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.

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Castles, Historical Buildings and Small Town

Top Hotels in Bran

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Bran Belvedere
3.5 out of 5
Str. Predelut 101, Bran
3.9/5Good! (42 reviews)

"Tomas and Nina the hosts were excellent and could not do enough for you. Unfortunately do to improvements the sauna was out of use during our stay but this is a minor issue which did not spoil our stay"…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Hotel Bran Belvedere
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Muntele Rece
4 out of 5
Strada Bisericii 5, Bran
4.7/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)

"What a brilliant stay. The accommodation is of traditional Romanian style - comfortable and authentic with wonderful country and mountain views. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast more than adequate. The surrounding area has so much to offer. Mountain trails, castles/fortresses ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Muntele Rece
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Casa din Bran- Inn Center
3 out of 5
General Mosoiu nr. 15, Bran
$85/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"Excellent staff at reception and restaurant as well. The food is very good and fresh (except the bread; it seems it was a day or two older). Very nice and clean hotel (inside and outside), perfect location. Minor issues with the shower head and drainage. The property is excellent for a family ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Casa din Bran- Inn Center

Popular things to do in Bran

Bran Castle
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Bran Castle

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

Peles Castle
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Peles 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.

Rasnov Fortress
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Rasnov Fortress

Visit one of Transylvania’s most well-preserved historic citadels, a 13th-century fortress with a dramatic setting within the Carpathian Mountains.

Sinaia Monastery
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Sinaia Monastery

Tour a centuries-old monastery for its beautiful churches, stunning examples of religious art and the tomb of a former prime minister.

Rasnov Citadel
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Rasnov Citadel

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.

Black Church
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Black Church

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.

Top activities in Bran

Exclusive Tour of Draculas Castle and Brasov in Transylvania
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Exclusive Tour of Draculas Castle and Brasov in Transylvania

$100

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.

Private Tour to Dracula Castle and Brasov
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Private Tour to Dracula Castle and Brasov

$96

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 Fortress+Bran Castle tour from Brasov
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Bears Sanctuary+Rasnov Fortress+Bran Castle tour from Brasov

$59

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.

Day trip to Rasnov Citadel and Dracula Castle From Bucharest
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Day trip to Rasnov Citadel and Dracula Castle From Bucharest

$118

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.

Best of Transylvania: 3-day Tour
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Best of Transylvania: 3-day Tour

$157

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.

Dracula Weekend from/to Bucharest
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Dracula Weekend from/to Bucharest

$440

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.