Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Romania  /  Transylvania  /  Central Romania  /  Brasov County  /  Bran  /  Museums  /  Bran Castle

Bran Castle, Bran

(3.8/5 based on 3,200+ 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.
Create a full Bran itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bran

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Bran by other users

48 days in Romania, Vienna & Budapest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in Romania, Vienna & Budapest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Romania BY A USER FROM ROMANIA March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Slovenia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Romania BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Romania SEE PLAN April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Sighisoara, Brasov & Bran BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Bucharest & Transylvania BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Northwest Romania, Bran & Brasov BY A USER FROM NORWAY June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Bran & Brasov BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Romania BY A USER FROM JORDAN May, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Braved the cold and it was well worth it. Always amazed to see such surreal artifacts. It's a must-see! 
  • Luckily is still not very touristy, otherwise would suffer the fascinating structure and tetra setting .... Great to visit in autumn, the right context to enhance this castle!
    View original
  • This place is fully exploited commercially and is a disappointment, starting with the fact that Bram Stoker was not based on this castle to write the novel. Another highlight is that Vlad Tepes even lived for a prolonged period in the place, the problem is that its castle lies in ruins by what can not be exploited commercially. There is no reference to Dracula except two pixelated photos of the poster of the film inside the Castle. At the base there are plenty of shops that sell souvenirs of dreadful quality. I do not recommend paying admission to the Castle but if stop a few kilometers before to enjoy the view which is very good and has some mysticism.
    View original
Google
  • 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.