Peles Castle, Bran castle, Brasov old town centre
The rich medieval heritage of the country is best illustrated by Romania’s fortresses and castles. While castles built from the 14th to the 18th century are strong and austere, intended mainly for military purposes, those erected in the late 1800’s display an imposing and luxurious architecture. The most popular examples are the 19th century Peleş Castle, Royal Family summer residence, with its 160 rooms filled with priceless European art collections and, of course, Bran Castle, built at the middle of the 13th century and legendary home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. The Black Church, an impressive cathedral of Braşov, a medieval city in South- Eastern Transylvania, was built by the German community
of the city and stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region.
Highlights of Bran Castle
Surrounded by an aura of mystery and perched high on a 200-feet rock, Bran Castle became famous due to its imposing towers and turrets, as well as to the myth created by the English novelist Bram Stoker and his Count Dracula character.
The castle was first mentioned in an official document issued by King Louis I of Hungary in 1377, who gave the Saxons from Kronstadt (Braşov in German) the privilege to build the citadel on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212. During the first decades of the 20th century, the castle served as a royal residence for the Romanian Royal Dynasty, a gift of the people of Braşov to Queen Mary of Romania, wife of King Ferdinand I.
Narrow winding stairways lead through 60 timbered rooms, many of them connected by hidden passages, housing collections of furniture, weapons and armours from the 14th to the 19th century. The castle guards over the picturesque village of Bran, which can be described as an open-air ethnographic museum, consisting of old local-style village houses, complete with furniture, household objects and costumes. Nowadays, the castle is a museum, displaying arts and furniture objects collected by Queen Mary.
Peleș Castle (Romanian: Castelul Regal Peleş) is a Neo- Renaissance castle situated in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883.
By form and function, Peleş is a palace, but it is consistently called a castle. Its architectural style is a romantically inspired blend of Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival similar to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. A Saxon inf luence can be observed in the interior courtyard facades, which have allegorical hand-painted murals and ornate fachwerk similar to those seen in northern European alpine architecture. Interior decoration is mostly Baroque inf luenced, with heavy carved woods and exquisite fabrics.
INCLUDED SERVICES: transportation, certified national tour guide, entrance fees to Peleş Castle and Bran Castle.
PLEASE NOTE: Please note that Peleş Castle is closed on Monday and between 15 September to 14 May also on Tuesday .
Lunch and dinner not included! Meal reservations in Sinaia,
Bran or Braşov – optional. Photo tax not included!
Know before you go
Tour departure for 15 or more persons only on Saturday.