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Bran Castle, Bran

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Originally built in the 14th century, Bran 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. With our international travel planner, Bran attractions like Bran Castle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Not Dracula castle. One of the famous Romanian castle but Dracula is not a part of it. So, you can visit a castle (attention, is a very crowded place) but the horror is not there...  more »
  • This was a nice castle to check off your list but it was underwhelming. When you hear "Dracula's Castle" you expect something dark/ominous but what you get is a tiny castle that is cramped and hard to...  more »
  • True or not true who cares: that's the legend and I was happy to visit the castle. It can be done in one day tour from the capital but the best is to find a pension around the beautiful mountains and ...  more »
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  • You can easily find info on-line so I'll just say this: the place is awesome and well-worth a visit. You shouldn't expect any Dracula related stuff -except the crap souvenirs you can find in the surrounding area, which I wouldn't suggest buying. If you really need a souvenir, there are a few art stores in the area with decent paintings of the castle. Also, you could find something nice in the antique stores.
  • Amazing castle with loads of rooms and pathways for the visitor to explore. There is some scaffolding work at the moment which is a pity but it does not interfere too much with the experience. A must when in Romania
  • Very nice place, the castle is well maintained inside out. Very quiet and not as crowded as other must-visit places. As said this is a must-visit as well as the town of Bran itself. Tip for the students: bring your University ID card and ask for students discount,all over Romania museums and monuments are much cheaper to visit as a student.
  • Very nice castle to visit and amazing gardens too! It can however get crowded at times due to narrow corridors and walkways. Otherwise, it is overall an excellent visit.
  • A lovely castle, don't expect much of Dracula, there's a bit about Bram Stoker, and where the word Dracula comes from, expect to spend about 1.5 hours max walking around the castle and grounds, its not as big as it looks. Well worth a visit, if your in the area.

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