As promised in my previous post about my stay in the Prahova county, here I’m publishing a photo essay of beautiful Peles Castle, one of the main highlights in Sinaia, a maze of rooms and corridors, each with a different character, personality and nationality, as its owner, king Carol I, chose to adorn each space with different styles and decorations, both learnt in and brought from the different countries he had traveled to himself.
Majestic and finely decorated, Peles Castle has been the very first building of its kind in the European continent to have electricity everywhere.
Equipped since its first years with vacuum cleaner, internal elevator and central heating system, this royal residence had all comforts for both its owners and guests. King Carol I added his love for traveling by creating an English area, the Italian space, the Chinese apartment and so and so forth. All beautifully decorated and enriched with finely carved wood and exquisitely painted furniture and walls. The areas are all gracefully furnished and the castle boasts a well-equipped library and writing and reading material, perfect for spending there six months every year like the king used to do, and welcoming many guests, from personal friends to official visits of presidents and world leaders.
Closed Monday and Tuesday, when the ticket clerk gives you the option to choose between half and full tour, I highly recommend you go for the latter. This is how you get the chance to wander around the mansion and picture how life was back in the day thanks to the authentic appearance, tools, objects and furniture that help retain much of its original and bygone charm.
Some more interior and decorations of Sinaia’s Peles Castle.
For more practical information on opening times and contact details, you can check Romania’s tourism office website.