. It was recommended by Lonely Planet, so I decided to give it a try.I was seated right away in a booth that offered...more
CASINO SEEMS TO BE A COMMON ACTIVITY FOR THE RICH PART OF THE POPULATION.
SO MANY CASINOS IN THE SO CALLED EUROPEAN CUBA!
Crossing the Transdniester border is one of those travel horror stories you may have heard about in the past. Tales of corruption, detainment, bribes, shakedowns, entry refusal, phantom permits and general nastiness were common among travellers going to and coming from the region. However I can thankfully report that this seems to be all a thing of...more
Again the train service into and out of Transdniester is something which has only recently changed making most of the informtion on the internet worthless. For now, the train service from Chisinau to Odessa via Transdniester HAS resumed and is a troublefree way to cross from Moldova to Odessa. There is an early morning train departing Chisinau at...more
Before the resumption of the train service into and out of Transdniester, taking a bus was the only economical way of reaching Tiraspol. From Chisinau’s central bus station there are regular buses to Tiraspol via Bendery leaving every half hour from about 6.30am to 6.30pm. Buses for Tiraspol leave from the last bus bay at the back of Chisinau’s...more
Kvint Brandy is the pride of Transdniester and you can pick up your bottle either at the Kvint Factory and Distillery or at their dedicated shop on Ul. 25 Oktober. The variety of brandies on offer is mind boggling as is the price range! However the price of the Kvint brandy in Tiraspol is much cheaper than buying it anywhere else including 'proper'...more
Kvint is considered a national symbol in Transnistria. Manufacturers of liquors such as vodka and brandy, Kvint has been producing alcoholic beverages for more than one hundred years and is the oldest company in Transnistria.Today, you can visit the Kvint Factory Store located on the grounds of their factory. You will find various types of brandy...more
Since 1994 Transdniester has had its own currency, the Transdniester Rouble. Roughly equal to the Moldovan lei in value (€1 = 16MDL $1 = 11MDL) the rouble can only be used within Transdniester and is worthless outside the region. Dollars and even MDL may be accepted within Transdniester but you should change some currency to be on the safe side....more
Since 1994, Transnistria has been using its own currency. Previously, they had been using Soviet and Russian bills with little stickers stuck on! Today, there are about ten rubles to the US dollar.Because Transnistra isn't recognized internationally, the Transnistrian ruble isn't of any use outside the region. There are two currency exchanges at...more
People arriving in Tiraspol from Chisinau may be taken by surprise by the absence of ANY signage written in the Latin alphabet. As a region almost more Russian than Russia itself, a Latin alphabet user shouldn't expect easy navigation through the streets of Tiraspol. All street signs are written in the Cyrillic alphabet and you will need to...more
You will hear a lot of horror stories about Transdniester involving incidents of corruption and brushes with the law. Some of these are nonsense and some should be heeded as warnings. One piece of advice I was given to avoid any unpleasantness in Transdniester was to refrain from taking any pictures of sensitive buildings, bridges, military...more
Rules and regulations for entry and staying in Transdniester seem to change like the weather but during my visit in August 2011 visitors no longer needed to pay for an entry card and could stay for up to 8 hours without registering. Some reports indicate that you can stay for 24 hours but this seems to have changed. On entry you will be told what...more
Close to the train and bus station is Kirov Park, which guide books rather desperately lead you too as one of the ‘sights’ of Tiraspol. They must really have been grasping at straws for something to include in the Tiraspol section because this park is a rather forlorn looking place, overgrown and neglected and although there is supposedly a statue or monument present here, when I visted there was no sign of one, although it did look like something had been removed from the centre of the park to be replaced by something else??? Maybe someone can shed some light on this for me? Anyway, the only reason you will want to make your way to Kirov Park is if you are coming to or from the station or for the rather mundane thrill of walking along a street named after Lenin!
Miscellaneous: Disappointingly, there is very little in the way of a guide to Transdniester. Lonely planet used to include a Moldova and Transdniester chapter in its Romania guide book, but the latest edition has withdrawn this chapter. The only lonely planet to include information on Transdniester is now the Eastern Europe guide which includes information on Transdniester in its Moldova chapter. Bear in mind that whatever you read in any guide to the region should be treated with caution as things change continually with regard to transport, border crossing and political stability. Current issues of Eastern Europe are at present very outdated.
Don't worry, Tiraspol is a very peaceful city. Nobody's gonna hurt your there. Forget about everything you've heard about Pridnestrovie on media. Just go there, relax and enjoy yourself. And if you don't like it, well, don't blame me. All you read here is just my impression. Tiraspol is a town or broad and empty streets. No traffic jam there. By...more
Registration in Tiraspol for foreign citizens who plan to stay in the country for more than one day must be done within 24 hours from the crossing of the border at the Migration Office situated in the downtown on Kotovskiy street 2/A. They work every day from 9 am till 5 pm, lunch time from 12 am till 1 pm, except Saturdays and Sundays. You may...more