It is one of the best known symbols of Romania and it has given birth to one of the world’s best-selling myths. It is full of mystery, history and wonder. It is the Bran Castle
, and it is not Dracula’s home. When visiting Romania
this is a must do on every tourists’ list. And if you are in Romania for your dental treatment
, you can plan a quick getaway from Bucharest to Bran in just one day.
A little bit of history
The first historic documentation of the Bran castle dates back to 1377 when an act issued by Louis I of Hungary gave the people of Kronstadt, nowadays Brasov city, the right to build the stone citadel at their own expense. The castle was used as a fortress in defense against the Ottoman Empire in the 1400s. in 1920 the castle becomes a royal residence and since then it has been associated with Queen Marie of Romania. In 2005 the castle was given back to the successors of the royal family.
But Bran castle is perhaps better known as Dracula’s castle although no links can be made between the infamous Romanian rules Vlad Tepes and the castle. Bram Stoker seemed to have only merely associated the castle with the Dracula story but the castle’s location and beauty merged well with the mystery of Bram Stoker’s novel.
Visiting Bran castle
Today the castle is a beautiful museum opened to tourists who can find here a large art and furniture collection belonging to Queen Marie. The castle is easily accessible and tourists coming from Bucharest will have to drive less than 200 km to the Bran-Moeciu village in Brasov County. The area is an ideal location for holidays or even short weekends. Its unspoiled beauty attracts many foreign tourists who come to see the castle but fall in love with the place and the charming people.
The castle can be visited Monday thru Sunday and one ticket for an adult is 30 lei, or 6.6 euros. Seniors have to pay 25 lei (4.5 euros) and children 7 lei (1.5 euros). There are extra costs for filming inside the castle (20 lei or 4.5 euros). Amateur photography is free of charge.