Dracula’s Castle, Bran, Romania

explore_carpathian_gardenWho did not hear about Dracula’s Castle?

But you have to see it and to know the real history.

Bran is situated 30 km south from Brasov, but it is easy to come also from Bucharest (around 175 km). The destination and the route from Bucharest is very crowded in week-ends, so I would recommend to visit the castle during the week and NOT on week-ends, if you can. The ticket price is 25 lei (around 5.5 euro). There are some discounts for kids and seniors. They are mentioned, together with the visiting hours on www.bran-castle.com website.

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Bran Castle (also known as Dracula’s Castle all around the world) history begins around 1377, when the King Ludovic de Anjou, who wanted to guard the Bran pass, essential for the borders of Transylvania, gave the people of Brasov the privilege to build a fortress by their own powers and on their own expense and to guard the border.

After it was built, the citatel was managed by a castellan, who was the captain of the garrison, and had administrative and jurisdiction powers. The castle was the subject of some negotiations and was given to the Lord of Wallachia and then passed again to the Prince of Transylvania. In 1651, Brasov became the rightful owner of Bran citadel and the surrounding domain.

In the 18th century, the citadel lost its importance and became an administrative building for the customs at the border of  Transylvania.

In 1920, the Council of Brasov donated the castle to Queen Maria of Romania. The castle was fully renovated by the Royal House architect and became the summer residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Maria.

During the communist era, the castle became the property of the state. In 2006 it was restituted to the succesor of Queen Maria.

The Dracula character was created by Irish writer Bram Stoker in 1897. He chose to place his action in Transylvania and he made an association between his character – Dracula – and the Prince of Wallachia – Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes) – because of the bloodthirsty and punitive behavior of the Prince. He was punishing his caught enemies and not loyal men by impaling them.  Of course, the novel was inspired also from local stories of terrible vampires who were living around there. That’s why, you’ll find garlic strings in almost every house around there.

The Castle has a lot of rooms and the track will lead you through the most of them. The most impressive are the secret stairs, made of rock and passing through a very narrow corridor.

After visiting the castle, there is a separate fee for visiting the Horrors Tower, which has a lot of old torture machines, used in that time. If your heart is not strong enough, don’t visit it!

As accomodation, I will recommend the Vila Bran (www.vilabran.ro), which is not far from the castle, has a beautiful sightseeing over the castle and also offers the best activities around there.

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