Peleș Castle - one of the most beautiful castles in Europe
Peleș Castle (1873-1914) front view
Peleș Castle side view
A short history
Peleş Castle was built by the initiative of the first king of Romania, Carol I (reign 1866-1914) with the role of mansion for the royal family and was given political, cultural and symbolic functions. The first brick was put in place in 1875 on a surface of 1000 hectares at that time, outside of the town we know today as Sinaia. This name was assigned to it in 1874 by the same king. The area that hosts the castle was known as The burned stone or as Sinaia estate. One year later, the first aristocratic houses were built in the town center.
One of the most illustrious architects who contributed to this important work was Wilhelm von Doderer (1872–1876), professor at Technische Hochschule in Vienna. The work slowed down during the Romanian War of Independence (1877-1878) and after the victory, the new independent state was dedicated to finishing the project. The royal family used the castle 6 months per year, in the summer time. Carol I and his wife, Queen Elisabeta, were the first of the royal family to live there. The King started a new project on the estate, Pelișor Castle, which was a gift for the future King, Ferdinand I, and his wife, Queen Maria. On the estate was born also another future king of Romania, Carol II, in 1893, giving meaning to the phrase "cradle of the dynasty, cradle of the nation".
After World War II and the takeover by the Communist Party in Romania, Peleș castle and its estate were seized by the authorities and placed in government ownership in 1948. By decision of communist authorities, most of the painting collections, furniture, textiles, ornaments and books were transferred to the Museum of Art in Bucharest. Same happened also with other objects from the Royal Castle, which found their home in other different cultural institutions from other big Romanian cities. In 1953, the Government made the castle a museum and remained such until 1975. Afterwards, it was closed to the public. After the fall of the Communist regime in 1990, the castle has gone through different restoration measures and after a 5 year period of negociation, the Royal family regained the ownership of the castle and its estate in 2007, under King Michael I.
Pelișor Castle (1899-1903)
The Hall of Honour (finished 1911)
Is the main entrance in the castle. The walls are ornated with wooden carvings and the hall enbellished by alabaster statues. The glass roof is retractable and was an impressive feature for the King's guests.
The Imperial Suite (finished 1906)
Was built for the visit of the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Franz Josef I, who was invited to take part to the 40th anniversary of King Carol's reign. The decorator used Austrian Baroque in style of Empress Maria Theresa.
The Music Salon
The room became a music salon at the initiative of Queen Elisabeta. The guests were entertained by important artists of the period. The furniture was a gift of the maharajah of Kapurthala.
The Grand Armory (1903-1906)
The Armory contains approximately 4,000 pieces of European and Oriental weaponery from the period XIV - XVII century. One of the most precious pieces in the collection is a fully equiped battle armour for horse and rider.
The Moorish Salon
Was the creation of Charles Lecompte de Nouy, in Hispanic Moorish style. Among its decorations we can find an indoor Carrara marble fountain,as well as Ottoman and Persian rugs.
The King's Cabinet
Was the workplace of the King where he received delegations and audiences.
Peleș Castle nowadays
Peleş Castle is one of the best preserved royal residences in Europe, by its architecture, furnishings and decorations. The owner of the estate is the Royal family.
It is the second most visited castle in Romania, after Bran, by approximately 700,000 tourists per year. It is visited not only during summer, but also during winter season. It's also close to a lot of sky slopes and winter resorts.
The castle also hosts temporary art exhibitions, as well as permanent collections of weaponery. glassware, silver and ceramics.
Guided tours of the most important attractions in the area. The guide has a degree in History. The main language is English, but we can also offer guided tours in Italian.
Transportation in the city and surroundings will be made by us, with our mini van.
Transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel the airport, with a mini van (maximum of 8 people).
We take care of all the planning, ticket buying and itinerary for the whole trip.
We can take care of the hotel room bookings.
The price of the trip - our prices range from 25 euros/trip and up, depending on the itinerary agreed. The prices include transportation with a minivan 8+1, as well as all costs related to transportation (gasoline, parking charges, road taxes).
*The price does not include the entries fees and the hotel room.
**Our services are addressed to groups of a maximum of 8 people per trip.
***We only charge for the transportation services. All the other services mentioned above are free of charge.