Peles Castle

1128 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

May, 2017

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

On your own

Reasons for trip

King Karl of Romania built Peles Castle as a summer residence for his family in 1§873 and it was eventually completed in 1914, the year of his death. It remained a royal residence until 1947, when it was confiscated by the state. Ceaușescu wanted to use the Palace as his own private residence and began a complete restoration. Workers who didn’t like Ceaușescu told him there was a problem with a fungal infection throughout the palac, so he changed his mind and built a new residence in Sinaia. After the fall of Communism, the palace reverted to King Michael but is now run as a state museum.

At the time it was built it was state of the art. It was the first European castle to be lit by electricity. It also had central heating and a lift. It has over 160 rooms, each decorated in a completely different style. It contains one of the finest collections of art in Eastern and Central Europe, with statues, armour, paintings, furniture, gold, silver, stained glass, ivory, fine china, tapestries, and rugs

The castle has been described as one of the most stunning in Europe with its splendid German Neo-Renaissance architecture. It is a lovely setting on a wooded hillside overlooking the valley.

The castle is built round courtyards with wooden balconies and painted walls. In front is a terraced garden.
In the summer, all the government moved here, living in large houses built in the area. It became very much the second capital after Bucharest, especially during the First World War. The timber frame houses around the estate were used by the different members of the family.

The castle is open daily apart from Mondays and Tuesdays in the winter. It is a ten minute walk down through the trees from the square where there is parking. There is a 30 Lei charge for entry and another 35 Lei to take pictures. The castle does get very busy. There is a special entrance for foreign visitors, but this is closed on a Tuesday, when you join the long queue of Romanian visitors. There is a lot to take in and pressure to keep moving, so you don’t have a lot of time to stop and admire.

Entry is into the grand entrance hall with its heavy wood panelling, statues and beautiful marquetry ceiling.
A grand stair case leads up to the Hall of Honour where important guests were met. This is a very impressive room with walnut paneling on the walls and marquetry panels of different European castles.
Above is a stained glass roof.

A corridor lined with armour leads to the Weapons room. On the walls are displayed weapons from the C14th to C19th, including pieces captured from the Ottoman Turks.

Beyond is a small waiting room with heavy wood panelled walls, which leads into the library. The music room was used to host musical evenings organised by Queen Elizabeth. It has beautiful wood panelling on the walls with paintings above and a glorious wooden ceiling.

The Florentine room is completely different and is designed in the Italian Renaissance style and glows golden compared to the previous rooms. Although it looks like a throne room, it was never used as such.

Next to it is the mirror room with huge Venetian mirrors which took six months to arrive. Off this is the state dining room. Also in this area is the Moorish coffee room and the Turkish smoking room.

The visit ends in the Louis XIV style theatre.

This is an impressive castle but it does get very busy. Only small groups are allowed in at a time and there can be a long wait before being allowed in. Once inside there is pressure to keep moving. There is little information about the rooms and a lot depends on how much information the guide gives. Many of the rooms are very similar with heavy German panelling. The Florentine room, Moorish coffee room and the Turkish smoking room are completely different. We were on a tight time schedule so didn’t have time to wander round the outside of the castle or enjoy the grounds.

There are more pictures “here.”:

We visited as part of an eight day trip to Romania. My full report with all my pictures is “here.”:


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.