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Visiting Peles – A Charming Castle a Train Away From Bucharest

Visiting Peles

Romania or more accurately, Transylvania is famous for two things: vampires and castles. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a vampire, but during my time in Romania I felt it would be a sin not to see at least one castle.

While Bran Castle is the famous one as it is associated with Dracula, it is much easier to visit Peles Castle from Bucharest.

How to Get to Peles Castle From Bucharest

Peles Castle is near enough that you can get there from Bucharest and back in a day. You must go to the north station and there are trains that can take you to Bucharest every two hours. I highly recommend getting there early so you can have more time to spend once you get there. You need to buy a ticket to go to Sinaia which can be bought on the machines at the station for about £8 each way. The train journey lasts an hour and a half and you can look out of the window for some incredible vistas as you get closer to the Carpathian Mountains.

Arriving to Sinaia

Once you arrive in Sinaia, it will take you a steep half hour walk to reach Peles Castle, if you don’t feel like walking you can always take the bus which takes 10 minutes instead. However, I decided to walk there and I’m glad I did as I got some incredible views of the Carpathian Mountains.

Once you get to Peles Castle, it might be slightly crowded, I was there on a weekday in early January and it was still fairly crowded. The garden itself is quite fancy as it has a collection of statues and if you want to see the inside, you have to go by a guided tour which I didn’t do.

I have to say I’m glad I dedicated a day to going to Peles Castle as it is such an incredible historical building. I feel like when it comes to visiting Romania, visiting a castle like this one is a must.

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