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Dracula's Bran Castle Tour & Tickets. Romania Travel Guide 4

Get ready for a fang-tastic adventure as we dive into the mystique of Bran Castle, right in the heart of Romania. We've got the lowdown on its captivating history, the deets on how to get there, and we're spilling the beans on the ticket costs. Stick around till the end, 'cause we're not just exploring the castle – we're giving you a sneak peek of the amazing surroundings too. So, arm yourself with garlic and wooden stakes – let's embark on an adventure to unravel the mysteries of the vampire myth within the walls of Bran Castle.

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Where Is It

Alright, let's kick things off – where on Earth is Bran Castle? Famous as the legendary Dracula's Castle, this iconic fortress sits right on the edge of Transylvania and Wallachia. Picture this: nestled near the town of Bran in the Carpathian Mountains. Wrapped in lush greenery and an air of mystery, this castle isn't just bricks and stones – it's a symbol of Romania's vibrant history and the infamous Dracula legend.

Count Dracula Myth

As you tread the intriguing halls of Bran Castle in Romania, one burning question echoes through the ancient stones – Count Dracula: is he a mere myth or a chilling reality? Delving into history, most scholars agree that Vlad the Impaler, likely never graced Bran Castle with his presence. In fact, this fortress wasn't exactly a cosy retreat for him, nor was it ever under his rule. The tale of him being imprisoned there in 1462 is now debunked, as historians point to a fortress in Budapest as his actual captivity.

Now, when it comes to Bram Stoker's Dracula, the plot thickens. Bran Castle doesn't get a mention in the novel, and its description doesn't match the castle's real-life counterpart. The connection between the castle and the Dracula legend seems more like a product of tourism hype. Stoker, during his Transylvania research, stumbled upon gruesome accounts of Vlad III's deeds and used the Dracula name – but his inspiration wasn't a photocopy of the historical figure. Surprisingly, it's American cinema that solidified Vlad III as the muse for Dracula.

Yet, as you wander the dimly lit corridors and majestic chambers of Bran Castle, the aura of the infamous vampire lord is undeniable. The castle has become synonymous with Dracula folklore, and whether you lean towards belief or scepticism, Bran Castle crafts an experience that blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Castle History

Now, let's unravel the castle's history, a tale filled with knights, battles, and royal intrigue.

So, check this out – back in 1377, a bunch of Saxons got the nod from Louis I of Hungary to build what we now know as Bran Castle.

Fast forward to today, and Bran Castle is like a time capsule turned museum. Queen Marie threw in her artistic flair, decking it out with art and furniture that tells a wild tale. But rewind a bit more – way back in 1212, the Teutonic Order threw up a wooden castle called Dietrichstein. Mongols had a blast wrecking it in 1242. Then, in 1377, they thought, "Let's make this legit," and boom – the stone castle was born. From fending off the Ottoman Empire to moonlighting as a customs post, this castle's seen it all.

Bran Castle's been on a rollercoaster ride through history. It went from a military powerhouse to a royal hangout after the Treaty of Trianon in 1920. Queen Marie waved her renovation wand, making it fit for royalty. Flash forward to 2009, and the Habsburg family snagged it back.

Open-Air Stores With Romanian Products

Before you leave, don't forget to check out the open-air stores surrounding the castle, offering a treasure trove of Romanian products. From handmade crafts to delicious local treats, it's the perfect way to end your visit.

How To Get There

Let's talk about how you can sink your teeth into this adventure. You've got several options:

Consider joining a daily excursion pack from Bucharest that covers Peles Castle and the city of Bran. These packs last about 12 hours, offering a guided tour and convenient bus transfers, but keep in mind that the castle tickets are not included.

If you prefer a more independent journey, you can drive from Bucharest to Bran, covering approximately 160 km in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, from Brasov, it's a shorter 30 km drive taking about 35 minutes.

All aboard! Take the train from Bucharest to Brasov, a scenic journey covering 170 km in approximately 3.5 hours. Trains depart hourly from Bucharest, with tickets priced at around €10. Once in Brasov, you can hop on a bus or grab a taxi to reach Bran.

For a direct and comfortable ride, taxis are available from Bucharest to Bran. Expect a 2.5-hour drive with a fare of around €80.

If you're budget-conscious, the public bus from Brasov to Bran is a wallet-friendly option. The 30 km journey takes about 45 minutes, with buses departing regularly from Brasov's Bus Terminal No. 2.

Ticket Cost

Let's talk about ticket prices.

For 2024, here's the breakdown:

School children: 20 lei

Students: 40 lei

Adults: 70 lei

Seniors +65: 50 lei

Visiting Hours

Planning your visit? Bran Castle welcomes you:

October 1st – March 31st

From 9:00 to 16:00 (last admission) from Tuesday to Sunday and from 12:00 to 16:00 (last admission) on Mondays.

April 1st - September 30th

From 9:00 to 18:00 (last admission) from Tuesday to Sunday and from 12:00 to 18:00 (last admission) on Mondays.

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