Sinaia Journals

Sinaia - a town with hidden treasures

A July 2006 trip to Sinaia by fizzytom

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Quote: An overview of the town plus longer pieces on some of Sinaia's fascinating historical sights

Sinaia - An Overview

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Sinaia has the advantages many towns hoping to attract tourists would love. Not only is it situated at the heart of Romania's main ski region, but it also has several of the most impressive historical sights in the country. And there's more: Sinaia is on the edge of Transylvania, perhaps the most striking and beautiful area of the country which makes it ideal for walkers and hikers who can use the cable cars which carry the skiers in winter.Sinaia is perhaps, at first glance, like any western European tourist town; it has an air of prosperity and in Romanian terms it probably is better off than many towns, but you need to scratch the surface to find the real Romania underneath....Read More

Hotel Economat

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Hotel | "A Night in the Servants' Quarters"

Hotel Economat Photo, Sinaia, Romania
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Although we were approached by lots of locals offering private rooms when we arrived in Sinaia, we decided to hike up the hill and try our luck at Hotel Economat instead as we were only planning to spend a short time in Sinaia and the things we wanted to see were at the top of the not inconsiderable climb. Although we hadn’t booked in advance and it was the height of summer we were able to get a room on spec. The hotel is notable because it was formerly one of the buildings that housed servants’ quarters – those servants being employed at neighbouring Peles and Pelisor Castles, two of Romania’s most visited attractions. It is built in a similar half timbered style to the main houses (alth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2009

Hotel Economat
Aleea Pelesului 2
Sinaia, Romania
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Peles Castle

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Peles Castle Photo, Sinaia, Romania
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Romania's Bran Castle is understandably one of the country's most visited tourist attractions; the somewhat tenuous association with Vlad Dracul - aka Count Dracula - draws thousands of visitors to explore this rather attractive but (for me) slightly disappointing castle. But not far away in the town of Sinaia are two wonderful castles that are, in my opinion, much more interesting and worthwhile to visit. The castles of Peles and Pelisor are right next to each other, for reasons I'll explain later, but it's a visit to the bigger, grander Peles Castle I'm reviewing here. The castle was originally built as a summer residence for King Carol I who was actually German; the guide who took us ro...Read More

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Peles Castle
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Sinaia, Romania