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Bran Castle, Bran
(3.8/5 based on 3,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited the castle in the evening dedicated to halloween party. In heated set up outside there was the party, but we didn't see the casino crazy ... even to enter the castle we took at least half an hour straight! But it is worth it to see him at night, all dressed ... the atmosphere was spectacular!! Inside there are many halls and various narrow passages at the end of the trail you will reach a courtyard where there is also a small shop ... There are also outside, very cute, but sell all the same items!! However if you go to Transylvania a stage to this castle is a must
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  • Very touristy. Very crowded in "non peak season." I didn't realize Vlad the Impaler did not really spend much time if any here. Felt more like an old house than castle on the inside. 
  • Amazing views and a beautiful castle. Not overly glitzy but just lovely. Everything was well presented information was in English so it was easy to understand. A lovely experience and well worth a vis...  more »
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  • Beautiful castle full of charm and history! The walk up to the castle was nice. The market gave us a good chance to buy a hat and scarf which we had forgotten and needed due to the chill October wind. The castle is a bit cold inside and perhaps not best for those that aren't that mobile. There is a lot to read and it's nicely restored with examples of furniture and antiquities from the castles past ... oh and a few mentions of Vlad the impaler, Dracula himself! A great experience with beautiful views and charming architecture.
  • Beautiful historic castle, regardless of obvious tourist-dollar inspired tie to Count Dracula. Winding stair cases and scenic views throughout. Well designed tour and guide was pleasant and easy to understand. Was not a fan of the torture device exhibit, but I understand why it was there.
  • Beautiful building, it is like a maze and you can really imagine the families living there. The queue is a little long so the earlier the better or late afternoon are the best times to arrive. Fascinating history well documented in several languages inside, I think this was great value for money. Only reason it is not 5 stars is because of the tour guides pushing around but that was poor timing and nothing to do with the castle itself.
  • Amazing place steeped in history (and not all Dracula as most people would expect). The drop-off was closely located to the castle which looks radient in the sunlight and is hard to imagine that this was the backdrop to Bram stoker's castle dracula in his novel. It is easy to see why this was a favourite place of the queen before the war. be sure to take a look at the private torture exhibition but be warned , this is not for the faint hearted.
  • Even though we went during the off season, or perhaps because it was Halloween, the queue was ridiculous. The castle is cool, but not worth sharing with tons of people. Recommend heading when there isn't a line to get in.