5 Things to do in Sinaia: Home of the grand Peles Castle

Sinaia, a town located in Prahova county which is located in the middle of Romania, an hour to two hours' drive from the capital city of Bucharest. This area is also a mountain resort, with the Busteni town as one of it's attraction. Aside from the mountain resort, the grandest castle in Romania is also located here, Peles Castle. Inside the compound of Peles Castle is another mini castle, Pelisor. So you can visit two castles in one go. Aside from the Romanian royal family as it's notable residents, the town was also home to George Enescu. He is regarded as one of the most notable composers of the 20th century.

1. Admire the grandeur of Castelul Peleș

Castelul Peleș, Foursquare.com

Castelul Peleș, Foursquare.com

Castelul Peleș, Foursquare.com

The Peles Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, Sinaia's side. It was the magnificent mountain scenery that made King Carol I decide to choose this area to build his castle. Building commenced in 1873. The castle's land area is quite huge, the castle alone has a 34,000 sq ft floor plan with over 170 rooms.

Visiting the castle will cost you $10, and with a guided tour. But you can wander around the castle area outside without much supervision.

Name:
Castelul Peleș
Address:
Muzeul Național Peleș (Str. Peleșului nr. 2), 106100 Sinaia, Romania
TEL:
+40 244 310 918
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2. Climb up the Busteni

Bușteni, Foursquare.com

Bușteni, Foursquare.com

Busteni is a mountain town with picturesque views of the Bucegi mountains. The average altitude in Busteni is 900 m. There is a cable car that one can use to climb up, but the lines can be long so it's recommended to hike up all the way to the top.

Name:
Bușteni
Address:
Romania
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3. Visit the Mânăstirea Peștera Ialomiței

Mânăstirea Peștera Ialomiței, Foursquare.com

Peștera Ialomiței, Foursquare.com

Peștera Ialomiței, Foursquare.com

Being orthodox Christians, Romanians have a lot of monasteries that have been built since time immemorial. The Ialomita Cave and monastery is one of these. This can be accessed by going up via the cable car or trekking for a bit. It was said that this cave was used by priests since the 15th century. The original wooden church got burned and was rebuilt in the early 16th century.

Name:
Mânăstirea Peștera Ialomiței
Address:
Peștera Ialomiței (Aleea Peștera Ialomiței), Moroeni, Romania
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4. Have a bird's eye view of the mountains from the Telecabina Bușteni

Telecabina Bușteni, Foursquare.com

Telecabina Bușteni, Foursquare.com

This is one of thenicest cable cars in Romania, so don't expect the lines to be fast. In fact, expect long lines, and I'm talking about an hour of waitin or more. But the views are spectacular. The first part is only up to 1440m, but the altitude all the way to the top is 2000 m and is paid separately.

Name:
Telecabina Bușteni
Address:
Stația Bușteni (Str. Telecabinei), Bușteni, Romania
TEL:
+40 244 311 674
HP:
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5. Ski your heart out in Fun Park Bușteni

Fun Park Bușteni, Foursquare.com

Fun Park Bușteni, Foursquare.com

As this place is a mountain resort, there is a ski park during the winter. There are ski lifts and cable cars. If you also want to check snow thickness and if you are able to visit the place, check their website for reports: http://www.ski-in-romania.com/resort.php?id=39

Name:
Fun Park Bușteni
Address:
Cartier Valea Alba, 105500 Bușteni, Romania
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Conclusion

This part of Romania is often visited only for the Peles castle, but tourists need to know that there is more to Sinaia than just this. If you're coming from Bucharest, you can reach is by driving, it's 136 Km from Bucharest, or you can take the train from Bucharest to Brasov and get down in between.

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Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?