Top things to do in Prahova Valley

Top Choice Palace in Sinaia

Peleş Castle

Over 40 years, dozens of builders, artists and wood-carvers brought Peleş Castle into existence. The neo-Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by Romania’s first king, Carol I, and its first stone laid in 1875. T…
Palace in Sinaia

Pelişor Palace

It’s hard to believe that Carol I’s nephew Ferdinand (1865–1927) could have been unsatisfied with lavish Peleş Castle; nonetheless, Pelişor Palace was built for him just next door. The smaller, art nouveau palace st…
Monastery in Sinaia

Sinaia Monastery

The church and monks’ cells on this site during the 17th century weren’t ample enough to accommodate Sinaia’s growing religious community, so in 1846 this serene complex was built. Its main church is a marvel of car…
Eastern European in Sinaia

Hotel-Restaurant Bucegi

With catfish fillet, frogs' legs and pastrami of bear, this restaurant with a hint of Alpine ambiance has Sinaia's most interesting menu. If venison or tripe soup sounds a little heavy, you can fall back on comfort …
International in Sinaia

Irish House

Eat inside or out at this busy central watering hole, popular with families and après-skiers. Service is a little slow, but coffees are suitably frothy and there's a menu spanning pancakes, pizzas and cheesy chicken…
Romanian in Sinaia

Restaurant Snow

Next door you can hire skis, while inside goulash bubbles, tables are weighed down by heavy schnitzels, and there's a smattering of veggie-friendly salads and polenta dishes.
Sports & Outdoors in Sinaia

Fun Ride

Top up your winter sports kit at this handy outdoor store, selling ski accessories, clothing, helmets and more.
Monastery in Bucegi Mountains

Ialomiței Cave Monastery

Cave monastery used as a spiritual retreat since the 15th century.
Books in Sinaia

Flower Power

Buy hiking maps at this souvenir and book shop on the main street.
Landmark in Sinaia

Foişorul Hunting Lodge

At the western end of the Peleş estate is the Swiss-châlet-style Foişorul Hunting Lodge, built as a temporary residence by King Carol I before Peleş Castle was completed.