Padurea Domneasca (Royal Forest) Natural Reservation

The Padurea Domneasca (Royal Forest) Natural Reservation is the largest in Moldova, covering an area of 6,032 ha. It was founded in 1993. It is located in Glodeni along a stretch of land that borders the Prut River on the border with Romania. The reserve includes various tree species, including willows, oaks, poplars, and beeches. Moldova’s largest and oldest stand of old-growth oak trees can be found in the reserve; the oldest tree is recorded to be more than 450 years old. It is also home to many birds, most notably herons, which nest in the trees near the river. The herons are so abundant that the local people call the area the “land of the herons”. Many animals can also be found in the reservation, including a small herd of bison, brought to the reserve after an agreement with the Polish government. Another interesting attraction within the reserve is a landscape of hills and knolls called the “one hundred hill”; to this day how they were formed remains a mystery.

Location: Cuhnesti village, Glodeni, 189 km distance to Chisinau
Accessibility: Access is grated by reserve administration
Contact: Te: (+373 249) 24 998 / 26 178
Entry Fee: 5-10 lei for local

25 lei for international tourists


Zimbu (bison) farm, fishing, picnic