Bears, wolves and mountain lions couldn’t keep us from the beautiful Carpathian mountain in Transylvania. In the foothills of the mountains stand two of the most stunning castles of the region- Bran Castle (home o Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula) and the former summer residence of the King of Romania Peles Castle.
Built by the Tutonic Knights, a Saxon order from the conquests of Palestine, started the foundations of the castle in 1211. It was used to defend the region from invading Ottomans from the east. Later the castle was home to the Princes of Transylvania including Vlad of the order Draganus and his son Vlad the Impaler. The Castle was rebuilt in the unification of Romania in the mid 1800’s.
Set in the picturesque town of Sinaia, a ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains, is Peles Castle. This castle was built by the first king of Romania in the 1880’s. It is an intricate display of the best of European turn of the 19th century style. It features rooms from the German, French, Italian, Moorish and Turkish styles.