Discover the story of one of the most beautiful castles in Romania
Situated at the foot of the Bucegi mountains, alongside the Peleş river and up from Sinaia Monastery in a wild but picturesque place known as the Piatra Arsă massif, this castle would become the favourite residence of King Carol I, who closely oversaw all of the building works until its completion in 1914.
"I, Carol of Hohenzollern, Ruler of the Romanians, and my consort, Elizabeth of Wied, have decreed the building of Peleş Castle to serve as our healthy and blessed summer residence. For this purpose I have appointed the architect Wilhelm Doderer, Professor of Architecture at the Polytechnic Institute in Vienna, to draw up the plans for the castle and its outbuildings and also to oversee the works."
As part of his toast, the King said: “We built this castle as a lasting symbol that the dynasty freely chosen by the nation might become deeply rooted in this beautiful country and that we might repay the love shown for us by our people through the unlimited faith we hold in the
future of our beloved homeland.”