As you approach The Castle itself is enough to make any real Goth go into orgasm. Built high on a rock and on the base of much older fortifications made of stones from the river mixed with bricks and wood. Towers that dominate the landscape you walk through the gate tower which makes sense than looking to the North the highest tower which is a rectangular shape rises above you is the Donjon Tower. Looking south west the beautiful round tower which we were told is the oldest.
The Bran Caste is located in Bran Braşov, Roumania is where the frontier, the strategic choke point and trade route between Transylvania Moldavia and Wallachia meet. The most hold pass if one is to control trade routes. The was the pathway the Mogols took destroying a wooden fort built by the Teutonic Order known as Dietrichstein in 1242 so ya it has some history. In 1377 the Hungarian King Sigismund occupied this pass in the Carpathian mountains began to build a castle and a customs check point at the foot of Tampa mountain. The castle was strengthened as part of the “Turk problem” of the expanding Ottoman Empire. Bran became a corner stone in the “anti-Ottoman stand of Christian Europe”.
It is really in this role of the almost global conflict in the 14-hundred between Ottoman East and Christian West that the association came about that gives Bran its nickname of Count Dracula’s Castle. Vlad the Impaler Dracula Prince of Walachia fought a bitter campaign on two fronts against the Saxon merchants and the Ottoman Turks. He did in fact siege the castle at Bran .
But Modern Bran is more a product the restoration of the old Bran castle into a palace a royal residence within the Kingdom of Roumania. It became the favorite home and retreat of Queen Marie. The castle was really the favorite Queen Mary’s youngest daughter Princess Ileana and inherited by her in fact it is owned by her descendants today including here children members of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen the Archduke Dominic and his sisters Maria-Magdalena Holzhausen and Elisabet Sandhofer
The Commune of Bran is made up of six villages and as you may guess “”Dracula’s Castle” is a major source of commerce – so Bram Stoker the author of Dracula is much loved in Bran but the real heroes are Roumania Queen Marie and Princess Ileana. .
Cost is 25 Lei
1st of May – 30th of September
12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 - 18:00
Last entrance: 18:00
1st of October – 30th of April
Monday: 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 - 16:00
Last entry: 16:00
The claim to fame in Bran is the Castle. Its quaint, but picturesque. At the base of the park is a small outdoor museum featuring Romanian architecture brought in from the various regions.
This small castle is not in the greatest condition, but its foundations are still impressive, perched on the tip of the mountain, with shear drops on three sides. To get there, you will have to climb some ~2000 steps.
Vlad had many friends in the villages to the south, so he had a refuge with protection when enemies came looking for him.
Check out the Transfagarasan Road via my other tip. If you get on this road, take a short stop, ~2 km south of the big lake's dam and visit Poienari Citadel.