Rupea Fortress is one of the most interesting medieval castles in Romania. Guarded by thick strong walls, the fortress is located on top of a hill near the Carpathian Mountains.
The magnificent Cotroceni complex originates from 1678 when Serban Cantacuzino, ruler of Walachia, erected here a monastery and a Baroque palace. Its strategic position, near the city of Bucharest, brought Cotroceni in the attention off all the later rulers. Many of them paid special care on enlarging and embellishing the complex. So, Cotroceni National Museum is not just an amazing architectural ensemble but also, a place that captured various aspects from different historical periods.
Primaverii Palace (Spring Palace), a luxurious building, where Romania’s former leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his family lived, is opened to the public for the first time in history and included in the tourist circuit.
Built between 1964-1965, the opulent former residence has a land of 14 830 sq. m made after a design of architect Aron Grimberg-Solari. Palace’s architecture is complemented by a landscape ensemble designed by architect Robert Woll, who is also the furniture designer of Primaverii Palace.
Rasnov Fortress (Rosenau in German), is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian Mountains, 650 ft. above the town of Rasnov. First mentioned in an official document in 1331, the fortress was built by Teutonic Knights as protection against invading Tartars and was later enlarged by the local Saxon population.
Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.
In 1948, Fagaras Fortress was taken over by the communists and functioned as a political prison until it was turned into a museum.
The greatest Gothic-style castle in Romania, Corvin was built by the Anjou family on the site of a former Roman camp. The castle served as a fortress until the mid-14th century when it became the residence of Transylvania's ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara. Iancu upgraded the fortress transforming it into the most stunning castle in Transylvania.
The beautifully preserved structure features a sumptuous Knights' Hall, an impressive drawbridge, high buttresses, inner courtyards, a chapel and some 50 rooms resplendent with medieval art.
Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula.
Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel.