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 an annoying tourist also, but in a different way; I'm judgemental, condescending and smug.
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 make a little additional revenue off tourists wishing to take pictures.
Never, ever invite a vampire to come into your home! Once you've invited them in, there is no getting rid of them, they will suck your blood and you will eventually turn into one of the undead.
If you do suspect a vampire is lurking nearby, arm yourself with garlic, wolfsbane, a crucifix and holy water to keep them at bay and a wooden stake, essential for killing a vampire.
How do you know if it's a vampire? Well, the first giveaway is the sharp canine teeth, pasty complexion and the cape but to be absolutely sure hold up a mirror and if you do not see their reflection, run like h*ll!
If I have unusually long canine teeth...
If I have unusually long canine teeth, does that mean I'm a vampire?
Lots of people naturally have long, sharp canines. You'd see them much more often, except that orthodontists very typically cap or remove such teeth because they supposedly interfere with chewing and cause too much wear on the other teeth. Living Vampires don't have "fangs", and you virtually never hear of them in folklore. Early fictional vampires seemed to be described as having long teeth as a way of emphasizing their animalistic nature. But the real identification of vampires and fangs started with the 1958 movie "Horror of Dracula", the first English-language film in which a vampire had a pair of big pointy canine teeth. And the reason that fangs impress people so much is because people are primates. An open-mouthed, fangy snarl is the classic aggression/dominance/threat sign for all primates and apes, humans included. Christopher Lee's snarl would send a chimpanzee or gorilla running for the hills! Humans are hard-wired to be impressed by fangs. But they're totally impractical for drinking blood. True blood-drinking animals, like vampire bats, bite with their incisors, and very gently (they fan their "victims" with their wings to lessen the sensation of the bite). They also lap the blood with their tongues, instead of sucking it--which is also what most blood-drinking humans do. Serious blood-drinkers don't bite their "donors". They use sterile needles, lancets or stainless steel blades for blood-letting. While many of us enjoy wearing prosthetic fangs, they're really just for fun.
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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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