In addition to the top sights in town, Sinaia is just 2km (1 1/4 miles) from the George Enescu Memorial House (Casa Memoriala George Enescu), in Cumpatu (tel. 0244/31-1753; Tues-Sun 9am-3pm; L6/$2.15/£1.35 adults), worth a visit if you have time. Built in the 1920s as a summer home for the country's great composer, it preserves antique furnishings, Enescu's piano, and also some poignant memorabilia; best of all, you'll get to hear recordings of his music as you explore the house, which -- surprisingly, given that the Ottomans never got a look in -- echoes the style of a Turkish Conac. On the way to or from the castle grounds you might want to take a brief look at Sinaia Monastery, Str. Manastirii 2 (tel. 0244/31-4917; daily 9:30am-6pm; donation expected), where almost two dozen monks still actively worship at the pair of Orthodox churches, the smaller of which dates from 1695. The first Romanian-language Bible, written in Cyrillic script in 1668, is the prize exhibit in the monastery's little history museum.

Royal Romanian Bubbly -- If you've got your own transport and are visiting Sinaia en route from Bucharest to Brasov, consider stopping off at the fabulously located Rhein Wine Cellar in Azuga, an attractive little town roughly midway between Sinaia and Brasov. Here, not only can you have a tour of the late-19th-century cellars and learn how Romania's most famous sparkling wine is produced, bottled, corked, and labeled, but you can also bed down for the night right above the cellar. Pensiunea Rhein, Pivnitele Rhein, Azuga (tel. 0244/32-6560; azuga@halewood.com.ro), has just a handful of spacious, attractive, wood-floored rooms, each named for a different Romanian grape variety, and done out in simple style with en suite showers, TVs, and wardrobes. Doubles cost L125 ($54/£33), or you could splurge on a junior suite for L155 ($67/£42); breakfast is extra. You can also ask in advance to sample one of their fixed-price lunch or dinner menus (around L47/$20/£10), hearty Romanian cuisine is served up alongside a selection of wines, including -- of course -- the same locally produced bubbly that for years was bottled exclusively for the Romanian royal household.

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