...a new day to visit Bran Castle – Dracula’s Castle, where, along the dark corridors and in the inner gardens one can still hear the steps of the "prince of darkness".
Breakfast and fresh air!
Today we will visit Dracula’s Castle - as in Bram Stoker's legendary vampire story. Situated at 30 Km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. The first documentary attestation of the Bran Castle is the act issued on November 19, 1377, by Ludovic I D'Anjou giving the inhabitants of Brasov the privilege to build the Citadel "on their own work and expense".
Between 1920 and 1927, Bran Castle was restored and transformed into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded with a park, fountains, a lake, walking alleys, halt terraces and the "Tea House" of Queen Maria. Since 1956 the Castle was opened as a museum of history and feudal art.
We continue to Sinaia, the beautiful mountain resort surnamed "The Pearl of the Carpathians" where we will visit Peles Castle: one of Romania's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings.
Peles Castle is the most notable residents Romanian Royal family, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-Renaissance.
Peles has entered history as the place where some of the most important decisions were taken regarding Romania’s fate. Anniversaries, balls, music, literary events, and theater shows organized on the scene of the theater hall gave life to the castle and refreshed the Romanian high life. The atmosphere of this place preserves so much of the force of those times that visitors will be surprised when, at their departure, they will notice that no gilded carriage is waiting at the stairs!
The construction of the castle began in 1875 and the building was inaugurated in 1883. The castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture.
Visit Sinaia Monastery - the name of the town comes from the Monastery of Sinaia, built in 1695 by the "spatar" (old high rank among the military nobility of the Valahian kingdom) Mihai Cantacuzino after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Mount Sinai; the monastery contains religious objects, icons, rare books and the exhibition of pottery and porcelain ware (dating from 16th - 19th cent.).
We have the possibility to visit the wine cellars from Azuga - built in 1892, by the Rhein family, official supplier for the royal court. Here, we can buy genuine Romanian wines and sparkling wines.
Return to Bucharest in the evening.