Tales of vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night await visitors to Bran. This Transylvanian village is where you will find the legendary Bran Castle, thought to be the inspiration for the home of one of literature's greatest villains, Count Dracula. Tour the medieval castle and investigate the swaths of fields, forests and mountains that make up the surrounding countryside.
The 14th-century turreted fortress is perched on a steep cliff above the village. During its long history, it has served as a royal residence and as a hospital during World War II. Explore rooms, courtyards and passages and see collections of art, furniture and weapons that are hundreds of years old. Find more items from the castle, including furniture, at the Medieval Bran Customs Museum.
Visit other castles within a few miles of Bran. These include Rasnov Fortress and Peles Castle, both of which are in the Carpathian Mountains.
Build time into your itinerary to discover the spectacular natural scenery around Bran. Go hiking along marked trails through forests, over mountains and past glacial lakes in the Piatra Craiului National Park. From March to November, try to spot brown bears from the enclosed observatory. Among the other activities in the park are rock climbing and guided wildlife tours. In the Bucegi Natural Park, take photographs of such intriguing rock formations as the Sphinx and the Old Women.
Wander through the subterranean world of Valea Cetatii Cave, which has a vast central hall. Another cavernous site that is interesting to explore is the Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave.
Reach Bran by flying into Bucharest and driving north for just under 3 hours. You can also take a train from the Romanian capital to the nearby city of Brasov, which is just 18 miles (29 kilometers) from Bran. From there, arrive by bus or taxi to explore a destination of mystery, history and scenic beauty.
Castles, Historical Buildings and Small Town
Discover the mysteries of one of Romania’s top attractions, a 14th-century fortification nicknamed Dracula’s Castle.
Tour this enchanting neo-Renaissance castle to see one of Romania’s grandest royal residences, complete with European architecture, armor exhibits and striking imperial relics.
Visit one of Transylvania’s most well-preserved historic citadels, a 13th-century fortress with a dramatic setting within the Carpathian Mountains.
Tour a centuries-old monastery for its beautiful churches, stunning examples of religious art and the tomb of a former prime minister.
Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Rasnov Citadel in Rasnov. Discover the churches in this walkable area, or seek out its ski slopes.
Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Black Church in Brasov. Discover the mountain views in this walkable area, or seek out the ski slopes.
Enjoy a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from Bucharest to Bran Castle — the inspiration for Dracula’s Castle. On the journey, your local guide will weave tales of Transylvania’s history and mythology as you journey through its majestic countryside.
Enjoy a full-day tour from Sibiu, discover the famous Dracula Castle in Bran and explore winding streets in the medieval city of Brasov. Drive to Bran in the morning to visit the famous Dracula Castle.
Bears Sanctuary-Rasnov Rasnov-Bran Castle. In this escorted small-group day trip we invite you to discover the bear's world and two of the most important tourist attractions of Romania. You will visit The Bears Sanctuary, the famous medieval Bran Castle and the mysterious Rasnov Fortress.
Get used to this royal feeling as you’ll visit two of the most famous medieval castles that made Romania a hotspot of Europe! Get a taste of this country’s bitter-sweet history while admiring the architectural style of a long ended era.
Your epic journey through the heart of Transylvania will begin as you are picked up by your professional English-speaking guide from your hotel, early on day 1.
Day 1: Arrival at Bucharest Airport (OTP). Transfer to Poiana Brasov, a place in the midle of a huge forests in the Southern Carpathians, near Brasov. (approx 2.5 hrs. drive). Here you check in at the hotel House of Dracula, where you have dinner at the hotels restaurant.