Sinaia, also known as the Pearl of the Carpathians, is one of the most elegant and attractive mountain resorts in Romania. The town takes its name after Sinaia Monastery around which it was built. Although the settlement started developing at the end of the 17th century, it wasn’t until the erection of Peleș Castle that Sinaia became an exquisite touristic, cultural and even political centre.
Tourists who come here in the summer visit Peleș Castle, summer residence of the kings of Romania, now a museum exhibiting, among other things, paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, El Greco, Raphael, Velasquez, Titian or Bruegel. Due to the mineral waters in the area, Sinaia has also been declared a balneary resort. It does not lack additional recreational activities, offering tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, pools, sauna, bowling tracks etc, as well as a vivid nightlife. The mountains above offer hiking, biking and skiing opportunities. Other landmarks in or around the resort include the Casino and the train station, George Enescu Memorial House, Ghica Park and the Museum of Bucegi Reserve and the Cliffs from Poiana Stânei (Franz Joseph and Saint Anne Cliffs).
Winter sports enthusiasts will find alpine ski slopes, on and off-piste ski slopes, with varying degrees of difficulty, a bobsleigh track and sledge slopes. Here you will find two cable cars, a chair lift and three button lifts.
If you also feel like visiting, take a one-day trip to Brașov to enjoy the city’s attractions: the Black Church, the First Romanian School Museum or Weavers’ Bastion. On your way you can also stop in one of the ski resorts in the Prahova Valley: Bușteni, Azuga or Predeal. Less than 35km to the south you can also visit Haşdeu Castle in Câmpina.
How to get there:
By car: Sinaia is situated 37km south of Brașov and 120km north of Bucharest on DN1 road.
By train / bus: There are numerous daily buses and trains from Brașov to Sinaia. Aproximate travel time is 1 hour.