Sinaia Travel Guide

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    Everywhere the best of Art and Crafts
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Sinaia Highlights

  • Pro
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    monica71 says…

     a gem that offers peace and quiet and it is close to Bucharest 

  • Con
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     nothing really... 

  • In a nutshell
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    Aurorae says…

     A place from a fairy-tale! 

Sinaia Things to Do

  • Pelisor Castle

    Humbled by its more extravagant neighbour, Pelisor is more of an impressive house than a castle. It's actually part of the same Peles castle complex, although separated from it. The house was built by the then King of Romania for his nephew and heir. The Romanian government gave the complex back to the former Romanian royalty after the end of...

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  • Sinaia Monastery

    The monastery is how the town got its name. In the 17th century Prince Mihai Cantacuzino went on a pilgrimage to Mount Sinaia, and when he returned he started building the monastery in what was to become the town of Sinaia. It's a small complex, but most people crowd around the main monastery building itself. You can slip through side doors into...

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  • Peles Castle

    Even though Sinaia isn't strictly Transylvania, you'll have a hard time believing that when you spy Peles castle for the first time. If one place in this city is going to have bats in the belfry, it will be this place. So you probably won't want to get caught out here late on a winter's night, unless you are laden with garlic and a silver...

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  • George Enescu - Luminis Villa

    Well if you’re playing George Enescu’s Romanian rhapsody and you should be will visiting Sinaia as Enescu is deeply connected to this beautiful mountain resort. Enescu is one of the great composers of the world and the most well know respected Romanian composer he did much of his composing in Sinaia first as a royal guest at Peles palace. While at...

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  • Peles Castle

    Peles Castle is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. Inaugurated in 1883 as home to King Carol I, the castle was built in the German Renaissance style (although I see hints of Italian Renaissance as well). I've heard the interior (and it's 160 rooms) is quite exquisite; however, we were disappointed to discover that...

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  • Peles Castle

    As one of the most beautiful castles in Romania, it is known that King Charles I of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1839-1914) preferred to reside in Peles Castle. The castle was built between 1875 and 1883. King Charles I and his wife Queen Elisabeth (Carmen Sylva) were art lovers and supporters.They had great art historians as advisers and thru their...

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Sinaia Restaurants

  • Irish Romanian

    Food is not a lot of cop in Sinaia, and the Irish House was supposed to provide some of the best. But I guess it has just been a victim of its own success, and become too big for the staff to handle. The place has spread out awkwardly from the hotel and kitchen they bring the food from, forcing the staff to run backwards and forwards all day. Then...

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  • My favorite restaurant in Sinaia

    Located not on the main street but on a parallel street up the hill, but search and find it as eating there, especially dinner is a great experience.Restaurant Alex is actually a Hungarian restaurant but the menu is both Romanian and Hungarian (Hungary being the neighboring country with at least the same passion for food). Try both Romanian dishes...

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  • Easy option

    Restaurant Bucegi is the easy choice, especially for lunch, right on the main road of Sinaia, inside and outside tables, good Romanian food, cheaper then average, lot of tourist eat there. Chicken sour soup (CIORBA DE PUI A LA GREC), a white sour soup with chicken, then polenta with cheese and sour cream (MAMALIGA CU BRANZA SI SMANTANA)

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Sinaia Nightlife

  • Prahova Valey

    This place rocks, had a great time with my friends. Staff was helpful and we where allowed to have fun comparing with other experiences we had with romanian night clubs where clients don't come first in general Smart casual although they had a costume party when we went, i guess flip fops and tank tops wont be allowed

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  • Conferences & Banquets

    Sinaia Casino was built on the orders of King Carol I. The architect was Petre Antonescu. Construction work started in 1912. A year later the composer George Enescu attended its grand opening.The main investor in the casino was Baron of Marcay, who was also a key shareholder in the Monte Carlo Casino. Players at the casino were delivered by special...

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  • Casino Maxim

    A lovely little casino where it seems friends meet and you make new ones. I found it rater interesting and was able to play for 4 hours with only 10 lei. smart casual

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Sinaia Transportation

  • From Sinaia to Brasov

    You can go forward from Sinaia to Brasov (and from there to Bran). Trains from Sinaia to Brasov (schedule at the time of this tip, otherwise check the website below):IC 531-521 14:46-15:44IC 346 16:03-17:02IR 1527 17:08-18:11IR 1623 18:37-19:40IR 1643 19:40-20:46IR 1764 20:17-21:25IC 472 20:32-21:34and 4 more trains from Sinaia to Brasov until...

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  • From Bucharest to Sinaia

    Reaching to Sinaia from Bucharest is easy. Just take the train from the train station (Gara de Nord).Some morning trains (schedule valid at the time of this tip):A1745 leaving 7:30 reaching 9:26 SinaiaR831 leaving 8:30 reaching 10:26 SinaiaA12621 leaving 9:42 reaching 11:42 SinaiaTo get back:A1746 17:04 reaching 19:01 BucharestA12622 18:37 reaching...

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  • Train

    Probably the best way to reach Sinaia is by train. They are pretty regular from Brasov, where most people would come from, passing through roughly every hour. There's only one line here through the mountain pass, though, so should one train get messed up, you are going to be waiting a very long time.Train accidents are a regular occurrance in...

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Sinaia Shopping

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  • The walk to Peles Castle

    The walk up to Peles Castle from the station is lined with souvenir stalls selling everything from T-shirts to models of the castle. From what I could see, it was mostly junk.

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  • try the Romanian donuts

    Stop by one of the Gogoseria booths you will see all over the town and buy some Romanian donuts. The plain ones are called "gogosi" while the ones stuffed with cheese are called "langosi".

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  • stop by to buy some arts and crafts

    If you want to buy some traditional things (wood carvings, handmade tablecloths, wool sweaters. etc) stop by one of the numerous local markets that you will notice on the side of the roads. Feel free to bargain if you like to buy something from here. If you do not agree on a price, walk away and the vendor will call you back.

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Sinaia Local Customs

  • Crab fish

    When you see Crab on the menu, it most def is not crab as we know it, it is a river fish. Very fatty and does not have a lot of taste.

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  • Tripe soup

    It seems to be a favorite with the locals, I decided to be daring and had a spoon full. Tasted like sour cream to me.

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  • Festivals

    Classic guitar contestThe Autumn Festival 'Sinaia Forever'-SeptemberThe Winter FestivalInternational Violin Competition

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Sinaia Warnings and Dangers

  • WARNING: Sinaia Casino is no longer a...

    And apparently hasn't been since the 1940's... When we arrived in Sinaia, we were kind of excited about checking out a Romanian casino - it was supposed to be modeled after the famous casino in Monte Carlo. So my husband, brother, and I got dressed up to go out. My brother and I wanted to walk downtown to see if I could find some postcards for my...

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  • Bears!

    There are around 5000 bears in Romania, and most of them seem to be in the forests of Transylvania. Obviously when there's only a few thousand, and many thousands of hectares of forest, you're chances of meeting them are pretty slim. But should you meet one... best not worth thinking about. And it's not impossible. Two hikers were killed in...

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  • Turkish Toilets at Pelisor

    Just a little tip. The bathroom for Pelisor and Peles Castles-- is a white Circular building on the left hand side going up the hill. You pay some Bani for some toliet paper/ paper towl not sure which it was meant for..... The real warning is its a turkish toilet. Which while isn't the end of the world. Its not exactly fun. So if you arrive by...

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Sinaia What to Pack

  • don't forget your sunscreen lotion and a...

    convertible duffel bag or backpack that you can easily carry. take just the basic things/clothes with you. Sinaia is a mountain resort and you really do not need fancy clothes here if you plan on hiking and just seeing the main sites of the city. good comfortable hiking shoes; get a pair of canvas shoes as a backup. I always like to have a good...

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  • Pack for Cool Weather

    We were there in late June and it was still cool in the mountains even though the elevation wouldn't indicate it.Pack a light jacket and/or a rain coat. Use a camera with a polarizing lense if possible. It helps remove reflections from windows and will darken the sky.

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Sinaia Off The Beaten Path

  • Church built in a cave - Ialomiciora...

    Built in the mouth of a cave, Ialomiciora Monastary is a unique find. Its well maintained, picturesque and relatively untraveled. If you venture to the end of the cave behind the monastery, you will find a small underwater waterfall.First, you will have to get to the top of the mountain above Busteni (just to the north of Sinaia). From there, you...

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  • Walking in the Wild Carpates

    If you are near the castle and you have a few hours left just follow the trail and go into the real Carapates. The nature here is stil very rough and virgin: a lot of old trees and little human presence. During our 4-hours trip we have spotted no one. There is a possibility to meet some great mammals like wolves, wild boars and brown bears. Also...

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  • Float away...... Slanic salty swimming...

    This is something I don't suppose you find in tourists brochures because all the people I found here were local Romanians.Some Romanian friends of us took is to Slanic, in the surroundings of Campina, to this swimming pool which is excavated in a mine salt.The water comes off the rock very warm and with such a concentration of salt that you have no...

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Sinaia Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking Busteni/Sinaia

    Doing the math, it was ~1900m (6200ft) vertical in ~14km (9mi). We did it in less than 4 hours but we were really moving.At the top, you'll be able to see the Sphinx, the cross, or join the other expansive network of trail systems.Dress accordingly, one of the times I did this hike, all was good, except for about 1hr... We were caught by a nasty...

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  • Skiing in the mountains

    Sinaia's ski slopes are situated at 2000m altitude. They offer you the best high altitude ski in Romania. The ski season starts in December and lasts sometimes until May. If you do not have your own ski equipment, you can rent it from a lot of places in town. Daily and weekly rentals are available for tourists. The slopes can be accessed from the...

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  • Rock Climbing

    There are lots of places for rock climbers enthusiasts. I admit, I am not one of them, but I have seen several people doing this while I was in Sinaia, Busteni and Predeal. From what I heard, the walls in Sinaia are the easiest ones to climb. The "real thing" however, can be found in the Costila Region, only 30 minutes hiking from Busteni. Busteni...

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Sinaia Favorites

  • Bizarre Architecture

    Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but the architecture of Sinaia is certainly an ecelectic mix.

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  • Downtown Sinaia

    To cater for the visitors to Peles Castle and the ski slopes a modern town has sprung up, mainly along one main street lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. At weekends, especially during the ski season, it is packed with young Romanians, mostly students from Bucharest who come up by train.

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  • The Carpathians

    Located on a bank of the Prahova River, at the bottom of the Bucegi Mountains, in a spectacular landscape, Sinaia, is also known as 'the jewel of Carpathians". Really beautiful area.

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