Perched high atop a rocky plateau with imposing spiked turrets and blood-red towers, Bran Castle looms eerily over Transylvania cloaked in myth and legend. Commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, the 13th century castle is the real life setting of Bram Stoker’s sinister novel and the would-be residence of Count Dracula himself. Despite being a fictional character, Dracula was meant to have been based on the Wallachian prince, Vlad Tepes also known as Vlad the Impaler, who allegedly spent some time at the castle during his bloodthirsty reign of terror.
Dark narrow stairways wind through the castle connecting underground passage, watch towers that served as dungeons, and 57 rooms housing collections of Gothic furniture, weapons and armour dating all the way back to the 14th century. We have to admit that Bran isn’t our favourite castle in Romania and probably doesn’t live up to the hype but it’s a box-ticker and you can’t really leave without having a look!
What: Spooky Dracula’s Castle
Where: Str. Traian Mosoiu 24, Bran, Romania
When: Mon 12:00 – 18:00, Tue-Sun 09:00 – 18:00 (1st May – 30th Sept), Mon 12:00 – 16:00, Tue-Sun 09:00 – 16:00 (1st Oct – 30th April)
Why: To unravel the legend of Dracula
Who: The History Buff, The Culture Vulture, The Explorer, The Family, The Kids
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