Târgovişte's small zoo, in the park just north of the Princely Court, is surprisingly comprehensive, with some large cats, a hippo, lots of chimps and a variety of other animals. The zoo shows obvious signs of wear and tear, but the animals appear adequately cared for. Kids will love how close you can come to the animals.

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1. Princely Court

0.23 MILES

The Princely Court was built in the 14th century for Mircea cel Bătrân (Mircea the Old) and remained a formal residence for Wallachia’s princes, including…

2. Museum of Romanian Police

0.31 MILES

Romania’s only police museum has a number of exhibitions from the 19th and 20th centuries, including an overfilled cloakroom-style display of uniforms,…

3. Târgu Church

0.44 MILES

Near the restaurants on Str Alexandru Ioan Cuza is the beautiful, partially frescoed Târgu Church. Dating to 1654, it was painted during the 17th and 18th…

5. Cathedral

0.64 MILES

Târgovişte's main church occupies a prominent position in the town's central Parcul Mitropoliei. The church is built of red brick in Byzantine style and…

6. Statue of Mihai Viteazu

0.65 MILES

A large statue of 16th-century Wallachian Prince Mihai Viteazu marks the western end of the town's central park.

7. Military Barracks

1.24 MILES

This small, spare museum just outside the train station contains the military barracks where former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena…

8. Nicolae Grigorescu Museum

18.9 MILES

This small museum and memorial is dedicated to the country's most famous artist, Nicolae Grigorescu (1838–1907). Grigorescu studied in Paris with Pierre…