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About Prahova Valley
 

Prahova Valley
Less than 100 km from Bucharest, the high ridges of The Carpathians start to show themselves to the traveler in their entire splendor, and here there starts one of the most beautiful tourist areas in Romania – Prahova Valley.

In summer, numberless tourist routes and mountain paths attract the mountain passionates, while in winter the winter sports lovers will find here an attractive ski slopes network with different difficulty degrees. In The Bucegi Mountains there are also numerous routes for climbing and other really special places among which Babele (The Old Ladies) or The Sphinx, mysterious faces carved by the forces of nature, which attract numerous bold people every summer.

The mountain resorts of Sinaia, Buşteni, Predeal offer numerous opportunities for passing free time, no matter the season.

 
Busteni

BUSTENI- MOUNTAINEERS’ HAVEN

Access:
-    By car: from Bucharest on DN 1, 135 km; from Braşov, on DN 1, 45 km;
-    By train: from Bucharest and Braşov; the train timetable is available at  www.cfr.ro
-    By plane: ‘Henri Coanda" Airport Bucharest

The resort of Busteni, is situated at the foot of the sheer wals of the Caraiman massif some 135 Km to the nordh of Bucharest, offers a halthy ozone-rich environment and a favorable climate, especialiy recommendedfor the treatment of asthenia.

In 1978, Busteni was linked up to the Bucegi Plateau by a funicular(cable car).The Busteni – Babele cable-car, running for a distance of 4,350m, is the longest in Romnia and the third longest in Europe.The Babele chalet is connected to the Pestera Hotel near the Ialomita Cave by a cable car, running for 2,611m.

Busteni TownHall
   

The Kalinderu Ski Slope (1,500m long), on a face of the Caraiman Massif one km from Busteni is equipped with flood lighting, a ski lift, and snow making machines.The ski season extends from November to the end of March, during which time skilled instructors, proficient in English, French, German, provide assistance on slopes.

 
Caraiman

Other great attraction in Busteni is the famous Heros’Cross on Caraiman peack, a landmark visible throught the region, situated at a highest  of 2,291m.

It was constructed in 1926-1928, at the initiative of Queen Maria, in memory of the soldiers who fell in the Prahova Valey during the First World War.The highest peack in Bucegi (Omu, 2,505m)- the unforgettable panorama wich unfolds from this elevated position extends as a far as the Transylvanian plateau and the rugged riges of Fagarash and Piatra Craiului on a clear day.

   

Busteni is an ideal starting point for excursions, both on foot or by cable car, into the dramatic Bucegi massif- natural paradis with an enormous diversity of wild flowers, birds, and animals including bears,chamois, esgles the capercaillie and the lynx which are protected by the law.Several chalets are available to walkers and climbers:Piatra Arsa( 1,990m), Babele, the Diham Chalet (1,320m), Poiana Izvoarelor Chalet(1,455 m)… Busteni is an excellent  base for visiting the “natural sculptures” Babele (The Old Women) and Sfinxul ( The Sfinx)- 2,290 m altitude wich is strategically placed in an energetically correspondence with The Sfinx from Egipt and The Sfinx from Peru.

Busteni is also home to Cantacuzino Castle,built in 1911 and the Memorial House of the acclaimed novelist Cezar Petrescu, which dates from the end of the Xix century.

Cantacuzino Castle is located in Zamora district from Busteni resort.The owner was Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, also called “ The Nabob” due to his impressive fortune.This renowned businessman was also an important politician at the beginning of the XX century.The castle is a grandiose building, and its parck is one of the most beautiful from the upper Prahova River valley.

Caraiman Monastery from Palanca clearing(Busteni).It can be reached from the road that leads to “Silva” hotel. It is located in a very nice landscape.There is a part that will take you in about 15 minutes from the road to the monastery.

The churches from Busteni is built in the King Carol I time.The church is known also as “The Princely Church”.

 

The main important touristic objective in  Busteni is one day trip on Bucegi National Park – The Cradle of Mountain Tourism in Romania
Busteni is known as the “gatewy to the Bucegi Mountains”.

   

Here in Bucegi 35,700  hectares in aria, the Massif was declared a National Park in 1990.The Bucegi Massif is liken an amphitheatre in form, girdled by steep slopes, some are more than two thousand metres in altitude.
The Bucegi Mountains are the most “walked” mountains in Romania due to both the easy access (you can easily reach from Bucharest but also from Braşov and Sibiu) and to the good arrangement for trips and sightseeing. This is precisely why the mountains are accessible every season by almost all types of tourists.

The peaks are progressively lower from north to south: Omu (2,205m), Costila (2,498m), Caraiman (2,284m), Jepii Mici (2,184m), Jepii Mari (2,071m), Furnica (2,103m), Varfu cu Dor (2,030m). On the mountain, at altitude of 1,800-2,000m, a platform of erosion has developed (The Bucegi Plateau), stretching for approximately ten km and covered in alpine meadows. Due to climatic factors( wind, freezing and thawing) strange, megalith- like rock formations have been created: The Old WOMEN, The Sphinx,The Mushrooms, Hermes, Zalmoxis.

Among the places that are fully worth being visited are Babele (The Old Ladies) and the Sphinx, mysterious faces whose origin have remained unknown, the Zănoaga Gorges and The Tartar’s Gorges, the Ialomicioara Cave and The Burnt Rock. [more information]It is said that there are weird natural forces at these places and that Romania’s magnetic pole is here. Astronomy lovers and those passionate about the paranormal phenomena often come to the Omu (Man) Peak and, during the meteorites rains, campers gathered to observe the phenomenon.


   
On these lands, covered by rich mountain vegetation, dwelling 3500 animal species. Among these animals are the chamois, the capercaillie and the lynx which are protected by the law. Moreover the presence of a rich flora and especially of the edelweiss and yew tree – declared monuments of nature - as well as the presence of some geological formations unique in Romania make possible the establishment of a series of natural reservations on the territory of this park.
   

Access:

  • By cable car(teleferic) from Busteni-Babele station, near the Silva Hotel

Working hours: Monday-Sunday 9:00-17:00; Tuesday: Tehnical inspection; Tel: 0040 244 314 532; 0040 244 320 306

  • By cable car(teleferic) from Sinaia- Cota 1400 station, back of Montana Hotel

Working hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-17:00;Monday: Tehnical inspection; Tel: 0040 244 311 674; 0040 244 311 872

  • By car: you can reach the park from the Prahova Valley (DN1); from the North, on the tourist routes that to the Predeal-Râşnov road; from the Rucăr-Bran Passage, on one of the valleys of the Western summit; and, from the South on the DN71 road that connects the Bucegi Plateau to the town of Pietrişiţa, via Bolboci cottage.
 
SINAIA
 
Pelisor Castle

Sinaia is another charming  resort in Prahova Valley, considered “The Pearl of The Carpathians” , situated at the foot of The Bucegi Mountains. It is t around 8-10 Km south far from Busteni, surrounded by mountains covered with coniferous forests, near the rapid waters of the Prahova River and offering charming sceneries, Sinaia is famous as a place for spending holidays. 

Sinaia grew up around the monastery of the same name, wich was founded in 1690-95 fy Mihail Cantacuzino the Spatharius , modeled on the Saint Elena Monastery on Mount Sinai. 

Sinaia has enjoyed this reputation since  1840 , when the newly-crowned King of Romania, Carol I, arrived here and fell in love at fist sight. He decided to build the royal family’s summer residence here, in the shadow of the majestic mountains that seemed to promise beauty and health.

Pelisor Castle

Between 1875-1883 , there started the construction of Peleş Castle in style of German neo-Reinassance, an architectural jewel of Romania’s landscape. No matter the season, the road to the castle, among the old trees, is always romantic.

Sinaia is also a winter resort, when it turns into a meeting place for skiers and snow-sports lovers. However, each season offers a unique beauty to the place.

Peleş Castle

From the middle of the stone terraces, watched by a wild fir tress forest and surrounded by gorgeous statues, on the background of some rocky mountain sides, the delicate shape of Peleş Castle unfolds, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe.

A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-Renaissance. The intricate facades, with applications of brown silky wood towers that seem to scratch the sky with their sharp roofs, along with the fountains and statues all make up a harmonious ensemble designed by accomplished Viennese architects. 

The 160 rooms and over 30 bathrooms have been transformed by the German and Austrian decorators into one of the most complex ensembles of neo styles in Romania. Precious furniture items were brought from Hamburg, Mainz and Vienna, and every element of the superb royal residence asserts its purpose.
Peleş has entered history as the place where some of the most important decisions were taken regarding Romania’s fate.

Anniversaries, balls, music, literary events, and theater shows organized on the scene of the theater hall gave life to the castle and refreshed the Romanian high life. The atmosphere of this place preserves so much of the force of those times that visitors will be surprised when, at their departure, they will notice that no gilded carriage is waiting at the stairs!

Since  1953 , the year when Peleş Castle became a museum, any visitor can admire the elegant interiors and superb terraces, as well as the buildings belonging to the castle: Pelişor Castle, The Watch Tower and Sinaia Monastery, situated right near the castle. The tourists can visit the castle every week, from Wednesday until Sunday, between 9.00 – 17.00, for only 10 RON (2,5 euro) and  5 RON for children (1,25 euro).

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