Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, northwest of the town of Sinania, about 60 kilometers from Brasov. The castle complex is composed of three main structures: the castle itself, the Pelisor Chateau and the Foisor Hunting Lodge.
Built between 1973 and 1914, the castle stands on a medieval route that links Wallachia and Transylvania. Over three hundrer men worked on the construction of the castle and Queen Elizabeth of the Romanians wrote in her journal during the construction:
“Italians were masons, Romanians were building terraces, the Gypsies were coolies. Albanians and Greeks worked in stone, Germans and Hungarians were carpenters. Turks were burning brick. Engineers were Polish and the stone carvers were Czech. The Frenchmen were drawing, the Englishmen were measuring, and so was then when you could see hundreds of national costumes and fourteen languages in which they spoke, sang, cursed and quarreled in all dialects and tones, a joyful mix of men, horses, cart oxen and domestic buffaloes.”
An interesting fact about the castle is that it was the first in the world to be fully powered by locally produced electricity.
The castle can be visited via a guided tour year-round exceptuating November, when the castle is closed every year for maintenance. The most notable rooms to see are the Honor Hall, which spreads over three floors decorated by glass panels, sculptures and carved woodwork on the walls. The Playhouse, which is decorated with mural paintings by Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch. The Turkish Parlor, which is full of Turkish Izmir rugs and other decorations and is used as a smoking room for men. The Moorish Salon, with an indoor marble fountain and decorated by elements of North African and Hispanic Moorish style. The Imperial Suite, believed to be a tribute to Franz Joseph I and decorated in an Austrian Baroque style. The Arsenal, which contains 1,600 pieces of weaponry and armor and one of Europe’s finest collections of hunting implements. The Florentine Room, which features elements of the Italian Renaissance.