It is said that in August 1866, Carol I arrived in the area, and spent the night at the monastery of Neag Bridge ( as it was known at that time Sinaia ). The wild and picturesque scenery attracted him so much that he decided to build a castle here. Therefore, in 1972 he buys the land and hires the German architect Wilhelm Doderer to make the construction plans . Thus, in terms of exterior architecture, the main elements are specific to German neo-renaissance style .
Peles Castle Valley summer residence of the kings of Romania, was built during the reign of King Carol I of Romania (1866 – 1914) and has become one of the most important monuments of 19th century Europe.
Thanks to its own electrical plant, Peles Castle was the first electrified castle in Europe. Its own power plant was located on the shores of Peles creek . In time the building has been equipped with an elevator inside, a vacuum system and central heating .
Other developments and improvements came after 1900. An upper floor and the main tower were built then. In its final form, the building streches on 3200 square meters, with 160 rooms and 30 bathrooms . The 160 rooms of the castle house one of the most important collections of European paintings and a rich collection of weapons, with more than 4,000 European and Oriental pieces, from the 14th to 17th centuries. The beauty and richness of the craftsmen’s works – carved hardwood furniture and stained glass windows – get the admiration of the visitors.
The imperial suite was arranged in 1906, in Maria Theresa’s style for the visit of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef. After the abdication of King Mihai in 1947, Peles Castle enterd the tourist round trips, while the other buildings have been used by the important cultural figures of the time.