The Peles Castle has often been dubbed as one of the most stunning and most impressive castles in Romania – and even in Europe.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Romania, you should consider including it in your travel itinerary.
In this article, we’re going to go over some interesting details about this world-famous castle which make it a must-see attraction.
Hope you’re excited to learn more about this fascinating architectural jewel.
4 Reasons Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Peles Castle
1. Rich History
The grand castle was built at the wish of King Carol I (1839–1914), the first Romanian King, and was meant as a summer retreat. It was inaugurated in 1883 and served as a royal residence over time.
Peles Castle was also one of the most modern constructions of its time being the first castle in Europe to have central heating and electricity.
It accommodated many historical figures over the years, including the emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Joseph, in 1886.
During the communism era, the luxurious building was used as a private haven for communist leaders and senior officials from around the globe.
Here are just a few of the statesmen who spent time here while Nicolae Ceausescu was in power:
- United States presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
- and Palestinian political leader Yasser Arafat.
Today, the castle-museum is owned by Michael I of Romania and administrated by the Romanian Culture Ministry.
2. Outstanding Architecture and Design
Peles Castle is recognized as a masterpiece of German neo-Renaissance architecture.
Not surprisingly, considering it served as a former home of the Royal Family of Romania, the interior of the castle is the definition of luxury.
Its 160 sumptuous rooms are embellished with the finest examples of European art, including:
- Murano crystal chandeliers
- German stained-glass windows
- Handmade silk embroideries
- Cordoba leather-covered walls.
You can visit the inside of the castle within a guided tour given in multiple languages by paying an admission fee.
You have the option to exclusively visit the ground floor or choose the complete tour which includes the upper level as well.
June through September
Open: Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
October through May
Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Note: The attraction is closed during the entire month of November for maintenance and cleaning.
3. Charming Location
The castle is located in a secluded area at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia. The building is surrounded by tall mountains and lush vegetation.
You can easily get to Sinaia either by car (on the E60 or DN1 road) or by train. The city is located only about 75 miles north of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, or one hour and a half by train.
Once you get here, you can go hiking, take in the breathtaking views and enjoy the stunning landscape.
4. Beautiful Nearby Attractions
Want to make the most out of your time in Romania and see as much as possible during your stay?
Then you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of other places of interest not far away, such as:
- The city of Brasov (located just 40 miles away)
- Rasnov Fortress (25 miles)
- Sighisoara (88 miles away): link to Tours to Sighisoara article
- Sinaia Monastery
One of the most popular touristic destinations near Peles Castle is Bran Castle or Dracula´s Castle (just 35 miles away).
If you want to visit both castles in just one day, we can help you out!
Through our shared tour, you can discover two of the most beautiful Romanian landmarks in a convenient and relaxing way.
You can always get in touch with us online to get more details about this tour.