Essential Tips for Visiting Peles Castle
Peles Castle is, without a doubt, a jewel among Romanian attractions. It is consistently ranked as one of the top places in Romania.
Peles Castle is a mesmerizing, beautiful place, where each room has been worked on by the best craftsmen at the time. You will be able to see different styles like Gothic, Italian, Moorish, Turkish all within the space of a couple of rooms.
Peles Castle is located in Sinaia, which is a small town approximately 1.5 hours train ride from Bucharest. If you are thinking about your itinerary in Romania, Peles Castle is definitely worth a look – whether you choose to visit it on a day trip from Bucharest or make an overnight stop in Sinaia.
I want to share my top tips with you on visiting Peles Castle, so you are able to get most of your visit.
1.Try visiting the castle on a weekday and if you can time your visit either early in the morning or in the second half of the day.
We arrived around 10am and we did not really stand in the queue for tickets, but we had to wait for about 20 minutes for our guided tour to start. For guided tours, the preference is given to orgnaised groups, rather than individual tourists, so it is very likely that you will have to wait a little bit for your tour to start.
When we finished our castle tour, it was around 11.30am and there was already quite a queue for the ticket office. As many tour groups arrive in the morning, it might also be better to time your visit in the second half of the day or during lunchtime when everyone is eating.
2.Extend your visit with second floor private apartments
The castle can only be seen as part of guided tour, so you will not be able to walk around on your own inside. There are two types of tickets : either formal apartments on the first floor or you can decide to visit first and second floor, where private quarters are located. At the end of first floor tour, the guide will ask if anyone has tickets for the second floor, and will take you upstairs if you have purchased the extended ticket.
Judging from our group, noone went to the second floor, so if you want some peace and quiet – I suggest paying a bit more for the privilege.
3. Taking pictures
You can not take pictures inside unless you pay a fee at the ticket office.
Outside there is plenty of space to take lots of fantastic pictures. It does get crowded, but try and be inventive with your positioning.
4.Keep your eyes peeled to spot the treasures.
The castle is stuffed to the gills with excellent examples of craftsmanship, whether it is wood carvings, Murano glass or paintings. You have to keep your eyes peeled, as there are so many objects in each room . It is literally like a jewel box full of treasures.
Watch out for Klimt decorations in the theater hall, which later was turned into a cinema.
5. Maximise your sightseeing
I suggest to combine your visit to Peles Castle with Pelisor Castle, where Ferdinand and Marie, Romanian monarchs lived for a number of years at the beginning of the 20th century.
Pelisor Castle is smaller, and it is not as popular as Peles Castle, so you are likely to be one of the few visitors. I sometimes find that going to smaller attractions is more rewarding, as there are no crowds, there is no need to rush and there is an opportunity to feel the atmosphere.
If one castle is enough for the day, you can have a break for lunch or picnic and then visit Sinaia Monastery, it is only 15 minutes walk from Peles Castle. It is an equally historical place, where you can discover more about iconography and Orthodox religion.
In terms of lunchtime options, there are a couple of cafes just next to Peles Castle, or alternatively bring the picnic, as there are plenty of spaces to have one.