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Romanian Carpathians are divided into three groups: Eastern Carpathians, the Central 
and Western Carpathians

The length of the Oriental and Central Carpathians, from the northern border of the country 
until the Danube canyon (the Iron Gates), is about 750 km, and their width varies between 40 and 110 km. 

The highest peaks are located in the Central Carpathians - Moldoveanu (2544 m) and Negoiu (2535 
m) which, due to their alpine configuration, are called "Transylvanian Alps". 

Average height of the Eastern Carpathians is about 950 m, smaller than that of the Central 
Carpathians (1136 m). The limit between the two groups of mountains is considered to be the 
Prahova Valley

Western Carpathians of Romania are made by the Apuseni Mountains and Banat Mountains, located in 
the west and the south-west of the country. Their peaks do not exceed 1850 m, which is why the 
mountains are considered of average height. Many picturesque valley, with crystal water rivers, 
subdivide the Romanian Carpathians in smaller units. 

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 14C. 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 tent. 

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 different styles. 

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 baroque style. 

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 heritage. 

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.





Bucegi Mountins
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