Aldovia and Penglia: the real country and castle where A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby was filmed

Filming locations A Christmas Prince The Royal Baby
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The fairy tale world of Netflix movie series A Christmas Prince is back with this third chapter also filmed in the Peleş Castle in Romania. You may be wondering if Aldovia and its counterpart, the Kingdom of Penglia exist. Unlike Moldova and Moldavia, the land where the cheesiest royal family lives is a fictional made up country. Apparently, Aldovia and Penglia are located somewhere in the old Europe, more specifically next to Latvia and Lithuania (although actually only Russia has a border with both Baltic nations).

This is the third installment of the 2017 hit romantic comedy after the 2018 sequel subtitled The Royal Wedding. Returning to their roles are Rose McIver (iZombie, Once Upon a Time) as Queen Amber from New York, and Ben Lamb (Now You See Me 2, The White Queen) as prince charming King Richard. No spoilers ahead!

Where was A Christmas Prince filmed? The real Aldovia location

Peleş Castle A Christmas Prince
The monarchs of Aldovia have their official residence fix in Peleş Castle, located in the beautiful town of Sinaia (Romania). Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains between the capital Bucharest and the historical city of Brasov, this is one of most impressive castles in the country. Built between 1873 and 1914, this neo-Renaissance masterpiece was designed not as a fortress but as the summer retreat for the first king of Romania, Carol I.
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Image courtesy of Tiberiu Sahlean - Map


A Christmas Prince castle
Several scenes of Aldovia's first residence are filmed in the entrance and the courtyard, featuring impressive statues. The interior rooms of Peles Castle are also spectacular and are very well preserved (the site is a big tourist attraction), as it was never sacked or bombed. During the first years of the Communist regime, it was used by Ceauşescu and the cultural elites as a recreation and resting place. It turned into a museum in 1953, until it was closed down from 1975 to 1990. Nowadays it belongs again to the to former Romanian royal family.
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A Christmas Prince drehort
However, we find out that the interiors for The Royal Baby were filmed somewhere else: The Cotroceni Palace is a National Museum, next to the official residence of the President of Romania in Bucharest. Several rooms and halls of this former Royal Palace, built in 1895, were used to film scenes taking place in the noble residence of Aldovia. Image courtesy of Netflix and Leontin l - Google Maps


Aldovia
The staircase and the exterior of the building with columns in Aldovia (fist image of this report), where the press conference takes place at the beginning of the movie, was filmed in the Romanian Athenaeum. Opened in 1888, this magnificent concert hall in the center of Bucharest is a landmark that witnessed the opulent days before the war, when the city was known as the Paris of the East. As Bustle reports, there is life beyond Aldovia and Penglia in the A Christmas Prince universe: A few establishing shots were filmed in New York City, that is where the journalist-turned-Queen's of dad is still working at Ruby's Diner restaurant. Image courtesy of Netflix and Brigitte Djajasasmita - Map

Netflix recently added a new cinematographic fictional country to the list along Aldovia and Penglia: Turgistan from 6 Underground and Cedarfield and Harpurton featured in The Stranger.

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For further information about the wonderful, always astonishing real country of Romania that doubled as Aldovia, here is a selection of books that we recommned, starting with The Rough Guide to Romania (with Peles Castle on the cover of the 2019 edition). The Lonely Planet guides are always a good travel companion too. The Transylvania Bradt Travel Guide is dedicated to our our favourite region, a legendary and enchanting land beyond the myths of vampires:

  


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