Bran Castle, one of the most important medieval architecture monuments in Romania, is known worldwide as Dracula’s Castle. It has gained this name some decades ago, when, on arriving in Transylvania, tourists in search of Dracula came across a castle that highly resembled the one described by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. The “vampire features” of Vlad Țepeș, Prince of Wallachia, mainly due to his nickname, Vlad the Impaler, were associated with the mysterious castle, even though there is no evidence that he had ever lived in it. However, the castle belonged for a short while to his family’s properties and there are legends saying that Vlad was a prisoner in the castle, that he besieged it at a certain moment or that these lands were his preferred hunting domains.
Situated 30km from Brașov, Bran Castle was erected on a mountain rock, in a strategic position. Although the first documented mentioning of the castle dates November 19th 1377, the local legends claim it was built around 1210 – 1224 by the Teutonic Knights. The medieval fortress had been, over the centuries, the reason for repeated disputes between rulers of Transylvania and Wallachia, but it stood all the time as an important defensive barrier against the Turks’ attacks. In 1920, the community of Brașov donated the castle to Queen Maria of Romania, granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria and wife of King Ferdinand, as a reward for her contribution to the Union of the two Romanian historical regions. After restoration, the castle became private residence of the queen, being, later on, seized by the communists. Since 1956, the castle functions as a museum of feudal history and art gallery where you can admire valuable weapons collections, hunting trophies, furniture and accessories from the medieval, Renaissance and Rococo époques until the first years of the 20th century.
The castle is a gracious and elegant 4-storeys structure which combines Gothic, Renaissance and Romantic elements. From the four remaining towers, only one – the Gunpowder Tower – keeps the 13th century original structure. Behind the massive entrance gate to this mysterious and fascinating world, crossed daily by hundreds of tourists, legends are still alive. Admire the inner court yard with its wish – fountain, as well as Queen Maria and King Ferdinand’s bedrooms, decorated with Renaissance, Biedermeier and neo-Baroque furnishings. Watch your head when you go up the secret staircase, and enjoy the beautiful view provided by the castle’s terrace.
Apart from the castle, the museum complex also includes a park, the old building of the Customs House and an open air traditional architecture museum, the Bran Village Museum. The latter shows the evolution of the peasants’ dwellings and the main activities in the area, from crafts and agriculture to industry. It is organized as a village, with typical wooden houses decorated with original furniture and objects, stables, sheep yard and workshops.
How to get there:
Bran is situated on DN73 national road, at the entry in the Rucăr – Bran corridor, at less than 30km from Braşov, on the road between Braşov and Câmpulung Muscel.
By car: From Bucharest, take DN1 (2.5h – 168 km) to Braşov, and from Braşov, DN73 in the direction of Piteşti (30min – 30km).
By train: Access by train is possible only up to Braşov. From Braşov you will have to go to Bran by bus (recommended) or taxi, or provide your own transportation.
By bus: From Braşov city centre, take bus #12 to the main bus station, Autogara 2 (Bartolomeu). Buses to Bran leave from bus terminal #2. There are regular rides between Braşov and Bran – Moeciu and return trips, with departures at every 30min (at sharp and half hours, and at every hour during weekends). Approximate travel time to Bran is 50min, and price per ticket is of 5 lei (approx. 1.5 euro).
Tel.: +4 0268 237 700
+4 0268 237 701
Fax: +4 0268 237 702
1st of May – 30th of September
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00-18:00
Last entrance: 18:00
1st of October – 30th of April
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00-16:00
Last entrance: 16:00
Adults: 20 lei
Seniors (65+): 15 lei (based on CI/ID)
Students: 10 lei
Pupils: 5 lei
Fee amateur shooting: 20 lei
Photo fee is included in the ticket! Professional filming / photography is allowed after signing a contract. Charge is ba
sed on the customized offer.
– persons with disabilities
– institutionalized persons.