A stunning castle in Romania: Peles Castle

Peles Castle

Built in Neo-Renaissance architecture at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, in Prahova Valley, in the town of Sinaia, Romania, Peles Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the world.

Prince Carol I of Hohenzollern (who was to become the king of Romania, under which the country gained its independence in 1877) visited the site of the future castle in 1866, fell in love with the magnificent mountain scenery and decided to built the castle here, as a summer residence.

Peles Castle at the foot of Bucegi Mountains

Peles Castle at the foot of Bucegi Mountains

Beautiful nature surrounding the Peles Castle

Beautiful nature surrounding the Peles Castle

The front garden of Peles Castle and Mountains in the back

The front garden of Peles Castle and Mountains in the back

Annexed Buildings

The construction began in 1873 and the castle was inaugurated on 7th of October, 1883. Several other buildings, annexed to Peles Castle, were built simultaneously: the Guards’ Chambers, the Economat Building, the Foisor Hunting lodge, the Royal Stables, and the Power Plant (Peles was the first European castle entirely lit by locally produced electricity!).

The hotel restaurant at Peles Castle

The Guard’s chambers are now a hotel and a restaurant at Peles Castle

The old guard's houses

The old guard’s houses

Annexed buildings of Peles Castle

Annexed buildings of Peles Castle

Another building on the royal domain

Another building on the royal domain

A small annexed building at Peles Castle

A small annexed building at Peles Castle

Pelisor (“Little Peles”)

Right next to Peles Castle is Pelisor (“Little Peles“) which used to be the residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Mary of Romania.

King Ferdinand (who succeeded Carol I) intended to use Peles Castle as a summer residence, but found it too big and overwhelming, so he commissioned the smaller and less extravagant Pelisor Castle (built between 1889-1903 in art-nouveau style).

Pelisor ("Little Peles")

Pelisor (“Little Peles”)

Pelisor Castle in Sinaia

Pelisor Castle in Sinaia

Pelisor Castle in Romania

Pelisor Castle in Romania

Pathway towards Pelisor

Pathway towards Pelisor

Can I visit ?

Peles Castle served as a summer residence for the royal family until 1947, when, after King Michael Is forced abdication, the Communist regime took over all royal property. Nicolae Ceauşescu closed the entire estate and the area was declared a “State Protocol Interest Area”.

After the December 1989 Revolution, Peles and Pelisor Castle were re-established as heritage sites and opened to the public as museums.

Peles Castle receives almost half million visitors each year. The tours of the castle are guided, and the complete tour takes around 2 hours and costs 70 lei (16 euros) for adults, plus an extra fee for shooting pictures. Every November the Castle is closed for restoration.

Peles Castle

Peles Castle

Peles Castle courtyard

Peles Castle courtyard. The Statue of king Carol I is guarding the entrance.

The Peles Castle

The Peles Castle

Even though it’s consistently called a castle, by form and function Peles is a palace.

It has over 160 rooms, each with a different function and style (bedrooms, offices, library, concert hall, weapon rooms, tea rooms, card rooms, apartments, a Turkish saloon, children’s play rooms, 30 bathrooms, a music room, a theater hall – the first movie projection in Romania took place here in 1906!) and each of them are decorated in completely different styles and themes, with Turkish, Florentine or French influences. There are interior balconies, wooden spiral staircases, secret passageway behind bookshelves, huge mirrors, statues and paintings.

Beautiful painted tower of Peles Castle

Beautiful painted tower of Peles Castle

Peles Castle is indeed one of the most beautiful in the world

Peles Castle is indeed one of the most beautiful in the world

The nature is gorgeous around Peles Castle

The nature is gorgeous around Peles Castle

A top of a tower at Peles Castle

A top of a tower at Peles Castle

Nature and surroundings

Peles Castle is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and gardens with fountains, guarding stone lions, marble urns, nice alleys with other decorative pieces. A statue of King Carol I overlooks the main entrance. Many other statues are present on the seven Italian neo-Renaissance terrace gardens, mostly of Carrara marble executed by the Italian sculptor Rafaello Romanelli.

The Statue of Carol I of Romania is guarding the Peles Castle

The Statue of Carol I of Romania is guarding the Peles Castle

Statues in the garden of Peles Castle

Statues in the garden of Peles Castle

Statues in the garden of Peles Castle

Statues in the garden of Peles Castle

Fountain in the garden of Peles Castle

Fountain in the garden of Peles Castle

The Statue of Carol I of Romania in front of the Peles Castle

The Statue of Carol I of Romania in front of the Peles Castle

Stone lions on the stairs of Peles Castle

Stone lions on the stairs of Peles Castle

Try the best cakes in the world!

Today, Foisor Hunting House serves as a presidential residence.
The Economat Building and the Guard’s Chambers Building are now hotel and restaurant; here you can have a hot wine and a great variety Romanian cakes (I recommend you try Savarina, Amandina and Ora 12 “12 o’clock“). The cakes are delicious, with syrup, cream or chocolate and can be tasted on the beautiful terrace overlooking the castle and its surroundings.

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The Economat house is now a hotel

The Economat house is now a hotel

This is the hot wine and two Romanian cakes served on the beautiful terrace with a magnificent view over mountains and Peles Castle. The cake with red jelly on top is called Savarina and the chocolate one is Called Ora 12 ("12 o'clock"). They are very good, I recommend you try them if you ever visit Romania :)

Hot wine and Romanian cakes served on the beautiful terrace with a magnificent view over mountains and Peles Castle. The cake with red jelly on top is called Savarina and the one with chocolate is Called Ora 12 (“12 o’clock”). They are very good, I recommend you try them if you ever visit Romania🙂

This is where you can have a coffee, a hot wine or some very good Romanian cakes

This is where you can have a coffee, a hot wine or some very good Romanian cakes

These are the cakes. They are all very good and it's hard to decide which one to choose :)

These are the cakes. They are all very good and it’s hard to decide which one to choose🙂

That's how the cafe-restaurant looks from down

That’s how the cafe-restaurant looks from down

..and from further

..and from further

Stunning Peles Castle

Stunning Peles Castle

This terrace/balcony in the garden of Peles Castle offers a beautiful view of the surroundings

This terrace/balcony in the garden of Peles Castle offers a beautiful view of the surroundings

A tower hiding between the trees

A tower hiding between the trees

One of the annexed buildings of the Castle

One of the annexed buildings of the Castle

I loved the tables

I loved the tables

Statues in the garden of Peles Castle

Statues in the garden of Peles Castle

Around Peles Castle. The cafe-restaurant can be seen in the back building.

Around Peles Castle. The cafe-restaurant can be seen in the back building.

The old guard's houses and stables are now a restaurant

The old guard’s houses and stables are now a restaurant

Evening at Peles Castle

Evening at Peles Castle

Peles Castle hiding between the trees

Peles Castle hiding between the trees

Statues and a nice annexe building. The end.

Statues and a nice annexe building. Here ends the virtual trip to Peles Castle. I hope you liked it and I invite you to come and visit this beautiful jewel hiding in Romania!