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Bran Castle, Bran

(3.8/5 based on 3,400+ 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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  • It may be touristy. Dracula may never have visited, etc. , but why would you travel to Transylvania and not visit this site? It's an impressive looking medieval castle by any standard. Enjoy it!  more »
  • If you go to other castles just don't go. You won't miss anything. You will only lose your money. It's simply beautiful externally. Nothing else!
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  • We went to Romania to what many lovers of the history of Vlad Tepes going. To explore its castles, its Natal village... and this, although there are beautiful castles, has its charm and its history on the wall. The torture room is not included in the price of the ticket but... nothing is expensive in Romania. From my point of view it is worth paying that little money, since you will... because you see everything.
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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.