Bran Castle makes a strong impression as soon as you see it. Ominous and imposing, the Medieval castle sits on top of a steep hill in eastern Transylvania, surrounded by dark forests at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.
It looks exactly like every haunted castle you’ve ever read about in books or seen in movies. I suppose it shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since it is commonly known as Dracula’s Castle.
The castle is open to visitors daily, and you can freely wander around on your own, actualising your biggest horror fantasies in the perfect surroundings. The meticulously restored castle is like a maze – each room and corridor seems to lead to a new secret stairwell or a dark and narrow passageway.
Separating Legend and History
Bran castle doesn’t have an actual tie to Dracula, the classic novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. However, it is widely believed that he used descriptions of Bran Castle as a model for his fictional location.
The character of Dracula, a Transylvanian count, is said to be based on Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracul, who ruled the neighboring region of Wallachia in the 1400s.
According to legend, Vlad was a ruthless and blood-hungry ruler. Transylvania also has a rich history of local lore with stories of vampires and undead spirits.
The surrounding mountains, often covered in a dense fog, only add to the spooky atmosphere
Bran Castle also has a charming inner courtyard, visible from balconies on several floors
You won’t have any difficulties finding Dracula-themed products in Transylvania