Bran Travel Guide

  • Bran
    by hungariangirl896
  • Bran
    by hungariangirl896
  • Bran
    by hungariangirl896

Bran Things to Do

  • Exploring Bran Castle

    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...

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  • Bran Castle

    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...

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  • Bran Castle aka Castle Dracula

    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...

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  • Bran Castle

    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:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bran_Castle

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  • Bran Castle

    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...

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  • Photographing Bran Castle

    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...

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  • Famous inner yard

    Well, this is the inner yard you probably know from the movies. If for nothing else, this is the reason why to visit the castle.

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  • Visit the museum

    Although this is not actually real Dracula castle, the museum is however worth a visit. If you're fan of art, old furniture, weapons, you can find something for yourself.

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  • See Dracula's Tomb and a Live Show!

    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...

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Bran Hotels

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  • Inn on Balaban

    Simon NR 280, Bran, Romania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Pensiunea Katharina

    Bran Predelut 100, Bran, 507025, Romania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Contele Vladimir

    str. Reitesti, nr. 61, Bran, 507025, Romania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Bran Restaurants

  • The best restaurant in town

    The food, wine and prices in this place were decent, but the service horrendous. Or how would you like a waiter saying "Give me your credit card!" after the meal. Bad service is nothing new in a Romanian restaurant (we actually didn't experience anything else), but still..On the scale of of Bran restaurants, though, I can recommend this...

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  • The best in Bran

    Situated at the entrance in Bran,not far from the Castle, the restaurant offers excelent food, very good service and not at last a very nice ambient. Wherever you decide to eat, outside or inside, you will enjoy your meal from all points of view.We visited it many times and we can say that all the dishes we tryed were delicious.

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  • Don't Miss Mamaliga With Sarmale

    I bet you've never lived in such conditions like here. The people from here are very friendly and serve you with anything they have. They clean for you and even cook if you want ! If so, you'll most likely eat forc-meat rolls in cabbage (SARMALE - see the recipe in my frontpage) and hominy! This are the Romanian national foods. Before you eat,...

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Bran Transportation

  • Bus

    The bus to and from Brasov takes about an hour, maybe an hour and a half, and is a very cheap, and sometimes rough ride. It's variable: one bus was clean, comfy and air-conditioned, the other was a rust bucket with seats and a suspension that was as hard as rock. The bus usually passes through Rasnov on the way, and it's definitely worth stopping...

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  • Getting to Bran

    We got there by taking a bus from Brasov bus station number 2. The ticket cost 6RON. Buses leave at 9am, 10am, 11am then at half hourly intervals finishing around 7 (I think). The front of the bus will say Bran, but its final destination is the little village of Moeciu. Our bus to Bran was horribly overcrowded but it was fine coming back. The bus...

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  • By public bus

    From Basov there are buses from Autogara 2 to Bran. They run every half hour during the week and hourly on the weekends. The cost in October 2007 was 3,5 RON. The bus will take you through Rasnov (Risnov on VT) to Bran. The 30 km take about 40 minutes or thereabouts.From Brasov old town you need to take a local bus for 1,5 RON to Autogara 2 like...

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Bran Shopping

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  • Buy home made palinka here.

    Cristi´s is a restaurant where I ate when I went to Bran and after the food I had one pallinka. Home made and it was really delicious. So, the man who worked night there took and put palinka in a water bottle and sold to me, even if it was his boss´pallinka. It tasted very delicious.

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  • Souvenirs

    What can you buy there? Actually, mostly everything you could print "Dracula" on. Except only two things I wanted to take home from Transylvania: Hawthorn stake and a Dracula doll. So I just took some cups and t-shirts for gifts to bring home. And postcards, of course. Prices are from few euro (magnets, cups) to few hundred euros (hats, suits),...

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  • Souvenirs

    The path leading to the ticket booth for the castle tickets is lined with souvenir shops. Here you find all sort of useful things and kitsch. Postcards start at 1 RON. There are public toilets in the area opposite the ticket booth. They are underground and cost 1 RON.

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Bran Local Customs

  • Spit fire cake

    I don’t know what this form of cake is really called but there was a long line of people waiting to buy freshly made ones. The metal spit which is actually thick and round is dipped into the batter and then laid on a bed of coal fire. There the spit is constantly turned and the batter is quickly baked and then flavoured with your choice eg coconut....

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  • 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 !

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Bran Warnings and Dangers

  • Tourist Crowds

    There are long queues, and you'll be bumping into people all around the castle. The tourists Bran attracts seem to be of the most annoying variety, the ones who have kids that fire 80db laser guns at everyone they pass, and those who have no awareness of their surroundings, walking into your camera frame, stopping and not even apologising. Yes, I'm...

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  • Photography charges

    Like everywhere else in Romania, there is an additional charge to take photographs at Castle Bran, here it was 80,000 or 90,000 lei (about $3 US). I do not know if it's strictly enforced, no one questioned me as I was taking pictures, they give you a paper ticket which I had in my pocket. Admission to most places in Romania is not very much so they...

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  • Walking required

    Like all good castle/fortresses, Bran is built on the side of a rocky bluff which means you need to climb a little bit to get there. But the path is mostly shaded and the grade not too steep.

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Bran Tourist Traps

  • Dracula is not at home

    Although this castle is mostly known as "Dracula's castle" there is no trace of famous Count anywhere in the castle. Only thing that will remind you of the famous bloodsucker is the inner yard of castle you've probably seen on movies.

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  • Camera surcharge

    Normally, there is an additional fee for using cameras, starting at 10 lei (aprox. 3 EUR), and a sepparate ticket should be bought from the entrance.If your budget is limited, this fee can easily be avoided - simply don't buy this extra ticket, as while you will be allowed to carry your camera with you, once you are INSIDE the castle rooms, no one...

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  • Do NOT visit on Sundays

    If possible, avoid visiting the castle on Sundays - in addition to the usual foreign tourist flows, the castle is a very popular destination among Romanians as well, being easy to reach from some major Romanian cities including Bucharest. Besides, the castle rooms and corridors are small, and you won’t be able to enjoy the most of the visit. Visit...

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Bran What to Pack

  • Winter days

    A waterproof backpack because there is a lot of snow during winter days. Warm clothes and waterproof shoes with good soles because it can be really slippery, and a good hat so your ears don't drop off because of cold.

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  • Just in case

    Wooden stakes, garlic, holy water, crosses, etc... If they don't work just stay in the sunlight and steer clear of coffins.

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Bran Off The Beaten Path

  • 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!

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  • Idyllic green fields

    The most beautiful views, except the views from Transfogaras Road (probalby there are more but we didnt climb mountains unfortunately) are the views on the way from Curtea de Arges to Bran. Idyllic panoramas like in a fairy tale. An absolute must!

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  • Take a side trip to Rasnov

    The castle at Rasnov is in many ways more memorable than Bran. It is a bit of a climb up, but more spacious and less touristy.

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Bran Favorites

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  • THE REAL DRACULA

    Romanians chosen to accomodate Dracula in Bran's Castle since its narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers easy to hide a "vampire". In reality, Dracula did not even sleep a single night at the castle. Besides, Bran was not a castle under his jurisdiction as ruler of Valachia.Vlad Tepes (The Impaler)...

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  • Good viewing

    In addition to the many, many books on the subject of vampires, there are plenty of movies and TV shows on the subject.Bela Lugosi's portrayal in the 1931 Dracula is the one that most people think about when they think about Dracula, the black cape, pointy teeth, bug eyed glare and his slow thick Hungarian accent. I just recently watched the film...

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  • Good reading

    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...

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