Balti

Balti is the third most populated city of Moldova (150,000 inhabitants), and the second largest city in terms of surface area and economic importance. Sometimes also called "the northern capital", it is a major industrial, commercial, transport, academic, and cultural hub. It is situated 127 km north of Chisinau, and is located on the Raut River, a tributary of Nistru, on a hilly landscape in the Balti steppe. The major ethnic groups living in Balti are Moldovans (54%), Ukrainians (24%), and Russians (19%).

Attractions

Wine: Balti and the area surrounding it is not a major wine producing region. However, there are several wineries that are located in the north, which specialize in the production of white wines and brandy (divin), including Noroc Winery, Singerei Winery and Barza Alba. None offer tourism excursions at this time.

Culture: Being the largest city in that part of the country. Balti became a major cultural hub in the north. It has a number of historic, archeological, and architectural monuments. Most important are:

  • Armenian Church (1916)
  • St. Constantin & Elena Cathedral (1933)
  • St. Nicolas Cathedral (1795)
  • Hotin Bishop  building (1934)
  • Former Jewish lyceum (1904)
  • Municipality building (1958)
  • Alecu Russo University building (1924-1938). 

Balti has two museums:

  • Balti History and Ethnography Museum , A. Lapusneanu str. 2, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (373 231) 24 358
  • "Antioh Cantemir" Pinacoteca, Independentei str. 10, Balti, Moldova Tel: (373 231) 23 584 

Nature: Only at 50 km distance from Balti (to west) is located Moldova's largest nature reservation "Padurea Domneasca".It offers many attractions to visitors such as zimbru (bison) farm, old oak forrest (over 200 years old trees) with organized picnic areas, Prut river valley with possibilities of fishing. Close to Padurea Domneasca natural reserve visitors can see the beautiful landscape called "100 hills", whose origin is not totally known.     

Special Interest:

Arts & Entertainment

  • National Dramatci Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri",  Piata Vasile Alecsandri 1, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 20 005
  • Cinema "Patria", Independeintei str. 24, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 49 885, web: www.patria.md
  • Two galleries of contemporary arts

Festivals & events:

  • Balti City Day (Religious, national heritage, music, gastronomy, culture): May 22

Nightlife

  • Soho Night Club,  Decebal str. 4, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 63 378
  • Platinum Club, Decebal str. 124, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 39 935

Other

  • "Alecu Russo" Balti State University, Pushkin str. 38, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 52 340

Getting here

By car: Balti is 120 km north of Chisinau. The journey normally takes 1.5 hours if using the M14 highway or 2.0 hours if taking the M2 to the R14 via Orhei. If driving to Balti from Romania, the closest border posts are Costesti-Stinca and Sculeni. If driving to Balti from Ukraine, the closest border posts are Soroca, Unguri and other posts in the North.

By bus: There is regular bus service between Balti and Chisinau (2 hours) and other cities and towns in Moldova. There are also bus connections to several cities outside of Moldova. Check the online bus schedules (in Romanian) for details. Make sure to choose the Balti bus terminal.

By train: There is regular train service between Balti and Chisinau (3 hours) and a few other cities and towns in Moldova. There are also train connections to several cities outside of Moldova. Check the train schedule (in Romanian) for details. Make sure to choose the Balti-Oras station.

 

Accommodation

Restaurants, cafes, & bars

  • Basarabia restaurant (Moldovan cuisine), Mihai Sadoveanu str. 1, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 22 169
  • Pizza Celentano (Italian cuisine),  Independenţei str. 15a, Balti, Moldova, Tel:(+373 231) 22-111, web: www.celentano.md.
  • Maestro restaurant (International cuisine), 1 Mai str. 21, balti, Moldova, Tel : (+373 231) 49 885  
  • Plovdiv restaurant (European cuisine), Independentei str. 91, Balti, Moldova, Tel: (+373 231) 24 510
  • Andy's pizza (Italian cuisine), Stefan cel Mare str. 8/4 and Alexandru cel Bun str.5 and Independeintei str. 39, Balti, Moldova,

Map

 

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