Peles Castle, Sinaia and Predeal, Romania

Peles Castle, an exquisite representation of new-Renaissance architecture, is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe and I thought it was one of the most perfect “fairy tale” castles I had ever seen. It was commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed 10 years later. It had a mere 160 rooms filled with European Art, crystal chandeliers, stained-glass windows, procelains, etc. Each room was furnished to reflect a different European country. And, it was the first castle in Europe to have central heating and electricity produced by its own electrical power plant on the bank of Peles creek. I found that amazing.

During the Ceausescu era, Peles was used as a private retreat for leading communists and statesmen. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Moamar Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat are just a few who were entertained by the Romanian dictator. Peles Castle is also surrounded by seven terraces and gardens, with statues everywhere.

Peles Castle – Isn’t this place drop-dead gorgeous?

another view of Peles Castle courtesy of Romanian Tourist Bureau

Peles Castle outside terrace

Peles Castle main entrance hall courtesy of Romanian Tourist Bureau

Peles Florentine room courtesy of Romanian Tourist Bureau

Sinaia is one the most beautiful and popular mountain resorts in Romania, and Peles Castle is an important landmark in this area. Sinaia is nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the Prahova Valley.

Predeal is one of Romania’s major ski area.
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