May 24, 2006
Aug 02, 2006
I decided to go to a new city and visit the Peles Castle in Sinaia on my second day in Transylvania. I heard that it's one of the best places to go and if I were to only go one day in Romania, I have to go here. At least, that's what the receptionist Sylvia at the hostel told me. I went to the train station and figured I'd take a maxitaxi (minibus) at the station, but when I got there, some other people from the hostel had been waiting an hour. Then one of them asked the driver when we leave and he said in an hour, so we rushed over to the ticket office and got our train tickets for Sinaia. Peles castle is amazing. I truly rate it as one of the best castles I've ever been to. For the size that it is, it definitely packs more punch than Versailles or Palacio Real. It's mainly made of wood instead of concrete. That immediately makes it different. But the lighting is very dark inside and they use a lot of marble as well. The marble is well preserved though unlike most castles. There are very intricate wood carvings on every single inch of the walls. In the great hall, there were wood carvings in the cherry wood, then there were alabaster carvings, laid wood mosaics and then French tapestries on every single column. I wish I'd taken a picture of it. This was the castle of Josef of Romania I think. It's actually privately owned, and I heard that the owner wants to close down either this one or the little sister Peleia castle. Either way, a fine gallery is going to close so I knew I had to visit.