9 Church, Predelut village, Bran, Romania
More about Bran
Bran Castle, Romania
Horseback riding in the Medieval Village
Inside the castle
Travel Tips for Bran
The Sensation of Fear
I don't really know where I would take someone who is for the very first time in Bran! I think... I think I would take it everywhere! Bran is a really beautiful and very romantic castle. Placed on a hill peak surrounded by forests. But... Much of the romantic atmosphere has gone because of the large tourist industry. The castle is No1 attraction and visited by thousands of people every summer.
Did you know that famous people visited Dracula's Castle? For example, the famous South-American actress and singer Natalia Oreirowell known from soaps, has surprisingly decided to film at Dracula's Castle her music video for the song "Como te olvido" from the album "Tu veneno". Other star that visited the castle was Nicole Kidman, while shoting for Could Mountin.
The Castle Entrance
Dracula's renown reached the West through the Saxons from the Transylvanian towns of Brasov (Kronstadt) and Sibiu (Hermannstadt), who often gave shelter to those who claimed the Wallachian throne. In order to escape the peril of losing his throne, Vlad would punish the Saxons. Sibiu and the neighbouring area were pillaged and burnt down by Vlad, and many Saxons were impaled. The same happened to the Saxon merchants who came on business to Târgoviste.
In fact, Stoker used Vlad only as a source of inspiration, since in his novel, Dracula is not prince Vlad the Impaler, but a Transylvanian count living in a mysterious castle where he lured his victims. His story takes place in the Bistritza area, and the castle lies near the Bârgau Pass (in the Carpathian Mountains). As Stoker had never visited Transylvania, most places and happenings were pure fiction.
View from the Castle
In Eastern Europe, vampires are believed to be afraid of garlic. Farm animals can be rubbed with garlic to protect them, while garlic often hangs from doors and windows to keep vampires out. Anyone who does not like garlic can be suspected of being a vampire.
Thorns of wild roses will also keep vampires away. Because vampires are compulsive counters, poppy seeds are often tossed around cemeteries, so that when the vampire awakes, he will spend the night counting and be forced to return to the grave before dawn.
Vampires dislike mirrors and silver, so silver crosses or icons were frequently displayed in houses for protection.
Driving in Romania
If you have a car, driving around this area is fantastic. Beautiful roads but watch the hairpin bends and trucks, and sheep! Don't miss stopping off at one of the roadside stalls to buy sheeps cheese and homemade fruit cordials. Delicious!