In this post, we’ll talk about things to do in Tiraspol. If you want to know how to get to Tiraspol from Moldova or Ukraine, jump on over to our Transnistria travel guide
Did you think the Soviet Union was long gone?
Then you should travel to Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria, a tiny breakaway post-soviet “country” between Moldova and Ukraine.
Back when communism was all the rage, Transnistria was a province in communist Moldova. Then, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Transnistria decided it didn’t want to stop drinking the communist Kool-Aid. Instead, it declared its independence from Moldova and entered a time capsule still full of hammers and sickles.
Things To Do In Tiraspol
There aren’t a whole lot of things to do in Tiraspol, but you should go simply because of the strange feeling of being stuck in time.
Another good example of this feeling is the Soviet prison we visited in Tallinn.
Walking through Tiraspol is like stepping into a black-and-white movie clip from the 20th century. Strolling through the streets, you’ll see names like Karl Marx Street, Lenin Street and Gagarin Boulevard, all keeping the faded soviet glory alive. You might even bump into a few Russian flags or electoral posters, making you doubt which country you’re actually in.
Hello mother Russia!
The sights we mention here are all on the main boulevard Ul 25 Oktober, so the whole show – including lunch – won’t take more than 3-4 hours. Take a chill pill, breath in some pro-Putin air and let the exploring begin.