One of the most imposing historical monuments of Romania is in Bran-Rucar Pass. Built on a cliff, Bran Castle, mostly known as Draculas’s Castle, houses the Bran Museum, a museum that spans its four floors. And although foreign tourists come annually in search of Count Dracula’s legend, and the guide emphasizes his mythical side, the history of Bran Castle is also fascinating.
According to US Forbes magazine, Bran Castle is on the second place among the most expensive properties in the world, with an estimated value of 140 million dollars.
Initially, Bran Castle was a fortress known as Dietrichstein, built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in 1212, which was conquered by the Saxons in the late 13th century. After having different owners, on December 1, 1920, the castle was donated to Queen Mary of Romania, in recognition for her contribution to the Great Union of 1918. Immediately after that, for 7 years, the castle was restored by architect Carol Liman, as a royal summer residence. Queen Mary left Bran Castle as an inheritance to Princess Ileana, who ruled it until 1948. After many many years, in 2009, Bran Castle was officially given to Dominic of Habsburg, the successor of Princess Ileana.
Nowadays, tourists can enjoya wonderful display of fascinating objects inside the Bran Museum. Of course, there is a room called “Bram Stoker” Room, where the legend of Vlad the Impaler is pressented, as well as the myth of Count Dracula.
In the courtyard of the castle there is a small museum that presents the peasants’ life in the area, as well as the work and traditions of the Rucar-Bran area. During Halloween, Bran Castle is the favorite destination of American and English tourists.
Bran Castle was associated with Count Dracula thanks to Irish writer Bram Stoker, who published in 1897 the novel “Dracula, the Carpathian vampire”. The book is considered mediocre by literary critics, but it has had a big impact among readers, since by 1903 six editions had been printed.
In fact, the legend of the bloody count Dracula was associated with prince Vlad the Impaler in the 19th-20th centuries. The Romanian ruler was known to be merciless to those who did not obey or violate the laws, and the most common punishment was tossed to death. Another explanation for the name Dracula might come from the fact that in 1431 Sigismund of Luxembourg invested Vlad the Second, Tepes’ father, with the Order of the Dragon, a chivalric order dedicated to the battles against the Turks, and the emblem was a dragon, associated with the symbol of the devil. Thanks to this emblem, Vlad Tepes received the surname of Vlad Dracul.
Bran Castle is not the only tourist destination linked to Count Dracula’s legend. Another place worth visiting is Snagov Monastery.
|DEPARTURE||Hotel pickups commence prior to this time.|
|RETURN LOCATION||Your address/hotel in Bucharest|
|DEPARTURE TIME||9:00 AM or 10:00 AM|
Bran Castle is situated between the Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului Mountains, at 30 km from Brasov and almost 200 km from Bucharest. This is the only tourist attraction that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists due to the Legend of Count Dracula, although historical archives show that Vlad Tepes passed only once through Bran, on his way to Brasov.
Bran Castle is a beautiful medieval fortress, with many interesting stories that await you to descover them. Book your trip here to get in touch with both its mystic and historical sides. You will be astonished as well by Bran’s picturesque landscape, traditional food and tasty wines.
For a full refund, cancel at least 5 days in advance of the start date of the experience.
Thank you for choosing us. After completing the booking form, we will get back at you in 24 hours with your trip confirmation for the period you chose. Moreover, you will receive the bill via email for your 20% payment in advance. The rest of the money you will pay in cash to the driver.
Your tour starts at your hotel in Bucharest or at any other adress you provide us, at 09:00 AM or 10:00 AM. Keep in mind that
Bucharest hotel pickups commence prior to this time.
One of the most imposing historical monuments of Romania is in Bran-Rucar Pass. Built on a cliff, Bran Castle, mostly known as Draculas’s Castle, houses the Bran Museum, a museum that spans its four floors.
We will stop at a restaurant in the center of Sinaia city where you can taste our local delicious food.
Your tour ends where it started, at your hotel in Bucharest or in the center area of the city at an accessible parking spot
Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.