Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peleș Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.

History

When King Carol I of Romania (1839–1914) visited the location on which the beautiful castle now stands, he was amazed by the stunning scenery of the Carpathian Mountains that surround it. The construction of Peleș Castle was commissioned by King Carol, and on August 22, 1873, the foundations were laid in the form of a hunting house and a summer retreat for the Romanian royal family. The castle was designed by the German architect Johannes Schultz in a Neorenaissance style that combined numerous features of classic European styles. Construction saw a slight slowdown during the Romanian War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1877–78, but soon afterwards the plans grew in size and construction was quite rapid. Completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947.

After King Michael I's forced abdication in 1947, the Communist regime seized all royal property, including the Peleș Estate. The castle was opened as a tourist attraction for a short time. It also served as a recreation and resting place for Romanian cultural personalities. The castle was declared a museum in 1953. Nicolae Ceaușescu closed the entire estate between 1975 and 1990, during the last years of the Communist regime.

After the December 1989 Revolution, Peleş and Pelişor Castle were re-established as heritage sites and opened to the public.

Architecture

By form and function, Peleş is a palace, but it is consistently called a castle. Its architectural style is a romantically inspired blend Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival similar to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. A Saxon influence can be observed in the interior courtyard facades, which have allegorical hand-painted murals and ornate fachwerk similar to that seen in northern European alpine architecture.

Interior

Peleş Castle has a 3,200-square-metre floor plan with over 170 rooms, many with dedicated themes from world cultures. The furniture in the Music Room is carved of teak, a gift to King Carol I from the Maharajah of Kapurtala in India, while handmade silk embroideries adorn the ceiling and walls of the Turkish Salon. The ceiling paintings and decorative frescoes in the Theater Hall were designed by the renowned Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch.Over 4,000 European and Oriental pieces dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries are on display in the armories. Peleș Castle shelters a painting collection of almost 2,000 pieces.

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Founded: 1873
Category: Castles and fortifications in Romania

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Eugeniu Banu (4 months ago)
One of the most beautiful castle ever seen. Compete with the famous French castles. A jewel that must be seen at least once in your life. It is an addictive product. It can be used as a standard for rating other castles. I visited it several times and rediscovered it every time. For this castle Google should imagine six stars.
Rohith Reddy (5 months ago)
Incredible castle, easily the best of the castles I visited in Romania . The interiors are quite extensively and beautifully furnished, each room is a sight to behold. They only accept cash, so be sure to withdraw cash beforehand, the ATM located on the premises has an extra charge. Definitely worth a visit!
Oleksandr Ruzhytskyi (7 months ago)
Worth visiting. Probably the nicest place in the whole Romania. Every single part of this palace is an art that took years to create. It is very good that everything survived, was not ruined and we can observe. The basic entrance fee is 40 lei, and for the double price you could allow to visit more rooms. I recommend to take a guide and to listen the story of the king's family
Robyn Popescu (8 months ago)
What a beautiful castle! A must see on a trip to the area. Tours are self guided, allowing everyone to go their own pace. Staff were present, but not intrusive ?. Masks are required, but staff weren't badgering anyone to "Put Your Mask Back On" like lots of other places ( refreshing change). Photography is allowed ( nobody stopped me, and I took a lot of pictures). Admission price either $10.00 for bottom floor only or about double that to see upstairs. Credit cards not accepted - so bring cash. The ATM has a hefty charge. The castle is stunning at every point- Exterior, Interior and Gardens. It's hard to imagine that the castle was built in just 2 years, with all of the intricate woodwork. Truly remarkable. The castle was completed in 1875 under the supervision of Romanian King Charles I. This is a masterpiece and you won't be disappointed if you go!
Vladislav Busmachiu (11 months ago)
A definitely a place to visit when you are traveling to Romania. The beauty of the surroundings. Wonderful castle which were built constructed between 1873 (start of construction) and 1914 (completed).The alley to get to the palace with the river to the left, the beauty of the castle are things that will first enjoy your spirit. Then, once entered in the palace, all the manual work invested for all small things, all furniture and objects are things that cannot be expressed in simple words. There is a small access fee in to the castle, but it is totally worth it. You get a good tour through the whole castle. Parking available nearby the castle.
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