Surrounded by picturesque scenery and nestled in the Carpathians Mountains, Peleş Castle is a place where the royal family definitely enjoyed living.
This is a place where fairytales could be written and legends could be born. After centuries of tumultuous political strife, a German-born prince was named Romania’s king in 1866. The royal family ruled Romania until the end of World War II when communists took power. As a monarchy, Romania prospered, unified with Transylvania and gained independence in 1918.
Peleş Castle tells the story of King Carol I of Romania who fell in love with this place in 1866 and decided to make it home. The architect was Johannes Schultz who proposed the unique style representing German Renaissance, incorporating elements from the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo styles. King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth held the inauguration ball for the castle in 1883.
The Castle has over 160 rooms, decorated in different styles: Florentine, Turkish, Moorish, French, Imperial. It hosts an incredible collection which includes: furniture, paintings, statues, ceramics, gold and silver plates, Meissen and Sevres porcelain, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, ebony and ivory sculptures, tapestries and rugs, arms and armour.
This dreamlike establishment, a mixture of styles and cultures, is a wonderful place to visit no matter the season. 35 rooms can be visited including the sumptuous Honour Hall, the elegant Imperial Suite, the Grand Armoury of the Arsenal, Florentine Room and Turkish Parlour.
While King Carol I built Peleş Castle for himself, he decided to build nearby another magnificent abode for his nephew and heir, the future King Ferdinand and his wife Queen Marie.
It was build between 1899 and 1903 and it was designed by the Czech architect Karel Liman and decorated by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig.
Queen Marie herself significantly contributed to the decoration of this castle, earning the surname of Artist Queen. She created a unique style combining Art-Nouveau elements with Celtic and Byzantine features.
This beautiful place also called "The Little Peleş" has about 70 rooms including "The Golden Bedroom", "The Chapel" and "The Golden Chamber".
If you are interested in Art Nouveau, you are in for a treat.
If you want to visit both Peles and Pelisor Castles during a day trip from Bucharest, we recommend Touring Romania.