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Bendery fortress

Bendery (Russian: Бендеры; Romanian: Bender or Tighina) is a city in the unrecognized republic of Transnistria, on the west or right bank of the Dniestr River.

Get in[edit]

The prettier of the two stations, Bender 1 sees far less traffic than Bender 2

Frequent buses and marshrutkas stop here en route from Chișinău, Căușeni and Tiraspol. Trolley bus 19 from Tiraspol costs 1.6 руб, tickets are sold by the conductor. Trains used to run from Bender 2 station to Chișinău, Odesa and even Moscow before the war in Ukraine started.

Get around[edit]

You can explore the city easily on foot.

By bus[edit]

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The town is pleasant to walk through. You'll notice a fortified Russian checkpoint on the bridge leading across the Dniestr, these are the local peacekeeping forces. Nearby is a monument to "independence" conflict. The bus terminal is a nice example of Soviet bus terminal design.

  • 1 Bendery Fortress. A 16th-century Ottoman fortification overlooking the river, restored and open to the public. There is a terrifying collection of torture devices from the period. Outside is the newer Alexander Nevsky Church which is well worth a visit. Bender Fortress (Q1968281) on Wikidata Tighina Fortress on Wikipedia

In the nearby village of Varnita there is a monument in memory of the skirmishes (famous in Swedish history as kalabaliken) during which Charles XII, king of Sweden, was taken prisoner by Turkish forces (1713), after having been in the city as a refugee following the battle of Poltava.


  • The main train station is worth seeing. It has some interesting architecture and the tracks can be explored, as the line has been closed since the conflict in Crimea.
  • To the left of the station (looking towards the front of it) is an old Soviet train which houses a free museum (closed on Sundays).
  • Visit Gorky’s Cinema for its grand Soviet-era building, particularly the main lobby. Opposite in Scuarul Comsomolului Leninist Park is a statue of Lenin.



There's a nice Uzbek restaurant nearby the bus terminal. The owner also speaks some English. If you are looking for a western style food place then you can visit Andy's Pizza which is in the middle of Bendery one block away from Supermarket Sheriff.

Upstairs inside the Soviet-era bus station, CCCP is a Soviet-style canteen serving surprisingly tasty food for €2-5.


The local wine represents good value. The quality is higher than the price suggests, it's well worth trying.



Go next[edit]

  • 1 Tiraspol (take trolleybus 19 or marshrutka 20 from Sergey Lazo street).
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