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Peles Castle | Prahova County | near the city of Sinaia
Peles Castle is located about 1.5 kilometers northwest of the city of Sinaia in Prahova County, Romania. It was built by order of King Carol I between 1873 and 1883 and later expropriated by the communist regime in 1947. After the Romanian Revolution in 1989, the castle was returned to the former King Michael, who lived in exile in Switzerland.
The architecture of the castle, with its bay windows and half-timbered walls, is reminiscent of Hohenzollern Castle, the home of the king. The castle is surrounded by seven terraces and some of the 160 rooms can now be visited. The castle museum displays weapons, sculptures, furniture and decorative objects from the 15th to 19th centuries, as well as an orchestrion. The magnificent woodwork in the castle is particularly impressive.
Peles Castle is a popular destination for tourists in the city of Sinaia. Due to the still existing train connection, it is easily accessible even without a car. There is ample parking and a restaurant below the castle.
The castle has served as a filming location for several films. In 2008, some scenes of the film “The Brothers Bloom” were shot here, including a scene in which the castle was visually blown up. In 2011, the castle was used as a backdrop for the film “A Princess for Christmas” starring Roger Moore. The Netflix production “A Christmas Prince” from 2017 also used the castle as a backdrop.