City Orientation Walk, Sinaia (Self Guided)

Sinaia is a wonderful city and resort, located at the base of Bucegi mountain. The city is renowned for its beautiful Romanian architecture which nearly provides as gorgeous a landscape as the backdrop. Here, you will find a vast number of buildings that are known by individuals worldwide, as well as visited by thousands of tourists each year.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Romania » Sinaia (See other walking tours in Sinaia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: nicole
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Sinaia Town Hall

1) Sinaia Town Hall (must see)

Sinaia's town hall was built at the end of the 19th century. Interesting enough, the building features Tudor style architecture, as well as baroque and Roman influences. The building features two main wings with white walls and arched windows painted brown. In front of town hall you will discover a pretty garden.
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"Unirii" Market

2) "Unirii" Market

"Unirii" market is the most important agricultural market in Sinaia. Fresh apples, grapes, peaches, potatoes, tomatoes as well as anything else Romania has to offer is located at Unirii. Not only are the prices great, but the vendors are always willing to please the buyers. Cooked meals, including "mici" and "mitiei", as well as fried pork meat are served on occasion.
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Railway Station

3) Railway Station (must see)

The Sinaia train station serves the Sinaia mountain resort in Romania. The first station was built in 1913 by the Demeter Cartner Company, and it was reserved exclusively for the Royal Family and its guests at Peleş Castle, generally foreign leaders. On the station platform, there is a memorial plate marking the spot where Prime Minister Ion G. Duca was assassinated by the Iron Guard in 1933.

The newer Royal Train Station is some tens of meters away from the first one, built following the plans of architect Duiliu Marcu in 1939. It is a stone building in Neo-Romanian style, which, at that time, displayed the Hohenzollern coat of arms. The building also featured a depot housing the Royal Train.

In front of the train station there is a large plaza designed with the purpose of holding official welcome ceremonies for various foreign leaders. The main room is decorated with a wall painting (5.50 meters x 5.50 meters) depicting a boar hunt of Wallachian Prince Basarab I (eight life-size characters on horseback, alongside an inscription in Latin reading Basarab Voivode, 14th century).

Opening hours: 24 h

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Sinaia Casino

4) Sinaia Casino (must see)

The Sinaia Casino is located in "Dimitrie Ghica" park and was built at the initiative of King Carol I of Romania. Construction began in 1912 and was finished a year later. The work was supervised by architect Petre Antonescu, who was also the author of the plans. The main shareholder in the casino was Baron of Marçay, a shareholder in the Monte Carlo Casino. The opening was celebrated with fireworks and a piano recital by George Enescu, and it became a major attraction between the wars. After the communist takeover in the 1940s, gambling ceased and the casino is now an international conference center.
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Sinaia Monastery

5) Sinaia Monastery (must see)

The Sinaia Monastery was founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. As of 2005, it is inhabited by 13 Christian Orthodox monks led by hegumen Macarie Bogus.

Prince (Spătarul) Mihail Cantacuzino founded the monastery upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The first buildings were completed between 1690 to 1695. It was designed to serve as a monastery as well as a fortified stronghold on the route from Brasov to Bucharest.

In the midst of the Russo–Turkish War, 1735–1739, before deserting the monastery, monks hid the valuables by burying them inside a bell. The Ottomans burned the area and broke through the wall in two places.

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.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Biserica Mare

6) Biserica Mare (must see)

Under the leadership of Hegumens Ioasaf and Paisie, construction of The Great Church began in 1842 using funds allocated by the monastery and was completed in 1846. This smaller structure was enlarged by the Board of Civil Hospitals during a period from 1897 to 1903. These efforts gave the building the appearance it has today.

Created by architect George Mandrea, the structure utilizes the Moldavian style and the Brâncovenesc style from Walachia. It is said that the belt of three green enamel lines that encircle the building represent the unity of the Holy Trinity in one God and the unity of the Three Romanian Kingdoms in one country.

The gold mosaic paintings were created by Danish artist Aage Exner in a typical neo-Byzantine style.

The furniture was made of wood by Constantin Babic and his students at the Bucharest Art School (Ṣcoala de Arte si Meserii). The King's throne displays the royal emblem and the motto Nihil sine Deo (Nothing without God). Both thrones are gold-plated.

A remarkable piece adorning the monastery is the epitaphios by Anna Roth, made of silk and gold on a cotton base. It took three years (from 1897 to 1900) to finish.

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The Bell Tower

7) The Bell Tower (must see)

During the leadership of egumen Nifon Popescu (1888-1909). the Bell Tower was added and has since served as a phenomenal monastery. The bell weights 1700 kg. and was brought from the Colţea Tower in Bucharest (or one of the most important bell towers in the capital of Romania). Today, Bell Tower is a prominent monastery, celebration of traditional orthodox holidays as well as other special occasions. Also, the tower features a designated monk that rings the bell everyday for more that 60 years.
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Monastery Open Air Market

8) Monastery Open Air Market (must see)

At the gates of the monastery, locals have organized a wonderful marketplace. In summer or winter, early morning or very late, Monastery is open and ready to serve your needs. Vendors sell artisan objects, wooden and clay plates, cups with wonderful graffiti, national whistles, costumes and much, much more.
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Hotel "Furnica"

9) Hotel "Furnica"

"Furnica" is the true expression of Romanian building style, due to the white walls with dark, large windows as well as the unique roof, specific to the mountainous city. The furniture inside is largely hand made, with a lot of wall decorations also made by local artists.
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Pelisor Castle

10) Pelisor Castle (must see)

Pelişor Castle is part of the same complex as the larger castle of Peleş. It was built in 1899–1903 by order of King Carol I, as the residence for his nephew and heir, the future King Ferdinand (son of Carol's brother Leopold von Hohenzollern) and Ferdinand's consort Queen Marie.

In 2006, it was decided that the palace complex, including Pelisor, long a museum and tourist site, is the legal property of the heirs of the Romanian royal family. They will take legal possession of it and sell it back to the Romanian state, so that it will remain in its current status. The main castle of Peles has already so sold, but negotiations about other villas and chateaus are ongoing. King Michael I of Romania appears decisive that of the complex, Pelisor castle will remain as place for his heirs, the Royal Family.

Pelişor was designed by the Czech architect Karel Liman in the Art Nouveau style; the furniture and the interior decorations were designed mostly by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig.

Opening hours:

15 May -15 September: Tuesday 11 am – 5 pm; Wednesday - Sunday 9 am – 5 pm;

16 September - 14 may: Wednesday 11 am - 5 pm; Thursday-Sunday 9 am - 5 pm;

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Peles Castle

11) Peles Castle (must see)

Peleş Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883.

By form and function, Peleş is a palace, but it is consistently called a castle. Its architectural style is a romantically inspired blend Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival similar to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. A Saxon influence can be observed in the interior courtyard facades, which have allegorical hand-painted murals and ornate fachwerk similar to that seen in northern European alpine architecture. Interior decoration is mostly Baroque influenced, with heavy carved woods and exquisite fabrics.

The collection of arms and armor has over 4,000 pieces.

Peleş Castle has a 3,200-square-metre (34,000 sq ft) floor plan with over 170 rooms, many with dedicated themes from world cultures (in a similar fashion as other Romanian palaces, like Cotroceni Palace). The establishment hosts one of the finest collections of art in Eastern and Central Europe, consisting of statues, paintings, furniture, arms and armor, gold, silver, stained glass, ivory, fine china, tapestries, and rugs. Perhaps the most acclaimed items are the hand-painted stained glass vitralios, which are mostly Swiss. Peleş Castle shelters a painting collection of almost 2,000 pieces.

Opening hours:

Summer time:

14 May – 16 September:

Tuesday: 11 am – 5 pm

Wednesday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Winter time:

17 September - 13 May:

Wednesday: 11 am – 5 pm

Thursday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Peles Castle Marketplace

12) Peles Castle Marketplace (must see)

Sinaia marketplaces, overall, offer billions of hand-made goods. Consequently, Peles Castle specializes in laces, souvenirs, postcards as well as typical clothes and bags. Don't miss this special opportunity to invest in a priceless item from Peles Castle Marketplace.

Walking Tours in Sinaia, Romania

Create Your Own Walk in Sinaia

Create Your Own Walk in Sinaia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sinaia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Sinaia Religious Buildings

Sinaia Religious Buildings

Romania is largely an orthodox country and is thus appropriately structured. Here you will discover several beautiful, mysterious, notable and unique churches as well as worship venues. Also, you will gain an appreciation for orthodox style, architecture, mural paintings and bas-reliefs traditions. Take a journey to Sinaia's religious institutions today!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Sinaia Shopping and Entertainment

Sinaia Shopping and Entertainment

The mountain city of Sinaia brings the unique experience of handcraft shopping to the mainstream. This special shopping experience will allow you to see how Romanian people produce all kinds of household objects, clothes, souvenirs and jewelry. Besides, not only are the products special, but the open air markets refreshing and pleasant.

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Sinaia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sinaia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sinaia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.