Fagaras and Beyond Day 4 – Peles Castle

One our last day of the trip, on our way home, we decided to slip in one more sight: the Peles Castle in Sinaia. Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, just over 100km north of Bucharest, this commonly named castle, is actually a palace.

The Peles Castle, inaugurated in 1883, was built by King Carol I, the first king of Romania. Carol I ruled Romania, creating the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty, from 1866 until 1914 along with his wife Queen Elizabeth of Wied. Both are considered important figures in Romanian history, not just from a political standpoint, but also from an artistic and cultural one.

The palace is built in Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival style, with various European influences. It was used as a summer residence for the Royal family. Inside, you will visit different rooms with themes from various world cultures. The rooms are furnished richly with impeccable taste. There are just so many delightful details to take in.

Don’t fight the urge to picture yourself as a distinguished guest of the king and queen at the turn of the century. I know I didn’t.

The view as you walk up to the castle

The view as you walk up to the castle

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The castle facade is reminiscent of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

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The statues of King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth looking out over the lush, green valley

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The inner courtyard, characterized by its German design is where you will find the ticket office

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