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ROMANIA | Sunday, 5 August 2012 | Views [984]

I'm on my way back to Bucharest today from Brasov. The "other" place that's highly recommended in Romania is Sinaia. It's on the way to Bucharest by train anyway. The train station in Sinaia has a left luggage, making it perfect place for day tripping backpackers. Just like Brasov, the town is set within the Carpathian mountains and another town untouched by communism. Making it the perfect setting for the picture perfect Peles Castle. The colours of the castle simply blend into the scenery. Very romantic looking, like something out of a fairytale:

The only way into the castle is part of a guided tour. Built in a neo-classical style, This was the palace of the first Romanian king, Carol I. Interestingly, the castle was also the first in Europe to have it's lighting energised. For an extra fee, visitors can get a tour of the upper floors, mainly the royal apartments. Hardly anyone took the second part of the tour, so with only three individual, it almost felt like getting a personal tour.

Another nice building in the town is Sinaia Monastery:

The towns people do a good job of milking the tourist cow. Lunch here is expensive, almost western European standards. Overall, a pleasant half day visiting before heading back to Bucharest.

Tags: peles castle, romania, sinaia, sinaia monastery


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