Top 10 Things to do in Sinaia, Romania

January 13, 2018 Florencio Paulino

Sinaia is famous for its natural beauty and the rumored medicinal properties of its mineral springs. Known as “the Carpathian Pearl,” it’s a lovely mountain town whose main attractions are castles, alpine activities like hiking and skiing, and a 17th-century monastery that is still inhabited today.
Restaurants in Sinaia

1. Peles Castle

Str. Pelesului nr. 2, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 244 310 918
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Peles Castle

This 19th-century castle was commissioned by King Carol I and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Castles in Europe.

Reviewed By Aundrea D

Okay here you want to Shell out thirty lei for pictures, sixty lei for the grand guided tour. For thirty lei you can tour the downstairs but the living is all upstairs. I had to come back for another tour because last year all I did was a walkthrough.

2. Bucegi Mountains

Main Steet | Bucegi Mountains, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 770 124 709
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4.5 based on 346 reviews

Bucegi Mountains

Reviewed By ygc3107

From several years, we go hiking every year in the Bucegi Mountains. There is a myriad of trails and interesting places there and we like also the sheer contrast between the wild nature and the confortable resorts nearby. It is impossible to get enough...

3. Pelisor Castle

Aleea Pele ului 2, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 244 310 918
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4.5 based on 515 reviews

Pelisor Castle

Reviewed By Jazzumbo - Brasov, Romania

Visited Pelisor castle shortly after visiting Peles, so I didn't find it so impressive. However, it's a beautiful art nouveau building with many interesting details and pretty well maintained vintage furniture.
Queen Mary's personality is best reflected by the Celtic Room. The Smoking Room exhibits some nice artifacts as well.
All in all, worth visiting, may be as a rainy day activity. The nearby Peles Castle puts it in shadow anyway.

4. Sinaia Monastery

Manastirii 2, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 244 314 917
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4.5 based on 607 reviews

Sinaia Monastery

Reviewed By Doru V - Bucharest, Romania

On the 1st of January, 2018, we payed a visit to Sinaia Monastery. If you want to prey is a good place to go ! Dress well to go inside the monastery! Turn off your phone before you go inside! It is a small monastery however as it is really close to Peles Castle it should not be missed. The parking is at the entrance so really handy. The Sinaia Monastery, located in Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, was founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Saint Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt. As of 2005, it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus. It is part of the Bucharest archdiocese. Situated in the Prahova Valley, the monastery gave its name to the nearby town of Sinaia. The monastery consists of two courtyards surrounded by low buildings. In the centre of each courtyard there is a small church built in the Byzantine style. One of them—"Biserica Veche" (The Old Church)—dates from 1695, while the more recent "Biserica Mare" (The Great Church) was built in 1846. The monks possess a library that is a repository for valuable jewels belonging to the Cantacuzino family, as well as the earliest Romanian translation of the Bible, dated 1668. Take Ionescu, former Prime Minister of Romania, is buried on the grounds. Prince (Spătarul) Mihail Cantacuzino founded the monastery upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The first buildings were completed between 1690 and 1695. It was designed to serve as a monastery as well as a fortified stronghold on the route from Brasov to Bucharest. The initial plan was for the monastery to hold 12 monks, to imitate the Twelve Apostles, but in time the number of monks grew. In the midst of the Russo–Turkish War, 1735–1739, before deserting the monastery, monks hid the valuables by burying them inside a bell. During a battle, the Turks defeated troops stationed within the walls of the monastery. The Ottomans burned the area and broke through the wall in two places. Until 1850, Sinaia consisted of little more than the monastery and a group of huts. In 1864, however, the monastic estate was assigned to the Board of Civil Hospitals (Eforia Spitalelor Civile), which opened a hospital and several baths, and helped develop mineral Springs in Sinaia. In 1948, the monastery was put under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Bucharest from the Board of Civil Hospitals. The Romanian Patriarch, Justinian Marina, restored the buildings between the years 1951 and 1957 with money from the Archdiocese. During this period, the whole monastery was fitted with running water, electricity, and natural gas. Thanks to the efforts of King Carol I, the Great Church of the monastery has become the first church to use electric lights in Romania.
We did enjoy our visit to this small but elegant monastery as part of our visit to beautiful Sinaia.
(We documented the above pieces of information from internet websites)

5. Casino Sinaia

2nd Carol I Avenue, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 733 058 111
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4.5 based on 93 reviews

Casino Sinaia

Reviewed By Maria C - Bucharest, Romania

I consider it a smaller scale than the Casino in Constanta and, definitely, way better kept. It's nice to see, especially since it organises Exhibitions occasionally. It's also a way to figure out more about the city and get immersed into its history.

6. Gondola Sinaia

Aleea Telegondolei, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 751 257 428
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Gondola Sinaia

Situated in the heart of the Bucegi Mountains and reaching the highest altitude in Romania a cable has reached– 2050 m, Sinaia Gondola can be seen as the transition point between sky and earth, between beautiful and spectacular. The 1000-1400 section of Sinaia Gondola starts from Furnica neighborhood, reaching 1400 elevation. This section was opened in 2007, having 34 gondolas, each being able to carry up to eight people. The length of this section is 1312 meters. The maximum transportation capacity is 1700 people / hour and the gondolas are provided with external pockets for skis and snowboards. The 1400-2000 section of Sinaia Gondola is one of the latest and most performant cable installations from Europe and around the Globe, merging the two ski areas from Sinaia: the low and high altitude ski areas. Being equipped with ultramodern functioning systems and the latest technology in its field, the 1400-2000 section of Sinaia Gondola has two diesel engines and the latest energy saving system, named Direct Drive, which ensures a 20% reduction in electricity consumption as against traditional systems. This new section of Sinaia Gondola establishes three national records: the installation reaches the highest altitude in Romania – 2050 meters; in Valea cu Brazi area it reaches the biggest height from the ground ever recorded by an installation of this kind, 120 meters; this installation crosses the steepest segment of a cable installation – 45 degrees at the first three pylons. Soarelui Chairlift was developed for the slopes on the west side, being a modern cable installation with 85 chairs. The retractable cupola, ecological red leather seather, alongside with the silent engines offer tourists the most confortable chairlift trips from Romania. Partia Noua skilift is a babyski set for people learning how to ski or snowboard. It is situated at the end of Partia Noua slope. Throughout the skilift’s distance there is a nocturne installed which is perfectly suited for extended skiing or snowboarding days.

Reviewed By Diana V

Very nice activity (I think kids would really love it). It should definitely be on your to-do list if you visit Sinaia.

7. George Enescu Memorial House

Aleea Menuhin Yehudi 3, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 21 318 1450
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

George Enescu Memorial House

Reviewed By Tiberiu D - Bucharest, Romania

After an enjoyable walking, you'll find yourself inside the biography of the greatest Romanian musician - he played both violin and piano, was a composer, also a conductor, and a teacher... The house is well preserved and the guidance - marvelous! Don't take the audio guide - there is a nice lady who will tell you from her heart - thank you!

8. Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave

Muntii Bucegi, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 720 227 935
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave

Reviewed By Ramutza A - Bucharest, Romania

I visited this cave 7 years ago and it wasn't half as cool as it is now because it wasn't all open to public and the stairs were shabby. The cave is big and the views are spectacular; also the infrastructure is all new (stairs, illumination) witch makes the trip very safe and comfortable. Be prepared for climbing stairs and a humid environment. But it really is worth it. The cave is active, there is a small river inside and the walls are superb. Also the area where the cave is located is really beautiful, green nature everywhere.

9. Expozitia de Trenulete Sinaia

Gara Regala Sinaia, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 721 642 565
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Expozitia de Trenulete Sinaia

Reviewed By Johannes H - Cugir, Romania

In the good old days, before highways linked the cities, everyone used the train to go from one city to the other. Or at least, he used the rail connection. Sinaia railway station is a memorial to this time: first by its architecture, to welcome the guests to this royal place. Have also a look to the "brutalist" reception building remembering communist time. And as cherry on the cake, the special rail-able car of the former "mightiest woman of the world".

10. Sinaia Town Hall

Carol I Blvd. 47, Sinaia 106100, Romania +40 244 311 788
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4 based on 8 reviews

Sinaia Town Hall

Reviewed By Aqua_Uomo - Toronto, Canada

I work forToronto's City Hall and I made this habit in visiting all City Halls everywhere I go, from Middle East to Norway, just like an ambassador of the good faith if I may put this way.
Unfortunately it was close to public and could not get in. Nice old historical building sitting dead in the center of the main piazza, but this is all I can comment on.

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