Amazing Castles: Peles and Branfrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
Although there is a difference of about five centuries between them, each of these two castles impresses due to their stunning architecture, awesome stories and lovely surroundings. Let’s learn more about two amazing castles: Bran and Peles!
Peles Castle | Sinaia Mountain Resort
Over 40 years, a big team of builders, artists, wood-carvers and famous architects brought Peles Castle into existence. The neo-Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by Romania’s first king, Carol I (of German origins), and its first stone was laid in 1875. The castle’s construction was entirely finished in 1914. It was built right at the bottom of the mountains with an astonishing view, at the former border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Inside, not a single corner is empty of silk rugs, Murano glass, carved walnut or polished marble.
Bran Castle | Bran Mountain Resort
Bran Castle‘s story goes way back in time, somewhere the 13th century. It is said that the first who erected a watch tower here the Teutonic Knights. Later on, in the 14th century, the Saxon authorities from Brasov built the castle as a customs defensive structure at the border between Transylvania and Wallachia.
Bran Castle perches dramatically on a hill in Transylvania, its turrets and steeples rising above a crown of trees in the Carpathian Mountains. Depending on what account you read, Vlad Tepes, also know Vlad the Impaler as V, may have spent a night or two in this fortress as a prisoner.
Irish novelist Bram Stoker based his fictional vampire on this historical 15th-century prince, whose fondness for torturing enemies on stakes as a public warning earned him his nickname. Now visitors from all over the world descend on rural Transylvania for a chance to experience some of the eerie thrill of Stoker’s novel. Yet, Stoker never visited Transylvania, much less Bran Castle. So how did it come to be known as Dracula’s? Well, this is a topic we’ll debate during our visit… Of course, we’ll also talk about the changes the castle went through during the 1920s when Queen Marie of Romania transformed it into her summer residence.
This is a great tour that will help you better understand Romania’s history. But it’s not only about history, it is also about wonderful views, fascinating stories and lots of fun!
The tour includes a visit at the two castles:
- Peles Castle
- Bran Castle
- … And a breathtaking drive through the Carpathians and several mountain resorts!
The tour does not include but, according to our time, we can add:
- a visit at the little Pelisor Castle, located next to Peles;
- local lunch at one of the chalets nearby or a coffee break with a view towards the castles.
One of the most beautiful and luxurious castles in Europa. Its construction lasted more than 40 years, being entirely finished in 1914. It was the summer residence of the Romanian Kings – Carol I, Ferdinand, Carol II and Michael I – a lot of the important political and strategic decisions being taken here.
The architecture is so astonishing that it attracted even film directors, many Netfilx productions being shot here (like A Christmas Prince). A visit at the Peles Castle will definitely be an unforgettable one and will make you feel, for a few hours, like a royal family member.
Even though it has such a long and great history, Bran Castle attracts lots of curious travelers and Dracula lovers. The castle itself is a fascinating Gothic masterpiece which in the 1920s became Queen Marie’s summer residence.
In the garden, at the bottom of the castle, on the bank of the lake we’ll talk about the history of this amazing structure, we’ll see why it became an emblem of Dracula and we’ll debate so many interesting topics. The visit is quite a revealing one!
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Enjoy a walking tour in the old town of Brasov
There’s so much more to see…
This is quite a long drive from Sibiu. If we start early in the morning we have time enough to visit both castles and add some extra visits/ lunch or coffee break.
If you want to enjoy more of this region, as there are so many other interesting places to visit (fortified churches, citadels, the medieval town of Brasov and the amazing natural sites) then we can extend our trip to two or three days.
We can easily customize the tour and create a new itinerary including all the sites you’d like to visit. Please let us know in time and we’re happy to tailor the tour for you!
Yes, we prefer private tours but, at request, we can also organize shared tours.
Our trip starts and finishes in Sibiu and/ or Brasov. We suggest two castles (among the most famous in Romania) but we’re happy to customize the tour for you. We can visit only one of them or both and include other visits depending on your preferences.