Peleș Castle

Peleș Castle, built between 1874 and 1914 in Sinaia, was the summer residence of Romanian King Carol I. It has over 170 rooms, several secret passages, and is one of the first palaces in the world to have a central vacuum system. After the Romanian monarchy was deposed, the castle became property of the Communist Party. It’s currently owned by the royal family once again, but is being leased back to the government as a museum. I highly recommend taking the time to visit the castle on a day trip from Bucharest or Brașov.

Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Peleș Castle

Peleș Castle, about a 20 minute walk from the train station, is open to visitors every day except Monday (Monday and Tuesday in winter). Different tour packages are available, starting with just the ground floor at 20 lei (45 minutes), the ground floor and personal living quarters of the royal family on the first floor at 50 lei (75 minutes), and a grand tour of all floors including the second floor guest quarters at 70 lei (1 hour 45 minutes). No photos are allowed inside, but a photo pass can be purchased for an additional 32 lei (the photo rule wasn’t strictly enforced).

Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Peleș Castle

There’s no admission charged for the grounds of the castle. It’s enjoyable to roam around the perfectly manicured gardens and see the exterior details of the castle. In the garden in front of the castle, a statue of King Carol I stands proudly. The setting of the castle is also breathtaking, among thousands of trees in a forested mountain area.

Garden at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Garden

Garden at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Garden

Statue of King Carol I at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Statue of King Carol I

The following photos are from the tour. What you are about to see is a display of great excess and opulence that rivals all of the other great castles in Europe. Everything I saw in this castle was jaw dropping and simply magnificent. I won’t talk about the rooms. Instead, I will divide them into categories by each tour package so you can see for yourself. Please note that I am leaving out some rooms and this is just a taste of what you will see if you visit the castle. The first set is from the ground floor only tour.

Entrance at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Entrance

Hall of Honour at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Hall of Honour

Hall of Honour at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Hall of Honour

Armory at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Armory

King's office at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

King’s office

King's office at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

King’s office

King's library at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

King’s library

Reception room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Reception room

Music room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Music room

Florentine room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Florentine room

Dining room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Dining room

Moorish room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Moorish room

Turkish room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Turkish room

Hall of Honour at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Hall of Honour

Theatre at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Theatre

Theatre at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Theatre

The next set of photos is from the tour package including the first floor personal living quarters of the royal family. The only thing I want to point out are the chairs in the reception room. They’re made of teak wood from India that took over 100 years and three generations to carve.

Italian room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Italian room

Concert hall at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Concert hall

Reception room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Reception room

Prime Minister’s office at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Prime Minister’s office

Hallway at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Hallway

View of the Hall of Honour at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

View of the Hall of Honour

Spiral staircase in the Hall of Honour at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Spiral staircase

King's bedroom at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

King’s bedroom

King's wardrobe at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

King’s wardrobe

King's changing room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

King’s changing room

The royal throne at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

The royal throne

Breakfast room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Breakfast room

Guest room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Guest room

Guest breakfast room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Guest breakfast room

Queen's bedroom at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Queen’s bedroom

Queen's reception room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Queen’s reception room

Meeting room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Meeting room

Ladies in waiting quarters at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Ladies in waiting quarters

The third and final set of photos is from the tour package including the second floor guest quarters. Composer George Enescu was a frequent guest.

Queen's chambers at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Queen’s chambers

Guest room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Guest room

Prince's room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Prince’s room

Guest room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Guest room

Royal dentist's room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Royal dentist’s room

Guest room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Guest room

German room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

German room

Royal composer's room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Royal composer’s room

Queen Marie’s painting room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Queen Marie’s painting room

Queen Marie’s painting room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Queen Marie’s painting room

Poet's room at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Poet’s room

Palace dwarf at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Palace dwarf

Another smaller castle, Pelișor Castle, is also open to the public. Admission is 20 lei and tours take about 45 minutes. This castle was built near Peleș Castle in 1899 as a summer home for the future King Ferdinand I and his wife, the popular Queen Marie, a granddaughter of the British Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II of Russia. In fact, Queen Marie had much to do with the interior design of the castle.

Pelișor Castle in Sinaia, Romania

Pelișor Castle

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