Off the beaten path: Moldova

Moldova, one of the top wine exporters in the world for almost 5000 years, a country of picturesque landscapes with many hills, woodlands, villages and farms, is great for hiking and exploring all kinds of weird and unusual places. Besides the popular destinations to travel to, like the beautiful parks in Chisinau and the largest wine cellars in the world, there are monasteries, churches and fortresses, some of them dating back to 15th century and other curious places off the beaten path. You can even witness an exorcism ritual in a monastery in Saharna or see the dead waterfall, where, supposedly Orpheus was buried.

Cricova Wine Cellars - the largest natural wine storage in the world

Cricova wine cellars in Moldova are the biggest natural wine storage in the world - the visitors can enjoy tasting various wines and marvel at the underground themed wine-tasting complexes.

The largest cave monastery of Eastern Europe - Tipova monastery

Tipova monastery in Moldova is a magnificent cave complex, which was created in the 6th century in the cliffs above the Nistru river and reached its heyday in the 18th century.