After a warm night, we will check-out and drive to Bran Castle. Bran Castle is by far the most famous castle in Romania. Set atop a 60-meter cliff, it was built in the 13th century and it owes its fame to the myth created around Bram Stoker's character, Count Dracula, hence the name of Dracula's Castle.
The rooms of the castle are connected through narrow stairways and underground passages which contribute to the eerie atmosphere of the castle. Bran Castle was the favorite home and retreat of Queen Marie, and after her death, it was inherited by her daughter, Princess Ileana, who ran a hospital there during World War II.
Today, the castle is a museum that displays art and furniture collected by Queen Marie throughout her life.
The next objective in our itinerary is Peles Castle, built in the 19th century, according to the specifications of King Carol I, and it soon became the royal residence of the Romanian Royal Family. Its architecture combines the German style with the Italian Neo-Rennaissance one, and it holds no less than 160 rooms.
King Carol was very passionate about architecture, thus, numerous rooms were designed and furnished according to various European architectural styles. The estate was used as a private retreat for statesmen from the entire world.
Among the personalities that visited the Peles Castle are the American president Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
After the visit at Peles Castle, we will drive back to Bucharest, where the trip will come to an end.