Peleş Castle is one of the most important historical buildings in Romania, having an unique character and is, by its historical and artistic means, one of the most important monuments of its kind in Europe belonging to the second half of the nineteenth century.
Peleş Castle in Sinaia is royal palace, built between 1873 and 1914. It is a former summer residence of the Romanian kings, and now is a museum. Peleş Castle, the summer residence of the kings of Romania, was built at the wish of King Carol I of Romania (1866-1914), by architect Johannes Schultz, Carol Benesch and Karel Liman, and was decorated by famous decorators JD Heymann from Hamburg, August Bembe from Mainz and Bernhard Ludwig in Vienna. Prince Carol, elected prince of Romania in 1866, first time visited to Sinaia the same year in August, and remained enchanted by the beauty of these places. At that time, Sinaia was a small mountain village called Podul Neagului. The prince decides building a castle in a secluded and picturesque area: Piatra Arsa. In 1883 it takes place the official inauguration of Peleş, which the prince saw as a “headquarters” of the new dynasty. Castle has hosted many personalities of the time, writers, musicians, kings and queens. The most important visit was that of the old Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph, in 1896. The castle has 160 rooms and several entrances and staircases. The central tower measuring not less than 66 meters tall. Besides Peleş itself, in the area have been erected two smaller facilities, Pelişor and Foişor (gazebo). Peleş has a theater with a small stage and 60 seats, plus a royal box. The castle had very modern facilities for the era in which it was built. For example, the glass ceiling of the hall of honor is mobile and can be driven by an electric motor. Since 1883, the castle has central heating.