SINAIA (Bucharest 127 km; Ploiesti 67 km).
Altitude 798 m. Situated at the foot of
Bucegi Mountains, on a valley of the mountain Furnica,
Sinaia has a sub alpine climate, the average temperature is 14°C. It is one of the most frequented
mountain villages in Romania. Just before the entrance of the resort, in a clearing located about
50 m from the road, the "Cold Spring" camping offers opportunities to stop in and bungalow or
Thousands and thousands of tourists are coming to rest in this resort, with elegant and
comfortable villas, hotels and restaurants, shops, cinemas, ski lifts and cable gondola climbing
in the Bucegi Mountains.
Mihai Cantacuzino raised in 1695 a monastery (Monastery str. # 1), which he named Sinaia in the
memory of a place of the same kind situated in the Mount of Sinai. The
settlement here, originally called The Spring, then borrowed the name of the monastery and saw a rapid development after 1878,
when the railway was built in the Prahova valley.
Tourists can visit Peles Museum here, in a building - the former royal residence - built between
1875-1883 - in which predominant is the architectural style of German Renaissance. Wooden
decoration, both very rich in interior and outside, give the castle a specific note. Inside the
castle has a variety of architectural styles: the style of Italian and English Renaissance,
Baroque, Rococo, Hispano-Moorish, but the preponderance is German Renaissance style. The castle
has 160 rooms and halls where can be seen paintings signed by important painters (Tiepolo,
Cornelis de Wael, A. Becker, representing the schools of Rubens and Corregio), sculptures in wood
and ivory, weapons of fiftieth and sixtieth century, oriental carpets, tapestry and furniture of
Here can be seen the Honor Hall, Hall of Mirrors, Weapons Room (armors, halberds,
arbalests, harquebus), Room of the Trophies (with various weapons seized by the Romanian soldiers from the
Turkish in the War of 1877-1878), the boardroom, the Florentina Room (decorated in Italian
Renaissance style), the Hall of Columns (with numerous pieces of Italian furniture), Maura Room
(decorated with stucco of golden color and having Arab furniture with ivory
decorations), Turkish Salon (with the ceiling, walls and furniture covered with silk embroidery), Gallery of Marble (in
Italian Renaissance style), Music Hall (in the English Renaissance style), and finally the guests
suites, some decorated in rococo style, and others rooms in German
The castle is surrounded by a park (about 6 ha), with terraces arranged in steps, decorated with
railings, statues and fountains.
Near the Peles Castle is the Pelisor castle built between 1899-1903 all in German Renaissance
style, but more modest. The castle has 70 rooms. In the same complex is another building,
Foisorul former hunting house comprising 42 rooms.
Inside Peles has been arranged an interesting museum of decorative art which presents valuable
porcelain art from Meissen and Sevres.
Sinaia seek to become a more pleasant host to its visitors and therefore will always enhances it's
Trips to Bucegi mountains.
Sinaia is a starting point for interesting excursions in Bucegi. An accessible road is available to drive by car to 1400 m altitude to the "Alpin" hotel. A cable gondola goes from Sinaia to 1400 m altitude and another one goes from there until the
Bucegi plateau. The access was much facilitated for both mountain hikers and skiers at the most searched slopes in this area. There is also a ski lift between 1400 and 1500 altitude.
100 m above is the "Valley of the Pines" cabin, situated in a large clearing surrounded by trees.