Watching certainly isn't a prerequisite to learning about history, but if you're looking for a silly Christmas movie, that'll give you breathtaking snapshots of Romania, add it to your "Up Next" queue on Netflix.
In case the title of the film didn't spoil it already for you, the movie follows normal American Girl, Amber Moore (played by Rose McIver) as she makes her move across the pond to marry Prince Richard (played by Ben Lamb) and become the future Queen of Aldovia. Her new home in the film is the real-life in Sinaia, Romania and it quickly became my favorite aspect of the whole movie. It's the quintessential location for a cheesy romantic Christmas movie to take place. Here's everything you need to know about the castle—including how you can visit.
According to , it was seized during Communist rule, so it was closed from about 1975 to 1990. Following the revolution in 1989, the palace was opened as a museum so the public could view. then used as the royal family's summer home circa 1883 and "served as a venue for important meetings during the early months of World War I."
The castle was designed by , who also erected the royal stables, the guards' chambers, a hunting lodge, and more. Additions were later made by Czech architect Karel Liman between 1893 and 1914.
The castle's interiors reflected a mix of the personalities of its first inhabitants—King Carol I, a soldier, and Queen Elizabeth of Romania, a lover of music and the arts.
To get to the castle, suggests a train from Brașov or Bucharest to Sinaia. Once there, tours are available at different price points, depending on which floors you plan to take a tour of and whether you plan to see other castles during your trip.
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notes that just down a wooded promenade from the castle you will stumble upon the Sinaia Monastery.