Peleș Castle

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Peleș Castle
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This 19th-century castle was commissioned by King Carol I and is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe.
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larissabuciu
Oradea, Romania44 contributions
Couples
Parking is a bit far, about 15 min walk to the castle, wear comfortable shoes. On the way, there are several local traders that sell delicious corn on a cob and glazed apples. Unfortunately, you cannot buy tickets online therefore depending on the period (summer and weekends are very busy) you might queue for a few minutes or hours. I would recommend being there before 11-12 AM to avoid the crowds. There are 3 options for tickets : 50 RON (basic tour = ground floor), 100 RON (optional 1 = ground floor + floor 1), 150 RON (optional 2 = ground floor + floor 1 and 2). If you've never visit it, I recommend getting the full pass as each floor has something interesting. The ground floor is the most surprising one, the 1st floor has the apartment of the king, and the 2nd floor has several apartments for the visitors. The outside courtyard is also nice, and the views of the castle are breathtaking. Nearby there is the royal café (drinks, pizza, and deserts) and some restaurants.

If you are in Sinaia, this is a must!
Written August 14, 2022
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JRMADA
United States857 contributions
Let’s begin with the best… The natural beauty surrounding this Palace is to die for. We went in Spring and there is so much green and the creek that runs through the property was running strong with super clear water. We drove from Brasov and the drive was beautiful… it reminded us of the Northern California Coast minus the ocean of course.
We went in the middle of May and arrived 45 min before the Palace opened and didn’t have to deal with crowds. Basically had the place all to ourselves. The Palace is beautiful and impressive inside and out. The wood workmanship is something that we had never seen before in such a large scale. The garden is nice, but it could have been superb if it had been properly maintained. The personnel working inside the palace was very kind and helpful.

Now let me mention the worst… **Parking - the Palace website mentions nothing about it. It just says that they don’t provide it. We searched everywhere online and could not find any parking info for the Palace. We called the number listed on the Palace’s website and the message said that the Palace was closed even though according to the schedule on the website it was supposed to be open. We called the next day and got some poor unfortunate soul on the line who told us to park at Economat Hotel which is right next to the Palace. When we asked for cost, she said she didn’t know, but maybe we could park there for free. So long story short… there are street barricades keeping one from reaching the Economat Hotel. So there are two parking lots on the left side of the road before you reach the Palace. The second one is only a 12 min walk up the cute cobble stone road from the Palace and it is in front of a hotel, but the hotel does not handle the parking. There is a custodian who comes in either right at opening time or after and will charge you parking once you try to leave. Parking was 25 Ron for the entire day when we visited. **Schedule… I would recommending calling before you go. The schedule on the website, the schedule posted onsite, and the actual schedule may differ from one another depending when you go. **Grounds… For such a beautiful Palace and given the status of a Royal Place, we were surprised to see how neglected the garden is… broken pathways, broken stairs, broken statues, tall grass, broken water features, tapped off areas due to repairs needed… a mess if you ask us. **Interior Maintenance… We entered the Palace a half hour after opening and were rubbing elbows with he cleaning crew trying to vacuum some halls and fighting the wood polishing fumes from people polishing the furniture getting in our pictures. Also had to wait for a custodian to sweep the courtyard and wait for the dust to settle before we could explore it. I don’t blame the workers, I blame management for poor scheduling and lack of maintenance.

Please don’t get me wrong. This place is a must visit if visiting Romania, but management could do FAR BETTER with the organization and upkeep of the site.
Written May 19, 2022
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bg564
Windhoek, Namibia808 contributions
We did a tour of several castles and fortified churches in Transylvania and by far this was the best overall. We visited in May and so everything was green and we went during the middle of the week so it wasn't too crowded. The grounds are well maintained and the castle itself is also well maintained from the outside. The inside is well furnished with historical pieces and there are plaques on the tour to tell the purpose of each room. Peles set our standard for the rest of the trip and none of the other sites came close.
Written May 27, 2022
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dt_mon
Constanta, Romania127 contributions
outside if very beautiful. But don't be in illusion, the castle is quite modern, about a 100 years, Indeed, perhaps, this is the best one can in Romania. But the entrance fee is 150 Ron (~30 Euro) for the entire castle and 50 lei (10 Euro) only for the ground floor. The price is comparable to the top European museums, but even Peles is a beautiful place it cannot compete in terms of art with them I find this overpriced, and would not recommend visiting it. There are much better way to spend 150 ron in Sinaia :-)
Written June 1, 2022
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Carmen S
56 contributions
Family
5 stars for the building itself only, and 0 stars for administration. Please notice that you can't pay cash, you can not go in the yard without visiting the inside,( floor and 1st level, 80 ron equivalent 20$/ person. The fee for a family is 2 adult and 2 children) around 100$, including the fee for the personal photos, not professional, an additional big fee, around 300$ for the camera. Before booking a trip, please read very carrefully the fee information on the site and all the prohibitions. I was there without cash and I wanted to see only the yard if they did not accept card but they did not permit to enter in the yard. It was very strage to let the people inside duting the pandemic time and not outside, but it's all about the money not about the hygiene. So, be prepered with a lot of amount of money and patience.
Written June 5, 2021
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PatrickM_Travels
Almaty, Kazakhstan1,798 contributions
I've visited many, many castles and I think this is the only time I've ever felt ripped off. I paid 150 RON to visit all three floors -- ground floor + optional tour 1 + optional tour 2. When I finished the ground floor, I found a small sign that said: "this way for optional tour 1 & 2". I showed my ticket and they took it. It seemed like I completed the optional tour 1, but then there was no where to go for optional tour 2. When I asked the worker, she said "both are here". Sooo... why did I pay 150 for both optional tours, when I could have paid only 100 for optional tour 1 and seen the same stuff. I walked away feeling ripped off, which really detracted from my entire experience. Overall the castle was not worth the very expensive entrance fee. If I ever visit again, I will only visit the outside, which was very nice especially with good weather.
Written June 21, 2022
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Mac_Oaks
Barcelona, Spain62 contributions
We were taking a long trip and planning to visit Bran Castle so we found the price a bit too steep. It is really nice to see from the outside and the surroundings and gardens are gorgeous. From what I have seen, the inside is really gorgeous if you're willing to pay the price
Written July 5, 2022
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,788 contributions
Wow! All superlatives confirmed. Peles is the King of the Castles, hands down. I’ve visited a few in my time but this topped the lot for me. If you only have
time for one castle whilst in Romania, make it this one (ditch Bran). Peles is fairytale like from the outside, but the interior is simplybreathtaking.
The price is 40 lei to visit the ground floor, 80 lei to
include the first floor, & without doubt, assuming time & funds allow, do both. There is an additional charge of 35 lei to take photos (even by mobile phone). Pelisor Castle is on the same site & costs 20 lei, plus they’ll charge you 35 lei again to take snaps. Pelisor is pretty drab in contrast to the magnificent Peles & if time is short, it’s not much of a loss in my view.
Written October 31, 2021
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Pascal
United Kingdom383 contributions
This is a must see castle in Romania, definitely worth visiting but beware, they only accept cash, which is very odd, especially in times of Covid, as it is the most expensive entry fee we’ve had to pay in Romania, with most other places accepting cards. Definitely suspicious, and considering the number of visitors per day, the amount of cash to manage at the end of each day must be astronomical.
Also if you self drive there, drive straight up towards the castle, the parking is not expensive there, we almost got caught being directed to an « official » car park right at the bottom for (also cash only) 25Lei, and we would have been a long way from the castle. Don’t get caught in the scam.
But the castle is amazing, the interiors are incredible, the opulence of it makes you realise why the monarchy did not last.
It’s just a shame that access and tickets are not better organised, digital tickets, with card payments and customer service focused staff. Even the ticket window is weird.
The guides inside are great and there is a lot of information in several languages, so part of it is really well done.
But the tourist scam atmosphere to get to it made me mark it as a 3.
Written October 17, 2021
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JKLS72
Waldorf, MD150 contributions
Business
Peles Castle is a beautiful place to visit. We did the lower part of the palace tour, but it still gave us plenty to see. We were not part of a tour group so got put together with a bunch of other single travelers. While the castle is beautiful inside our guide was just okay, I would of preferred to have headphones and standard recording as that is basically the way our guide sounded. The palace got very busy inside and I felt like I was always being pushed along. You will have to pay special fee to take pictures, I wish they would of just included that as part of admission fee. The ground surrounding the palace are picturesque especially with the mountains. There is a cafe nearby that had a nice selection of food after you finish your tour.
Written March 21, 2020
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