Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran

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Originally built in the 14th century, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) draws visitors because of its association with the bloodthirsty 15th-century Romanian ruler, Vlad the Impaler. The castle served as a fortress guarding the mountain pass and was advertised as the home of the ruler--also known as Dracul (the devil), who inspired the legend of Dracula. Perched on a rock above the river, the site offers panoramic views of the mountains. Today, its interiors feature art and furniture that belonged to the last Romanian Queen, Marie. Different rooms house some historical writings and the royal family tree. Check out an open-air museum in the park at the bottom of the hill with traditional Romanian peasant cottages and barns. To visit Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and other attractions in Bran, use our Bran trip builder website .
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  • An extremely disappointing visit for a castle that obviously owes its notoriety only to its association with the Dracula account. The myth of Dracula loses all its magic as soon as we start the path to the castle, where there are countless stalls of trinkets for tourists.
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  • A 10-11 hour day by coach from Bucharest, the journey itself was pleasant enough and scenic, but the incredible hordes of people being allowed into the castle at any one time was awful. Once inside th...  more »
  • My husband and I visited Romania back in March and of course we couldn't leave without visiting this place. We took a taxi from Bucharest since we didn't rent a car and our friends didn't have one. The parking is not free. Our friends recommended not to do the tour with the audio guide since some of the information is wrong. I have found the castle to be better from the outside rather than the inside. In fact, unless you're super curious about the interiors, I would just recommend to enjoy the outdoors and save yourself from the crowd.
  • Beautiful castle. Very well preserved and very pretty. Surprisingly small on the inside. There was a lot of tourist traffic going through the castle while we were there. It didn't bother us, but expect to be waiting in line to go through the different sections of the castle The street entrance to the castle is lined with street merchants. Although a lot of them sell the exact same thing. They are however very respectful and don't bother you with trying to make a sale as you walk by their stalls. In fact I'd go as far as to commend them on this (it's nice not to be hassled and you're enjoying your walk through the stalls)
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