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Peles & Pelisor Castle Tour & Tickets Romania Travel Guide 5

We're heading to the spectacular Peles Castle, a true gem tucked away in the Carpathian Mountains. Join us as we delve into the history, explore the magnificent interiors, reveal tips to plan your visit, and even stop at the nearby Pelisor Castle. Get ready to be captivated by Romania's majestic beauty!

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Where Is It

A hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, Peles Castle is located in Sinaia, Romania, about 140 km away from Bucharest. This fairy-tale castle has become a symbol of Romanian royalty and is surrounded by lush greenery, offering breathtaking views of nature and tranquillity.

Historical Journey

Take a journey through time as we unravel the captivating history of Peles Castle. Constructed between 1873 and 1914, this magnificent castle was commissioned by the visionary King Carol I of Romania and served as the royal family's summer retreat. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of its Neo-Renaissance design, where every nook and cranny of this architectural marvel echoes tales of opulence.

The story begins with the first King of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern – Sigmaringen, who laid the foundation stones of Peles Castle. By 1883, it had transformed into the royal summer residence, a haven for the elite. A significant turning point occurred between 1890 and 1914 under the meticulous supervision of the Czech architect Karel Liman, the mastermind behind Peles Castle's evolution.

In its inaugural shape in 1883, both the exterior and interior embraced the dominating German Neo-Renaissance style, with a sprinkle of exceptions in the form of neo-Ottoman and neo-Rococo elements. However, the castle underwent a metamorphosis during its second stage of development (1890-1914). Under Liman's artistic guidance, fundamental changes were implemented, altering volumes, facades, and interiors.

Peles Castle, with its intricate transformation and fusion of styles, stands as a testament to the evolving tastes and artistic expressions of its time. So, as you explore its halls and chambers, envision the dynamic journey of Peles Castle, a symbol not just of regality but of the ever-changing tapestry of architectural history.

What To See Inside

Prepare to be awestruck as you explore more of the interior of Peles Castle. We are already walking along so make a note of what you can see. From the stunning main hall adorned with exquisite artwork to the awe-inspiring Imperial Suite, each room is a testament to unparalleled craftsmanship and artistic mastery. Don't miss the exceptional weaponry collection and the enchanting Turkish Parlor, adorned with fine Oriental rugs and lavish decorations.

How To Get There

Planning your visit to Peles Castle is a breeze. You can easily reach Sinaia by car or take a train from Bucharest's North Station. The journey offers scenic views and adds to the overall experience.

Peleș National Museum does not have its own parking for visitors. Consider joining a daily excursion pack from Bucharest that covers Peles Castle and the city of Bran. These packs last about 12 hours, offering a guided tour and convenient bus transfers, but keep in mind that the castle tickets are not included.

Ticket Cost

Ticket prices for visiting Peles Castle vary depending on the type of tour you choose. For a standard visit, adult tickets range from 30 lei to 50 lei, while children, students, and seniors enjoy discounted rates.

Please remember that you can either pay in Romanian lei or by card.

It's advisable to book your tickets in advance, especially during peak season, to ensure entry.

The castle authorities clearly state that the tickets are to be purchased only from Peles and Pelisor castles ticket desks or online from  https://bilete.peles.ro

Any other tickets purchased online or from unauthorized sources are not valid.

Visiting Hours

Peles Castle warmly welcomes visitors from TWednesday to Sunday. Opening hours vary seasonally, so make sure to check the official website or call ahead before planning your visit.

They usually range from 09:15 or 10:00 in the morning, untill 17:00 in the evening.

Exploring the castle is truly a magical experience, whether you choose to bask in the morning light or witness the charm of the setting sun.

Visit Bran Castle

No trip to Romania is complete without visiting the legendary Bran Castle, famously known as 'Dracula's Castle.' Just a scenic drive away from Peles Castle, Bran Castle offers a different perspective on Romanian history and folklore. Embark on a thrilling journey through the castle's mysterious rooms and admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding forests. Be sure to check our tour video

Also check: Dracula's Bran Castle - A Dark Tale In Romania 

Pelisor Castle

When you're checking out the magic of Peles Castle, make sure to wander over to its charming sibling, Pelisor Castle. Just a short stroll away, Pelisor has its unique vibe and history. Unlike Peles, it's a smaller, Art Nouveau-style gem that used to be home to King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Romania. You will have to purchase a separate ticket for Pelisor Castle, with a price of 30 lei for adults. The opening hours though, are the same with Peles Castle.

Built between 1899 and 1902, Pelisor is a key player in Romania's royal heritage. It was the pad for the royal heirs – Prince Ferdinand and Princess Marie, part of King Carol I's grand vision for the Peles River's valley.

Unlike the serious vibe of Peles, Pelisor has its flair. While the outside shows off German Neo-Renaissance style, the inside is a breath of fresh, modern air. The beautifully decorated rooms and cosy atmosphere spill the tea on Romania's royal past, showcasing the changing trends and vibes of the time.

Cafes Around

After you visit Peles Castle, take some time to relax and indulge in the local cuisine. Not only the area around the castle but also Sinaia offers several charming cafes and restaurants where you can savor traditional Romanian dishes or enjoy a cup of rich, aromatic coffee. Treat your taste buds to a delightful culinary experience amidst the picturesque surroundings.

We hope you enjoyed this virtual journey to Peles Castle and the surrounding wonders of Romania. From its awe-inspiring architecture to its enchanting landscapes, this country is truly a treasure trove of hidden gems.

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