This picturesque Neo-Renaissance castle is located in the scenic Carpathian Mountains in Romania’s Prahova County. Built in the late 1800s, Peles is home to vast hand-painted murals, 170 rooms, 30 bathrooms and an impressive collection of art and arms. Visitors can tour the grounds and take in the garden statues, old-world paintings, rich tapestries and shining armor collected from Eastern and Central European. The Swiss stained glass vitralios are also worth a peek and rank high among Peles Castle’s prized art works.
Travelers who elect to take a guided castle tour should be sure to check out the ornate woodwork in the Honor Hall and the 500-year-old leather wall cover in the Imperial Suite. Visitors say these are among some of the most impressive (and well-kept) items in Peles.
The castle is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Tuesdays, visitors can only tour the ground floor of Peles. During the winter, the castle is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 9:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is closed from November 3 through December 3. Tour prices vary depending on the number of floors travelers wish to visit.