Saturday, 18 April 2009

Why to Travel to Sinaia (Romania): Peles and Pelisor Castles

This post aims to raise one's interest in visiting the Peles and Pelisor Castles, from Sinaia (Romania). Should you like it, then search for accommodation and transportation and come visit.
(Note: post published by Liviu on Liviu's [Personal] Blog)

For more photos, one can look at my Picassa Album or my post in Romanian on Peles Castle.

Peles National Museum
Peles National Museum: Official site

Peles Castle

Wikipedia: English

Peles Castle was designed to be the summer residence of King Carol I (wikipedia: ro, en). => Therefore, it shall look grand and official. I personally like the power that it shows.

The extended tour consists of ground floor and 1st floor. Owners of student cards or Euro<26 cards pay less. Visitors are organized in small groups, with a guide speaking their mother tongue language. The extended tour is quite interesting and lasts for 1h 30'. There's a story that when the building site has been chosen, Carol I has been told that's too close to the borders (note: in ~1873, the borders with the Austrian-Hungarian Empire was a bit north from Predeal, i.e. 15-20 km north from the castle's site), and Carol I said something like: Well, now we're placed by the borders, which makes it dangerous, but sometime in the future we might be in the centre of the nation. ;) - well, that's what I call consistency and perseverance!

Pelisor Castle

Wikipedia: English

Pelisor Castle feels more intimate, nicer, more personal.

One can visit the ground floor + 1st floor + 2nd floor. Basically, the attic is the only one not open for visiting.

Height 2000m

The landascape at 2000 m is great during any season: spring, summer, autumn, winter. One can get there by cable cars.


It's worth visiting the Peles and Pelisor Castles, and also taking the cabine to Height 2000 m.

Some useful links:

Sinaia: Official Site

Map of Sinaia and some touristic sites worth visiting

Another map of Sinaia

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