Castles trips, one day trip, Peles, Pelisor, Bran, Rasnov
Our journey begins, as usual, in ground zero, the center of Bucharest – University Square, across the street from Hotel Intercontinental, at 8 o’clock in the morning. Our tour will continue north, towards the city of Ploiesti. We will go round the city and continue towards the Carpathian Mountains. The landscape changes fast and the mountains become magnificent. Soon we will enter the Prahova Valley defile. After about 2 hours of driving we will arrive in Sinaia, also known as the Royal City, due to its castles and the years spent here by the Romanian Royal Families. The city is beautiful. It has many traditional and also newer houses built on the north side of the river, on the slopes of Bucegi Mountains. Sinaia is also one of the best ski resorts in Romania. It has many slopes starting from 2000 meters in altitude. It is one of the best free ride ski spots in Romania.
In Sinaia we will visit the Peles and Pelisor Castles.
Peles Castle was built between 1866 and 1914, at the request of King Carol I, by architects Johannes Schultz and Karel Liman, and decorated by famous JD Heymann from Hamburg, August Bembe from Mainz and Bernhard Ludwig from Vienna. Peles Castle is the most famous royal residence in Romania and the first fully electrified castle in Europe, equipped with interior elevator and centralized heating, incredible things for that period of time. The castle has 160 rooms, many entrances and staircases. The cost for this imposing construction was estimated at 16 mil Romanian lei in gold (approx. US$ 120 million today), and between 300-400 people from all over Europe assisted to the actual construction works, as Queen Elisabeth stated in her journal.