Balti, typical Soviet city, is the second largest city in terms of area and economic importance after Chisinau, and the third largest city in terms of population after Chisinau and Tiraspol. The “northern capital”, as it is usually called, is a major industrial, cultural and commercial center, and transportation hub in the north of the country. The 600-year-old city boasts a dynamic history, especially during World War II when it was a venue of crucial events. The ethnic map of the municipality is very colorful, consisting of roughly equal numbers of Moldovans, Russians and Ukrainians. Balti is a heavily industrialized city, which has retained its significance in spite of its severe decline after the fall of the communist regime. In the historical center of Balti are concentrated several age-old parks and public gardens; beautiful Saints Constantine and Elena Cathedral in national romanticism style; the Museum of History and Ethnography; Arts Center.
Soroca is a town, located in the North-East part of Moldova, on the border with Ukraine. Due to the Gipsy minority living there, it is considered the ‘Roma capital’ of Moldova, and also known as the ‘Gipsy capital of the world’. Over 50 years ago the richest Gypsy families of Eastern Europe settled down here. Furthermore, in the Soviet times, the Romani population from Soroca was known for their rich lives, having much higher living standards than the rest of Moldovans. Unlike the rest of the country, the low hills in Soroca along the river Nistru are covered with delightful vegetation. As well in Soroca, you’ll have the chance to admire the Soroca fortress and the monument “Candle of Gratitude”.
Tiraspol is the second largest city in Moldova and is the capital and administrative centre of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). The city is located on the eastern bank of the Nistru River. Tiraspol is a regional hub of light industry, such as furniture and electrical goods production. The modern city of Tiraspol was founded by the Russian generalissimo Alexander Suvorov in 1792, although the area had been inhabited for thousands of years by varying ethnic groups. The Tiraspol city center has one of the oldest dendrology gardens in Moldova. You can visit the History museum, drama theatre, monuments to A.Suvorov and the Decembrist V.Raevsky.
Comrat is the capital of autonomous region Gagauzia. The vast majority of the population is gagauzians. This fact makes the town a special one, as it has a total distinct culture compared to the rest of Moldova. A city with extreme property, Comrat is situated in the southern wine zone of Moldova. It is known for production of red wines and muscat wines. In Comrat and its suburbs there are about 10 wine factories. Food production is very developed in the city. Comrat is a home for food processing factories, alcohol production, and an oil processing plant (the first and only one in Moldova). There is also such economic agents as a ferroconcrete factory, furniture productions, wood processing, production of plastic windows and doors, cattle butcheries, and transport companies.