Perched high on a hill in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Romania, lies a castle straight out of a fairytale: Peles Castle. Built in the late 19th century, this magnificent palace is a stunning example of Neo-Renaissance architecture and a testament to the grandeur and opulence of the Romanian royal family.
Construction of the castle began in 1873 under the direction of King Carol I, who wanted a summer residence in the mountains. The castle was completed in 1914 and it quickly became the favorite destination of Romania’s elite and European royalty. Its enchanting surroundings, which include lush forests, rolling hills and a nearby waterfall, make it an ideal retreat for nature lovers as well.
The castle’s exterior is a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance styles, with ornate carvings, intricate stonework and soaring turrets. The interior is even more impressive, with over 170 lavishly decorated rooms, each featuring exquisite furniture, paintings and tapestries. The castle’s grand ballroom, in particular, is a sight to behold, with its 5-meter-high ceiling, massive chandelier and intricate wooden carvings.
Peles Castle is also home to an impressive collection of art and artifacts, including sculptures, armor, weapons and ancient books. The castle’s museum, which opened to the public in 1953, offers visitors a glimpse into the history and culture of Romania’s royal family.
Visitors to Peles Castle can explore the castle’s grounds and gardens, which are just as impressive as the castle itself. The terraced gardens are adorned with statues, fountains, colorful flowers and the nearby Pelisor Castle, built for King Ferdinand and Queen Marie, is also open to the public.