Peles Castle, Sinaia ©
Considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles Castle was the summer residence for Romania's kings. Built by King Carol I in 1883 the castle is a masterpiece of German-Renaissance architecture with an exquisite exterior, and is surrounded by fir forests and the towering peaks of the Carpathian range.
The castle's 160 rooms are magnificent; lavishly decorated in ebony, mother of pearl, walnut and leather with crystal chandeliers, fine collections of sculptures, paintings and tapestries, stained glass windows and furniture. It is set within a large park with a statue garden in front. Further up the hill from the main palace is the smaller Pelisor Palace, built for Carol I's son and decorated in the Art Nouveau style.
Address: Pelesului Street
Telephone: +40 (0)244 310 918 or (0)244 311 496
Opening times: 15 May to 14 September: Tuesday 11am-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday 9am-5pm; closed Mondays. 15 September to 14 May: Wednesday 11am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday 9am-5pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission: Tickets range RON20 for the ground floor to RON70 for the whole palace. Concessions available.