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. To visit Bran Castle and other attractions in Bran, use our Bran trip builder website .
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  • The castle could potentially be nice to see, if it weren't for the way it's being managed. Although tickets are expensive for what you get, the place is extremely popular and they let in way too many ...  more »
  • It stands on a hill in strategically pee control of the Valley. Nicer outside than inside with clean rooms furnished, some steep stair, discrete views inside the Castle and nothing more. The air of mystery that hovers, the shadow; Dracula, a single standard poster; the rest his reputation depended totally on the novel that set the adventures of count and the publicity that followed.
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  • This has nothing to do with Dracula, the tickets are way too expensive, loads and loads of people flock inside like sheep only to be disappointed when they come out. No guides available, a real con fo...  more »
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  • WOW!!! What an amazingly beautiful historic building. Keep in mind when you visit here, it was not Dracula's home. He was detained here only for a short time. However the military background is fascinating. If you have school age kids, have them bring their schools identification cards for a discount. Also, if you want to use the headset tour, make sure to pay for that at the bottom of the hill entrance. You will receive the headset when you enter the castle. If you have your own wired headphones, bring them. The headphones they have do not stay in your ears. Also, if you can read English or Romanian, there really is no need to get the headset as everything in the recording is on a plaque on the wall to be read. Be prepared for lots of stairs and small staircases. Overall, we really enjoyed the tour and it was our teenagers favorite place to visit that day.
  • An incredible stop that is great for families. The tour is self guided and can be quite long. You really get to explore the castle and get a good feel of what it was probably like to live in the castle. The castle is well maintained and the signage is in three different languages. The bathrooms are included with your entrance fees and are very nice and modern.
  • The castle is smaller then expected. However inside and out is really nice. Their did a great job renovating it and you can see nice details inside. The entrance fee is reasonable just 35 Ron for adult. However I subtract one star for the crowds inside they don't regulate the crowds inside and thus the whole exhibition during peak hours is one congested line
  • This review is about Bran the town, not just the castle, and is aimed at foreigners who want to visit and aren't used to the way tourism works in Romania. The castle itself is beautiful. Rich with detail and history, it is most definitely worth a visit. Unless, of course, it's summer. Or winter. Or the weekend, on a public holiday or on any day with nice weather. Then it gets crowded. And I mean reaaaaally crowded. Almost suffocatingly so. Whoever runs the sightseeing business cares little for health and safety and would rather just have as many people go in at once so that they may get more revenue. Onto everything outside the castle: Local authorities have done nothing to invest into expanding and improving infrastructure. There are almost no parking spaces, the main road coming to Bran is horrible, there are almost NO SIDEWALKS anywhere and you are forced to walk on the side of a very very busy street where cars routinely go over 70 km/h because Romanians think little of obeying speed laws. They also don't care where they park their car and won't think twice about stopping in the middle of a narrow one-lane street, put their hazards on and call it a day. Everything and everywhere is crowded. There's a queue in front of every shop, and prices are so jacked up, it's literally cheaper to shop and stay in Bucharest, and just come see the castle on any weekday. My experience in this place has been rather miserable. Thank you, Romanian authorities.
  • AWESOME CASTLE. The entrance cost around 35 Lei, and I think it's a honest price for an ~1:30 hour tour inside the castle. The view from the castle is something from another world. It's not the dracula's castle even though he is mentioned a lot during the tour. It's worth the visit. TIP: The gift shops outside the castle have better and cheaper goods then the shops inside the castle.

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