The tour of Peles Castle is, by far, the most popular one being on the top of the list of almost all visitors who arrive in Brasov area. Its wonderful architecture and the picturesque landscapes surrounding it will leave you breathless.
The Peles Castle tour is designed as a half-day trip to Sinaia mountain resort. I strongly recommend you to take into consideration making this tour even longer by visiting Pelișor Castle.
KEY INFORMATION ABOUT PELES CASTLE TOUR:
- Tour Duration: 4-5 hours
- Group Size: 2-17 people
- Specialty Category: Sightseeing
- Tour Customizable: Yes
- Price: upon request (it depends of the size of the group)
- Cost includes:
- Transfer by car/minibus from Brasov to Sinaia and back;
- Entry fees (for standard guided tour of the castle);
- Services provided by a licensed national tour leader;
- Meeting place: Brasov-The Council Square or your hotel/guesthouse
In the morning I will pick you up from your accommodation and we’ll drive to Sinaia mountain resort where we’ll visit the the jewel of the crown – Peles Castle. In 1866, King Carol I of Romania visited for the first time the site of the future castle and fell in love with the magnificent mountain scenery. He decided to purchase 1,300 square kilometres (500 sq mi) of land near the Piatra Arsă River and to build the castle. It was built between 1873 and 1914 but its inauguration was held in 1883. 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 decoration is mostly Baroque influenced, with heavy carved woods and exquisite fabrics.
Peles castle is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues (sculptured by the Italian, Romanelli), stone-made-wells, ornamental vases and Carara marble. The architects used an abundance of wooden decoration, both for the exterior and for the interior of the castle, which confers a very special quality to the building.
The cost of the work on the castle undertaken between 1875 and 1914 was estimated to be 16,000,000 gold Romanian lei (approx. $US 120 million today). Between three and four hundred men worked on the construction. Queen Elisabeth of the Romanians, during the construction phase, wrote in her journal:
“Italians were masons, Romanians were building terraces, the Gypsies were coolies. Albanians and Greeks worked in stone, Germans and Hungarians were carpenters. Turks were burning brick. Engineers were Polish and the stone carvers were Czech. The Frenchmen were drawing, the Englishmen were measuring, and so was then when you could see hundreds of national costumes and fourteen languages in which they spoke, sang, cursed and quarreled in all dialects and tones, a joyful mix of men, horses, cart oxen and domestic buffaloes.”
Optional, but recommended, after lunch, we can visit Pelisor Castle, built between 1899-1902 as the residence of King Carol I’s nephew and heir, Ferdinand.
At the end of the tour we’ll drive back to Brasov for a well deserved rest.