Bran Castle

Bran Castle, situated between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, 30 km far from Brasov, attracts hundreds or thousands of tourists because of a legend: Count Dracula’s Legend. Initially, the Bran Castle (in Slavic „brana” means „gate”) was a stronghold known as Dietrichstein, built by the Teutonic Knights in 1212, stronghold that was conquered by the Saxons living in Transylvania towards the end of the 13th century. The castle initially fulfilled its dual function as a customs point and a fortress on the eastern border of Transylvania, with the aim of deterring the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.

The writer Bram Stoker, who published in 1897 the novel “Dracula” is the one who created the fame of the Castle associated with Dracula. So... it is just a legend! But that does not take away the magic. Even if Stoker does not determine exactly where the castle was situated in the novel, his description of it bears a striking resemblance to Bran Castle, although the author never visited this place, or Romania. Moreover, Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) or Vlad Dracula, the historical personage most closely identified with Stoker’s Dracula, never ruled Bran Castle, although some sources claim that he was held prisoner there for two months. However, Stoker's Dracula was a fictional character that was heavily influenced by the figure of Vlad the Impaler, who was the former Prince of Wallachia from the 15th century. There is one chamber in the castle dedicated to Bram Stoker, where the legend of Vlad Tepes and the myth of Dracula are presented. In the court of the Castle there is a village museum presenting the life and customs of the peasants in the area.

Bran Castle is a popular tourist destination nowadays, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to marvel at its stunning architecture and rich history. Visiting the castle provides a unique opportunity to explore the history of Romania alltogether and the different empires that influenced the region over the centuries. In addition to its rich history, the castle is also surrounded by beautiful views of the Carpathian Mountains and lush forests, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers.


Adults: 14 EUR
Seniors (+65 years, based on a document): 10 EUR
Students (based on a document): 8 EUR
Torture Chambers: 4 EUR
Time Tunnel: 6 EUR

Visiting schedule:

October 1 - March 31
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entry), and Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entry)

April 1 - September 30
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00 (last entry), and Monday from 12:00 to 18:00 (last entry)

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