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Bran Castle

Discover the mysteries of one of Romania’s top attractions, a 14th-century fortification nicknamed Dracula’s Castle.

Bran Castle is best known for its association with the famous Dracula novel and its real-life inspiration, Vlad Tepes, who was also known as Vlad the Impaler. The castle’s whitewashed turrets resemble those described by Bram Stoker in his legendary vampire novel. Explore the castle's winding interior passageways and chambers and admire its collection of 14th-century art and artifacts.

The castle was built in 1382 to defend Bran Pass against the Ottomans. Although Vlad Tepes, history’s real-life Dracula, never actually lived in the castle, he was briefly held captive here by the Hungarians in the 15th century. Note the castle’s dramatic profile, standing 200 feet (60 meters) tall and backed by imposing mountains. It’s easy to imagine why this structure is believed to have been the model for the castle described in Stoker’s iconic novel.

Check out the quirky Romanian market along the pathway leading to the castle, where you can purchase all kinds of Dracula-related souvenirs and knickknacks. Buy a ticket to access the five floors of the castle and its grounds. Wander around the castle at your own pace or join one of the English-language guided tours.

In the early 20th century, the castle became a summer residence of Queen Marie, granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria. You can see most of the furnishings imported from Western Europe by Queen Marie on display today. Walk around the castle’s 60 rooms, many of which are connected by interesting underground passages. See historic furniture, weapons and artwork dating between the 14th and 19th centuries.

Enjoy wonderful panoramic views from the castle’s windows, balconies and battlements. Find the small chapel on the southern side of the castle, built in 1940 to honor the queen’s death. On the north side of the chapel wall is a memorial tomb containing the queen’s heart.

Bran Castle is located in the town of Bran, less than 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Braşov. Regular bus services connect Bran and Braşov. The castle is open daily, with opening hours varying by the season. An admission fee is required. Don’t miss this iconic Romanian attraction.

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Conacul Bratescu $88
Reviewed on May 25, 2019
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Conacul Bratescu

Conacul Bratescu

Str Festung nr 8B, Bran
     
    4.9 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Appeared to be newish construction (so it was clean and functional) yet it was designed well in that it still has charm and character...not a boring cookie cutter hotel. Friendly and helpful staff. We enjoyed the on-site restaurant and thought it was classy as well. Walking distance to Bran castle ...

    Conacul Törzburg $87
    Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
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    Conacul Törzburg

    Conacul Törzburg

    Sextil Puscariu nr.3, Bran, Brasov
       
      4.8 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      A beautiful, clean property in the best location in Bran. The staff welcomed us like family. The rooms were modern and comfortable. We will stay here again on future trips to the area.

      Contele Vladimir $46
      Reviewed on May 30, 2019
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      Contele Vladimir

      Contele Vladimir

      Strada Reitesti, Bran, Bran, BV
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Lovely rooms and staff set in a beautiful location. The facilities were good however the room was very hot at night and there was no fan or a.c which made it difficult to sleep.

        Casa din Bran- Inn Center $80
        Reviewed on Sep 29, 2018
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        Casa din Bran- Inn Center

        Casa din Bran- Inn Center

        General Mosoiu nr. 15, Bran
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Excellent stay! Very clean and new hotel.

          Casa Pandrea - O Casa cu Sare-n Bucate
          Casa Pandrea - O Casa cu Sare-n Bucate

          Casa Pandrea - O Casa cu Sare-n Bucate

          Bran, Str. Ioan Picu Bancila, Nr 2, Bran, BV
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Bran, this guesthouse is close to Bran Castle. Area attractions also include Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti.

            Club Vila Bran
            Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
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            Club Vila Bran

            Club Vila Bran

            str. Alunis, nr. 9, Bran, BRASOV
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              I believe this place is a timeshare club that rents to individuals in the off season. Two km from the Bran castle. The hotel itself was great. I highly recommend this place and if I'm in the area I will definitely stay there. Facilities to include the restaurant were excellent considering the ...

              Pensiunea Milenium Residence
              Pensiunea Milenium Residence

              Pensiunea Milenium Residence

              Str. Padina, Nr. 27, Predelut, Bran, Bran, Romania
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Bran, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piatra Craiului National Park and Bran Castle. Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti and Dino Parc Rasnov are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Muntele Rece
                Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018
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                Muntele Rece

                Muntele Rece

                Strada Bisericii 5, Bran
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  very nice close to the castle can walk there also some hiking and out in the country, nice breakfast, probably best to come in your own car