The Peles Castle
Built in the 19th century according to the specifications of Carol I, Romania’s first King, the Peles Castle is an image of the monarch’s aesthetic mindset, merging German and Italian neo-Renaissance. The blood ties between the members of the Romanian and the British royal families, the Russian dynasty and the royal families of Germany and Greece, as well the Romanian Queen’s tireless patronage of arts, have attracted to the castle the most resonant names of the 19th and early 20th century.
The castle spreads over 3200 square metres, having 160 rooms that impress through their beauty and sophistication. The best known is the Great Armoury Room, hosting 4000 exhibits – weaponry that was collected, or received as a gift from the four corners of the world. Another outstanding part of the castle, the Royal Library, is home to unique manuscripts decorated in gold. Due to its remarkable architecture and to the artistic value of the exhibits it houses, the castle in one of the elite monuments in Europe and in the world.
King Carol insisted that Peles castle should be welcoming to anyone who wanted to admire it closely and enjoy its royal atmosphere and lovely views over the mountains. Therefore, the castle’s park and terraces surround it, with flowerbeds and fountains, turrets, pavilions, galleries and balconies concealed by ivy. The underground passages and stairs that melt into the steep slopes of the mountain complete the majestic ensemble. The inner courtyard, with its medieval air, carries the visitor back in time. The Sovereigns’ Gate opens the journey into the castle. A monumental marble staircase leads up to the Hall of Honor, the official reception space that witnessed the presence of royal guests from all times and from all over the world, from Emperor Franz Josef, more than a hundred years ago, to the Crown Prince of Japan in our days.
Hidden passages connecting rooms and floors add to the castle’s charm and mystery.
Just as in fairytales, lockers open up not into wardrobes, but into splendid suites. Exploring Peles castle becomes as much an adventure as an aesthetic experience.
The fairy-tale features of Peles castle and its historical authenticity also designate it as a one of a kind setting for professional photo sessions and film productions. In fact, Peles Castle was chosen to represent the home of the eccentric billionaire Penelope played by Rachel Weisz in the film “The Brothers Bloom”, released in 2009, also starring Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo.