We Romanians are often amused that 80% of the hundreds of thousands of tourists that book Tours of Romania and come from all across the globe to see the Castle of Dracula, or more accurately, the Bran Castle, leave with their history lesson learned and forget about Bram Stoker’s fiction.
Once you see it in person, you will understand why this castle is a symbol of Romanian tourism and why it is the most visited tourist attraction in Romania.
Once you find yourself at the gates of Bran Castle, surrounded by a fairytale-like scenery, you will feel that you are about to enter a magical world, somewhere between myth and reality, between sky and earth. In Slavic, the name of the fortress actually means “gate”.
When you reach the top, nearly touching the clouds, you will be convinced that 600 years ago only a godly force could have erected such a spectacular fortified citadel, right on the edge of a steep cliff, reigning over the mountains and the forest. Its only connection to the ground is the eastern road leading up to it.
Because it was built at such a considerable height, Bran Castle offers a spectacular view of the neighboring hills, Valea Moeciu or Tara Barsei, some of the most sought-after tourist areas in Romania. On whichever of the four floors you find yourself, it will be hard to decide at what to look first: the breathtaking view, or the collections of furniture, costumes, weaponry, and armors.
In 2012, Dracula’s/Bran Castle, along with the domain that includes the Royal Park, the two lakes, the Tea House, the administrator’s lodge and the Princess Ileana House, placed second in Forbes’ Magazine top most expensive properties in the world, having been evaluated at a whopping 140 million dollars.
Nonetheless, if you came here not just to enjoy the museums of Romania, but also to find out the truth about Count Dracula, you might be surprised to learn that he is actually a fictional character created by Irish author Bram Stoker in the book with the same name. He was inspired by the medieval ruler Vlad Tepes, described in some chronicles as a bloodthirsty tyrant, as well as his castle in Transylvania, which henceforth became The Castle of Dracula.
Once you dive deeper into the unromanticized version of Romanian history and explore the true story of Vlad the Impaler, you will discover that the talented strategist and courageous ruler, also known as Vlad Dracula, son of Vlad Dracul, of whom the Turks and other potential invaders were deathly afraid, has performed many acts of bravery and was beloved by his people.
After your visit, you will definitely have a lot to tell your friends or loved ones who could not join you. To this end, you can choose from a variety of postcards with Count Dracula, souvenirs from Romania, booklets and other souvenirs from Bran Castle, which, along with the photos you took yourself, will make your experience unique and unforgettable.
You might also want to read more about the castle and watch the Vlad Tepes historical film, which will show you that sometimes one needs to resort to extreme measures to save a small, yet rich country from invaders who had menaced it throughout its entire history.
If you set out to live an authentic medieval experience with a trip to Dracula’s Castle and you want to book a trip to Romania, we can design a concept trip just for you. All we need is the approximate timeframe of your vacation, to see how we can include it in one of our one-day tours or several days’ tours, trying to have it overlap with other scheduled events, such as: concerts, fairs and exhibits, special offers and sales.
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We include Dracula Castle in the program in multiple forms of booking tours to museums, monasteries or medieval villages, but this must only tell us when and how you have scheduled vacation just so you can suggest and overlap with various events that occur frequently, such as concerts, festivals, plays, fairs and exhibitions itinerant, seasonal discounts, etc..