A story of kings and queens living in their fairy-tale world opens up before your eyes upon arriving in the area of Peles Castle. It served as a royal summer residence to the kings of Romania starting late 19th century. Built by King Carol I of Romania, it was very modern for it’s time – the first castle in Europe to have electricity and also central heating, central vacuum cleaning and an intricate architecture.
It is one of the most beautiful, interesting and fascinating castles in Europe and definitely Romania’s No 1. Located in the town of Sinaia, which is one of the best mountain resorts in Romania, this castle will not disappoint as it is worth visiting both on the exterior admiring the vivid mountain landscape, the grand statues that guard the gardens to the out-of-this-world interior where French, German, Austrian, Italian, Turkish and Moorish styles intermingle to create an unique design which will charm and impress you.
Peles Castle – Video:
Peles Castle – Practical Information:
LOW SEASON: October through May
Open: Wednesday 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM; Thursday through Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
HIGH SEASON: June through September
Open: Tuesday 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM; Wednesday through Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
*Please note that Peles Castle is closed during the whole month of November for restoration. Check the castle website for the exact dates closer to November.
TOURS & TICKETS:
Standard Tour (Ground floor tour; 45 min.)
Adults: 20 lei | Seniors (+65 yrs.): 10 lei | Pupils / Students: 5 lei
*Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM, last entrance for Standard Tour is 04:15 PM.
Extended Tour (Ground floor & First floor; 1h15min)
Adults: 50 lei | Seniors (+65 yrs.): 25 lei | Pupils / Students: 12.50 lei
*Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM, last entrance for Extended Tour is 03:15 PM.
Peles Castle (Castelul Peles) is located in the town and ski resort of Sinaia (44 kilometers from Brasov and 122 kilometers from Bucharest).
Address of Peles Castle: Muzeul National Peles, Str. Pelesului, Nr. 2, 106100 Sinaia, Jud. Prahova.
Phone: 0040-244-310.918, Phone/Fax: 0040-244-312.416
You have to take European road E60 aka national road DN1 from Bucharest – Ploiesti – Comarnic – Sinaia.
The average journey time between Bucharest and Sinaia is 1 hour and 56 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 29 minutes. On an average weekday, there are are 16 trains trains per day travelling from Bucharest to Sinaia. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays. The first train from Bucharest to Sinaia departs at 05:53. The last train from Bucharest to Sinaia departs at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services.
3. By Guided Tour from Bucharest (Licensed guide/driver & transportation)