Goodbye Bucharest, Hello Sinaia!
We made our way to Sinaia from Bucharest via train – this was both an affordable and efficient way to arrive as trains were running twice a day and the ride took only about 1 1/2 hours. The train ride itself was stunning and I would highly recommend traveling this way as you get to see remote areas that are not accessible via bus or car. We left in the morning and watched the fog lifting from the valleys and snaking its way through the trees as the sun broke through the brightly colored fall leaves in the mountains and foothills surrounding Sinaia.
That train ride alone was worth the trip to Sinaia, but it was not the reason for our journey to this quaint mountain village.
Peles Castle was our intended destination and let me tell you I was so excited to finally see my first castle that I did not check the opening dates and times for our “must do” attraction. DO NOT make this mistake! Unfortunately, we arrived in Sinaia on a Tuesday and the castle itself was closed to visitors. Being the overly positive person that I can sometimes be when traveling I thought why worry we could always swing through really early in the morning and catch a quick tour before hopping on our train bound for Sibiu – I am by nature not a morning person so this was going to be interesting.
Sadly, I regret to inform you that while we did wake up early and I was more than eager to get on the road at that ungodly hour; a tour was not in the cards for us as our arrival to the Castle did not line up with their tour times. On a brighter note we got some amazing photos of the exterior and surrounding area without having to fight for viewpoints with other tourists. With that being said I would recommend arriving early, snapping some tourist free photos of the exterior castle and grounds and then make your way over to nearby Cuţitu D’argent for a coffee or snack and soak up the view from their patio while you wait for your tour time to start.
If you are like us and find yourself in Sinaia with a day to wander might I suggest that you tour the beautiful 1600’s Sinaia Monastery, relax in Dimitri Ghia Park, and check out the model train museum attached to the city train station. If all of this walking around makes you hungry stop by La Cerdac for a traditional Romanian meal served with a smile and stroll along Octavian Goga Street (northwest of Dimitri Ghia Park) for some great coffee shops.
This beautiful little mountain village has a lot to offer in regards to charm and friendly locals. The town fills to bursting in the summer and winter months so accommodations will be more expensive and more difficult to acquire. However, if you arrive on the shoulder seasons (like we did) accommodations will be plentiful and affordable, it will just be more difficult to find a nightlife. The city itself is built on the side of a hill though so bring your walking shoes and don’t forget your camera!
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