Bran Predelut 100, Bran, 507025, Romania
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Bran Castle living room
Bran Castle, Romania
Bran Castle, Bran, Romania
Knights do battle for the Count (Dracula)!
Travel Tips for Bran
There is quite a fascination with vampires, I was surprised to see just how many books and films had been made on the subject.
If you want to get a historical perspective on vampires and Dracula, I'd highly recommend In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu. There is an extensive listing of Dracula/vampire related books in the appendix.
If you are looking for some good vampire fiction, you really should start with the Bram Stoker classic Dracula which started the vampire craze even though his was not technically the first.
More contemporary works include Stephen King's Salem's Lot which scared the pants off me when I was younger and Anne Rice's series of books that started with Interview with the Vampire
The Castle Walls
Adopting a totalitarian leadership, Vlad Tepes introduced a very strict order in Wallachia, strengthened the army, helped the trade with the neighboring countries, and was merciless towards those who went against him, be they noblemen (boyars) or of a lower status. Externally, he fought The Ottoman Empire, against which he scored famous victories.
Vlad's body lies in front of the altar. In 1935, a richly dressed but beheaded corpse was exhumed at Snagov, a fate known to have overtaken Dracula, whose head was supposedly wrapped, perfumed and dispatched as a gift to the Turkish sultan.
They say that impalling was one of Dracula's favourite punishments, but he was not the only one who made use of it at the time. Other German and Spanish princes would do the same. He used the method for boyars, thieves and criminals, Turks, Saxons and those who conspired against him; more than once it happened that a whole forest of sharp stakes with enemies' heads would rise around Târgoviste, the capital of Wallachia at the time.
What's a Vampire?
According to tradition, a vampire is a person who does not die, an "un-dead," whose corpse rises from the grave at night and seeks to suck the blood of the living. The vampire must return to the grave at dawn.
Excommunicated people, unbaptized children, criminals, babies born with teeth, witches, magicians, and the seventh son of a seventh son can all become vampires.
The National Costume in the Bran Region
The Romanian National costume is unique in the whole country, but it has some small difference varying with the region. This costumes - men, women and children - are from the region of Brasov, were the village of Bran belongs to !