Built between 1377 and 1388, the castle is an important national monument that inspired famed writer Bram Stoker to create one of the most popular novels of all time: Dracula.
Discovering the Castle
As you walk along the castle's narrow passages, you'll discover the different rooms and medieval furniture that will make you feel like you've travelled back in time.
One of the rooms is dedicated to the legend of Vlad the Impaler and the myth of Count Dracula. And if you'd like to discover some of the castle's gory past, there's even a room full of the inventive torture instruments that were the range at the time. The castle also has a central patio where the far from fair trials for those accused of heresy took place.
Fact or Fiction?
Whilst the castle is famous for being Dracula's castle, the real-life Dracula, Vlad Tepes (more commonly known as "the Impaler" because of his torture techniques) actually never lived in Bran Castle, but it was the sight that inspired Bram Stoker's bestselling novel.
Bran Castle is one of the country's most important tourist attractions and thousands of tourists flock here each year.
Legend and reality come together at the castle, which stands tall on the hillside showing its dominance. Undoubtedly, it is a sight which brings shivers down the spines of the brave visitors that want to delve into the history and legends that surround the place.
How to Get to Bran Castle
The easiest way to get to Bran Castle from Bucharest is on a guided tour. That way, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery rather than worrying about driving. Plus, a tour guide will be able to explain all of the castle's history and anecdotes.
An excellent option is to visit Bran Castle and Peles Castle on the same day, fully making the most of your time in Bucharest. If you are a large group, or would like a more personalised experience, you could also take a private tour to the two castles.
Another way to get to the castle is by hiring a car and driving there. It is a 116-mile trip (187 km) from Bucharest and just 19 miles (30 km) from Brasov.
From April to September:
Monday: from 12 noon to 6 pm.
Tuesday to Sunday: from 9 am to 6 pm.
From October to March:
Monday: from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Tuesday to Sunday: from 9 am to 4 pm.
Adults: 45 RON (US$ 9.50)
Seniors over 65: 35 RON (US$ 7.40)
Students: 25 RON (US$ 5.30)
Children 7-18: 10 RON (US$ 2.10)
Peles Castle (21.9 km)