Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Speciality Museums • Castles
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Dear Visitors to Bran Castle, On June 1, 2009, we celebrated the return of the heirs of Princess Ileana with Bran Castle’s rebirth as the first private museum and premiere tourist destination of Romania. June 1st is the International Day of Children and Bran Castle’s day of revival. Fittingly, we have chosen to celebrate the day with special events for children, so that we may all remain fresh and young at heart. During the past year we have completed refurbishing the Castle, recapturing the spirit of Queen Marie’s favorite retreat and the loved home of her descendants. We have installed easy to read informational plaques and a media room for our visitors. We are currently restoring the park, as well as renovating all the facilities. We are also preparing additional cultural events and entertainment for our visitors. Following the castle’s change of ownership, director Narcis Ion remained with the Ministry of Culture, but has continued to be our valued advisor. We have welcomed a new group of managing directors: Lia Doru Trandafir, Corin Trandafir, and Alexandru Priscu. We are happy to receive every guest that comes to visit us. Welcome to our castle, our home. Sincerely, Dominic Habsburg, Maria-Magdalena Holzhausen, Elisabeth Sandhofer
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Henry T
26 contributions
Jan 2022
Well worth a visit, a fine castle sitting high on a rock, great rambling rooms all in a very liveable scale should the princess invite you to stay. Local town however is very tacky touristy, all the tat you could possibly want. Drive on to Brasov for a far more pleasent small city. PS Dracula or Vlad the impaler did not stay here either.
Written 17 January 2022
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Emilia P
Northampton, UK8 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Nice castle from outside a bit dissipated from in side.
Should invest a bit more as they charge 450 lei for 30 minutes tour.
Is nothing to see in doors just few costumes and stoves
Also expensive areea.
Written 19 November 2021
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booboo2402
Dunstable, UK69 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed it, we paid for the basic tour, we didn't fancy the torture chamber or time tunnel. Having read mixed reviews we really like it. It's smaller inside than what you think, so get there before the crowds. We got there about 10.30am on a Sunday and walked straight in, there was a queue as we were leaving. There was a bit about Dracula, but the castle its self was really nice. Don't go if you have mobility issues, there are many steps, a steep incline and uneven flooring. But well worth a visit if you can. It was the highlight of our stay in Romania. Parking was easy close by, and not too expensive. There are some nice places to eat around the castle.
Written 15 November 2021
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midway42
Minnesota2 784 contributions
Oct 2021
As my guide tells it, before 1989 the Legend of Count Dracula was barely known in Romania. Being a Communist country with limited media access and economic opportunities, people were concerned about far more important aspects of their lives like food and security. As the nation opened up in the 1990’s and Western culture seeped in, Bram Stoker’s novel and the contemporary movie circulated and what used to be “just” a medieval attraction became, for better or worse or maybe just inevitably, the most visited sight in the country. I visited here after seeing Sighisoara and Viscri earlier in the day.

We had purchased tickets earlier in the day and entered the site after the obligatory photos of the castle in a side profile. It’s busy! I basically followed by guide around as we navigated the premises based on his direction. The castle is fairly compact and contains a veritable maze of winding staircases, cozy rooms, and windows with elevated if not sweeping views. Topics covered in the rooms are fairly wide ranging but can be divided into three categories: the history of the castle before Queen Marie of Romania, the castle during her reign, and stuff to do with Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. The latter category takes a modicum of artistic license with an interesting exhibit on local folklore including ghouls and mummies. Total time on the grounds was a little over an hour. Souvenir sellers aren’t necessarily omnipresent as much as they infest the area outside the entry gate.

In summary, this was as much of an obligatory visit as a memorable one. Anyone who spends more than two days in Bucharest will likely make a trip here, and I would say it met expectations. There is a comprehensive amount of historical material and descriptions here, far too excessive to digest in a single visit but most of the information is found on the website. The building itself was aesthetically appealing, but fell a little short of the exterior of Peles Castle or the overall authentic feel of Corvin Castle. That aside, it’s going to be on your itinerary if you’re passing by. Thumbs up.

Tips:

*The classic/best photo opportunities are from the southern side, right next to the Turcul.

*Obligatory crowd disclaimer: there are crowds, and there are Bran Castle crowds. Aside from the possible exceptions of the Sistine Chapel and Moa Lisa this was the most impressive horde experience I’ve witnessed. Consider off season travel or even better, an overnight stay and early morning admission.

*Souvenirs are abundant outside and by all means take a look. I spent maybe 30 minutes poring over the best “Dracula” stuff to purchase and then ended up buying most of it at the airport on the way out! OTP has an excellent selection of mainstream, authentic gifts.
Written 12 November 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11 007 contributions
Nov 2021
i did a guided live-streamed tour of Bran Castle with Mihai from Heygo. Mihai showed us the interior while telling us the history of the castle. In 2009, Archduke Dominic and his sisters were given the right to administrate Bran Castle as they were the legal heirs of the Habsburg family. Hence in the same year, the Habsburgs opened the refurbished castle to the public as the first private museum in the country, displaying the art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Mihai also gave us many postcard shots of the view of the surroundings from the upper balcony in the castle. Finally we had lovely overview shots of the castle from the gardens.
For commercial purpose, Bran Castle is also known as Dracula's Castle as it was mentioned in the novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker.
Written 10 November 2021
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Fabio B
Brussels, Belgium435 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Beautiful castle with a nice day.
The castle has been renovated by the royal family and its full of history.
The legend of Dracula comes on top, as a cherry on the cake
Written 4 November 2021
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sevi
11 contributions
Sep 2021
they have new rooms with scary superstitious stuff, i used to like it that they didn't indulge in the whole dracula idea, but it's just 2 rooms, rest if definitely worth the visit
they also have a new projection elevator tunnel, i wouldn't say it's really worth doing though
Written 2 November 2021
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1 650 contributions
Oct 2021
When in Transylvania….. your trip will no doubt include the popular Bran Castle. It was a disappointment, inside & out. Those dark, moody & mystical photos we’ve all seen flatter it somewhat. It is located within a pleasant enough, low rise village (Bran) which offers plentiful restaurants, hotels & tat/craft shops. The interior is laughably cheesy & unauthentic, the Dracula link highly tenuous. You can pay extra to visit the Torture Museum, which was the highlight, & the ‘Time Tunnel’ which is basically an elevator & tunnel with special effects, I can imagine this would appeal to kids, but just added further to the comedy of it all for me.
Written 29 October 2021
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Cleenman
Holbeach, UK243 contributions
Sep 2021
Something you feel has to be done when visiting Romania. Castle is interesting and has many displays of original furnished rooms and clothing. Very touristy of course but some nice views to be had.
Written 26 October 2021
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ARB1615
College Station, TX327 contributions
Oct 2021
Small castle where Vlad The Impaler was imprisoned for 3 days and was the inspiration for Dracula. The castle really has nothing to do with Vlad the Impaler other than the fact that he was imprisoned here for a few days. The castle belonged to Queen Marie and has pretty interior and grounds. This is a nice stop if you are in the area. You have to pay extra if you want to take photos inside the castle.
Written 21 October 2021
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