Castle break is an innitiative out of the innitiative Monumente uitate (forgotten monuments) which makes weekend trips, like the city breaks, to castles in Romania. The break on Prahova valley proposes castles like the Cantacuzino castle in Busteni, the museum of Sinaia city and the Casino in Sinaia, which we visited, among others.
Maria Bostenaru 2016 / CC BY
Cantacuzino castle in Busteni
In south east Germany gardens and castles are managed in common way by the state. This is why a visit to castles leads us also to their gardens.
The castle in Busteni has a garden with water plays and a grotto, the casino in Sinaia is placed in the middle of a park designed by Swiss landscape architect Eder. The park features a minigarden of typical mountain plants, a pavillion for events like during the film festival and so on. The museum of Sinaia city is just opposite the old cable to bring tourists up the mountain.
The Monumente uitate initiative started with castles in Transsylvania, a subject of study in both Romania and Hungary, and the dean of Corvinus university landscape architecture, Albert Fekete, won a national and an Europa Nostra prize for studying the gardens of castles in Transsylvania. It later extended to the other Romanian historic provinces. Monumente uitate is thus also an initiative for understanding between minorities in Romania and the majority and was as such invited to Maghiaromania events.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.