Bran Castle dates from the 14th century and was strategically built to occupy the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Shortly after it was built, it was attacked by the Turks. Although Bran has traditionally been known as “Dracula’s Castle”, he actually didn’t spend much time here unlike many Hungarian rulers. In the early 20th century the Romanian royal family liked to use this particular castle until the Communists took it. Despite this, Bran Castle is now in the royal family’s possession.
If your in or near Bran, Romania, you should definitely stop to see the famous Bran Castle. It really is like no other. The furniture and decorations inside the castle are the bare minimum, so it was not built for impressing people. Everything inside- the staircases, balconies, fireplaces, and rooms- is still very unique compared to other castles. From the outside, it is a very beautiful castle and provides many great views of the mountains. It is a must-visit place in Romania.
Anyone coming to Bran (unless they live there) is coming to see the castle. It is skillfully marketed as Dracula's Castle to attract tourists and it works. It was a busy place. Although the castle actually has little to do with Dracula, it is well worth visiting.
The castle was built between 1377 and 1382 by the Saxons of Brasov to protect their trade route with Wallachia.
The castle is open May to Oct: Mon - noon -6pm, Tues-Su 9am -6pm; Nov-April Tues-Sun 9am - 4pm. Entry is 10 Ron for adults.
The castle's most famous resident was Queen Marie of Romania a granddaughter of Queen Victoria who married Prince Ferdinand of Romania in 1893. She was a much loved monarch.
The castle is built around a central courtyard with a little wishing well. It is a beautiful building with furnished rooms, spiral stairs, secret passages and good views.
Get to Brasov by bus from bus station number 2 in Brasov. It should cost 6RON.
Bran Castle was a definite highlight of our trip to Romania. We already knew that the link between the castle and Dracula or Vlad Tepes was tenuous, at best (he never lived there - he possibly spent a few days there as a "guest" in the prison, but even this is speculation), but still, when we turned the corner and saw the imposing castle on the hill, my heart skipped a beat. It looked just as it does in the movies! Our guide came with us and told us about the history of the fortress, which was transformed into a castle by Queen Marie in the 1920s. The interior is furnished, and it is interesting to imagine living there - so many steps! Apparently, Queen Marie and King Ferdinand did not have a happy marriage - there were separate bedrooms, offices, living spaces...
On the grounds below the castle there are traditional Romaninan peasant buildings (houses, barns, etc.) and many stalls selling souvenirs, food and drink.
Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle, does not need any more presentation...
What I can say is that the position "above" the valley is amazing.
Probably the link below will help you find more information about it:
It's the only thing to see in town, and I think Dracula stayed here once, but really it's just a small castle owned by the Habsburgs. The most interesting aspect of the castle is how its history charts the complex ethnic make-up, and relationships that this region has had with its neighbours over the years. It was built on the orders of the Hungarian king, while sitting on his throne in Bratislava, Slovakia, and built in Romania by German settlers.
After communism ended in Romania they gave back the nationalised properties to their former owners. For the people of Romania this was a good thing. But I can't understand why they gave back this castle back to a bunch of bloodsucking (in the figurative sense) Austrian royals whose ancestors stole everything they inherited anyway.
It is hard to get a good shot of the outside of Bran Castle from the grounds of the castle as it is mainly blocked by trees. We got some good shots by exiting the castle, passing the market, going left and left again past the bus stop down the hill past some restaurants, over a little bridge and into a field with an old tower. When you cross the field and look back, you have a good view of the castle.
We visited Bran Castle and were dissapointed. No mention of Vlad Tepes, the legendary Dracula, or any Count. An innkeeper told us about a place called Count's Challenge Park where the purported ''Tomb of the Count'' is located and a small theme park has been built around it. This was the most memorable experience we had in Transylvania and provided us what we were looking for. It is very close to the Castle perched on a hill with breaktaking views. We saw live shows where good knights do battle with vampire knights and fair maidens dance. Their is a medieval village that is recreated with constant reanactment. Kind of like a Rennasiance Fair. We ate some good food while the kids learned to be knights.
Last but not least we saw the tomb or home shall we say of the legendary Count.
If you come all the way to Transylvania... don't miss the place where all the legends come from!
THE thing to do when you are in Bran is to visit Bran Castle. It is the most famous castle in Romania and one of the best known in Europe. A wooden fortress was built here by the Teutonic Knights in 1212. This was destroyed by the invading Mongols in 1242. The first written record of of the current stone Bran Castle is an act issued by King Sigismund of Hungary in 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Braşov) the right to build a castle. The structure we see today was largely built by the Saxons from 1382 onwards.
The castle's main function was to be a defensive stronghold against the invading Turkish armies. It later also became a customs post controlling the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. In 1920, the people of Brasov gave the castle, as a gift, to the Romanian royal family. It became the principal home of Queen Marie and later of her daughter, Princess Ileana. It was seized by the communists, who expelled the royal family in 1947. In 2006, the Romanian government returned the castle to Archduke Dominic of Austria, Prince of Tuscany, son and heir of Princess Ileana, who promptly put it up for sale.
Bram Stoker allegedly used Bran Castle as his model for Dracula's Castle. Bran Castle has featured in several film adaptations of "Dracula," and has consequently become known as "Dracula's Castle."
My impression of it was that it was quite a small castle, both inside and out. I think that it must have been quite a cold and cramped home for a royal family: certainly nowhere near as comfortable as Peles Castle. I can see how on a grey winter's day, when the hordes of tourists aren't there, it could seem like the archetypal Dracula's Castle. Inside, however, it still seems like the family home of Queen Marie and Princess Ileana, with their furnishings and pictures everywhere.
Visiting hours: 1st of May - 1st of October: 9am-6pm, 1st of October - 1st of May: 9am-4pm
Admission: 10 lei
Often claimed to be Dracula's dwelling this 800 year old castle is situated just outside Brasov. No matter if you believe it once belonged to Vlad Tepes or not you should still consider a trip there if you are in the area. The castle has a lot of history and atmosphere and is worth the effort.
Do prepare though to share the experience with a lot of other people. It's known to attract a lot of tourists.
Bran castle was built in 1377 in the close vicinity to the Bran Pass as a part of the defensive system protecting the southern Transylvania. After losing its strategic significance in 18th century, the fortress served as the headquarters of the local administration and as a customs checkpoint. In the 1920s it was the queen's summer residence.
There isn't much of a reason for this castle to be called Dracula's castle. Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), the ruler of Wallachia, and Bram Stoker's inspiration for Dracula, didn't ever live here. He's believed to have stayed in the castle for two days.
Nevertheless, this castle-turn-into-a-museum is worth seeing.
Bran castle is associated to the Dracula story, although Vlad “Dracula” never actually lived there for sure. Depending on the source, he may have stayed there for up to three days in the 15th century.
The castle was originally a wooden one built by Teutonic knights coming from Palestine back to Europe. Later they built one of stones. It dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. It sits on top of a steep rock.
In the 1920’s the castle was given to the royal Romanian family and consequently Queen Maria lived there. Her daughter Ileana lost it to the communists in 1948. In May 2006 it was returned to her son, a Habsburger. He had to agree on a contract though, that the Romanian government can run it as a museum until 2009.
So you may visit the castle and its surrounding grounds for 12 RON. Taking photos sets you back another 10 RON. You will have to show your tickets twice – upon entering the grounds and again upon entering the castle.
The castle has many small rooms and staircases and corridors. You will see many photos of Queen Maria, some furniture and climb the secret passage way. Everything is monitored by CCTV.
We hopped of the bus just past the souvenir market after spotting the castle perched on top of a rocky outcrop. We were a bit surprised to see these old army guns especially as they make a strange combination with the scuptures in this small park which has several benches where a big family was picknicking.
These rural buildings are part of your package when visiting the castle as they are located on the surrounding grounds. There are information tables next to each building with explanations and one of them you can view inside too. You can see how peasants lived and probably still live in places.
" To ensure protection against both the Turkish and Tartar invasions and the trespasses of the feudal noblemen, the inhabitants of Rasnov erected on top of this hill a refuge and defense fortress in the thirteenth century. Attested by documents since as early as 1335, the fortress was reinforced with ramparts towers and bulwarks that made it one of the most solid fortresses in the fifteenth century. Although under multiple sieges along the centuries, this fortress protected the lives and proprieties of the inhabitants of Rasnov and of the neighbouring villages."
This fortified medieval castle, often referred to as Dracula's Castle, was built in 1377 to protect nearby Brasov from invaders. It also served as a customs station.
The castle's rooms and towers surround an inner courtyard.
Some rooms are connected through underground passages to the inner court.
In 1920, the people of Brasov who owned the castle offered it as a gift to Queen Maria of Romania, and the castle soon became her favorite residence.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9AM to 4PM